Which publishers accept manuscripts

Best ways to find publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts.

Which publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts

How to find publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts

These are the three best resources for finding a publisher. And it has taken me years to find them! Now, I'm going to share them with you!

After hard work and dedication (and endless hours of struggle), you have finally finished your manuscript! Or perhaps you aren’t quite done, but you are close enough that it is time to start thinking about the next step. No matter where you are in the writing a novel process, it will be useful to make a plan of action for your finished manuscript. 

There are, in fact, some editors from traditional publishers looking for new authors. Some publishing houses even have open submissions. 

Sure you can do a google search for:
‘publishers accepting submissions’ 
‘publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts’ 

The Google search works well. That is how I started. I’ve sent off many manuscripts by finding publishers such as Penguin or HarperCollins who have open submission processes via Google.

However, after 15 years, I’ve finally discovered three excellent resources that I now use to find publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Find a publisher or literary agent

1. Duotrope 

Duotrope is an award-winning resource that has a great search tool for writers to find literary agents and publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts. Writers can also track their submissions within the software.

From $7.50 a month you get access to an incredible search engine of literary agents and publishers accepting submissions.

For fiction writers, you type in the genre you have written, the style (eg literary, fantasy, mystery etc), the audience (young adult, commercial etc), the length (novel, novella, short story etc) and the number of words. You can also select publication medium (print or digital).

Duotrope search for publishers accepting submissions

You can then sort the results by the response time of those literary agents or publishers or even by the acceptance percentage! You can also save your searches, to come back to later.

In the submissions tracker you can record who you sent a particular novel to and what date. You can then come back to this and note if the manuscript was acknowledged, accepted, or rejected, or never responded.

Publishers and literary agents submissions

2. Manuscript WishList

Manuscript WishList is a fabulous resource to find publishers and literary agents who are accepting manuscripts.

Select either agent or editor and the genre (fiction and non fiction genres available).

Manuscript Wishlist search for publishers accepting submissions

The ManuscriptWishlist will then give you hundreds of agents or editors to search through. Click into each profile and read their bio, as well as a description about the type of manuscripts they are interested in. This information is invaluable. You can quickly tell whether they would be interested in the type of manuscript you have written.

There is also information about each literary agent or publishing editor's submission guidelines and links to their website or email for where you can find out more information about submitting your manuscript.

This has seriously been an absolute gem in finding literary agents and publishers to submit my manuscript to.

Website publishers accepting manuscripts

3. Writing Tips Oasis

I don’t know how they do it, but Writing Tips Oasis has some of the best lists of publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts that I have come across. 

They seem to be constantly updating their lists and also have really niche lists such as:

21 Australian publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts
19 Top Publishers for First Time Authors 

I love how they really narrow down their lists of publishers open for submissions for authors.

Find the search bar and type in your book’s genre and see which lists Writing Tips Oasis comes up with. They may even have lists of publishers to find in your country.

So, along with Google these are my top 3 resources for authors looking to submit their manuscripts. These are great resources for finding the right publishers. And remember, to keep track of your submissions. Use Duotrope, or a basic spreadsheet. Track the name of the publisher, the date and the response. Even if you get a lukewarm response, track it. You can send a new manuscript to that editor and say ‘remember me’.

If you’re a serious writer, you’ll have years of submitting ahead of you. So get a system in place. Learn about how to construct the best type of query letter. Listen to the Manuscript Academy podcast. They have agents reading out query letters and responding to them in real time. The Manuscript Academy is by the same people as the Manuscript WishList – and their podcast is brilliant at teaching writers how to write the best query letter possible. Sure, you’ve written a book, but the query letter is even more important! So you need to get it right.

I hope you now have a few resources under your belt to start submitting your manuscript.

Good luck with it!


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