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A Long List of Fantasy Novel Publishers

The prospect of finding fantasy novel publishers can sometimes feel tougher than defeating the Balrog with nothing but a teaspoon.

Long waits between submission responses can be wearisome. The rejection letters can be heartbreaking. It may put you off book publishing for good. But when you finally land that deal and find someone excited to publish your fantasy novel, the feeling’s greater than any drug.

But looking for book publishing companies, book publishers online or in a writing handbook is a tedious task. It takes time too, and for most of us, time is a luxury we just don’t enjoy. 

You may also wonder whether going straight for a publisher is the best thing to do. Should you send your book out to literary agents first? Or should you just skip the hunt altogether, giving up on the likes of Harper Collins and Penguin Books, and just self-publish with the likes of Amazon Kindle (KDP) or Ingramspark? 

Self-publishing has changed massively in the last few years, and the negative stigma attached to it is waning. You can search the web for some of the best self-publishing companies to help you in the same way a traditional publisher would, thereby levelling the playing field to a certain extent.

There really is no right answer. Whatever you feel most comfortable and happy with is the best path for you. You might not want to wait for months to hear back from a literary agent or fantasy publisher. 

How To Get A Book Published

The first consideration is word count. If you’re looking to get your novel published it’s important to meet a publisher’s guidelines. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is wordcount.

It’s recognised in the industry that publishers seek shorter works from debut novelists, say between 80,000 and 100,000 words. However, it all depends on the quality of the book and the publisher’s belief in its ability to sell it. From their perspective, a reader is less likely to fork out their hard-earned cash on a weighty tome, but they may take a chance on a shorter one. Printing costs are also a factor. Longer books cost more to print. Publishers are all about weighing up risks and rewards.

Another thing to consider is where the publisher is based. UK fantasy publishers may have different guidelines and preferences to US fantasy publishers, for instance. You could have differences over dictionary usage and whatnot. 

Spending some time to research each publisher is also imperative. Before working on your cover letter and submission pack, you’re going to want to check to see if this particular publisher appreciates your kind of story. It might be worthwhile shortlisting suitable publishers, such as dark fantasy publishers, urban fantasy publishers or epic fantasy publishers. Take a targeted approach. 

Another thing to do is to familiarise yourself with the terminology used. Most fantasy novel publishers on the list below are open to submissions from everyone, referred to as unsolicited submissions. A few of the major book publishing companies require you to have a literary agent, with submissions made through the agent. This is known as solicited submissions.

How Much Do Publishers Pay For Fantasy Books?

You may have heard of what major book publishing companies offer to writers when they read a book of theirs they like. 6-way bidding wars with astronomical figures and the like. You’ll see this with the likes of Tor Books, Orbit Books, the Hachette Book Group and MacMillan Publishing. 

However, not every publisher has such financial weight to throw about. 

Each publisher offers different payments depending on their stature. Most on the list offer royalties. From what I’ve read on their websites, none ask you to contribute financially toward publication, though you may have to do more self-promotion. I advise against working with a publisher who asks you to front your own cash. 

From reading the submission guidelines of all of these publishers, the same rules crop up. The best advice I can give is to stick to them. It can be a pain in the arse having to re-format your manuscript each and every time, but it’s worth it.

Other Resources 

A Guide to Cover Letters – a guide on how to write cover letters, with details on letters for short stories and fantasy novels.

A Guide to Formatting A Manuscripta comprehensive guide on formatting your manuscripts prior to submission.

List of Fantasy Magazines – short stories can be a great way to get your name out there and build your writing resume. This list of fantasy magazines will help you achieve that.

List of Book Reviewers – once your novel is out it’ll need reviews. This will help you on that front.

Good luck with the subs!

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List of Fantasy Novel Publishers

Name Payment Words Response time Unsolicited Submissions
Tor Books Industry standard and royalties 95,000-150,000 Up to 6 months During specified periods
Harper Collins/Harper Voyager Industry standard and royalties Not stated Not stated During specified periods
Orbit Books Industry standard and royalties Not stated Not stated No
Gollancz Books Industry standard and royalties Not stated Not stated During specified periods
Baen Books Competitive 100,000-130,000 9-12 months Yes
Penguin Books Industry standard and royalties 80,000 Not stated No
Angry Robot Industry standard and royalties Not stated 10 weeks No
Azure Spider Publications Royalties 90,000 plus 3 weeks Yes
Barking Rain Press Royalties 20,000 4 weeks Yes
Class Act Books Royalties 20,000-125,000 10 days Yes
Dancing Star Press Royalties 17,500-40,000 6 weeks Yes
Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Small advance and royalties 75,000-100,000 3 months Yes
Eraserhead Press Royalties 20,000-100,000 Within 2 months after end of reading period Yes
eTreasures Publishing Royalties 10,000-100,000 60 days Yes
Fablecroft Publishing Advance and royalties 20,000-60,000 3 months Yes
Freedom Forge Press Royalties 25,000-100,000 8 weeks Yes
Gypsy Shadow Royalties 10,000-50,000+ 3 months Yes
Mundania Press Royalties 40,000-100,000 3 months Yes
IFWG Royalties 60,000-90,000 A few months Yes
Dead Ink Royalties 100,000 A few months Yes
Ink Smith Publishing Royalties 30000 upwards 8 weeks Yes
JournalStone Royalties 50,000 upwards 6 months Yes
Twilight Times Books Small advance and royalties Not stated 4 weeks Yes
St Martin’s Press (MacMillan) Industry standard and royalties Not stated Not stated No
Reliquary Press Royalties 60,000 upwards 2 weeks Yes
Pink Narcissus Press Small advance and royalties 50,000 upwards 6 weeks Yes
Founders House Publishing Royalties Not stated Not stated Yes
Quirk Books Royalties Not stated Not stated Yes
DAW Books Advance and royalties 80,000 upwards 3 months Yes
Literary Wanderlust Royalties 65,000-100,000 4 to 6 weeks Yes
Kensington Books Royalties 20,000 upwards 3 months Yes
Mirror World Publishing Royalties 130,000 maximum 6 to 8 weeks Yes
Mocha Memoir Press Royalties 30,000 to 80,000 6 to 8 weeks Yes
Montag Press Royalties 70,000 at least Several months Yes
Muse It Up Publishing Royalties 20,000 upwards 16 to 18 weeks Yes
Parvus Press Advance and royalties 60,000 upwards 90 days Yes
Priestess and Hierophant Press Royalties Up to 60 pages Up to 6 months Yes
Pyr Not stated Up to 130,000 Not stated No
Resurrection House Advance and royalties 40,000-100,000 6 weeks Yes
Silver Leaf Books Royalties No limit 6 months Yes
Soul Fire Press Royalties 65,000 to 120,000 4 weeks Yes
4RV Publishing Royalties Not stated (standard short story length) 3 months Yes
Amphorae Publishing Group Not stated Up to 120,000 Up to 12 months Yes
Bitingduck Press Royalties Not stated Not stated Yes
Black Bed Sheet Not stated Not stated 6 months Yes
Candlemark & Gleam Royalties 65,000 upwards 3 months Yes
Cuil Press Royalties 120,000 Not stated Yes
Divertir Publishing Royalties 60,000 to 80,000 6 weeks Yes
Elder Signs Press Royalties 80,000 upwards Not stated Yes
Falstaff Book Royalties 110,000 60 days Yes
Castrum Press Royalties Not stated (novella and novel length) Not stated Yes
Crystal Peake Publisher Ltd Royalties 10,000-100,000 Not stated Yes
Loose Leaves Publishing Royalties Not stated Not stated Yes
Nexxis Fantasy Royalties 50,000 upwards Not stated Yes
Orbannin Books Royalties 40,000-80,000 Not stated Yes

If you’re a publisher and would like to be added to the list, or if you know of any publishers who should be on here, please drop me an email.

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