Small Presses: 2 Publishers that Accept Unagented and Unsolicited Submissions

Start the New Year with an inspirational writing quote from William Wordsworth.

Start the new year with an inspirational writing quote from William Wordsworth.

Small and independent publishers offer an option for unpublished writers who don’t want to self-publish. Quirk Books and Köehler Books are among those that accept unagented and unsolicited submissions.

While big publishing houses only accept manuscripts submitted by literary agents, small and independent publishers like Quirk Books and Köehler Books are more open. An “unagented” submission means a manuscript from a writer without a literary agent, while “unsolicited” refers to a manuscript that was not requested by the publisher.

Quirk Books

Quirk Books is the publisher of the hit “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Judging by these two books, the publisher certainly lives up to its name. If you have an unconventional manuscript or book idea, either fiction or non-fiction, Quirk Books might be a good fit for you.

The Philadelphia-based publisher accepts queries. You’ll find more information about submissions here.

Köehler Books

Köehler Books touts the fact that its books are distributed by the Ingram Content Group, one of the world’s largest book distributors. Köehler accepts submissions from agents and authors, with a special focus on contemporary fiction, suspense and mystery, young adult, and non-fiction.

The company, based in Virginia Beach, Va., has a very accessible Web site that explains the production process, from signing of contract to actual book publication, as well as the distribution and marketing process. To read more about submitting your work to Köehler Books, click here.


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  1. lynettedavis

     /  January 5, 2015

    Reblogged this on Memoir Notes.

  2. So interesting, I didn’t think publishers ever did this. Thanks for the info!

  3. Hey Cindy! I love the cover art for you book! Is your character a boxer?

    For some reason I had thought that PPaZ was from the Big 5. Maybe just because it got so much press. I hadn’t heard of Quirk Books. Maybe they’re not on Poets and Writers…? Maybe I’ll query them.

  4. HI Beth. Happy New Year! Yep, “In His Corner” is about a boxer. You should try both publishers. Good luck!

  5. Fia Essen

     /  January 8, 2015

    I’ve just been perusing your blog, and I’m already loving it. You’ve got some wonderful posts here. I’ll be back for more!

  6. Thanks for offering up this useful info on small presses!

  7. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I may need Quirk Books when I finish my children’s fantasy.

  8. Thanks for checking out WordSisters! I also appreciate this blog about publishers.

  9. Thanks for the visit and follow.

  10. I am so glad you liked my post on Pinch Points today because it led me here. Love your site! This post in particular is so timely as I am now submitting to publishers. Thanks for the info! On to check out your other posts…

  11. Sourcebooks also allows for submissions. They have YA and Romance. I’m published through them with my paranormal romance shifter stories and the first, Heart of the Wolf, received PW’s Best Book of the Year. Five mass marketed books received the recognition that year.

  12. There’s an update on Dzanc. It has acquired Hawthorne Books, which will serve as an imprint.

  13. Thank you for publicising this in this generous way.

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thanks for sharing this info!

  15. Thanks so much for sharing this information. 😊

  16. How do I follow your blog? My computer skills are infantile. Keep it simple, please. Ha Ha! RAE

    • Hi Rae. On the right-hand column of this page, after “Short Stories,” you’ll see two buttons. If you have a blog on WordPress, click on “Follow.” If you’re not on WordPress, click “Follow Blog via email.” Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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