Agents and Publishers


3 Paths to Publishing a Book

The Pros and Cons of Each

By Tom Freiling — Entrepreneur

What’s the best path to getting your book published? Here’s what entrepreneurs should know.

In this article, we will explore the three most commonly used ways to publish a book. There are traditional routes to taking a book to market, DIY approaches, and hybrid publishing models. While there’s no single best way to publish your book, there are certainly advantages and disadvantages to each strategy. Depending on your unique situation, and with a little due diligence, you can effectively reach readers and expand your influence.


Best Agent Websites for Writers 2022

By Writer’s Digest

Here are the top websites by and about agents

Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Austin Macauley Publishers

We accept manuscripts across all genres, with or without an agent, from anywhere in the world. Whether you are a new author or have been previously published, Austin Macauley Publishers™ would like to hear from you. The review process can take up to three weeks. We will contact you once a decision has been reached.


Acorn Publishing


Now accepting submissions!


Agents Seeking Authors

Now accepting submissions!

By Robert Lee Brewer — Writer’s Digest

 Here are 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing.


Agent Websites

6 best agent websites for writers 2021

By Writer’s Digest


Agents: When Good Agents Go Bad 

Agent Danielle Smith’s Former Clients Speak Out

By Erica Verrillo — Publishers Weekly


Alliance of Independent Authors

An Organisation for Self-Publishing Authors

The Alliance of Independent Authors is a professional business membership organisation for self-publishing authors. A non-profit, we provide trusted advice, supportive guidance, and a range of resources, within a welcoming community of authors and advisors.


At Home Author

Coaching, courses, webinars and more

Everything you need to know about getting published from the comfort  of your own home!

Choosing between traditional and self-publishing can be difficult without all the facts, and navigating them while learning the industry can be even more overwhelming. That’s where we come in.

We offer self-paced courses, webinar replays, free resources, and individualized coaching sessions for all your publishing needs, no matter where you’re at in the process.


Atmosphere Press

Submission Guidelines

Atmosphere Press is an author-first collaborative publisher open to book-length submissions in all genres year-round. We have no restrictive guidelines, other than to send us something good! 


Author in Progress

what it really takes to get published

By Therese Walsh

Author in Progress is filled with practical, candid essays to help you reach the next rung on the publishing ladder. By tracking your creative journey from first draft to completion and beyond, you can improve your craft, find your community, and overcome the mental barriers that stand in the way of success.


Before You Self-Publish

What you need to know

By Joshua C. Cook

Writing a book is hard work. There is a lot to learn before you actually publish your book.


Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published

By Sam Blum


Being Indie

A No Holds Barred Self-Publishing Guide for Authors

By Eeva Lancaster

Learn how to create a book that SELLS.

To be a published author is an achievement few can brag about. But not all Indies are created equal.

This book will give you the edge you need.


Best Literary Agents 2020 – 2021

By Mark Malatesta — The Directory of Literary Agents

The best fiction literary agents for all sub-genres including: crime, fantasy, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction (Sci-Fi), thrillers, and women’s fiction. 


Blackdoge Books

Available Author Services:

 * Paperback and ebook publishing
 * Document design and formatting
 * Editing and proofing
 * Typesetting
 * Ebook conversion
 * Distribution assistance


The Business of Self-Publishing

Finding and Engaging Your Audience

By A.J. Wells — Writer’sDigest

Self-publication allows you complete control over the production side of your novel. If your goal is to make money, you must write a book that people will pay to read. 


Calumet Editions

Get Your FREE Publishing Kit

Changes in the Book Publishing Industry

The digital revolution changed publishing for readers and writers

By John B. Thompson — Writer’s Digest

The whirlwind changes of the book publishing industry in recent decades, from the advent of Amazon to the boom of self-publishing. 


The Confusing Literary Agent Landscape

By Nathan Bransford

“There has been a lot of angst in the literary Twittersphere these past few weeks around agents, alleged bad behavior even among reputable agents, “schmagents” (basically bad agents who sometimes don’t even know they’re bad agents), and quite a lot of author frustration.”


Contracts 101

The Grant of Right Clause

By Jane Friedman — The legalize writers need to understand to protect their long-term earning potential.


Do Writers Need Literary Agents?

By Robert Lee Brewer — Writer’s Digest

Do writers need literary agents to get published and find success with their writing? Are there times when getting an agent doesn’t make sense? We answer these questions here.


Elite Authors

Professional Publishing Services for Independent Authors

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published

How to write it, sell it, and market it . . . successfully

By Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry 

The best, most comprehensive guide for writers is now revised and updated, with new sections on ebooks, self-publishing, crowd-funding through Kickstarter, blogging, increasing visibility via online marketing, micropublishing, the power of social media and author websites, and more—making The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published more vital than ever for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book.


Finding a Literary Agent

By Nancy J. Cohen

How do you find a literary agent? Here are some tips to start your journey from writer to published author.


FREE Short Publishing Courses

Learn something new every week

By Reedsy Learning

Taught by experienced authors and publishing professionals, these free online writing courses and publishing classes have been prepared with your busy life in mind. Over a few minutes each day, you will join thousands of authors in learning how to write better, publish smarter, and sell more books.


From First Draft to Published Author

Should you go traditional, indie, or hybrid publishing?
FREE Guide!

How do I write a pitch? What kind of royalties should I expect? What the heck are beta readers and why do I need them? Publishing is an ever-changing business. As a result, these and many other questions are at the forefront of the modern-day writer’s brain. You’ve probably asked them yourself!

This guide will take you through the entire process, from refining your manuscript to choosing a publishing track to releasing your book into the world.


Get Published in 2022

Breaking In Resource Directory from Writer’s Digest

By The Editors of Writer’s Digest

A collection of advice from 41 agents, 39 debut authors, and 27 small presses, to help writers make 2022 the year they get their book published.

It’s a perfect guide for writers looking to get their book published in today’s marketplace.


Getting Published

The Five Options You Have

The publishing world has changed dramatically in recent years. Self-publishing has disrupted the publishing industry and caused all sectors to reconsider how to publish a book in this new book market.


Go Beyond the Curtain of the Self-Publishing Industry

A 20-Year Industry Expert Shows You Why The System Is Broken

By Adam Ellis is the President and CEO of Steuben Press. 


J.J. Herbert’s Author Program

Become an Amazon Bestselling Author

By J.J. Hebert — Manhattan Book Group


How Can I Get Published?

By Penguin Random House

A guide to demystify the process and provide you with resources. We’ve written this handy guide to demystify the process and provide you with resources that help explain how the publishing process works.  


How to Edit and Publish a Book for FREE!

A Free YouTube Video

By Fawn Tiffanie 

This video explains how to edit, format, and publish for free; with help from other sites.


How to Find Publishing Companies You Can Trust

By Derek Haines — Just Publishing Advice

For first-time authors, it can be a daunting process. There is such a wide range of publishing options available. What are the best publishing companies, and what are your choices? Which ones are the most reputable companies?


How to Find a Literary Agent

By Faith Prince

If you wrote a book and would like to be traditionally published, the first step is finding a literary agent. At times, the agent search and submission process may seem daunting. In this video, I demonstrate how to use querytracker, a website that helps aspiring authors find literary agents


How I Went from No Book to Book Deal

in under a year

By Carely Fortune — Writer’s Digest

From picking up a reading habit to navigating daily word counts, award-winning journalist Carley Fortune shares how she went from no book to a book deal in less than a year.



How to Self-Publish Your Book for FREE

and not get conned

By TW Robinson

Everything you need to know about being an author and making bank is right here in this book. I cover how to write, edit, format, design covers, and handle copyrights. I also provide in-depth, step-by-step instructions on how to publish and market your book. You can do it all yourself, without a publisher, on a budget and even for free.


Impressing Literary Agents

Your 30-Second Pitch

By Austin Vosler — Writer’s Digest

Never miss a chance to pitch your book. Learn how to craft the perfect 30-second elevator pitch!


Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

Self-Publish eBooks and Paperbacks for FREE!

Get to market fast. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes and your book appears on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours.


Literary Agents Seeking Writers


Literary Agents

Advice To Writers

Lost Boys Press


Donald Maass

Literary Agent

Donald Maass represents dozens of novelists in the SF, fantasy, crime, mystery, romance and thriller categories. 


Make Your Manuscript Stand Out to a Publisher

If you’re not doing these 5 things, your manuscript risks ending up in the dreaded slush pile.

Multiple Submissions

In Writing and Publishing

By Robert Lee Brewer — Writer’s Digest

Learn what multiple submissions in writing and publishing are from editor Robert Lee Brewer, including when writers should make them (if ever) and why they should care.


Navigating the Publishing World

By Florida Gulf Coast Sister in Crime

What are paths to publication for emerging writers? Can a self-published or independently published author make the switch to traditional publishing? What are the options for traditionally published authors who are tired of ceding control over their work and profits to third parties?

Join Sisters in Crime for an exciting discussion of the book publishing world from the POV of traditionally published, self-published, and hybrid Sisters in Crime authors. Our experienced panelists will help you explore your publishing options.


Negotiating a Traditional Publishing Agreement

By Joseph Perry — Writer’s Digest

Preparing to sign a contract is an exciting moment in the publishing process—but with it comes important steps to take to protect you and your work. Before you sign on the dotted line, there are some things you’ll want to chat about with your agent or lawyer. Here are some negotiating tips to get the deal more in your favor.


New Book Authors Publishing

Publish Your Book Today

New Book Authors Publishing will make your book available for sale as a paperback and eBook. Hardcover is also an option. Our publishing team will format, edit your manuscript for errors, design an attractive book cover, submit your book to the Library of Congress, and make your book available for sale and distribution via retailers like Barnes and Noble,, Books-a-Million, Powell’s, IndieBound, ThriftBooks, and many other fine retailers and vendors. Submit your book today to get the process started.


Parking Lot Press

We share truth from a place of self

Parking Lot Press was established in July 2020 by Bonniejean Alford to meet the needs of an industry that doesn’t always recognize certain new voices. Our catalog will have an eclectic feel with works connected to or centered around identity in some way.


Parts of a Book

A publishing guide for new authors

By Derek Haines — Just Publishing Advice

The main parts of a book have stayed almost the same throughout the years.

Not much has changed from the time of hand-written books, through to printed and now electronic books. All have similarly ordered elements.

Most people who read your book will expect where they can find specific information.

For new authors, you should consider this when you prepare for publishing.


The Passive Voice

A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing


things you’ll discover

By Alex J. Coyne — Writers Write

Publishers and smaller prints are a different breed: working with publishers brings surprises, especially for debut authors. If you are used to magazines or blogging, mainstream houses don’t feel quite the same.

Here are the things you’ll discover about publishers (when you’ve worked with one). 



What i hate  about the traditional publishing industry

By Alyssa Matesic

As a professional book editor who previously worked at major US publishing houses, I have a love-hate relationship with the publishing industry. Here are the biggest traditional publishing cons as I see them, as well as general publishing advice for anyone who is working on a book project.


Publishing Your Book

Traditional / Vanity — What’s the difference 

Publishing Contract

5 reasons authors should reject a traditional publishing contract

By Patrick Walsh

Lots of authors lust after traditional publishing contracts BUT authors are rejecting these traditional deals more and more. In this video, I dive into the 5 main reasons why you should reject a traditional publishing contract.


Publishing Choices

Know the Pros and Cons for Traditional, Hybrid, and Self-Publishing

One of the most important decisions you’ll likely be faced with early in the process is choosing which publishing method is best for you. Each of the three methods has their own advantages and disadvantages. Learn how to choose a publishing method based upon your specific goals and needs. FREE EBOOK!


Publishing FAQs for Writers

By Robert Lee Brewer — Writer’s Digest

In this post, find 25 frequently asked questions that Writer’s Digest editors receive along with answers to those publishing FAQs for writers.


Publishing and Marketing Simplified

You can write, publish, market, sell and track your sales—all from one dashboard.

By Bublish


Publishing News and Resource Websites 2021

101 Best Websites from the May/June 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest

By Writer’s Digest


Publishing Partner Program

It pays to refer authors to BookBaby!

By BookBaby

Earn generous commissions by referring new authors to our expert publishing team.


Publishing Questions

Great writing and publishing advice from an actual literary agent

By Robert Barbara Poell — Writer’sDigest

10 Writing and Publishing Questions Answered!


Publishing, Sex Magic, and Ownership for Authors

An interview with sara Gran

By Molly Odintz — CrimeReads

After 10 years working in Hollywood, the Claire DeWitt author is starting her own publishing company.


Publishing Terms

100 common publishing terms defined

By Robert Lee Brewer — Writer’sDigest

Publishing has its own jargon that may not be familiar to people new to the business.


Publishing Trends to Know in 2021

The publishing industry is in transition. See what lies ahead.

Publishing Trends of 2021

Signs to consider in 2021

By Josh Weber — Calumet Editions

Here are the major trends that are proving new ground in the publishing industry that independent authors and publishers need to be aware of to have a larger market share and broader social media exposure.


Publishing Process

A step-by-step guide

By Tucker Max — Scribe Media

If you want to understand the book publishing process, you have to learn the difference between Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing. Choosing the right method for you can make or break your book’s success—but most first time Authors don’t know the differences between them.


Publish Yourself

You may be better off taking the DIY approach.

By J.J. Hebert — MindStir Media

Many entrepreneurs are using newfound time at home to finally write down their unique ideas and stories to be published in book form. The Internet is rife with contradicting information about self-publishing and traditional book publishing, so which path should an entrepreneur — or writer in general — use for book publication? 

As the owner and founder of MindStir Media, I’m confident in saying that self-publishing is the proper route in many cases. Here are three main reasons why!


New Book Authors Publishing

Publish Now!

Our publishing team will format, edit your manuscript for errors, design an attractive book cover, submit your book to the Library of Congress, and make your book available for sale and distribution via retailers like Barnes and Noble,, Books-a-Million, Powell’s, IndieBound, ThriftBooks, and many other fine retailers and vendors. Submit your book today to get the process started.


Piracy — Why You Shouldn’t Worry About It

but How to Protect Yourself Anyway

By Joanna Penn — Jerry Jenkins Blog

Yes, piracy happens, but here’s why you shouldn’t let fear keep you from putting your words out into the world.


Query Letters

Writing successful queries for any genre

By Robert Brewer — Writer’s Digest


Query Letters

How to Write the perfect Query letter

By Mary Kole — Writer’s Digest

A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.


Query Letter Tips

From Literary Agents for Writers

By Chuck Sambuchino — Writer’s Digest


Query Tracker

Find agents and publishers for free

QueryTracker has helped 3,485 authors find agents for their books. And it’s FREE!


Rough Draft

An outlet for writers who want to get published

Secrets to Landing an Agent

And Getting a Book Deal

By Kathy Ver Eecke — GetaBookDeal101

Pitching a book is no different than pitching a product. You just need to know the secrets of how to position it for sale. 

Join me and learn how to go from dreaming of the bestseller list, to saying “I got a book deal.” 


Self-Publish eBooks and Paperbacks for FREE!

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

Get to market fast. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes and your book appears on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours.



How to self-publish

By IngramSpark Academy — Self-Publishing

Learn how to self-publish a book with a better understanding of where self-publishing stands today, the benefits of self-publishing, the book publishing process, and what you need to self‑publish professionally.


Self-Publishing Advice

& Inspirations Podcast


Self-Publishing Business

So you’re self-published. now what?

By A.J.Wells — Writer’s Digest

A.J. Wells shares his experience of reading hundreds of self-published books, as well as tips and advice on what self-published authors should do once their stories are finished.


Self-Publishing Changed My Life

and will change yours too

By Kim Catanzarite — Writer’s Digest

Here’s everything you can expect to change in your life when you self-publishing your novel.

As an editor and instructor who has a family and also writes novels “on the side,” I thought I was busy. Then I pressed the publish button and realized I hadn’t seen anything yet.


Self-Publishing Masterclass

Kosta Ouzas has created some of the most successful indie-publishing houses in the world. He has helped hundreds of authors create full-time 5 and 6 figure writing careers and looks forward to sharing his new and improved strategies and tactics with you.

  • ​​How To Launch A Self-Publishing Career And Generate Book Downloads Consistently Using Zero Cost Tactics
  • How To Remove Obstacles By Simplifying Marketing And Generate Traffic To Sell More Books
  • Avoid The #1 Mistake Most Authors Make So You Can Build A Closer Relationship With Readers And Focus Your Energy

Self-Publishing Success

How to self-publish and market your book

By Joanna Penn

I’ve spent over a decade self-publishing bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing over 30 books, I’ve learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I’ll share everything with you.



Starting From Zero

By David Gaughran

Learn how to self-publish like a pro and build an audience of passionate readers for your books. Enroll for FREE!


Self- Publishing Guide — FREE!

A free guide and much more!

By Kayla Hollatz — ConvertKIT

Now is your time to learn how to self publish your book.


FREE! Self-Publishing Guides

Free resources and guides to help with your self-publishing journey

By PublishingPush


Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

Which is right for you?

By Joel Pitney — LaunchMyBook

The choice confronting most authors at this point in the process is to decide between self publishing vs traditional publishing. There’s also a third option called “hybrid publishing” or “vanity publishing” that combines elements of the other two.

So how do you decide which route it best for you?


Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing

The Exciting New World of Self-Publishing Your Books!

By Denise George

 In the self-publishing market today, an author can make his book available to the world with little or no upfront cost.


Six Self-Publishing Considerations

By John Peragine — Writers In The Storm


Self-Publishing Success

The four cornerstones to self-publishing success

By Steven Spatz — BookBaby

Self-publishing truly is a journey. There are some parts you’ll find easy — others are more onerous, but it’s a journey that begins with the notion that you want to write a book and continues long past the point of publication.


Six Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

Everything you need to know about self-publishing

By Patricia Marshall

get your free ebook!

A step-by-step guide to self-publishing that shows you how to avoid spending tens of thousands of dollars.


The Story Factory Submissions


Ten Guides on eBook Publishing

By Skipread

Here’s how to kick off the process pf publishing an eBook. This may change your life for good.


Top 10 Publishing Sites

For indie authors

By Erica Verrillo

Indie authors need all the help they can get. Self-publishing is taxing, time-consuming, and there is a steep learning curve. Fortunately, there are lots of people who are willing to help.


Top Ten Publishing Trends — 2021

By Clayton Noblit — Written Word Media

What does 2021 hold in store for the publishing industry? Every year at Written Word Media we consult experts and dive into our own data to predict the next year’s publishing trends. 


Vanity Press Scams

And Publishing Companies to Avoid

By Scott Allen — Self-Publishing School

The awful news for authors out there today is that there are plenty of vanity press scams and self-publishing companies to avoid… Unless you want your money stolen, that is . . .

In this post, you’ll learn how to recognize the self-publishing scams when they cold call you…and the companies you can really trust to get your book published!


Virtual Author Assistant

Providing authors with support and encouragement

By Linda Dunn

My mission is to provide the best possible options for you and your book through streamlining your author platform and strengthening your author brand.

I offer a range of author services. This allows my authors to focus on what they do best – write.

Author Services
  • Author branding
  • Author platform development
  • Email marketing management (campaigns, etc.)
  • Organization
  • Newsletters, one-sheet, flyers, etc.
  • Research
  • Book launch preparation
  • Book events
  • Podcast guest placement
  • Blog management
  • YouTube, etc.,  channel management
  • Web design 
  • and more…

We Make Beautiful Books

Professional Publishing Services for Independent Authors

Elite Authors

Elite Authors offers professional publishing services you can trust to turn your story into a beautiful bestseller. You bring the ideas. We’ll do the rest.


Why Self-Publish Your Book?

By Nancy J. Cohen


Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

By Robert Lee Brewer —  Writer’s Digest

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.



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