Trying to get your manuscript published but keep getting rejection letters? Changing your approach and understanding how books are acquired can help.
Getting a manuscript published can seem like a full-time job but there is quite a lot an author can do. In fact, the more homework is done beforehand, the faster the way to success – publication. Therefore, don’t write a book and then look for a publisher. Assess the market, potential publishers and publishing options already while writing.
Many of the major publishing houses do not accept unsolicited manuscripts but go through literary agents to find new and promising authors, which is a topic of its own. But given the fact that there are thousands of small and medium-size publishers in the United States alone, that leaves quite a few publishers who can be approached.
Before writing that submission letter and preparing a manuscript excerpt, it helps to put oneself in the shoes of an acquisitions editor. Remember that not all of them will be full-time; in smaller publishing houses, acquisitions might be part of another department and therefore someone’s part-time duty. Following are just some of the many responsibilities of an acquisitions editor.
Despite the somewhat disheartening facts, there is a lot writers can do to help editors (and therefore themselves). Every unsolicited manuscript or book proposal does get opened and reviewed sooner or later, and a well-written proposal will not go unnoticed. But even beyond the proposal, the following list shows that acquiring more knowledge about markets and processes and staying in touch with the publishing world will go a long way.
Negative responses regarding one’s manuscript submission are dreaded by any writer. Editors are busy people who often don’t have the time to send a response to every manuscript submission, especially if the topic was clearly off target. So do appreciate the ones who go through the trouble of sending a rejection letter because quite a bit of helpful information can be gathered from it:
In summary, there are various ways in which writers can influence the way their manuscript submission will take. Therefore, go the extra mile and study publishers’ lists, understand an acquisition editor’s job profile, use previous rejection letters as a valuable resource, study the market and network with other writers.
For those readers interested in self publishing, read here how to avoid self-publishing scams.
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According to Bowker’s Books in Print, a record 411, 422 books were published in 2007, including 134,773 on-demand, short-run and other unclassified titles. This not only means that a great many books are written and read each year, it also means that micropublishing is big business – $18 billion is what industry experts estimate net sales revenues of independent publishers to be!
Enough to attract unscrupulous vanity publishers that will charge unsuspecting authors too much while at the same time, not providing any or few of the traditional publishing services. But all is not lost for aspiring writers as the unscrupulous specimen among the publishers reveal themselves quickly if scrutinized or cornered. Below is a list of points that authors should discuss with potential publishers before investing even a single penny.
Thanks to the internet, it is quite easy today to find information about publishers and to connect with other writers, even if one lives far from a publishing hub. Here’s what writers can do to stay connected and informed:
When researching self-publishing options, it is key not to believe everything a vanity publisher advertises as even testimonials can be fake. Writers should conduct thorough research instead and, if no information can be found, which is a bad enough sign, contact the publisher and request more information. In general, authors should be suspicious of
Small presses might have an approach that requires less editing because they accept only solid manuscripts in the first place; however, even then, some editing will be unavoidable. So steer clear of the no-editing approach!
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As a reminder, here’s a summary of the services authors can expect from a traditional book publisher:
For a more detailed description of each production process, check the article
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This page features the sites of the best independent book publishers in the United States as selected by John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. Here are the criteria used in making this list:
This site, then, features book publishers who are creating great books and innovative marketing campaigns without the help of some outside agency, association, or company. Because of these criteria, we cannot list some really good book publishers such as Andrews McMeel (associated with Universal Press Syndicate), Globe Pequot Press (owned by a larger media group), Chronicle Books (affiliated with the San Francisco Chronicle), Graywolf Press (a non-profit publisher), AMACOM Books (affiliated with the American Management Association), Milkweed Editions (another non-profit publisher), Beacon Press (a division of the Unitarian Universalist Asssociation), The Mountaineers Books (affiliated with an association), Jossey-Bass (now a subsidiary of John Wiley), or Microsoft Press (affiliated with Microsoft Corporation).
When the above list started getting too large, I decided to dedicate another web page to these dependent publishers: Top 101 Dependent Book Publishers. Go there to check on the details of these and many other superb book publishers who are not independent, but who are publishers worthy of recognition.
Book Publishers — Check out these book publishers to see examples of good book design and great marketing campaigns. You can learn a lot from these fellow book publishers.
Book Authors — These book publishers are among the best independent book publishers. If you are tired of submitting to the major New York book publishers and are looking for a publishing company that will treat you and your book right check out these companies. You'll be glad you did.
Please note that this is a very personal list, based on the sole judgment of John Kremer. If you'd like to nominate your publishing company or another book publisher, please email John Kremer. I know that I have missed some book publishers I truly would like to add to this list. Your company might be one of those. Thanks for your support. — John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books
“I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for your site. I found you quite by accident, and in looking through it, I found your list of the best independent book publishers. I sent a query to eight of them, and not only received good responses, but eventually signed a contract with one, Pruett Publishing. Mr. Pruett and his staff have been everything I've dreamed of, and we've created a wonderful partnership for the production of my book. Thank you so much for helping me achieve my dream of becoming a published author.” — Lin Rampey
“With a specialty press, you get a higher quality book. It took me some years to realize these blatant facts.” — Thomas Ligotti, author of My Work Is Not Yet Done: Three Tales of Corporate Horror
Abbeville Press, 137 Varick Street, New York NY 10013; 212-366-5585. Art coffeetable books.
Aegis Publishing Group, Robert Mastin, President, 796 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown RI 02840; 401-849-4200; 800-828-6961; Fax: 401-849-4231. Email: email@example.com. Specialty: telecommunications books.
Amherst Media, Craig Alesse, Publisher, 155 Rano Street #300, Buffalo NY 14207; 716-874-4450; Fax: 716-874-4508. A publisher of photography, video, imaging, and astronomy books and videos.
Applewood Press, Phil Zuckerman, Publisher, 128 The Great Road, P O Box 365, Bedford MA 01730; 781-271-0055; Fax: 781-271-0056. Founded in 1976, they specialize in reprinting old titles on American history, popular culture, and nostalgia. They have 250 books in print.
Atlantic Publishing Company, Robbe Lankford, 1405 SW 6th Avenue, Ocala FL 34474; 352-622-1825; Fax: 352-622-1875. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Publisher of real estate guides and other business guides.
August House, Ted and Liz Parkhurst, Publishers, P O Box 3223, Little Rock AR 72203; 501-372-5450; 800-284-8784. Fax: 501-372-5579. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1980. Specialties: storytelling, folklore, regional and multicultural titles.
Barefoot Books, Tessa Strickland & Nancy Traversy, 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02140; 617-576-0660; 866-417-2369; Fax: 617-576-0049. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. U.S. office; main office in the U.K. Specializes in children's story books.
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Steven Piersanti, Publisher, 235 Montgomery Street #650, San Francisco CA 94104; 415-288-0260; 800-929-2929; Fax: 415-362-2512. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.bkconnection.com. Founded in 1992, they are spearheading the Consortium for Business Literacy to encourage the reading of books by business leaders, managers, and workers. Specialties: business, human resources, career development, management.
Bess Press, Buddy Bess, Publisher, 3565 Harding Avenue, Honolulu HI 96816; 808-734-7159; 800-910-2377; Fax: 808-732-3627. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Since 1979. Specializes in Hawaii and the Pacific.
John F. Blair Publisher, Carolyn Sakowski, President, 1406 Plaza Drive, Winston-Salem NC 27103; 336-768-1374; 800-222-9796; Fax: 336-768-9194. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1954, this independent family-owned company publishes about 20 titles per year. Specialties: fiction, regional.
Blue Pearl Press, Christopher Hartman, President, 8950 W Olympic Boulevard #416, Beverly Hills CA 90211; 888-266-5708. Specialties: health, spirituality, fiction, controversial books.
Bonus Books. Specialties: business, fund-raising, sports, media.
Book Peddlers, Vicki Lansky, Publisher, 15245 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka MN 55345-1510; 612-912-0036; 800-255-3379; Fax: 612-912-0105. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.practicalparenting.com. Specialty: parenting books, household hints, and Christmas titles.
Bridge Works, Warren Phillips, Publisher; Barbara Phillips, Editorial Director, P O Box 1798, Bridgehampton NY 11932; 516-537-3418; Fax: 516-537-5092. Specialties: fiction.
The Brookfield Reader,137 Peyton Road, Sterling VA 20165-5605; 888-389-2741; Fax: 703-430-7315. Email: email@example.com. The 1999 Small Press Publisher of the Year publishes wonderful children's books.
Burford Books, Peter Burford, Publisher, 32 Morris Avenue, Springfield NJ 07081; 973-258-0960; Fax: 973-258-0113. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: golf, war histories and memoirs, fly fishing, cookbooks.
Camino Books, Edward Jutkowitz, Publisher; Carol Hupping, Editor, P O Box 59026, Philadelphia PA 19102; 215-413-1917; Fax: 215-413-3255. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1987, Camino publishes books of regional interest to people in the mid-Atlantic states. Specialties: cooking, gardening, travel, regional history, biographies, health. They publish six to ten books a year.
Career Press, Ron Fry, Publisher, 3 Tice Road, P O Box 687, Franklin Lakes NJ 07417; 201-848-0310; 800-CAREER-1 (800-227-3371); Fax: 201-848-1727. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1985. Specialties: careers, job search (including Last Minute Tips), business (including The Smart Woman's Guides), education, personal finance, weddings, quotations, travel (50 Fabulous Places...), and reference.
Catbird Press, Robert Wechsler, Publisher, 16 Windsor Road, North Haven CT 06473, 203-230-2391. Email: email@example.com. Since 1987, this literary press has specialized in Czech literature, sophisticated humor, and British and American fiction. While they don't always sell lots of copies of their books, they do well selling subsidiary rights.
Charles River Media, David Pallai, President, 10 Downer Avenue, Hingham MA 02043; 781-740-0400; Fax: 781-740-8816. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Established in November 1994, Charles River Media publishes books and software supporting the Internet, networking, computer graphics, game development, programming, and computer engineering professional and educational markets.
Charlesbridge Publishing, Brent Farmer, Publisher, 85 Main Street, Watertown MA 02172; 617-926-0329; 800-225-3214; Fax: 617-926-5720. Talewinds is one of their imprints. Specialties: children's books: fiction, nature, environment, alphabet books. They also recently bought: Whispering Coyote Press, Alice “Lou” Alpert, 300 Crescent Court #1150, Dallas TX 75201; 214-871-5599; 800-929-6104; Fax: 214-871-5577.
Chelsea Green Publishing, John Barstow, Editor-in-Chief, 85 N Main Street #120, P O Box 428, White River Junction VT 05001; 802-295-6300; Fax: 802-295-6444. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.chelseagreen.com. Ian and Margo Baldwin, founders. Specialties: nature, environment, gardening, independent living, alternative building technologies.
Chronicle Books — 85 Second Street, San Francisco CA 94105; 415-537-4460; 800-722-6657; Fax: 415-537-3730. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: “Chronicle Books specializes in high-quality, reasonably priced books for adults and children. Our titles include best-selling cookbooks; fine art, design, photography, and architecture titles; full-color nature books; award-winning poetry and literary fiction; regional and international travel guides; and gift and stationery items.” They are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Hall of Fame.
Cimino Publishing Group, P O Box 174, Carle Place NY 11514; 516-997-3721; Fax: 516-997-3420. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: travel, music, cooking.
Clear Light Publishers, Harmon Houghton and Marcia Keegan, Publishers, 823 Don Diego, Santa Fe NM 87501; 505-989-9590; Fax: 505-989-9519. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: Native American, new age, Southwest cooking and culture.
Collectors Press, P O Box 230986, Portland OR 97281; 503-684-3030; 800-423-1848. Publish award-winning popular culture books and popular reference titles on art, science fiction, and other popular culture.
Common Courage Press, Liz Keith and Greg Bates, Publishers, 1 Red Barn Road, P O Box 702, Monroe ME 04951; 207-525-0900; Fax: 207-525-3068. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: social justice issues.
Cool Springs Press, Roger Waynick, President, Franklin TN. Publishes regional cookbooks, gardening guides.
Copernicus Books, Paul Farrell, Editor-in-Chief, 37 East 7th Street, New York NY 10003; 212-228-0175, ext. 215; Fax: 212-995-0322. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Science and the application of science to interesting questions.
Craftsman Book Company, Gary Moselle, Publisher, 6058 Corte del Cedro, Carlsbad CA 92009; 760-438-7828; 800-829-8123; Fax: 760-438-0398.
Crane Hill Publishers, 3608 Clairmont Avenue, Birmingham AL 35222; 205-714-3007; Fax: 205-714-3008. Publishes regional titles.
Cross Cultural Publications, P O Box 506, Notre Dame IN 46556; 219-273-6526; 800-561-6526; Fax: 219-273-5973. Specialties: religion, social issues, international issues, cross cultural issues.
The Crossing Press, Elaine Goldman Gill, Publisher, 1201 Schaffer Road #B (Santa Cruz CA 95060), P O Box 1048, Freedom CA 95019; 831-420-1110; 800-777-1048; Fax: 831-420-1114. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: new age, holistic health, cookbooks, books for women, pet care, Native American, contemporary issues.
Cumberland House Publishing, One of their cookbooks was a James Beard Cookbook of the Year.
Curiosity Kits, Scott Garrett, Publisher; Susan Magsamen, Editor (also founder and president); 11111 Pepper Road, P O Box 811, Hunt Valley MD 21031; 410-584-2605; 800-584-KITS; Fax: 410-584-1247. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They publish more than 60 craft book/kits exploring the arts, sciences, nature, make believe, and world cultures.
Davies-Black Publishing, Connie Kallback, Editor, 3803 E Bayshore Drive, Palo Alto CA 94303; 650-691-9123; 800-624-1765; Fax: 650-623-9271. Business books.
Down East Books, P O Box 679, Camden ME 04843-0679; 207-594-9544; 800-766-1670; Fax: 207-594-7215. Specialties: regional titles (art, photography, cooking, travel guides, children's books). Their Nimbus division specializes in nautical, sports, and nature titles. Their new Countrysport Press division specializes in flyfishing, wingshooting, and gun dog titles.
Energize Inc., Susan Ellis, Publisher, 5450 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19144-5221; 215-438-8342; 800-395-9800; Fax: 215-438-0434. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1977, they also publish the Volunteer Energy Resource Catalog. Specialties: volunteer management
M. Evans & Company, George de Kay, President, P.J. Dempsey, Senior Editor; 216 East 49th Street, New York NY 10017; 212-688-2810; Fax: 212-486-4544. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1963. Specialty: general trade books.
E-Z Legal Forms, Barry Chesler, President, 384 S Military Trail, Deerfield Beach FL 33442; 954-480-8933; Fax: 954-480-8906.
Fantagraphics Books, Gary Groth, President, 7563 Lake City Way NE, Seattle WA 98115; 206-524-1967; 800-657-1100; Fax: 206-425-2104. Email: email@example.com. Specialty: graphic novels and comics.
Focus Publishing, Ron Pullins, Publisher, 311 Merrimac Street, P O Box 369, Newburyport MA 01950; 978-462-7288; 800-848-7236; Fax: 978-462-9035. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Focus on college textbooks, the classics, philosophy, public policy, science, and drama.
Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Jim Leisy, Publisher, 8536 SW St Helens Drive #D, Wilsonville OR 97070; 503-682-7668; 800-322-2665; Fax: 503-682-7638. Having published 175 titles since 1985, they currently have 33 titles in print and average 10 new books per year. They specialize in publishing books on instruction, how-to, and reference for computers, including the Internet, operating systems, programming, and advanced computer systems.
Free Spirit Publishing, Judy Galbraith, President, 400 First Avenue N #616, Minneapolis MN 55401; 612-338-2068; 800-735-7323; Fax: 612-337-5050. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1983. Specialties: resources for educators, parents, and children.
Fulcrum Publishing, Robert Baron, Publisher, 16100 Table Mountain Parkway #300, Golden CO 80403-1672; 303-277-1623; 800-992-2908; Fax: 303-279-7111. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Since 1984. Specialties: gardening, travel, nature, history, Native American studies, children's.
Gem Guides Book Company, 315 Cloverleaf Drive #F, Baldwin Park CA 91706; 626-855-1611; 800-824-5118; Fax: 626-855-1610. Email: email@example.com. Publishes and distributes books on rocks and minerals, jewelry making, Western interest, Native America, outdoor recreation, and travel.
Gibbs Smith, Publisher, Gibbs Smith, Publisher; Madge Baird, Editorial VP; 96 W Gentile Street, P O Box 667, Layton UT 84041; 801-544-9800; 800-748-5439; Fax: 801-544-5582. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1969. Specialties: Western humor, cookbooks, Rocky Mountain regional titles, Native American, animals, architecture & design, nature, children's books, etc.
David R. Godine, Publisher, David Godine, Publisher. Founded in 1970, this publisher does about 30 titles per year. Specialties: general interest.
Golden West Publishers, Lee Fischer, 4113 N Longview, Phoenix AZ 85014; 602-265-4392; 800-658-5830; Fax: 602-279-6901. Specialties: regional, general.
Good Books, Phyllis Pellman Good, Senior Editor, 3510 Old Philadelphia Pike, P O Box 419, Intercourse PA 17534-0419; 717-768-3008; 800-762-7171; Fax: 717-768-3433.
Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, Doug Pfeiffer, Associate Publisher, P O Box 10306, Portland OR 97296-0306; 503-226-2402; Fax: 503-223-1410. Tim Frew, Executive Editor; Ellen Wheat, Senior Editor; Tricia Brown, Acquisitions Editor. Imprints: Alaska Northwest Books, Graphic Arts Center Publishing, WestWinds Press. They publish regional titles with national interest. Graphic Arts is known for its award-winning large format photography books, Alaska Northwest is Alaska's pioneer publisher and has been publishing everything Alaskan for over 40 years and, finally, WestWinds publishes titles on the West.
Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Frank DeMarco, Chairman; Bob Friedman, Publisher, 1125 Stoney Ridge Road, Charlottesville VA 22902; 800-766-8009; Fax: 800-766-9042. Email: email@example.com. Publishers of Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations with God, Book 2. Specialties: new age, visionary fiction.
Harvard Common Press, Bruce Shaw, Publisher, 535 Albany Street, Boston MA 02118; 617-423-5803; 888-657-3755; Fax: 617-695-9794. Specialty: cookbooks, parenting, childbirth.
Harvest House Publishers, 990 Owen Loop North, Eugene OR 97402-9173; 888-501-0160. Publishes Christian and gift books, including some bestsellers.
Hay House, Louise Hay, Publisher, P O Box 5100, Carlsbad CA 92018-5100; 800-654-5126. Specialty: New age books.
Health Information Press, Jim Davis, Publisher, Practice Management Information Corporation, 4727 Wilshire Boulevard #300, Los Angeles CA 90010; 323-954-0224; Fax: 323-954-0253. Founded in 1986. 200+ titles in print. Specialties: health books for consumers, medical management books for doctors.
Hill Street Press, Tom Payton, Publisher, 191 E Broad Street #209, Athens GA 30601-2848; 706-613-7200; 800-295-0365; Fax: 706-613-7204. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1997, they publish a variety of regional titles. Their Hot Cross Books imprint publishes theme crossword puzzle books.
Hohm Press, Dasya Zuccarello, Publisher, P O Box, 2501, Prescott AZ 86302; 520-717-2944; 800-381-2700; Fax: 520-717-1779. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1975. 160 titles in print. Specialty: holistic health, alternative lifestyles, spirituality, psychology, women's books, poetry, children's books.
Holloway House Publishing Group, 8060 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90046; 323-653-8060; Fax: 323-655-9452. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Motto: World's largest publisher of black experience paperback books. Imprints: Holloway House, Melrose Square, Mankind, Avanti, and Premiere.
Human Kinetics, 1607 N Market Street, P O Box 5076, Champaign IL 61825-5076; 217-351-5076; 800-747-4457; Fax: 217-351-1549. Specialty: sports, coaching, physical activity.
Hunter House, Kiran Rana, Publisher, 1515 1/2 Park Street, P O Box 2914, Alameda CA 94501-0914; 510-865-5282; 800-266-5592; Fax; 510-865-4295. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: health, family, community, social issues, psychology.
Illumination Arts, John Thompson, Publisher; Ruth Thompson, Editorial Director, 13256 Northup Way #9 (98005), P O Box 1865, Bellevue WA 98009; 425-644-7185. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A wonderful children's book publisher focusing on new age topics.
Impact Publishers, Robert Alberti, Editor and Publisher, P O Box 6016, Atascadero CA 93423-6016; 805-461-5917; 800-246-7228; Fax: 805-461-5919. Email: email@example.com. Specialty: psychology, self-help. They have published more than 100 titles and sold more than 3.3 million copies.
Inner Traditions, One Park Street, Rochester VT 05767; 802-767-3174; 800-246-8648; Fax: 802-767-3726. Specialties: new age, spiritual.
Intercultural Press, Toby Frank, President; David Hoopes, Editor; 374 U.S. Route 1, P O Box 700, Yarmouth ME 04096; 207-846-5168; 866-372-2665; Fax: 207-846-5181. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1980. Specialties: multicultural, intercultural relations. Practical guides and textbooks.
Island Press, P O Box 7, Covelo CA 95428; 707-983-6432; 800-828-1302; Fax: 707-983-6414. The environmental publisher.
Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, 1332 N Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60622-2694; 312-787-6262; Fax: 312-787-6269. Email: email@example.com. Established in 1988, this publisher of serious nonfiction books for general readers publishes about 50 titles per year. Imprints: Elephant Paperbacks and New Amsterdam Books. Series: Philosophers in 90 Minutes, Plays for Performance, and American Ways. Subject specialties: history, literature and letters, politics, biography, contemporary affairs, theatre and drama, philosophy. Also modern Russian literature, Holocaust studies, Judaic studies, religion, and African-American studies.
The Jewish Learning Group, 723 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn NY 11213; 888-56-LEARN. Jewish tradition and children's books only. Great covers.
Jewish Lights Publishing, Stuart Matlins, Publisher, Sunset Farm Offices, Route 4, P O Box 237, Woodstock VT 05091; 802-457-4000; 800-962-4544; Fax: 802-457-4004. Specialty: Jewish themes, spirituality, new age, healing, self-help.
Johnson Books, Barbara Johnson Mussil, Publisher; Stephen Topping, Editorial Director, 1880 South 57th Court, Boulder CO 80301; 303-443-9766; 800-258-5830; Fax: 303-443-1106. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: regional, recreation, nature, archaeology, western history.
Judson Press, 800-331-1053; Fax: 610-768-2107. African-American books.
Just Us Books, Wade Hudson, President; Cheryl Hudson, Editor; 356 Glenwood Avenue, East Orange NJ 07017; 973-672-7701. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: children's books and learning materials from the Black experience.
Kidsbooks Inc., Vic Cavallaro, Publisher, 230 Fifth Avenue #1710, New York NY 10001; 800-890-7137; Fax: 800-890-7138. Founded in 1987, this company is now a $10 million per year business. Specialties: Children's books, pop-up books, lift-a-flap books, and SoftPlay interactive soft cloth books.
Krieger Publishing Company, Specialties: science, academic, education, politics.
Lerner Publishing, Adam Lerner, Publisher; Mary Rodgers, Editor-in-Chief, 241 First Avenue N, Minneapolis MN 55401; 612-332-3344; 800-328-4929. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This children's book publisher primarily publishes for the school and library markets. They have about 1,000 titles in print.
MacAdam/Cage, David Poindexter, Publisher; Pat Walsh, Editor, 155 Sansome Street #620, San Francisco CA 94104; 415-986-7502; Fax: 415-986-7414. Bought MacMurray & Beck in October 2000. M&B has published National Book Award nominees. Specialties: quality fiction and narrative nonfiction (memoir, biography, etc.). Great covers! Divina, a second imprint, focuses on speculative and new age nonfiction, stories of soul.
Mark Batty Publisher (mbp), 36 West 37th Street, Penthouse, New York NY 10018; 201-453-1775; Fax 917-591-4144. Visual arts and communications books.
Marlor Press, Marlin Bree, Publisher and Editorial Director; Loris Theovin Bree, President; 4304 Brigadoon Drive, St. Paul MN 55126; 612-484-4600; 800-669-4908; Fax: 612-490-1182. Email: email@example.com. In business since 1982, this company has had at least one book on the Publishers Weekly Children's Bestsellers list. Specialty: marine, travel, nonfiction children's, gift journals.
McPherson & Company, Bruce McPherson, Editor and Publisher, P O Box 1126, Kingston NY 12402; 914-331-5807; 800-613-8219. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. McPherson & Company includes the imprints Documentext (art and culture titles), Treacle Press (the original name of the press), and Recovered Classics (reprints of lost works by 20th century authors). In addition to publishing contemporary American literary fiction and nonfiction, McPherson issues contemporary Italian fiction in English translation.
Meadowbrook Press, Bruce Lansky, Publisher, 5451 Smetana Drive, Minnetonka MN 55343; 612-930-1100; 800-338-2232; Fax: 612-930-1940. Specialty: parenting, childcare, and humor titles.
Mel Bay Publications, L. Dean Bye, 4 Industrial Drive, Pacific MO 63069; 314-257-3970; Fax: 314-257-5062. Specialty: music books, songbooks, and method books for all instruments. Also videos.
Meriwether Publishing, Ted Zapel, Editor, 885 Elkton Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80907; 719-594-4422; 800-937-5297; Fax: 719-594-9916. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: performing arts, theater, clowning.
The Millbrook Press, Howard Graham, 2 Old New Milford Road, Brookfield CT 06804; Fax: 516-287-5328. Specialty: children's books.
Morpheus International, James Cowan, President, 9250 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills CA 90212; 310-859-2557; Fax: 310-859-7455. Specialties: fantasy art books, calendars, posters, and gifts.
Mosaic Press, Howard Asher, Publisher, 85 River Rock Drive #202, Buffalo NY 14207; 800-387-8992; Fax: 800-387-8992. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A Canadian publisher of 450 titles with distribution in the United States. Specialties: international studies, social studies, art, architecture, music, theater, travel, and literature.
Mountain Press Publishing Company, John Rimel, Publisher, 1301 South 3rd Street W, P O Box 2399, Missoula MT 59806; 406-728-1900; 800-234-5308; Fax: 406-728-1635. Email: email@example.com. Specialty: cowboys, geology, history, nature, regional, recreation.
Moyer Bell, Jennifer Moyer, Publisher, Kymbolde Way, Wakefield RI 02879; 401-789-0074; 888-789-1945; Fax: 401-789-3793. 125 titles in print. Specialties: fiction, literary essays.
Mustang Publishing, Rollin Riggs, Publisher, P O Box 770426, Memphis TN 38177; 901-684-1200; 800-250-8713; Fax: 901-684-1256. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1983. Specialties: humor, parenting, sports, travel, general.
Mutual Publishing, Bennett Hymer, Publisher, 1215 Center Street #210, Honolulu HI 96816; 808-732-1709. Email: email@example.com. The largest book publisher in Hawaii specializes in books about Hawaii.
Naiad Press, Barbara Grier, Publisher, P O Box 10543, Tallahassee FL 32302; 850-539-5965; Fax: 850-539-9731. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialty: lesbian literature, fiction, and videos. The oldest and largest such publisher.
New Directions, Griselda Ohannessian, Publisher, 80 Eighth Avenue, New York NY 10011. Almost a non-profit publisher, this company was one of the first small independent publishers (founded in 1936). It is still a strong literary publisher with specialties in poetry as well as avant-garde fiction and nonfiction.
New Harbinger Publications, Patrick Fanning, President, 5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland CA 94609; 510-652-0215; 800-748-6273; Fax: 510-652-5472. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1980.Specialties: books, audiotapes, and videos on psychology, health care, families, self-help.
New Horizon Press, Joan Dunphy, Publisher, P O Box 669, Far Hills NJ 07931; 908-604-6311; 800-533-7978; Fax: 908-604-6330. Specialties: true crime, self-help, children's self-help, current affairs, health, parenting, women's issues.
New World Library, Marc Allen, Publisher; Becky Benenate, Editorial Director; Georgia Hughes, Editor (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org); 14 Pamaron Way, Novato CA 94949; 415-884-2100; 800-972-6657; Fax: 415-884-2199. They have an active backlist of 150 titles. Specialty: new age books, holistic health, Native American, psychology, recovery, wellness, personal growth, quotations, and spoken-word audio.
Newmarket Press, Esther Margolis, Publisher, 18 East 48th Street #1501, New York NY 10017; 212-832-3575; 800-669-3903; Fax: 212-832-3629. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: movie tie-ins, performing arts, parenting, personal finance, cooking, self-help, general.
No Starch Press, William Pollock, Publisher, 555 DeHaro Street #250, San Francisco CA 94107; 415-863-9900; Fax: 415-863-9950. Email: Bill@nostarch.com. Specialties: computer books. Great content and covers!
W W Norton & Company, 500 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10110-0017; 212-354-5500; Fax: 212-869-0856; 800-223-4830. General titles with many college textbooks as well.
Nova Publishing, Dan Sitarz, Publisher, 1103 W College Street, Carbondale IL 62901; 618-457-3521; 800-748-1175; Fax: 618-457-2541. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded 1987. Specialties: consumer law titles.
O'Reilly & Associates, Tim O'Reilly, Publisher, 1005 Gravenstein Highway N, Sebastopol CA 95472; 707-827-7000, 800-998-9938; Fax: 707-829-0104. Email: email@example.com. Starting out as a self-publisher of UNIX books, O'Reilly is now the fourth largest computer trade book publisher. Specialty: UNIX, software, computers. See also Travellers' Tales below. They are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Hall of Fame.
Orca Book Publishers, Andrew Wooldridge; U.S.: P O Box 468, Custer WA 98240; Canada: P O Box 5626, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 1C6 Canada; 800-210-5277; Fax: 250-380-1892. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: children's books and juvenile/teen fiction. They also distribute 8 other publishers. They only publish Canadian authors.
Overlook Press, Peter Mayer, Publisher, 386 W Broadway, 4th Floor, New York NY 10012; 212-965-8400; Fax: 212-477-7525. Specialties: fiction, children's books, art, design, popular culture, etc.
The Overmountain Press, Their new Silver Dagger imprint publishes mysteries.
Paladin Press, Peder Lund, Publisher, Gunbarrel Tech Center, 7077 Winchester Circle, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-443-7250; Fax: 303-442-8741. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1970. 600 titles in print. Specialty: military, guns, self-defense.
Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, Pati Palmer, President, P O Box 12046, Portland OR 97212-0046; 503-294-0696; 800-728-3784; Fax: 503-294-0695. 20 titles in print which have sold more than 2,000,000 books. Specialty: sewing books.
Parenting Press, Elizabeth Crary, Publisher, 11065 Fifth Avenue NE #F, P O Box 75267, Seattle WA 98125-4518; 206-364-2900; 800-992-6657; Fax: 206-364-0702. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1979. 55 titles in print. Specialty: parenting titles.
Peachtree Publishers, Margaret Quinlin, Publisher, 1700 Chattahooche Avenue, Atlanta GA 30318-2112; 404-876-8761. Specialties: children's, Southern regional (hiking, fishing, nature), and self-help, especially parenting. 60 to 70% of their 25 new titles each year are children's books, either picture books or young adult books.
Peel Productions, Doug DuBosque, Publisher, P O Box 546, Columbus NC 28722; 828-894-8838. Specializes in children's drawing books. They have sold over 6 million copies of the 60 titles they have published, with 51 of those titles still in print. They are not currently soliciting new submissions.
Pelican Publishing, Milburn Calhoun, Publisher; Nina Kooij, Editor, 1000 Burmaster Street, P O Box 3110, Gretna LA 70054; 504-368-1175; 800-843-1724 (order line only); Fax: 504-368-1195. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: cookbooks, regional titles, editorial cartoons, children's, business, travel, general.
Penton Overseas, Hugh Penton, President, 2470 Impala Drive, Carlsbad CA 92008-7226; 760-431-0060; 800-748-5804; Fax: 760-431-8110. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialty: audiobooks on travel and language, especially overseas travel. But they also publish and distribute audiotapes on art, adventure, biography, business, and many other subjects.
The Permanent Press, Martin Shepard, Publisher, Noyac Road, Sag Harbor NY 11963; 516-725-1101; Fax: 516-725-1101; 631-725-1101. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.thepermanentpress.com. Also Second Chance Press. Specialty: quality fiction.
Picture Me Books, Deborah B. D'Andrea, P O Box 72054, Akron OH 44372; 330-762-6800; Fax: 330-762-2230. Email: Debbie@picture-me-books.com. Specialty: children's books. Currently have 43 titles in print. They sell not only to the bookstore market but also to photo, candy, toy, gift, mass, grocery, and drugstore markets. Also catalog, school fundraising, and premium sales. They sold over 850,000 books to Kodak and Walt Disney World for an anniversary promotion and 350,000 copies to Imation. Their Nibble Me Books were voted Product of the Year by the Professional Candy Buyers.
Pineapple Press, Specialties: Southeast regional titles, cookbooks.
powerHouse Books, 180 Varick Street #1302, New York NY 10014; 212-604-9074; Fax: 212-366-5247. Specialties: Innovative photo, art, and pop culture illustrated books.
Pro-Action Sports, Stuart Sobel, Publisher, P O Box 26657, Los Angeles CA 90026; 213-666-7789; 888-567-7789; Fax: 213-666-3225. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialty: martial arts books and videos.
Prometheus Books, Steven Mitchell, Editor in Chief, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst NY 14228-2197; 800-421-0351; Fax: 716-691-0137. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: real science, debunking of pseudoscience, human rights, social issues, psychology, exposés. They recently bought the backlist titles of Humanities Press and have launched a new imprint, Humanity Books, to publish books on philosophy and social science. Prometheus publishes about 100 new titles per year. Lou Anders is the editor of their Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy line of novels.
Pruett Publishing Company, Jim Pruett, Publisher, 2928 Pearl Street, Boulder CO 80301; 303-449-4919; Fax: 303-433-9019. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: regional, nature, travel, outdoor recreation, history.
Publications International, J. Robert Stank, Publisher, 7373 N Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood IL 60646; 847-676-3470; Fax: 847-676-3671. Specialties: cookbooks, consumers, children's books, sports, entertainment, crafts, lifestyles, health and fitness, general. They are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Hall of Fame.
Pushcart Press, Bill Henderson, Publisher, P O Box 380, Wainscott NY 11975-0380; 516-324-9300. Specialties: stories, fiction, publishing, general.
QED Press, 155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg CA 95437; 707-964-9520; Fax: 707-964-7531. Email: email@example.com. 41 titles. Founded 1984. Mission statement: QED Press is a small, award-winning West Coast publishing house whose vision is to publish non-fiction and fiction that inpires readers to transcend national, racial and ethnic boundaries through an appreciation of the humanities, world literature, art, and poetry.
Quail Ridge Press, Gwen McKee, Editor, P O Box 123, Brandon MS 39043; 800-343-1583; Fax: 800-864-1082. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Publishes cookbooks, the Mississippi mystery series, some children's books.
Quality Medical Publishing, 2248 Welsch Industrial Court, Saint Louis MO 63146; 314-878-7808. Email: email@example.com. Publisher of award-winning medical books, journals and digital media in plastic surgery, spine surgery, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, dermatology, and orthopedic surgery.
Quill Driver Books, Steve Blake Mettee, Publisher, 1254 Commerce Avenue, Sanger CA 93657; 559-876-2170; Fax: 559-876-2180. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also Word Dancer Press. Specialties: regional, history, writing, books for people over 50.
RDR Books, Roger Rapoport, Publisher, 1487 Glen Avenue, Muskegon MI 49441; 510-595-0595; Fax: 510-595-0598. Email: email@example.com. They have two imprints: Wetlands Press publishes literary and innovative children's books; Zenobia Press publishes books by women or about women's issues. They also publish the humorous Wannabe Guides and travel humor/travel guides.
Red Wheel/Weiser, Michael Kerber, President, 368 Congress Street, 4th Floor, Boston MA 02210; 617-542-1324; 800-423-7087; Fax: 617-482-9676. New age, philosophy, spirituality, etc.
Redleaf Press, Eileen Nelson, 450 N Syndicate #5, St. Paul MN 55104; 612-641-6629; Fax: 612-645-0990. 310 titles. Specialties: early childhood, child care.
Roaring Forties Press, Deirdre Greene, Acquisitions Editor, 1053 Santa Fe Avenue, Berkeley CA 94706; 510-527-5461. Email: acquisitions@roaring fortiespress.com. Specializes in nonfiction related to travel, the arts, and biographies.
Roberts Rinehart, Jack Van Zandt, Publisher; Betsy Armstrong, Editor-in-Chief; 6309 Monarch Park Place #101, Niwot CO 80503; 303-652-2685; 800-352-1985; Fax: 303-652-2689. Specialties: general, nature, ecology, Ireland (especially through their division, Irish American Book Company, Email: IrishBooks@aol.com), fiction, travel, art and photography, children's books.
Ronnie Sellers Productions, Robin Haywood, Publishing Director, 81 W Commercial Street, Portland ME 04101; 207-772-6833; 800-625-3386; Fax: 207-772-6814. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also web: http://www.rsvp.com. Ronnie Sellers, Publisher. This calendar and greeting card publisher also publishes books (58 and counting) and has been named by Publishers Weekly as one of the country's fastest growing publishers. Their specialty is art and humor titles. Sample titles include Sixty Things to Do When You Turn Sixty, Getting Old Is a Joke, Cat Naps, and 500 Cupcakes.
Sandlapper Publishing, Amanda Gallman, Publisher, 1281 Amelia Street, Orangeburg SC 29115; 803-531-1658; Fax: 803-534-5223. Email: email@example.com. Established in 1983, this regional publisher issues up to 6 new titles each year, with 100 titles in backlist. This company also distributes more than 300 titles from other publishers. They are mostly interested in titles about South Carolina or the South. No fiction, poetry, or politics.
Santa Monica Press, Jeffrey Goldman, Publisher, P O Box 1076, Santa Monica CA 90406-1076; 310-230-7759; 800-784-9553; Fax: 310-230-7761. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. General how-to and offbeat books. Still doing a wonderful job marketing off-beat books to catalogs and non-book retailers.
Sasquatch Books, Chad Haight, Publisher, 119 S Main Street #400, Seattle WA 98104; 206-467-4300; 800-775-0817; Fax: 206-467-4301. Founded in 1986. Publishes 40 new titles per year. Specialties: cookbooks, gardening, regional titles, general.
Self-Counsel Press, Richard Day, Managing Editor, 1704 N State Street, Bellingham WA 98225; 360-676-4530; 877-877-6490; Fax: 360-676-4549. Email: email@example.com. This Canadian publisher publishes books on self-help law for the layperson, business, marketing, family/lifestyle, and writing.
Seven Locks Press, Jim Riordan, Publisher, 3100 W Warner Avenue #8, P O Box 25689, Santa Ana CA 92799; 714-545-2526; 800-354-5348; Fax: 714-545-1572. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: contemporary issues, coffee table books, gift books, celebrities, Native American.
Shambhala Publications, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston MA 02115; 617-424-0030; 888-424-2329; Fax: 617-236-1563. Email: email@example.com. Specialty: Buddhism, new age titles, Eastern philosophy, holistic health, psychology, yoga, martial arts. Publishes 60 to 85 titles per year.
Skyhorse Publishing, Tony Lyons, Publisher, 555 Eighth Avenue #903, New York NY 10018; 212-643-6816; Fax: 212-643-6819. They publish books on sports, history, nature, humor, home, and reference.
Sourcebooks Inc., Dominique Raccah, Publisher, 1935 Brookdale Road #139, Naperville IL 60563; 630-961-3900 #224; 800-727-8866; Fax: 630-961-2168. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1987. Imprints: Casablanca Press, Hysteria, Sphinx Publishing. Specialties: general, children's, romance, beauty, fiction, multimedia. The fastest growing independent publisher out there.
Stackpole Books, 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg PA 17055; 717-796-0411; 800-732-3669; Fax: 717-796-0412. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: nature, outdoor recreation and sports, history, military reference, and Pennsylvania.
Starburst Publishers, David and Sharon Robie, Publishers, P O Box 4123, Lancaster PA 17604; 717-293-0939; Fax: 717-293-1945. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialties: inspiration, self-help, health, religious.
Stemmer House Publishers, Barbara Holdridge, 2627 Caves Road, Owings Mills MD 21117; 410-363-3690; Fax: 410-363-8459. Specialty: children's books, design.
Stillpoint Publishing, Meredith Young-Sowers, Publisher, Meetinghouse Road, P O Box 640, Walpole NH 03608; 603-756-9281; 800-847-4014; Fax: 603-756-9282. Email: email@example.com. Founded in 1983. 50 titles in print.
Stoeger Publishing, 17603 Indian Head Highway #200, Accokeek MD 20607; 301-283-6981; Fax: 310-283-4783. “Stoeger Publishing is the nation’s foremost publisher of outdoor, hunting, fishing and firearms books. Located in historic southern Maryland, Stoeger Publishing is dedicated to the production of quality books at a great price for outdoor sports enthusiasts worldwide. Since 1924, Stoeger has published or distributed hundreds of titles, most notably the signature annuals Shooter’s Bible and Gun Trader’s Guide.” It's books have won many awards as well as hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Nielsen BookScan, and Mid-South Booksellers Association.
Storey Books, 210 Mass MoCa Way, North Adams MA 01247; 413-346-2100; 800-793-9396; Fax: 413-346-2196. Books on country living, food, crafts, garden, home, pets, and recreation.
Sunstone Press, James Clois Smith, Jr., Publisher, P O Box 2321, Santa Fe NM 87504-2321; 800-243-5644; Fax: 505-988-1025. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Publishes novels, Native American, health, cookbooks, regional, and children's books.
Sybex, Jordan Gold, VP Publishing, 1151 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda CA 94501; 510-523-8233; Fax: 510-523-1766. Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.sybexgames.com. Rodnay Zaks, Founder. Founded in 1976, Sybex publishes books on computers (certification, database management, graphic eesign/multimedia, game strategy guides, Internet/www, operating systems, office software, programming). Its books are available in more than 25 languages.
Third World Press, Haki Madhubuti, Publisher, 7822 S Dobson Avenue, Chicago IL 60619; 773-651-0700; Fax: 773-651-7286. Specialty: African American themes.
J. N. Townsend Publishing, Jeremy Townsend, Publisher, 12 Greenleaf Drive, Exeter NH 03833; 603-778-9883; 800-333-9883. Email: JNTown@aol.com. Specialty: animal and nature books.
Travelers' Tales, James O'Reilly, Editor and Associate Publisher, 853 Alma Street, Palo Alto CA 94301; 650-462-2110; Fax: 650-462-2114. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded in 1993, this company is owned by the same family who owns O'Reilly & Associates (see above). They have won the Lowell Thomas Award for best travel book three times in their five-year history. Specialties: travel (especially travel stories), travel humor, misadventure, romance, and food.
Turner Publishing, Todd Bottorff, Publisher, 200 4th Avenue North #950, Nashville TN 37219; 615-255-2665. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: local interest, local history, and southern fiction. Publishes 55 titles annually.
Vacation Spot Press, Cheryl Barnes, Publisher, P O Box 17011, Alexandria VA 22302; 703-684-8142; Fax: 703-684-7955. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Publishes children's poetry books, including several New York Times bestsellers by 11-year-old Mattie Stepanek, a victim of muscular distrophy.
Visible Ink Press, 835 Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold Street, Detroit MI 48226-4094; 800-776-6265. Reference titles: movies, TV, entertainment, nature, and more.
Volcano Press, Adam Gottstein, Publisher, 2l376 Consolation Street, P O Box 270, Volcano CA 95689; 209-296-3445; 800-879-9636; Fax: 209-296-45l5. Ruth Gottstein, Editorial Consultant. Email: email@example.com. Specialties: women's health, family violence issues, and multicultural children's books.
Workman Publishing Company, Peter Workman, Publisher, 225 Varick Street, New York NY 10014-4381; 212-254-5900; 800-722-7202; Fax: 212-475-5074. Also owns Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Storey Publishing, Timber Press, Artisan Books, and HighBridge Audio. This is the premier pioneering publisher of trade paperbacks and Page-a-Day calendars. A standard setter who has sold millions of copies of dozens of titles. They are a member of the Independent Book Publishers Hall of Fame.
World Leisure, Charles Leocha, Publisher, 177 Paris Street, Boston MA 02128 (P.O. Box 160, Hampstead NH 03841); 617-569-1966; 800-292-1966; Fax: 617-561-7654. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Specialty: travel books.
1001 Ways to Market Your Books, 6th Edition describes more than 1,000 ideas, tips, and suggestions for marketing books — all illustrated with real-life examples showing how other publishers and authors have marketed their books.
“Without glitzy idealism or funky hopelessness, Kremer does a sound job of talking about marketing, telling stories from his own and others' experiences. He knows his subject, imparting important information in a fast-paced, very open way. Extremely good stuff here.” — The Book Reader
A writer’s greatest goal is publication. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing something you have worked so hard on make it past editors and be published. Countless writers strive for it and the majority of them fall short for one reason or another. Some have misconceptions about the publishing industry, while others simply do not have a story ready for the business. Whatever the case may be it does not change the fact that publishers are a picky bunch, so it pays to be prepared when wading into the industry.
That’s right. Writing is a business before anything else. This may shatter the idealistic view most writers hold for their craft. The truth is that altruism does not pay in business, and publishers are businessmen. They are looking for a quality product that will sell well and justify their investment. This is one of the main reasons why publishers do not take on novice writers. They are weary to risk their money on an untested author.
With that said, it is important to understand that this business mindset does not mean publishers refuse a good story when it comes their way. So the most important thing to do, just like with any business endeavor, is research. Find out which markets are popular and note the trends therein. As a writer, it is your place to tell a story and to have that story read. Being able to adapt to your environment will be your greatest asset in the business of writing.
After you have done some studying, become familiar with the publications in your chosen market. Find out what they are looking for specifically and write a story. Or, if you already have a story, see if you can make adjustments so that it will be more suitable for the market. You don’t have to go overboard and change your story completely for the sake of selling a product. A simple change in language is often enough to push a book from “Adult” to “Young Adult”. Publishers look for writers with a wide focus, that can appeal to a varied audience, not one hit wonders.
Writer’s Market is a helpful resource for your research. When you do find a publisher you would like to submit your work to, be sure to follow their guidelines carefully. Editors are not lenient with those that diverge from the rules. They pore through a massive amount of submissions every day so do them, and yourself, a favor and do what they tell you to.
Like any specialized field, publishing is complex and has its own terms and terminology that can be confusing for anyone unfamiliar with it. Knowing key terms and their meanings will not only clarify the steps involved from manuscript to publishable text but will also help when communicating with publishing professionals.
Back matter: All information published after the text, for example, the appendix, index, glossary and bibliography. See front matter.
Blues: Abbreviation for blueline proofs. Either the printer will generate blues from repro or the typesetter from electronic files. Bluelines are literally blue pages that are not checked for final color but for completeness, accuracy and placement of all printed elements. Blues should incorporate all changes made at previous stages like the page proof and galley stages.
Copy: All typeset text elements of a publication.
Copyediting: The process of making improvements to a manuscript, for example, spelling, grammar, factual checks and formatting changes.
F&Gs: This abbreviation stands for “folded and gathered” and refers to the final pages of a publication without binding. F&Gs provide a good idea of what the finished book will look like so that any grave errors can be corrected before it goes for binding.
Front matter: All information published before the text, for example the title page, copyright page, acknowledgements, table of contents, preface and foreword. See back matter.
Galley: This is a pre-publication copy of a book with a plain cover. (Covers are finalized in one of the later stages of the publishing process.) Only a few galleys are produced and sent to reviewers. These are advance copies and not meant for sale.
Page proofs: These are paginated and typeset material that shows the placement of text, tables, illustrations and other elements. There can be more than one stage of page proofs, for example, one after copyediting and one after proofreading. Today, page proofs are usually provided in digital format.
Paper vs. article: The term “paper” is used for work that has not been published, for example, a paper presented at a meeting, whereas “article” refers to a published work.
Pull quote: Brief text excerpts, usually not more than a sentence or two, that are enlarged and set off from other information on a page with lines, shading or boxes. Used for emphasis and to draw the reader’s attention to key points. Editors might ask authors to mark text that can be used as pull quotes.
Recto: The right page of a spread. See verso.
Repro: Short for reproduction copy. Page proofs are generated by the typesetter and reflect changes at the galley and different page proof stages.
Running head: The page header. This might be the book title on the left (verso) and chapter title on the right (recto) of a book page or the journal name on the left-hand page and the article title on the right-hand page for a journal.
Spread: Two facing pages with an even-numbered page on the left (verso) and an odd-numbered page on the right (recto).
Typesetting: The graphic presentation of text, either on paper or electronically. Before the invention of word processors, typesetting was done manually by specialists who would set types (i.e., printed or typewritten letters or characters; see photo) to form words and sentences.
Verso: The left side of a spread. See recto.
Frequent use of the terms and further reading will improve confidence in one’s publishing vocabulary so that soon, its correct usage will impress professionals in the field. Style guides such as the MLA Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style provide further information as they devote whole chapters to explaining the book production process and how to prepare a manuscript.