A few lucky writers (of which the sun shines upon) acquire book deals through their agents. If you haven’t managed to score yourself an agent, finding a traditional publisher who will even consider your manuscript can be tricky business. Unless you’re famous, previously published, or have won a prestigious award, your unsolicited manuscript may go largely unnoticed. Complied below are a number of publishing houses from around the world who accept unsolicited manuscripts (submissions from writers who do not yet have an agent). Most of the big publishing houses will only accept submissions from the country you reside in. For example, PanMacmillan can be found in Australia, the US, South Africa and Europe.
It is not often indicated in the lists below if the Publisher will accept simultaneous submissions (when you submit to more than one publisher at a time) While this is usually frowned upon, I say go all for it and submit to as many publishers as you can find, but only if they don’t explicitly indicate that they don’t accept simultaneous submissions. Unsolicited manuscripts have so much going against them as it is that waiting anywhere from 2 weeks – 12 months to not hear back is a ridiculous expectation in my opinion. And yes there is one publisher in this list that may take up to 12 months to get back to you. Anyway, good luck!
Submitting your manuscript to the Big 5 UK Publishers – coming soon
Submitting your manuscript to the Big 5 CA Publishers – coming soon
35 US Publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts – coming soon
25 AUS Publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts – coming soon
35 UK Publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts – coming soon
25 CA Publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts – coming soon
15 NZ Publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts – coming soon
Once you’ve submitted to a publisher, don’t forget to check out The Nine stages of waiting to hear back from a publisher! You’ll need as much entertaining as you can get as you settle in for the long wait.