Top 20 Publishers for New Authors:


The Top 20 Publishers for New Authors

Written by Emily Harstone | May 8, 2015

Updated February 29th 2016

If you are a new author with very little previous publication experience the writing market can seem overwhelming. However, the following publishers are open to publishing new authors. They do not require literary agents. You can submit to these publishers directly.

These publishers all have good distribution and clear marketing strategies. They are not vanity presses or self-publishers. They are established publishing houses with good reputations.

Some of the publishers listed below are imprints of the “Big 5” publishers. None of the “Big 5” Publishers accept submissions directly, but some of their imprints do. Others are independent companies, some based in the United States and others based in the UK or elsewhere. However, all the publishers listed below are open to authors regardless of nationality. Most of the publishers focus on…

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6 thoughts on “Top 20 Publishers for New Authors:

      1. Sorry, I didn’t know this was re-published elsewhere. But Austin Macauley is a traditional publisher, based in London. Why do you say they are not? I’m not sure which of your guidelines you think they break.


  1. “From the very beginning we have worked with the ‘hybrid’ model of publishing contracts, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. This means that while we look at every new manuscript with a view to offering a traditional mainstream publishing deal, we also have the option of offering a partnership agreement instead, where the author may be asked to cover part of the cost of publishing the book. It is only when our editors have reviewed the complete manuscript thoroughly that we will be able to decide which avenue would be most suitable for that book.” – From their website. We never review a publisher that charges their authors anything. We only review traditional publishers.


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