Open For Submissions
By Stephanie Bearce
Are you an author trying to get your manuscript published? You've done everything right - revised, rewritten, sent it through critique groups. Everyone agrees, your story is ready to go!
So how do you get your book published?
Should you start the agent search? Look for publishers? Start on a new project?
My advice is all of the above.
Whenever I finish one project, I immediately start on a new one. Career writers know that you can't depend on every manuscript getting published. You need to keep generating new material. Plus, both agents and editors like to know what else you have in your files!
If you are at the point where you have a finished novel, or a couple of full nonfiction proposals for MG/YA, or three to four perfected picture books, then you are ready for the agent search. But the reality is - finding an agent takes a lot of work and TIME. And sometimes, especially when writing nonfiction, your project can be time sensitive. You need to get it in front of an editor as soon as possible. In this case you may want to submit directly to open publishers.
I have an amazing agent and I am grateful to be her client. But before I signed with my agent, I sold 28 books on my own. (and this wasn't a hundred years ago) It is possible to sell your work directly to editors. You may find that getting an offer on your manuscript will even help you find an agent!
Submitting to publishers yourself is definitely something to consider for unagented authors. I have done the research for you and located publishing houses open to submissions. I've even given you the links to their submission guidelines.
Your mission - should you choose to accept it - is to find the publisher that is looking for your type of manuscript. Researching the publisher is just as important as researching for the perfect agent.
I would love to answer questions you may have. Put them in the comment section ans I will do my best to give helpful answers.
I wish you publishing success!
Children’s Book Publishers Open for Submissions
Albert Whitman https://www.albertwhitman.com/submission-guidelines-for-unrepresented-authors/
Allen and Unwin https://www.allenandunwin.com/about-allen-and-unwin/submission-guidelines
Andrews McMeel https://publishing.andrewsmcmeel.com/submissions/
Annick Press https://www.annickpress.com/Submission-Guidelines
August House https://www.augusthouse.com/submissions-guidelines
Beyond Words Press https://beyondword.com/pages/manuscript-submissions
Cider Mill Press https://www.cidermillpress.com/pages/submissions
Chicago Review Press https://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/information-for-authors--amp--agents-pages-100.php
Chronicle Books https://www.chroniclebooks.com/pages/submissions
Dover Publications https://www.doverpublications.com/faq/contacting-dover#EDITSUB
Entangled Publishing https://entangledpublishing.com/submission-information
Flashlight Press http://flashlightpress.com/submission-guidelines/
Fly Away Books https://www.flyawaybooks.com/submissions
Flying Eye Books https://flyingeyebooks.com/flying-eye/submissions/
Gibbs Smith https://www.gibbs-smith.com/submissions
Hogs Back Books http://www.hogsbackbooks.com/HBB/pages/About-us.html
Holiday House https://holidayhouse.com/faqs/
Judaica Press https://www.judaicapress.com/pages/submissions
Just Us Books https://justusbooks.com/pages/resource-center/submission-guidelines.html
Kids Can Press https://www.kidscanpress.com/writers
Laurence King https://www.laurenceking.com/getting-published/
Lee and Low https://www.leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/writing-guidelines
Levine Querido https://www.levinequerido.com/submissions
Lion Hudson https://www.lionhudson.com/authors-and-illustrators/prospective-authors
Magination Press https://maginationpress.apabooks.org/?page_id=15
Mighty Media Press http://www.mightymediapress.com/submissions.html
New Frontier Books https://www.newfrontier.com.au/submission-guidelines
No Brow https://nobrow.net/flying-eye/submissions/?from=fe
Pants on Fire Press https://pantsonfirepress.com/submissions
Page Street Publishing https://www.pagestreetpublishing.com/submission-guidelines
Pelican Publishing https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/ContactUs/MakeMeAnAuthor
Penny Candy Books https://www.pennycandybooks.com/submit
Salaam Reads https://salaamreads.com/
Sky Pony Press https://www.skyhorsepublishing.com/sky-pony-press/submissions/
Tanglewood Publishing https://www.tanglewoodbooks.com/submissions/
Thames and Hudson https://thamesandhudson.com/page/getting-published
Tilbury House https://www.tilburyhouse.com/submissions
12/7/2021 01:58:07 pm
This is a fantastic list! Thank you for compiling it and sharing your efforts.
12/7/2021 03:20:30 pm
You are Amazo. What a gift. Thank you Stephanie.
12/7/2021 06:46:43 pm
Wow, Stephanie! Thank you so much for posting this list. This is so helpful!
12/8/2021 03:45:19 am
I've worked with Reycraft Books and highly recommend them, too. They accept unagented submissions.
12/8/2021 08:50:37 am
Thanks a million for this treasure trove! Sharing on Twitter.
12/8/2021 08:40:23 pm
I have been thinking of going this route and seeing your advice and list of publishers with links is just fabulous! thank you Stephanie. Question: Of the 28 books you sold on your own I am guessing they were to different Pub Houses. How many different houses did you sell to? and Did you sell more than one to a house (I'm guessing you did). Once you sold one to a house was it easier to sell another to that house?
12/9/2021 08:25:55 pm
Thanks for your reply Stephanie. It is much appreciated.
12/8/2021 09:23:14 pm
This is terrific. Thanks so much for posting this.
12/9/2021 07:14:32 am
12/10/2021 05:55:09 am
GReat advice and list. Thank you for culling this together for us, Stephanie. This isll be a time-saver for sure!
mary helen berg
12/14/2021 11:54:04 am
Thank you, Stephanie! You definitely added some presses I didn't have on my radar!
12/17/2021 06:13:31 pm
Thanks so much for this wonderful information! 😻
12/20/2021 03:21:35 pm
thank you for putting together this list!
2/9/2022 06:13:46 pm
I'm trying to rework an old idea and so want to get to this part. Thanks for posting this.
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