The Romance Reviews

Tuesday 9 August 2011

No publisher, no agent, but brimming with romance?

Don't despair. Here are some publishers who will look at unagented work, plus some other writing links which I hope may be useful.

AUK (New listing
Andrews UK Limited. Publisher of ebooks and POD. 
Here's how the CEO Paul Andrews describes the publishing house. "We are one of the UK’s leading indie publishers with several thousand titles live, we publish across most genres, from romance and erotica, to kids books. We work with first time authors right through to New York Times best selling ones, so we love to hear from authors, and also give them some of the best percentages in the industry."

Avalon Books
USA library publishers. Very sweet and traditional.

Avon Impulse
Digital line from USA publisher Avon.

Publisher of many kinds of romance. Bookstrand publishers mainstream romance, Siren publisher erotic romance. Siren-Bookstrand also publish menage romance.

Captiva Press
USA ebook publisher of romance.

Carina Press
Ebook press of Harlequin.

Champagne Books
Ebook publisher of highly sensual romance.

Choc Lit
A British publisher who will consider unagented work. Contemp and historical romance.

Desert Breeze
USA ebook publisher of romance.

Ellora's Cave
Publisher of romance, erotic romance and romantica.

Entangled Publishing
Publisher of romance - say they bridge the gap between trad publishing and indie publishing.

Freya's Bower.
Ebook publisher of romance and erotic romance - closed for subs now until Sept 15th 2011.

Karen Fox
News of markets, publishers and agents.

Kensington Books
5th largest publisher in the USA. Will look at unagented work. Be ready for a long wait.

Leap of Faith Publishing
Leap of Faith Publishing are very new. They are looking mainly for romance but some mainstream, too, including thrillers and suspense, mainstream and self-help. They take short stories as well - 1000 to 2000 words.

Loose Id
Publisher of erotic romance.

Macmillan new writing
Macmillan new writing will take unagented work. tends to be mainstream or thrillers/crime. Closed for submissions at present, hope to re-open late in 2011 - keep checking the link.

Mills and Boon
The UK category and more romance publisher. Will consider unagented work. Be prepared for a 24 week wait.

Muse It Up Publishing
Canadian ebook and POD publisher.

My Weekly Pocket Novel Guidelines
My Weekly Pocket Novel. UK publisher of romance seeking novels of 50,000 words.

Publishing Trove
This is a useful yahoo group where you can promote your work on Sundays and also pitch your work to publishers on other days. The files section here is full of info about different publishers and what they are looking for.

Robert Hale Publishers
A British publisher who will consider unagented work. Likes crime, thrillers, sagas, romantic suspense, westerns.

Secret Cravings
Ebook publisher.

Samhain Publishing
USA ebook publisher. Romance and erotic romance of many genres, also horror.

Sapphire Blue Publishing
Ebook publisher of many genres.

Place where writers can self-publish their fiction and non fiction work. They will publish it for free in the main formats and take a modest cut of the sale price. Smashwords will also supply you with a free ISBN, if you name Smashwords as the publisher. They also distribute to Kobo, Mobi, B&N Nook, Apple and other places. Not yet distributing to Amazon, though that may be forthcoming.

UK publisher. Mainstream. Will consider unagented work.

Sourcebooks will consider romance submissions without an agent.

The Wild Rose Press
USA ebook publisher of many kinds of romance.

Tor Publications
Fantasy and science fiction publishers who will take unagented submissions.

UK publisher of erotic romance.

Uncial Press
Ebook publisher taking a wide range of genres.

Whiskey Creek Press
Established ebook publisher in a number of genres.
Women's Fiction Magazine Guidelines. Very useful blog giving guidelines for various women's fiction magazines. The guidelines are available in the links down the right hand side of the blog.

Harlequin Historicals Undone
Highly sensual historical romance novellas, 10-15000 words in length. Will look at unagented work



Paula Martin said...

A very useful list, Lindsay, thank you!
There's also Whiskey Creek Press which publishes a variety of genres

Unknown said...

Lindsay--excellent list. I agree with Paula--Whiskey Creek should be on the list.
I've yearned to be an Avalon author, but they don't take electronic submissions. I just hate the idea of sending all that paper, and then recycling it.
I did, though--twice--early on when I did not understand electronic submissions. I learned two things: they only want "light-hearted" stories. Mine were a little too heavy and dramatic--and a little too sexy. Plus, with the second one, he wrote a letter and suggested this--"If you going to keep doing this, I suggest you get an agent." I took that as a little slam, but maybe not--I never knew what that meant.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thanks, ladies! Whiskey Creek is now added.

Savanna Kougar said...

Lindsay, thanks for the list!

Celia, interesting experience. I wouldn't know what to think, either.

Anonymous said...


great info, very helpful. Will pop a link on my blog.

All the best,