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40 Self Publishing Houses in India

Self Publishing Houses in India

Writing is hard. Getting published is harder.

Well, it was. Till we got self publishing houses in India. Given the number of literary agents we have for representing an author’s work and traditional publishing houses in India vis-à-vis the number of writers who want to be published authors, it is obvious that the competition to be selected by one of these is very high. Starting with the slush piles on the editors’ desks till the final acceptance email, it is one long painful wait.

Furthermore, if one is lucky enough to get a traditional book publishing deal, the time till the book actually releases in the market added with the tightrope walk marketing a book can be, can add to the wait and worries of getting published.

But not any more. In a world of instant food and instant fame – self publishing is like the instant publishing option for writers.

With the plethora of options available for a writer to get published at the click of a button, your book can be available globally now in a matter of few hours. (With some basic preparations of course – which includes it is publishing ready in terms of editing and a cover)

The process of self publishing is very simple. It involves-

Step: 1 – Editing

Step: 2 – Typesetting / Formatting 

Step : 3 – Blurb and Author Bio

Step: 4 – Cover Designing

That’s it. Your book is ready to be published. 

Oops! I forgot to add here the most important thing needed in the process of self publishing.

To start with the process of self publishing you will first need a good book. Yes! You heard me right. A poorly written book, which is badly edited will not become a best-seller despite being marketed extensively. So keeping aside what self publishing houses in India can offer to an author in terms of services, the first and foremost thing we will need is a strong book with a great story which is properly edited. 

Now that we have ensured we have the book in place, let me take you through the process of self publishing

What do Self Publishing Houses in India do?

Self publishing houses in India offers various options for publishing to an author which can be availed at a cost.

To explain it in simpler terms, this way of publishing requires the author to make an investment towards the printing, marketing and/or distribution of the book, either directly or indirectly.

Self Publishing Houses take your manuscript and help you make it publishing ready by following the usual process of editing, type-setting, cover designing and printing. Largely this is what their job compromises of. But today, the self publishing houses in India are offering a lot more than these basic requirements of an author. 

Digital Detox India

Many of these self  publishing houses in India also offer distribution and marketing services at an additional cost which includes things like digital marketing, inclusion of the title in Amazon Prime, Email marketing, building an author website, book trailer, audio book release, international distribution, book launch events , media coverage etc. Taking author branding and recognition very seriously, some of them even have options for awards and nominations also added to their packages. 

However, this is something which has been a topic of discussion quite a lot. As if choosing between Traditional Publishing and self-publishing wasn’t enough, now you have to make a choice between the many options provided by the self publishing houses in India.

Irrespective of what any one says, remember you are the best judge to decide which method of publishing is best for you. Weighing in all the pros and cons, you can choose what you think matches your exact requirements in terms of publishing, printing, distribution and marketing. They are all equally important for a writer. 

Simply put, it is like making your own cup of coffee. There is no right or wrong here. It is just what you want!

Self Publishing Houses in India

Writers, who are already calculating the monetary aspect of this exercise, there is some good news for you as well. 

Some of these self publishing houses in India have gone step further and also offered crowd-funding for your book. A very popular concept internationally, I was very excited on seeing this at least being talked about on these sites. Basically crowdfunding a book means you create a proposal for a book you have already written, get an estimate of the cost involved to publish it and then create a campaign for it on Crowdfunding platforms like Ketto, Go Fund me etc. where you seek funding for these expenses. But in India, it works slightly differently.

When you opt for crowd-funding through these self publishing houses in India, some of them insist on a certain number of pre-orders for the book to be released. So basically, till you gather the required number of pre-orders, your book is on their website but in the Pre-orders section.

You can read more about crowd-funding your books through self publishing houses in India through these links.

There are various ways to opt for self publishing in India.

  • DIY publishing – As the name suggests it is a Do-it-Yourself style of self-publishing where their team is not available to help you on any front. You can custom create from the choices available on their website and publish your book.
  • Print Publishing – The book will be available in print format.
  • Digital publishing – In this, they publish only an E-book and release it in PDF, .mobi or e-pub format on various digital platforms (including their own)
  • Self- Publishing – In this option, an author literally does everything on their own which includes hiring an editor, a cover designer, a printer, stocking the books, listing them up on online portals like Amazon, dispatching when they receive an order, marketing, promoting etc. A completely hands-on experience for an author which has utmost transparency but also is extremely time-taking. 
  • Print-on-Demand Publishing – There are no ready stocks of your book made available anywhere including with the publisher. Every time someone places an order a copy will be printed and then dispatched to the buyer. This makes this option slightly costlier than the rest. 

There are multiple reasons why these days an author opts for self publishing a book in India. We have explored this at length in our blogpost A Beginner’s Guide to Self Publishing in India.

While there are many hybrid publishing houses also in India, who offer both traditional and self publishing options to authors, we will not be talking about them in this list. You can check our list of traditional publishing houses in India to know more about them. This list is only of self publishing houses in India. 

For the ease of understanding, we have segregated this list into 4 categories based on the different types of publishing options offered by each of these self publishing houses in India.

  1. Print Publishing – This means your book will only be available in print format (paperback and/or hardcover).
  2. Print + E-book Publishing – This means your book will be available in both print (paperback and/or hardcover) and electronic formats.
  3. Print + E-book and Print-on-Demand publishing– This means your book will be available in print(paperback and/or hardcover), electronic and you can also opt for print-on-demand.
  4. Only Digital Publishing – This means your book will be available only in electronic format.

Before sharing the list, some disclaimers:

  • This list is a ready reckoner for authors who are looking for self publishing houses India. Himalayan Writing Retreat has no any affiliation with any of the publishing houses.
  • Please go through the details provided on the website of the respective self publishing houses in India before submitting your manuscript. Himalayan Writing Retreat does not take any responsibility of their credibility or deliverables.
  • Please note, as always, this list is dynamic and we will keep updating it from time to time.
  • If you are an author published through a self publishing house in India which is not a part of this list, please let us know in comments below.
  • If you are a self publishing house in India we have missed adding to this list, do share your details with us in comments below to be added to this list.

Who are the various self publishing houses in India?

Print Publishing

Writers Workshop India

Goya Publishing

They offer self-publishing services in all Indian languages apart from English.

Orange Publishers

Publishing Xpress

Wordsbrew

  • Origin: India
  • Submission Guidelines: Wordsbrew
  • Best-selling authors: Devanshi Prabhakar, Omkar Kaul, Kshitij Sinha, Rajinder Kumar etc.

Author’s Tree Publishing


Print + Ebook Publishing

Blue Hill Publications

Become Shakespeare

BUUKS

Inkart Publishing

Evince Publishing

Notion Press

Partridge Publishing

Power Publishers

Blue rose Publishers 

Damick Publications

Pencil Publishing

Free Self Publishing

Lapsus Creations

Author’s Ink

Quignog

Starlet Publishing

Happy Self Publishing

  • Origin: India
  • Submission Guidelines: Happy Self Publishing
  • Best-selling authors: Tapan Patel, Charlene Hickey, Timothy Noble etc.

Writer’s Pocket Publishing

Author’s Channel

  • Origin: India
  • Submission Guidelines: Author’s Channel – About us
  • Best-selling authors: Aditi Banerjee, Nishi Chandermun, Madhu Vajpayee, Shikha Kaul etc. 

BFC Publications

  • Origin: India
  • Submission Guidelines: BFC Publications
  • Best-selling authors: Dinesh Sahay, Adarsh Singh, Visu Paul etc.

The Write Place

Ukiyoto Publishing

  • Origin: MNC
  • Submission Guidelines: Submission | Ukiyoto
  • Best-selling authors: Shruti Dhora Mohar, Sharmin Jeet, Lia De Jesus etc.

Zorba Books


Print+ Ebook Publishing and Print-on-Demand Publishing

Cinnamon Teal

Pothi

  • Origin: India
  • Submission Guidelines: User account | Pothi.com
  • Best-selling authors: Meghna Subramaniam, V. Ravi, Prashanta Sarkar etc.

Manojvm Publishing House

White Falcon Publishing 

  • Origin: India
  • Submission Guidelines: Plans | White Falcon Publishing
  • Best-selling authors: Khemlata Negi, Imagine Singh, Parteek Sharma, Veena Kapur etc. 

Online Gatha


Only Digital Publishing

Bibliofili

Juggernaut Publishing

  • Origin: India
  • Submission Guidelines: Juggernaut Books
  • Best-selling authors: Sudeshna Ghosh, Debeshi Gooptu, Anukriti Prasad etc. 

Storymirror

Readomania

  • Origin : India
  • Submission Guidelines: Login – Readomania
  • Best-selling authors: Rituparna Ghosh, Shamik Dhar, Shivani Gupta etc.

Readict Novel

  • Origin: MNC
  • Submission Guidelines: Readict Novel
  • Best-selling authors: Hina Shaikh, Anna Kendra etc.

Wattpad

How to submit your manuscript to Self Publishing houses in India?

Self publishing houses in India have no specific submission guidelines or procedure. Most of them encourage direct talks and hence actively share email addresses and telephone numbers on their sites encouraging authors to contact them directly. Some even have Contact Us forms where you can fill your details and request them to get in touch with you.

What are the requirements of Self Publishing houses in India?

Most of these self publishing houses have no specific requirements when it comes to genres and categories. They accept all types of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s writing, technical and academic writing. Further, some of them have even expanded into offering publishing services in Indian languages like Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali etc. 

What are the services offered by Self Publishing houses in India?

Most of the sites of the self publishing houses are user-friendly and have a lot of FAQs to help an author understand what they are offering and at what cost. Apart from their packages they also have different types of calculators for royalty and author earnings to help you get an idea about the cost involved in getting published.  We recommend reading all the information provided and using all the available tools to make a well-analyzed and calculated decision. 

According to a industry experts, the major drawback self-publishing houses in India have is sales and distribution. Poor editing quality comes a close second. There have been many authors who have highlighted the non-deliverance of the marketing support they were not only assured but adequately charged for, while opting for their publishing package. However, the number of happy and satisfied authors is equally high. 

This clearly implies that one needs to have a clear understanding of not only what they want for their book but also how much is enough in terms of spending for your book. The self publishing houses in India can provide great support but the results are not something anyone can guarantee. Not even you!

How to choose one from various Self Publishing houses in India?

While it is important to know what self publishing houses in India are offering in terms of services and support but at the same time, it is equally important to know what YOU can do for promoting the book.

For any publishing house, your book will be one of the many books they will be publishing that month/year. But for you this is THE book you always dreamed of. The one you wanted to write all your life. One that you believe can not only change your life but also of the readers. So, the amount of effort you will do to promote this book will always be unmatched for. 

Start with making a list of things you can do at your end to promote the book, design a marketing plan and see which areas you need external support. By areas, we do not mean basic publishing activities like editing, typesetting, cover designing and printing the book. We are referring to various promotional activities like Social Media marketing, Amazon promotions, Book Trailers etc.  Based on these areas analyze the services offered by the self publishing houses in India and voila! you have your winner.

Conclusion

Strangely enough, there is a lot of taboo associated with being a self-published author. Not to forget the many literary fests, magazines and even awards who do not encourage participation from self-published authors. Media is also not too friendly towards reviewing books which have been self-published. 

But I am glad to say, things definitely seem to be changing for the better. It might actually sound surprising, but a lot of traditionally published authors have also been exploring self-publishing through Amazon KDP because of the freedom it brings along. This includes some of the best-selling authors of India like Preeti Shenoy, Neil D’silva, Arjun Raj Gaind, Debeshi Gooptu etc. 

While that remains a debate for another day, as an author who tried self-publishing her debut book all I can say is that there is no shame in being a self-published author. Believing in your own work is a great deal for any artist and so is wanting to see your name in print. Self-publishing makes it both possible and hence, is a highly lucrative option for any author who can afford these services and are able to make the most of it.

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