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26 Publishers of Young Adult Novels (No Agent Required)

By Emily Harstone

Young adult is one of my favorite genres to read, even though when I was a young adult I struggled to find good YA books. These days the young adult genre is profitable, diverse, and covers a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to romance and everything in between.

A lot of young adult publishers are open to submissions without an agent. Not as many as in the romance genre, but a great deal more than literary fiction (for example). Below is a list of all the publishers we have previously reviewed that are open to young adult manuscripts.

Some of these publishers exclusively publish young adult novels, others publish children’s books as well, while others are open to a wider variety of genres and age groups. Not all of the publishers are currently open to submissions, but the majority of them are. If you click on the name of the publisher it will link to our full review of them. All our full reviews contain links to the various publishers’ submission pages.

The list is in no particular order.

Page Street Publishing

Page Street Publishing is a publisher of YA and Children’s publisher. They have excellent distribution.

Blue Moon Publishers

Blue Moon is a boutique Canadian Publisher. They focus on publishing literary fiction and women’s fiction, as well as young adult and middle grade works. The stories they publish span various genres including contemporary, historical, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.

Shadow Mountain

Shadow Mountain is an imprint of Deseret Book. Both publishers are Mormon, but Deseret Book focuses more on producing faith-based content. Shadow Mountain publishes primarily fiction and they have published a number of New York Times bestselling books. Because the company is Mormon run, books have to be approved by in-house censors in order to be published. They are very firm about publishing “clean books only”. However the authors need not be Mormon.

Charlesbridge Publishing

Charlesbridge publishes high quality books for children and young adults with the goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. They have good distribution.

Read the rest of the list.


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50+ Children’s Book Publishers Seeking Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone

All of the publishers on this list publish children’s books. Some just publish picture books, some publish only middle-grade fiction, and some publish a wide variety of genres aimed at adults as well. Some are looking for educational work, others are open to anything. A number of these publishers are large and established. Others are small and just starting out.

Flying Eye

Nobrow Press is a respected publisher of graphic novels and Flying Eye is their children’s book imprint. Flying Eye publishes both fiction and nonfiction picture books. Nobrow Press and Flying Eye are both different from what we normally review because they are looking for either an author/illustrator or an already formed author-illustrator pair with a book to pitch. They do seem to make exceptions, but for the most part they are not interested in matching illustrators with authors.

Allen & Unwin

Allen & Unwin is a large independent Australian Press that is open to submissions on a wide range of topics. They have won a number of Australian publisher awards. They accept based on pitches, and have a system known as the “Friday Pitch” which ensures that at least one editor reviews each unsolicited pitch.

Sleeping Bear Press

Sleeping Bear Press is a well regarded publisher of board books, picture books, middle grade readers, and young adult fiction. They offer advances to some authors. They have good regional distribution in the Midwest and ok distribution in North America. Their books have won a wide variety of awards, all of them are listed here.

Gibbs Smith

Gibbs Smith is an established publisher with good distribution and a focus on cook books, interior design and architecture books, and board books for children. They have published a number of bestsellers, including a board book version of Pride & Prejudice.

For the rest of this list, see https://www.authorspublish.com/55-childrens-book-publishers-seeking-submissions/


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No real actors’ jobs are in jeopardy from my performance

The lovely folks at the children’s bookstore, Sandcastle Tales (Del Mar, CA) put together a piratey video to promote their store and my books, especially CAP’N REX & HIS CLEVER CREW (Sterling Publishing). What a fun bunch of scalleywags they arrrrrrrgh!

Here’s the short video. Clearly, no actors’ jobs are in jeopardy from my performance.


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Inexpensive cosplay ideas

Some cosplayers go to great lengths and expense to recreate iconic characters from movies, books, news, and comics. Not this guy… Thanks to Alexander Kravets and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Remember the Lowcostplay guy from Thailand who creates crappy cosplays using stuff he finds at home? Turns out, he has a serious competitor in Russia. Alexander Kravets from Moscow explores deeper levels of ridiculousness by recreating popular movies, TV scenes, games, or pictures of celebrities using only the things that he can find around him.

Alexander discovered his passion for cosplay in 2015 and since then he’s been brightening the days of almost 55k followers on Instagram. He calls his work zero-budget, “suitable” cosplay which he creates using stuff any person would be able to find at home: frying pans, hair dryers, various food products, towels, toys, household items or even his dog. Who says eye-catching costumes have to cost a fortune?”

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Camping with a Hedgehog

Everyone loves hedgehogs. Check out this spiky dude, thanks to the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“We know you remember Azuki, the tiny Japanese hedgehog who goes on big adventures. His perky ears, button nose, and delightful roundness is just impossible to forget. Well, Azuki recently traded his cozy dream house in for a set of miniature Coleman camping gear and took a trip to the great outdoors. Equipped with his own tent, kayak, and barbecue, he was all set for success, and pretty much had the time of his life. Just looking at his photos makes us want to get our camp on. It also really, really makes us want a hedgehog. Like, right this second.

Take a ride on the wild side and see the best moments from Azuki’s camping days below, and don’t even try to tell us you’ve ever been as happy as this magnificent little guy.”


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What is a drabble?

Drabbles are microfiction of exactly 100 words. The tight word count doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility to tell a story. They’re fun to write! Adult drabbles I’ve had published include:

  • “Forbidden Love”, “Blind Date”, and “Zombie Sonnet 43” adult horror/humor drabbles in MONSTERS dark fantasy anthology (Black Hare Press, 2019)
  • “Sins and Virtues” adult dark fantasy/humor drabble in ANGELS fantasy anthology (Black Hare Press, 2019)
  • “Ghost Father” adult paranormal/humor drabble in BEYOND paranormal anthology (Black Hare Press, 2019)
  • “The Zombie Brigade” adult horror/humor drabble in APOCALYPSE anthology (Black Hare Press, 2019)
  • “Lend Me Your Arms” and “All the World’s a Shipwreck” adult horror/humor drabbles in 100 WORD ZOMBIE BITES anthology (Reanimated Writers Press, 2019)
  • “Leviathan” adult horror drabble in FORGOTTEN ONES anthology (Eerie River Publishing, 2020)
  • “O Captain” adult horror drabble in OCEANS anthology (Black Hare Press, 2020)


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Join the 2019 Picture Book Critique Fest!

Want to participate in Picture Book Critique Fest 2019? Do you write or illustrate picture books? This MASSIVE one-time picture book critique giveaway celebration is for you! They have 35 picture book critiques to giveaway!

The vision for this event is to celebrate the critique and revision process and to help build the KidLit community. It is hoped that actual, living, breathing books will be birthed out of this process.

The festival is happening October 3rd-25th. The deadline to enter the raffle will be October 25th 9AM CST. 35 winners will be randomly selected and then “paired with their person” based on information provided on the registration form. Winners will be announced the evening of October 25th on Twitter, Facebook, and on a Picture Book Spotlight blog post.

Want more info on how it all came together and why it’s happening? Go to PBSpotlight.com!

Here are the industry professionals who’ll be providing the critiques: