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47 Traditional Publishers in India

List of Traditional Publishers in India

So, you have finished your manuscript and are now ready to take it to the world. What next? Getting Published.

To begin with, you will have to choose between traditional publishing and self publishing in India.

If you have chosen traditional publishing, there are two ways to proceed further:

  1. Approach a literary agent for which you will need to understand what a literary agent does, and further you can  meet the top literary agents in India .

OR

       2. Send in your submissions directly to the traditional publishers in India.

Traditional publishing in India is the most coveted option for most authors. There are various reasons behind this. For starters it means your manuscript had value enough for someone else to see merit in it. Authors are very often introduced with their publishing houses’ names added to their name  e.g. Meet XYZ, a Bloomsbury author. Or Meet ABC, a Penguin author. It adds weight to the already heavy credentials of an author and makes the introduction impressive. The bigger the brand of the publishing house, the more heft it carries.

Another big benefit is the distribution that a traditional publisher brings to your book. Self publishing companies fail miserably in that department. We have another article that goes deep into the difference between self-publishing and traditional-publishing in India.

In this article, we have collated a list of traditional publishers in India. (Please note this does not  include the list of online journals where you can publish single short stories or poems.) To make this list easier to follow, we have categorized it into Tier One, Tier Two, Specialist publishers and new/experimental publishers. Tier One includes the oldest names, ones that are large & highly reputed. Tier Two includes names of publishing houses which are smaller but well established. Specialist publishing houses typically focus on a particular genre or category of writers. The last group consists of new entrants and experimental publishers.

We have also highlighted their genres-in-focus to make it easy for authors to decide where to submit their manuscripts. These can change, so please check their updated social media handles or websites to know any recent changes in their strategies. Market trends play a huge role in the genres which are considered to be in-demand for that particular year for any publishing house.

Apart from all of the above, we have also added some of the best-selling authors of these publishing houses to give you an idea about the kind of work they promote.

A few disclaimers before we share the list:

  • This list is a ready reckoner for authors who wish to submit their manuscripts to publishing houses. Himalayan Writing Retreat has no say in the selection process or have any affiliation with any of the publishing houses.
  • Please go through the submission guidelines of the respective publishing houses before submitting your manuscript.
  • 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 traditional publishing house which is not a part of this list, please share the details through this form and we will add them here. (Self published authors, please excuse).
  • If you are a traditional publishing house we have missed adding to this list, do share your details with us through this form to be added here.

Tier 1 – The Largest Traditional Publishers in India

Jaico

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1946
  • Accepted Categories:  Academic, Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genre:  Romance,  Drama,  Sci-Fi,  Self-help,  Religion and philosophy,  Mind/body/spirit, Business,  Travel, Current Affairs, Biography, Science, Translated Works, Memoirs.
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.jaicobooks.com/j/Profile.htm
  • Best Selling Author(s):  Robin Sharma, Deepak Chopra, Khushwant Singh, Brian Tracy,  John Maxwell, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, The Dalai Lama, Osho, Devdutt Pattnaik, Brian Tracy, Khuswant Singh

Penguin Random House India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1985
  • Accepted Categories: Academic(Selected manuscripts in management and engineering.), Fiction & Non-Fiction
  • Genres:  Poetry,  Horror, Romance,  Sci-Fi, Adult, Erotica,  Novella,  Self-help,  Religion and philosophy,  Mind/body/spirit, Business, Travel, Current Affairs,  Biography, Science, Cooking.
  • Submission guidelines: https://penguin.co.in/community/publish-with-us/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Arundhati Roy,  Kiran Desai,Ruskin Bond, Amitav Ghosh, Kiran Nagarkar, Anita Nair, Ravi Subramanian, Arun Shourie,  S Hussain Zaidi etc.

Hachette India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2009
  • Accepted Categories : Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business, Travel, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.hachetteindia.com/PublishWithUs.aspx
  • (No unsolicited submissions – only through Literary agents.)
  • Best Selling Author(s): Samit Basu,  Tavleen Singh, Amit Varma

Aleph Book Company

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2011
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business, Travel, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle etc.
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.alephbookcompany.com/submission/
  • (No unsolicited submissions)
  • Best Selling Author(s):Shashi Tharoor, Devdutt Patnaik, Vikram Thapar, Vikram Seth, Khushwant Singh

HarperCollins Publishers India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1992
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry
  • Genres: Romance, Romcom, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business, Travel, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://harpercollins.co.in/publish-with-us/
  • Best Selling Author(s):  Amitav Ghosh,  Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee,  Anuja Chauhan,  Aravind Adiga,  Mahesh Rao,  Kiran Nagarkar,  Amruta Patil, Isabel Allende,  Anita Nair,  Paulo Coelho,  Raghu Karnad,  George R R Martin,  Michael Crichton, The Dalai Lama,  Tarun Tejpal,  Sidney Sheldon,  Thrity Umrigar,  B.K.S. Iyengar,  Raghuram Rajan,  Satya Nadella

Rupa Books

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1936
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction, Poetry & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Mythology, Young Adult, Comedy, Romance, Romcom, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business Management, Travel, Current Affairs, Health, Diet, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle,  Social Sciences,  Politics and Government,  Biographies, Epidemiology, Religion, Astrology etc.
  • Submission guidelines: http://rupapublications.co.in/submissions/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Anuja Chandramouli, Chetan Bhagat, Cyrus Broacha, Derek O Brien, Ira Trivedi, Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Koral Dasgupta (http://rupapublications.co.in/authors/)

Bloomsbury India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2012
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Young Adult, Mythology, Romance, Romcom, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business Management, Travel, Current Affairs, Health, Diet, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle,  Social Sciences,  Politics and Government,  Biographies, Epidemiology, Religion, Astrology etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.bloomsbury.com/in/company/contact-us/
  • Best Selling Author(s): William Darlymple, J.K. Rowling, Anand Ranganathan etc.  (https://www.bloomsbury.com/in/authors/)

Simon and Schuster

  • Origin: MNC
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genres: Romance,Romcom, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business Management, Travel, Current Affairs, Health, Diet, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle,  Social Sciences,  Politics and Government,  Biographies, Epidemiology, Religion, Astrology etc.
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house:
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.simonandschuster.co.in/c/ss-india-submissions
  • Best Selling Author(s): Prayaag Akbar, Jairam Ramesh, Shobhaa De Githa Hariharan, Narayani Basu, Priya Sahgal, Ashok Banker etc.

Amazon Westland

  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1950 (Westland was an Indian publishing house which was acquired by Amazon in 2016 to become Amazon Westland. )
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Mythology, Young Adult, Romance, Romcom, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, etc.
  • Submission guidelines: No unsolicited submissions
  • Best Selling Author(s):Amish Tripathi, Ashwin Sanghi, Rashmi Bansal, Rujuta Diwekar, Preeti Shenoy, Devdutt Pattanaik, Christopher C Doyle, Anand Neelakantan, Anuja Chauhan , Ravi Subramanian, BKS Iyengar and Savi Sharma, among others.
  • Best Selling Author(s): Ashok K. Banker, Deepti Naval, Jaswant Singh, M.K. Rasgotra, Rajiv Malhotra, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Ian Talbot, Kiran Khalap, Mridula Bajpai, Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, Preeti Gill, Rachna Singh

Srishti Publishing 

Srishti Publishers are primarily known to be leaders in picking debutants compared to other publishing houses. They are also the launchpads for some of the bestselling authors of today, like Preeti Shenoy, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Dutta, Sudeep Nagarkar etc.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house:
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Romance, Romcom, Drama Astrology, Biography, Children’s Literature, Culture, Health, Fiction, Management, Philosophy, Plays, Self-Help, Translations, Fantasy fiction, mythological fiction, satirical, political and espionage thrillers.
  • Submission guidelines: HERE
  • Best Selling Author(s):Preeti Shenoy, Durjoy Dutta, Ravinder Singh, Novoneel, Sudeep Nagarkar, to name a few. The next generation of bestselling authors from our banner includes Anuj Tiwari, Amisha Sethi, S.V. Divvaakar, Disha, Ajay Pandey, P.C. Balasubramanian, Nishant Kaushik, Vibhor Tikiya

Tier 2 Small but well established traditional publishers in India

Amaryllis (Manjul Publishing House)

Manjul Publishing House is considered to be a leading publishing house for Self- Help, Management, Inspirational, Health & Well -being books in Hindi, English and other regional languages.

Amaryllis is their English imprint.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2010
  • Accepted Categories: Academic, Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Women’s Writing, Contemporary fiction, Literary Fiction, Drama, Translated works etc.
  • Submission guidelines: http://manjulindia.com/publishwithus
  • Bestselling Authors: Akash Banerjee, Deepa Naval, Kingshuk Nag, Lalitha Iyer etc.

Roli Books

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1978
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction, Academic (Art and Literature promoting Indian heritage) & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Romance, Romcom, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business Management, Travel, Current Affairs, Health, Diet, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle,  Social Sciences,  Politics and Government,  Biographies, Epidemiology, Religion, Astrology etc.
  • Submission guidelines: http://rolibooks.com/submissions/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Pramod Kapoor

Pan Macmillan India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2010
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction, Poetry & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Romance, Romcom, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business Management, Travel, Current Affairs, Health, Diet, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle,  Social Sciences,  Politics and Government,  Biographies, Epidemiology, Religion and Philosophy etc.
  • Submission guidelines: http://panmacmillan.co.in/Submission
  • Best Selling Author(s): Jeffery Archer,  Ken Follett, David Baldacci, Omar Shahid Hamid, Meg Cabot, Peter James,  Madhumita Bhattacharya, John R. Schmidt, Brian Tracy, Surendran J,  Himanjali Sankar, Ashok Banker, Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Santosh Nair, Zac O’Yeah, Maha Khan Phillips, Aditya Sinha, Amitabh Pandey, Neel Sinha,  N.S. Inamdar.

Juggernaut

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2019
  • Accepted Categories: Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Romance, Romcom, Erotica, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Health,  Drama,Self-help, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.juggernaut.in/published
  • Best Selling Author(s): Sourav Ganguly, Sahana Ahmed, Andaleeb Wajid, Kiran Manral, Mayuresh Didolkar, Twinkle Khanna, Tahira Kashyap, Abhijit Banerjee etc.

Speaking Tiger

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2014
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction, Poetry & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Romance,Romcom, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Business Management, Travel, Current Affairs, Health, Diet, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, Sports, Lifestyle,  Social Sciences,  Politics and Government,  Biographies, Epidemiology, Religion, Astrology etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.speakingtigerbooks.com/submissions/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Andaleeb Wajid, Ananya Mukherjee, Alka Pande,Bina Shah, Bijoya Swain, Bijal Vaccharajani, Bulbul Sharma, Jerry Pinto, Rakshanda Jalil

(https://www.speakingtigerbooks.com/authors/)

Fingerprint Books

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: January 2012
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/fingerprintpublishing
  • Best Selling Author(s): Sonia Bahl, Shubha Vilas, Salil Desai

Bee books

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1975
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genre:– Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Short Stories, Young Adult, Translations, Coffee Table Books, World Classics, Graphic Novels, Essays, Contemporary Fiction
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.beebooks.in/get-published/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Ranjan Bandopadhyay,Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

Leadstart India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Accepted categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Comedy, Short Stories, Anthologies, Travelogue, etc.
  • Submission guidelines:https://www.leadstartcorp.com/get-published/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Kiran Manral, Indrani Sinha, Nitya Dalmia, Diwakar Bansal etc.

Lifi Publications

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1958
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction
  • Genre:-short stories, adventure stories, detective and mystery stories, fantasy stories, ghost stories, horror stories, humorous stories, love stories, paranormal romance stories, spy stories, crime stories, war stories, historical, political, social, religious, feminist, fantasy and suspense.
  • Submission guidelines: http://lifipublications.com/Contact_Us.html
  • Best Selling Author(s): Lopa Mukherjee, Adwitya Borah, Madhu Vajpayee,Harsh Agarwal

Vishwakarma Publications 

  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house:
  • Genre:-
  • Submission guidelines:
  • Best Selling Author(s):

APK Publishers 

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2008
  • Accepted categories: Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction
  • Genre: Currently they are looking to publish books for young adult (fiction as well as non-fiction) and collections/anthologies of short stories.
  • Submission guidelines: https://apkpublishers.com/get-published/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Anuja Patil, Pooja Bhide, Virendra Rajput, Vivek  Gadre

Harlequin India

Harlequin owns the Mills & Boons series of books which are primarily romance novels.

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2010
  • Accepted categories: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genre: Romance in various categories
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.hqnindia.com/aspiring_author.php
  • Best Selling Author(s): Kanchana Banerjee,  Aarti V Raman, Ruchita Misra, Tuhin Sinha

Hay House India

Hay House is an international leader in self-help and transformational publishing.

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 
  • Accepted categories: Nonfiction
  • Genre: Self-help, Alternative Health, Psychology, Food and Nutrition, Philosophy, Business, Astrology, Biographies and books on current affairs and cinema.
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.hayhouse.co.in/publish-with-us/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Aditi Mehrotra, Kiran Manral, Atul V. Pednekar etc.

Garuda Prakashan

Garuda has a simple mission. To create a platform where stories that bring forth the perspective and narrative of the Indian civilization can be told.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house:
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Self help, Religion, Health, Politics, History etc.
  • Submission guidelines: contact@garudabooks.com, Home | Garuda Prakashan (garudabooks.com)
  • Best Selling Author(s): Vivek Agnihotri, Sankrant Sanu, Ankur Pathak, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Traditional Publishers in India- Specialist Publishing Houses

SAGE India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1965
  • Accepted Categories: Academic, Professional, Reference & Nonfiction
  • Genres: History, Science, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics, General Knowledge, Health, Food, Arts and Humanities etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://in.sagepub.com/en-in/sas/contact-us
  • Best Selling Author(s):

Seagull Books

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1982
  • Accepted Categories: Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Women’s Writing, Contemporary fiction, Literary Fiction, Drama, Translated works, Essay collections, History, Politics etc.
  • Submission guidelines: No unsolicited submissions.
  • Best Selling Author(s):Romila Thapar, Priya Sebastian, Pawan Dhall, Neha Singh, K. G. SUBRAMANYAN

Zubaan

Zubaan publishes books on, for, by and about women in South Asia.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2003
  • Accepted Categories: Academic, Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Women Writing, Literary Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Self-help, Religion and Philosophy, Travel, Literary Essays, Memoirs, History, Culture, etc.
  • Submission guidelines: 
  • https://zubaanbooks.com/authors-corner/submitting-manuscripts-to-zubaan/
  • Best Selling Author(s): 

Niyogi Books 

Women Unlimited

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1984
  • Accepted Categories: Academic, Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Women’s Writing, Contemporary fiction, Literary Fiction, Drama, Translated works etc.
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.womenunlimited.net/contactus.htm
  • Best Selling Author(s):Mahadevi Verma, Ismat Chugtai, Ammu Joseph, Gauri Deshpande

Writers Workshop, Kolkata

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1958
  • Accepted Categories: Poetry and Fiction
  • Genres: Short Stories, Romance, Drama, Women’s Writing, Contemporary fiction, Literary Fiction, Drama, Translated works etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.writersworkshopindia.com/contact-us/
  • Best Selling Author(s):Nita George, Srinjoy Ghosh, Indrajit Bose, Athira Unni

Yoda Press

Founded in 2004 with an alternative publishing vision, Yoda Press aims to create lists around subjects which are not usually a priority for other publishers in India, even though they have a critical presence in contemporary discourse, authorship and an audience.

Yoda Press is known for publishing on subjects such as sexuality, popular culture, cities and urbanism, architecture as a lived experience, and new perspectives in Indian history and sociology.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Accepted categories: Academic, Fiction, Poetry, Graphic & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Women Writing, Contemporary Fiction, History, Gender studies, Sexuality etc.
  • Submission guidelines: info@yodapress.co.in, yodapressbooks@gmail.com
  • Best Selling Author(s): Amit Dasgupta, Arunava Sinha

Yali Books

Yali Books is an independent publisher of books based in Clifton Park, New York. Through our stories, we are opening a window to South Asia –India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives —and inviting the rest of the world to learn more about the incredible diversity of this region.

  • Origin: MNC
  • Accepted categories: Fiction
  • Genres: picture books, early readers, middle grade, YA, and graphic novels.
  • Submission guidelines: https://yalibooks.com/submissions/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Debasmita Dasgupta, Arati Menon

Scholastic India

  • Origin: MNC
  • Accepted categories: Any work for children and Young Adults
  • Genres: fiction, non-fiction, biographies, activity, quiz and puzzle books, and self-help books.
  • Submission guidelines: https://scholastic.co.in/en/manuscript-guidelines
  • Best Selling Author(s): Ruskin Bond, Gulzar, Paro Anand, Sampurna Chattarji, Anushka Ravishankar etc.

Traditional Publishers in India- Experimental & New entrants

Pirates 

They are a hybrid publishing house which means they offer both – traditional and self publishing options for authors.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genre: Drama, Chick-lit, Mystery, Travel, Fiction, Short Stories, History, Sci-fi
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.pirates.ind.in/become-an-author/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Aditi Mathur Kumar, Rohan Govenkar, Sumit Pramanik, Tushar Raheja, Sahana Ahmed etc

Locksley Hall Publishing

Readify

Readify is an app only publishing house which means they have an exclusive app through which readers can read the stories. The books and/or stories published by them are not available anywhere else.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction
  • Genre:Short stories to novellas to full-length books, across genres like romance, crime, horror
  • Submission guidelines: http://readify.in/authorhunt/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Neil Dsilva, Kiran Manral, Madhuri Banerjee etc.

Om Books International

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 1950
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genre:– Art, design, photography, architecture, fiction, non fiction, children’s subjects, cuisine etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.ombooksinternational.com/content.php?content_id=3
  • Best Selling Author(s): Khalid Mohammed, Kamala Das, Nasreen Munni Kabir, Mushtaq Shiekh etc.

Petals Publishers 

They are a hybrid publishing house which means they offer both – traditional and self publishing options for authors.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2013
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genre: Self help, Romance, Drama, Astrology, Science, Health etc
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.petalspublishers.com/traditional-publishing.html
  • Best Selling Author(s): Vinit K Bansal, Deepak Kumar

Grapevine Publishing

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2011
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction
  • Genre:– Drama, Romcom, Romance,
  • Submission guidelines: http://grapevineindia.com/get-published/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Durjoy Dutta, Nikita Singh, Sachin Garg, Anurag Batra

Grey Oak Publishers

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2010
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genre:– Novels, novellas and short stories,  Narrative non – fiction (travel writing, memoirs and biographies, photography and illustrated books).
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.greyoak.in/publish_with_us.htm (No unsolicited submissions)
  • Best Selling Author(s): Vibha Batra, Aashish Mehrotra, Sneh Thakur, Ira Trivedi, Ahmed Faiyaz

Permanent Black Publishing

Readomania

  • Origin: Indian
  • Accepted categories: Fiction
  • Genres: Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Comedy, Short Stories, Anthologies etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.readomania.com/aboutus
  • Best Selling Author(s): Sutapa Basu, Piyusha Vir, Archana Sarat, Anupama Jain, Moinak Dutta, Lopa Banerjee

Rumour books India

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2013
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Genres: Romance, crime and thriller, short stories, childrens’ and young adult, humour, fantasy and sci-fi, historical, literary, poetry ,autobiographies, biographies, narrative nonfiction, sports, politics and current affairs, cookery, business and economics, travel.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.rumourbooks.com/submit-manuscript/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Vish Dhamija, Harsh Snehanshu, Ketan Bhagat, Manasi Sapre, Saad Bin Jung

BlueJay Books

  • Origin: Indian
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Genres: Drama, Self help, astrology, Children’s fiction, religion, philosophy, culture, plays, translations etc.
  • Submission guidelines: http://bluejaybooksindia.com/Contact_Us.html
  • Best Selling Author(s): Rajendra Tandon, Purba Chakraborthy, Mridula Agarwal, Shikha Biswas Bohra

Black Ink

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2017
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction
  • Submission guidelines: http://www.blackinkbooks.in/guidelines.html
  • Best Selling Author(s): Mitali Meelan, Chandana Roy, Shravya Bhinder, Rishabh Puri, Ajeet Sharma, Richa S Mukherjee

Write Place

An offshoot of Crosswords, Write Place offers publishing opportunities to authors in India backed by the distribution network of Crosswords book stores across the country.

Half Baked Beans

They are a hybrid publishing house which means they offer both – traditional and self publishing options for authors.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2014
  • Accepted Categories: Fiction
  • Genres: Romance, Drama, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Romcom, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy, Contemporary fiction, short stories, etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/Half8akedBeans
  • Best Selling Author(s): Puneeth J H, Asfiya Rehman

Goa 1556

A publishing house with a unique focus on Goa.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Year/Date of inception of publishing house: 2012
  • Accepted Categories: Non-fiction directly related to Goa
  • Genres: Food, Essay Collections, Travel, Health, History, Culture, Diaspora, Literature, Memoirs, Art, Biography, Religion etc.
  • Submission guidelines: https://www.goa1556.in/publish-with-us-or/
  • Best Selling Author(s): Orlando Da Costa, Ahmed Bunglowala, Peter Nazareth, Melody Vaz etc.

One of the most important things to remember while submitting your manuscript to publishers is the Turn-Around-Time (Also known as TAT in the literary lingo). For some, it can be in months, while for some it can be in weeks. It is important to be patient and wait to hear from them. More often than not, if you do not receive a reply it can be construed as a rejection.

Also, tagging them on social media platforms and contacting their key personnel ( Read: Editors) online through DMs and other mediums are not advisable. Neither is sending stories as messages on Facebook or WhatsApp.  Once you hear from them in a negative, do not write back either with loads of questions or with an empty threat.

If you receive rejections, do not take it personally. Remember the publishing houses work as per the market trends. A rejection does not mean your book is bad. It simply means they are not the right platform for it. Traditionally publishing is a great thing for every writer. However it is not the deciding factor as to who is a better writer.

Take the case of Amish Tripathi. When he started writing the Shiva trilogy, mythological fiction wasn’t much heard of in India and hence no publisher was interested in taking his manuscript. He self published his first book and rest, as they say, is history. Same is the case with Ashwin Sanghi, who wrote under a pseudonym till Krishna Key made him a best-selling author.

Always remember, every book has its audience. You just need to find them.
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