Sometimes finding the right publisher can be harder than writing a potential best-seller. I’ve read there are hundreds of small presses out there if you can find them. To be honest, you probably don’t want to find some of them. Many charge a fee to publish your book. I included one such publisher in the following list. My instinct is to skip over that one and look a little more into some of the others.
Please understand that I’m not promoting or recommending any of these publishers. I simply did a search to see what I could find. I’m sure I’ve missed many good ones and even more that aren’t worth looking into. I may have included some that don’t deserve to be included, but I certainly omitted many more than I list here. If you decide to submit to any of these, I suggest you check them out thoroughly first. Look for books they’ve published. Contact their authors and see what they have to say. Find out as much as you can first.
White Rose Publishing and Desert Breeze are listed with ACFW. Take a look at what I found and form your own opinions. Here are twelve possible homes for your masterpiece.
1. Tate Publishing is actively looking for authors, they say they are not a self-publisher as they receive tens of thousands of submissions and author inquiries each year. Of those, they accept only a small percentage. They also claim they will respond to submissions within weeks. Books accepted by Tate Publishing will be released as a paper version as well as an e-book. Their marketing includes 15-second commercials on nationwide television. They are at www.tatepublishing.com
2. Halo Publishing is looking for the following categories: Spiritual, faith-based, adult fiction and children’s. Halo Publishing.com is a self-publishing site. They help authors publish and market their books for a fee.
Contact: Bernita McGoldrick at email@example.com
3. ShadeTree Publishing, LLC is accepting manuscripts in the following categories: Fiction and Nonfiction, (Auto)biographies, Poetry, Photography, and Children’s books. ShadeTree Publishing accepts only completed manuscripts from authors—no agents.
More information can be found at their website under FAQ.
Contact: Vivian Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org
4. White Rose Publishing publishes e-books from 10,000 to 80,000 words and POD paperback from 60,001 to 80,000 words. They publish romance only, and their submission guidelines can be found on their website at www.whiterosepublishing.com. They pay a small advance and have a digital book club, which assures a certain amount of sales. They also have a free book program called Book Buzzin. If you agree to write reviews, they will send you free books to read and review on major bookselling sites.
5. Black Lyon Publishing publishes contemporary – 45,000 to 60,000 words, historical – 65,000 to 85,000 words, paranormal – 60,000 to 80,000 words, literary love stories 65,000 to 85,000 words, and novella – 20,000 to 40,000 words. Check out their website at www.blacklyonpublishing.com.
6. Highland Press Publishing has a call out for several anthologies of 12,000 to 15,000 words each. They also want submissions for a new inspirational/family line. This will be stories such as Little House on the Prairie, Hallmark Hall of Fame, etc. for adult or young adult lines. They publish paperbacks and e-books. An advance is not offered at this time.
Their lines include: Highland Press Anthologies, Regency Royale, Sweeping Novels of Ancient Scotland, Victorian to Gaslight Britain, Novels of Rousing Viking Tales, American Historical Romance, Historical Britain, Legacy, All Mystery/suspense, Inspirational, and Historical Fiction. Check them out at www.highlandpress.org.
7. Holiday House publishes books for Young People, I did not find submission guidelines on their site. They are at www.holidayhouse.com.
8. Treble Heart Books is a group of four lines including: Romances (Treble Heart Division), Christian Books (MountainView Division), Westerns (Sundowners Division), Mystries/Suspense, Action/Adventure/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror (WhoooDoo Mysteries Division). You can learn more at: www.trebleheartbooks.com.
9. Whiskey Creek Press prints paperbacks as well as e-books in several genres including inspirational romance. They do not charge a fee for any of their services. You can find them at www.whiskeycreekpress.com.
10. Wings ePress, Inc. is an e-book publisher, and they publish several genres including inspirational. They have detailed submissions on their site at www.wings-press.com.
11. Istoria Books publish e-books at a price you want to pay. In so many words, they keep their prices down. They are open to a wide variety of stories, but do publish inspirational. They do not pay an advance, but split royalties with the author. They buy short stories for a flat price. They can be found at www.istoriabooks.com.
12. Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. publishes several genres including Christian/inspirational. Their submission guidelines are under the “Our Policies” tab. You can find them at www.desertbreezepublishing.com.
I hope this is of help to someone!