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Aethon Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated July 6th, 2023: They recently updated their submission guidelines and are now open to Thrillers of all types, though with an emphasis on Action, Political, and Military Thrillers. Aethon Books is a print and eBook publisher that focuses on Science Fiction and Fantasy. They are open to all sub-genres within these genres including Hard…

Seventh Street Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Updated March 2023: The website is fully functioning again, and they haven’t altered any of the text in it, but the last book they released was published last summer. For some publishers this is a fine pace, but Seventh Street Press has generally been pretty active in terms of their publication schedule, and they haven’t…

Polis Books: Now Accepting Book Queries

Updated April 28th, 2024: They went under quickly and all that was really shared was a twitter post here, with the sreenshot below (from the founding editor) Polis Books is an independent publisher of fiction and nonfiction, founded in 2013. Their focus is on publishing new voices. They are a technologically driven company. They publish…

Twelfth Planet Press: Now Seeking Novella Submissions

Twelfth Planet Press is a small electronic press focusing primarily on publishing novellas by women and other marginalized writers in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and more recently, crime. They particularly hope to publish Australian writers but they have had no geographic limits on their recent submission calls. They really want to publish…

Black Opal Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

UPDATED NOVEMBER 15, 2021 – They are still in operation, but everything I’ve heard from authors has made it clear that their serious issues are ongoing. They are not listed in the manuscript guide and I keep this article up as a reference point. UPDATED JULY 30TH, 2019 – They have gone through some recent…

Crooked Lane: Now Accepting Submissions

Crooked Lane was established in 2014 as a press specializing in crime books. They have an experienced staff and have managed to publish some well known authors already. They publish a range of mysteries that lean towards the cozy, and they are not opposed to publishing a series of books. You can see their catalog…

Stairway Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Stairway Press publishes and markets literary books in a variety of genres including science, science fiction, short stories, political essays, literary thrillers and adventure books. They are not interested in young adult or children books. Their main focus is quality writing. Although a number of the books I looked at I would not describe as…

Tell-Tale Publishing: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Tell-Tale Publishing is a small press founded in 2009. They seem to focus primarily on eBooks but also they have print options (largely print on demand). They publish six imprints which include Dahlia (Romance, and various romance subgenres), Stargazer (fantasy, steampunk), Nightshade (horror), Casablanca (mystery), Thistle (middle school, YA, New Adult), and Deja Vu (reprints…

Filles Vertes Publishing: CLOSED

Updated August 2020-  Writers Beware Posted an Update about the situation with FVP. You can read it here. FVP ended up closing it’s doors as of the 27th of August. Do not Submit. Updated February 2019 – They have not been responding to submissions in a timely manner. Filles Vertes Publishing was founded in 2016….

Head of Zeus: Accepting Manuscripts Submissions

Updated August 22, 2023. They appear to be permanently closed to unagented submissions. Head of Zeus is a UK based print publisher that was founded in early 2012. They publish a wide variety of work including non-fiction, literary fiction, general and genre fiction. They have a number of imprints and have good distribution in the…

Level Best Books: Accepting Submissions

 Updated October 24th, 2023 – Recently we’ve received reports about various issues occurring at Level Best Books, including but not limited to delayed release issues, issues with filing for copyright, etc. We have seen proof of some of these issues, and we are encouraging authors to steer clear. Level Best Books publishes an annual anthology…

Diversion Books: Now Accepting Book Submissions

UPDATED April 16 2021: Writer’s Beware has additional details in depth and substantiated about the issue. There is a later update on the post that makes it clear some authors received payment but it’s not clear if the issue was fully resolved. UPDATED April 11 2021: International Thriller Writers has suspended Diversion from its list…

Alibi: A Digital First Imprint of Random House

Updated January 2019 – They have not been open to direct submissions for over a year and their web page is down. I do not think they are going to re-open to direct submissions at this point. Alibi is Random House’s digital first imprint that focuses on publishing mysteries and thrillers. This is a great…

Kensington Publishing: Now Accepting Book Queries

This large independent publisher is based out of New York. They publish a wide variety of mainstream fiction and nonfiction books, with a particular focus on romance. They publish an average of 600 books a year, so they accept a lot more submissions than most independent publishers. To get a good feeling for what they…

Tule Publishing: A Romance and Mystery Publisher

Updated April 7th, 2019 Tule Publishing started out as Romance Publisher with multiple imprints. Many of their books have sold well on Amazon. Most books they have published have at least 25 positive reviews. They have published bestselling and award winning authors. They publish a wide variety of romance including western, paranormal, and holiday. They…

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