Getting published in India

[Updated on 30-09-2014]
So you have put all your sweat into finishing that novel. That shining thing on your computer that lives and breathes in your heart. I know you have lived it, loved it and put your soul into it. Now you want to publish it, right?

Of course you do.

We have to find the list of Publishers in India

Oh wait! There is no list…

The publishing industry in India has changed a since and bloomed into something wonderful and viable than it was before – the time I started querying for my first book. It was eighteen then and Google wasn’t as popular as today. My searches were all made in Yahoo and the search result for Publishers in India yielded only a couple of doable results. I still contacted Macmillan Publishers and Harper Collins publishing who very politely turned me down. Back then, if you searched for How to get published in India, the result wasn’t very comprehensive or useful.
It still isn’t.
Today, we have so many new publishers looking for fresh talent in the writing industry and even some Literary Agents to represent brand new authors.
I have always loved blogs that provide a comprehensive list of publishers and agents in on single page with their submission guidelines and important links.
I thought of the doing the same for India.
Here’s to my fellow writers. I hope it makes your work easy.
(If you haven’t already written your book, I suggest you look at my blog So you want to become an Author followed by How to Write a 100000 Word Novel)

It’s your baby and you want the whole world to see it. So let’s see how to go about it.

How to get Published in India

Want to get Published?

List of Publishers in India

Top Publishers

Harper Collins
Harper Collins accepts unsolicited queries for fiction, general and narrative non-fiction, biographies and memoirs, current affairs, and self-help. However, they are not looking for textbooks, technical or scientific works, or children’s books. They prefer to look at the complete manuscript but you can send them a proposal with a detailed synopsis and first three chapters.
They do not accept email submissions.
You can find their Submission Guidelines here.

Penguin Books India
Penguin is one of the leading publishers in India as well as the world. They publish high quality fiction, non-fiction, reference books, memoirs, poetry and a variety of other books. They are open to simultaneous submissions but they ask you to inform them of it. Your proposal should contain a detailed synopsis and chapter outline with two sample chapters in case of novels and other narrative non-fiction. For short stories and poems you should send in five sample stories and/or poems. They do accept email submission. You can send your proposal to . You can also mail your submission to their address. Here is the link to their Submission Guidelines

Random House India
I’m sure it’s not news that Random House and Penguin Publishers have have through a merger. They have a new website with the name Penguin Random House
Random House has a very simple submission guideline. Send in the synopsis, sample chapters and your resume to their email address: They don’t have much of a guidelines. But you can find the information on their
Contact Us page.

Rupa Publications
Rupa Publications is one of the leading publishers in India. They broke the trend of traditional literary publishing by launching Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. They publish fiction as well as non-fiction, short stories and poetry. They do not accept email submissions (earlier they did). They ask you to send a detailed synopsis and three sample chapters (three sample stories in the case of short story collections) to their postal address. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.

Tara Books
Tara Books publish limited quality fiction and non-fiction books. They are not interested in poetry short stories or darama. They accept unsolicited proposals from new writers as well. They ask you to send a brief synopsis of the plot / concept, a one page CV, first 5 to 10 pages of the book, or if you are sending visuals, a few samples of your artwork (preferably colour photocopies or prints – not originals), & a full return postage if you want them to return your work. It is not clear if they accept email submissions. They do have an email id: You can find their Submission Guidelines here.Fiction Submission Guidelines .

Westland Books
Westland Books is a subsidiary of Trent Limited, Tata group. They are bringing new opportunities of budding writers and are on the lookout for new talent. They publish a lot of thriller and mystery books. They publish fiction as well as non-fiction. They accept proposals sent via snail mail only. Try best online iphone games and win real money! Your proposal should contain a synopsis and the first three chapters of your novel/non-fiction narrative, or three stories from your short story collection. They take ten to twelve weeks to respond on your submission. They accept email submission for children’s and YA. Email your proposal to You can find their Submission Guidelines here.

Other publishers

Alchemy Publishers
Alchemy Publishers are looking for self-help, philosophy, religion, wildlife, fiction, woman’s studies, travel and coffee-table books. They have an online submission form where you can upload your fiction/ non-fiction manuscript. Here is a link to their Submission Portal

Aleph Book Company
Aleph Book Company are open to unsolicited queries for fiction and non-fiction. They do not accept email submissions. They ask you to mail your proposal with a detailed synopsis and three sample chapters (three sample stories in the case of short story collections) to their postal address. Here is link to their Submission Guidelines.

Fingerprint Publishing
Fingerprint Publishing is open to unsolicited queries from new as well as published authors for Commercial fiction (romance, mystery, thrillers, humour, fantasy, young adult), Literary fiction, General and narrative non-fiction, Memoirs and biographies, Self-help, health and fitness & Spirituality. They do not publish textbooks and poetry as of now. They prefer email submissions. All proposals should be emailed to with synopsis, plot summary, first three chapters, your bio data and recent photograph as attachment to the email. They also accept proposals via snail mail. They take about a month to get back on the status of the proposal. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.

Grapevine India
They ar a fast growing publishing house in India founded by a successful young writer. They accept email submissions and ask you to mail a One Page Synopsis and three to four sample chapters, although they prefer looking at the complete manuscript, with an author bio less than 300 words. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.

Grey Oak
Grey Oak Publishers, according to their website, is a recently set up Indian Publishing House backed by a group of young writers, avid-readers, designers and entrepreneurs of Indian origin. They focus mainly on popular fiction. They are interested in short stories, poetry, novellas. They do not accept unsolicited submissions. They do have a huge list of exceptions on their Submission Guidelines page. If you are not the exception, they ask you to come via an agent or a literary agency.

Hachette India
Hachette India publishes general, literary and commercial fiction, children’s and reference books as well as non- fiction, covering memoirs, self help, travel, history, business, popular culture, lifestyle and sport. They do not accept unsolicited proposals for fiction, non-fiction and translation and ask you to submit via an agent only. They do accept unsolicited queries for children’s and reference books. Here is a link to their Submission Guidelines

Hay House India
Hay House India publishes fiction as well as non-fiction as long as it has a positive self-help angle to it. They are not interested in poetry, children’s books or negative attitude subjects. They do accept email submissions. Their email id is You can also send your proposal via snail mail. They are open to simultaneous submissions. They typically take four to six weeks to respond to a manuscript submission. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.

Himalaya Publishing House
Himalaya Publishing House has been into publishing industry for a long time and they publish books for universities in various fields. They do publish some fiction and non-fiction. They have an online form for submission. Submission Portal

Lead Start Publishing
Lead Start Publishing is a fast growing publishing house in India. They publish books in various genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, cookery, children, etc. They only accept email submissions to Check their Submission Guidelines for details on proposal.

PanMacMillan India
Pan MacMillan India is looking for books in the field of general fiction (novels, novellas and short stories), literary fiction, thrillers, crime fiction, general and narrative non-fiction, current affairs, business, health/self-help, cookery, humour, biographies and autobiographies, travel and adventure. They are not interested in poetry or children’s books in India at present.
They ask you to submit your proposal for evaluation with (a) Synopsis and chapter outline of your book – plot/structure, (b) introduction to characters and a note on the
marketability of the book (c) Three sample chapters (d) Author bio
You should email your proposals to They will typically acknowledge the receipt of your proposal within a week and their evaluation process takes about 8 weeks. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.
Pustak Mahal
Pustak Mahal Publishers accept unsolicited proposals via email or snail mail. They even have an online submission form. They have not given any guideline for manuscript or proposal formatting. Anyway, you can check it out here: Submission Guidelines

Roli Books
They accept submissions on various topics including art, design, photography, architecture, fiction, nonfiction, children’s subjects, cuisine etc. . They accept submission via email or postal address. They have a long list of items to be mailed with the proposal including sample chapters, synopsis, author CV, and a short write up. Check out the details for Submission Guidelines here.

Sage Publishers
Sage Publishers are famous for their academic and serious non-fiction books. They have a Book Proposal form that you need to download, fill and send to their address either by email or by post. You can check their Submission Guidelines here.

Update:>> (Newly added)

Petals Publishers & Distributers
PETALS was found in the year 2013 with a motive of serving the literary industry by all means. (As stated in their website). Just so you know, this is the publishing house that is launching my first book, Heaven Conspires They have a couple more books in the pipeline. They accept email submissions only. They ask for a author biography, contact details, synopsis & sample chapters by email to or . They say they get back within a month but they are fast in responding in case you have been accepted. You can check their submission guidelines here.

Pirates Publishing
Pirates Publishing is a new publishing house put together by a group of IITians (As stated in their blog). They have started with their first book, Romi and Gang by Tushar Raheja. They have a couple more books in the pipeline. They accept email submissions only. They ask for a synopsis and first three chapters by email to They accept fiction, non-fiction & short stories as well. You can check their submission guidelines here.

Literary Agents
Sherna Khambatta Literary Agency
They are open to submissions from writers for full length adult fiction and children’s books. They prefer email submissions over snail mail. Your submission should include synopsis, sample chapters and some details about yourself. They take about seven days to respond. The email for submission is Please visit their Website for more details. (Since it’s designed in Flash, I am unable to provide a direct link).
Purple Folio
They accept submissions for fiction as well as non-fiction. They ask you to submit a query before your send in a proposal. They do not accept multiple submissions and they claim to respond within two weeks. You can email your query to with details of the book, target audience, genre and some information about yourself. They will then direct you on how to make the submission. You can check their Submission Guidelines here.
Siyahi accepts fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories. They are, however, not accepting submissions for poetry and short stories till 2014. You should email your submission containing a synopsis, three sample chapters and your brief profile to or They are open to multiple submissions but they ask that you inform them of the same. They take eight to ten week to respond to any submission. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.
Red Ink Literary Agency
They are interested in fiction (Thrillers & Trade) and non-fiction. They have an online form . They claim they repond in about six days on any manuscript.
Writer’s Side
They are literary agency and they accept only email submissions. They ask you to submit synopsis, bio, contact details and the first three chapters of your work to They typically respond in two months. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.

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191 thoughts on “Getting published in India

  1. Hey Prity! Nice compilation of publishers. Makes it very easy for us writers who want to get published. Thanks.

  2. I’m very pleased to find this page. I wanted to thank you for ones time for this wonderful read!! I definitely really liked every bit of it and I have you book marked to look at new things on your website.

    • Hi,
      Mam. I like writing off,and on. And because of this habit. I have completes almost 4 full writing and more then scripts. I can find out any good publication. I am also a years boy and from a villege. Without any kind of permission i can go out from my house. Please i need somebody’s help. Please tell me about any publication. Please i will wait for reply. Thank you

    • Thanks Meera. Congrats on the submission. Finishing a novel is the first step towards your dream. I will add Pirates once I gather some background information about it. I will try to send an email to the adress you have mentioned. Thanks.

    • Are they charging u any money fa publishing ua book? Uaz means not uaz precisely… Generally askin.. do they need our money to publish our book like self publishin nd all.. plz do rply…

  3. google search brought me to this… you should add Pirates, a publishing house based in delhi who have published Tushar Raheja’s new book..they seem fairer than the rest D 1 Maharani Bagh Delhi and email –

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  6. Thanks for the info. Really comprehensive. My book was completed more than two years back and is gathering dust. I hope I can get it published now. Fingers crossed!

    • All the best for your book, Devika. Now that there are so many new publishing houses and with such an active social media platform for interaction, I’m sure you can find a good home for your book. Besides, there are various self publishing options now in India as well. I wish you good luck.

      — Prity

  7. Awesome compilation of information. Every bit of it is useful. Keep spreading such knowledge for the larger good. Thanks again for posting this.

  8. hey do i need to write a synopsis even for short short stories, or can i simply send three sample stories……………. an THANKS for your efforts………. 🙂

    • Hi Tushar,

      Thanks for your kind comments. Ideally, your query should contain a good cover letter that describes the types of stories you have in your entire collection. Unless the publisher specifically asks for a synopsis, you don’t need to send it for short stories. Have a good cover letter, attach the sample stories and do mention about the entire collection and also brief information about yourself. This should do it. The idea is to give the publisher a good info about your proposal. Make it nice and shiny 😀


  9. This is like a one stop shop for writer looking for publishers. Good one. I also have one question. Does Penguin accept the proposal as an attachment or mail text, for email submission.

    • Hi Udai,

      Thanks for your comments.
      Send the Chapter Outline, Synopsis and Sample Chapters as attachment with your proposal email. You will also receive their auto-reply mail as an acknowledgement of their receipt. Hope this helps.


  10. Thanks Prity. Sorry for persisting on this. More clarification… Do I need to write my proposal text in the mail and the rest (Chapter Outline, Synopsis and Sample Chapters) as an attachment?
    Your response is highly appreciated

  11. Thanks Prity… I found this compilation of publishing houses & agents in the nick of time as I scrounged the internet. You’ve been around this block a few times so I’d like to pick your brains on where to find the right kind of person to help me edit my book. Its non-fiction and I’m just about completing it.
    Who comes first? The publisher or the editor?
    Is an agent necessary?
    That’s a barrage of questions and I’ll really appreciate if you can give me your thoughts.

    • Hi Sunil,

      Thanks for commenting. For editing, you can find a couple of editors online, freelancers who’ll edit the book per word count. You can approach anyone of them, just make sure to send 2-5 pages as sample and get a sample edit first, just so you get the idea of the editor and if they can deliver what you are looking for. And if you are happy, set a price and you might have to pay an advance.

      An agent is not necessary, especially in the Indian publishing industry but you can try find one to represent your work. Many publishing houses are open for submissions, you should try querying them. Agents can also help you polish your work and make it more presentable and they can help you get a good deal and also an advance royalty. But you do have to share your earnings with them but I don’t see that as a problem. Editors are people in publishing houses who decide if you book is bought by them or not.

      I guess I answered you queries. Let me know if you have more questions.


  12. Dear Prity,
    I have a query regarding the ‘Westland Books’ submission guidelines. It is mentioned in your text regarding the publisher that they only accept snail mail submissions, but in the submission guidelines of the publishers page, I can see that we can either send email or snail mail. Please find the text copied from their page below:

    Westland & Tranquebar Press

    A copy of your fiction or non-fiction proposal should be sent by mail to us at the following address, or emailed to We do not publish poetry.

    Just thought of confirming instead of assuming. Your response would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks for your answers so far.

    Warm regards,

  13. Hello Prity,

    Thank you for such an awesome post. I have already written and published my first book a psychological thriller in India and later it got selected by another publisher in Europe and they are publishing it all over the Europe. Presently I am working on a detective series.

    I would like to ask you considering my experience with the first book, can I get any publisher who can pay me advance once they accept the manuscript? so that I can fix my marketing of the book.

    I did the initial editing of the book. Do the publishers check the editing o the book or if they like the manuscript twill they do the editing?

    Will be glad to listen from you. Your suggestion will be most appreciated and will be really a great help.

    thank you

    • HI Lal Krishna,

      Since you are already a [published author, I suggest you get an agent. An agent will help you land a good contract and also advance. Publishing would be easy although you’d have to share profits with agent but I think it’s recommended you get one to represent your work. They can bargain on your behalf. Just make sure you get a good one.

      Hope this helps.


  14. i am also an aspiring author my novel is also almost complete i want to know which publishing house is best for fantasy related work.

    • Divye Pratap,

      I’d suggest you try with publishers like Harper Collins,Westland, Rupa, etc who are oen to new submissions and also suc topics. Qey them and see the response. I also suggest you to have your book as polished as you can as you get only one shot with each publisher. All the best.

  15. Hi Prity,
    Very informative site. I have recently self-published a work of fiction. My question is, can I submit it to a traditional publisher once it has been self published ?
    Another question: Do you also have a list of distributors who a self published author can contact directly to place books in book stores ? Currently my book is only available online and I would love for it to be in book stores.
    Thanks – I know that’s a whole bunch of questions !!

    • Hi Sadhana,

      Typically, Self Publihed books are not consdered as a strong credit in the publishing industry so it’s better you keep that to yourself when querying traditional publishers unless the book has made waves. Now if the sales were phenomenal, it’s another story. Publishers will flock to publish it under their banner or better, offer you a multiple book deal.

      A directory/List for Self Publishing was supposed to be up way back, but I got busy with other things. Will try to add a new post for Self Publishing.


    • Udai,

      I haven’t heard much about Jacaranda but they seem to be based in Singapore and into consutancy for quite some time. It might be worth a short if you can query them. They also seem to have a good list of books. Thanks for passing their info. I will update my list very soon.


  16. Hello Prity,
    Excellent page I must tell.Such a comprehensive list,all under one roof,you really made it so easire.
    I was struggling to find out a compact list of publisheres.I did tried one or two but was not working.
    I have submitted my manuscripts to few of them for consideration.
    Thanks a lot once again and hope that my script is considered for publication.
    Well done,Keep it up.

    • Hi Amit,

      Thank you for your kind comments. My aim with this post was to create a list that can help writers like me to access all major publisers at one stop. I also wanted to create similar kind of post for self pblishing but haven’t yet been able to manage time. Will try to do it soon.

      All the best for your manuscript. I hope you get it published. I am also planning to start a critique page so that fellow writers can share their work and start helping out one another. Let’s see how that works out.


  17. It was nice to look into your webpage. It is really awesome. Can you help me in one matter.. Can you elaborate what is chapter outline asked by Penguin Publishers. Is it for sample chap or for whole manuscript

    • Hi Rishabh,

      Thank you very much. I am glad this post is helping fellow writers.

      Chapter Outline is much like synopsis, only it is chapter by chapter, instead of one synopsis of the entire manuscript. You need to condense each chapter of your book into 3-4 lines (each one), including the final chapter and your ending. It will typically be 3 to 4 pages for a 100,000 word novel. Hope this helps.


  18. Thank you for this wonderful article that compiles all the reputable publishers in a nutshell.

  19. thanks prity,

    this will help authors like me to approach more number of publishers. and if i got published i’ll be giving you treat for this.

    thanks again.

    • Thanks Cheranjeev Vivek! I love it when my fellow writers appreciate my work. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. And I am waiting for that treat.

  20. Dear Pritys
    I , Age 75, am a published author (Lovers’ Rock), and obliged to send all my future writings to my publishers as their first right, and approach others only if a story is rejected. For a single proposal, the process may take anything between three to six months. Given the situation, if I have five proposals in waiting, I’ll probably end up in my grave before getting a favorable nod from x, y or z.
    Why can’t I send my proposals to x, y and z simultaneously, and still honor the publisher’s rights if they accept the proposal? After all, the time is crucial to my literary pursuit.
    Your views?
    Ravi Bedi

    • Mr. Ravi,

      Thanks for stopping by at my blog. I agree that it is frustrating to wait for months and months to get a positive response or worse even, a rejection that seems like a waste of all that precious time. But we do know that the publishing industry works at a snail’s pace and that’s the way it jingles. What I typically do for a manuscript is, query my priority list of publishers together in a batch and wait for a full request. Once I get that, I send the manuscript and wait for their response. What you can typically do, is query multiple publishers and look for publishers who are okay with multiple submissions. Publishers like Penguin accept simultaneous submission but they ask you to inform them about it.

      I’d suggest you to query multiple publishers and when you submit a full manuscript, inform the publisher that the manuscript is being reviewed by multiple editors. And you can always query and ask if they are okay with it. A full request is like getting a one on one communication channel opened with the editor, so be frank and just ask them. You could also go for a literary agent but in India the market isn’t that flourished for you to need one just yet. Well, it’s your call really. I’d ask you to not sit on that completed manuscript and send it across. Good Luck!


  21. Thanks Prity,

    I think I should get in touch with my editor on this; she’s been very cooperative. My first book, “Lovers’ Rock”, would not have been possible but for her belief in my work.
    Thank you for your time.


      • I have a question you’ll find difficult to answer.
        I have a contractual obligation to send all my writings to my publisher who has the first right to all the crap I write.
        My next submission gets rejected and the same is accepted by another publisher who claims first rights to whatever I write in future.
        Now who has the rights to whatever I write in future?

        • Ravi,

          That’s so very much complex. I suggest you check with the first publishers about the legal binding in this case or maybe get in touch with a legal attorney for this particular scenario. I am sure someone will be able to help you.


  22. Hi Prity,

    Very informative blog. I have approached Authorspress for the publication of a collection of poetry. They have accepted my project within 30 minutes. And, now they are asking for a complete manuscript before providing any agreement details. Please suggest that if I should be submitting my work to them without signing an agreement.
    Another thing is that they want a cost of publishing to bore by me i.e. around 15000/ INR. Is it a normal way in which the publishing house working?

    Your response within a day or two would be highly appreciable.
    Thanks in advance.


    • Hi Arun,

      Sorry, I was caught up with other things and your comment went by unnoticed. In case of urgent queries, please drop a message on

      I understand you might have already taken a decision on this. I would still like to answer your query. It is not a normal culture to ask money from the Author for publication. If they have reverted back to you in 30 minutes, it probably means that they haven’t given much thought into your proposal.When a Publishing House is demanding money from you, it means that they are not confident of your work and they want you to share the initial cost of printing in case the book doesn’t sell. This is the regular process a print on demand or Self Publishing house would follow. Before you enter into this kind of agreement, please check the royalty rates and get the contract checked thoroughly. The royalty rates should be higher since you are also sharing the loss.

      Good luck!


    • Hi Uma,

      Sorry for the delayed response. But I tried to revert back as early as I could. Purple Folio maybe a new literary agency in the block but they do seem to have a decent list of clientele. The Agent, Urmila Dasgupta has worked for Penguin Books India as an Editor so you can expect that she knows about books and what sells. It looks like a good agency to deal with and I thin you should be delighted if they are offering to represent you. Submit your query to them and wait for a period of two weeks until they confirm. They suggest that you do not submit simultaneously while they are considering your work.

      Good luck!


  23. Thanks a lot for such a great info at one place. As an author, I am delighted to see this.

    I tried to visit RoliBooks website and my computer doesnt allow to open the page due to some malware issue.

    Is it possible for you to put submission details here.

    • Here are the guidelines, Sandhya.

      For any editorial enquiry please write to

      We accept editorial submissions on varied subjects including, art, design, photography, architecture, fiction, nonfiction, children’s subjects, cuisine etc. Please send all editorial submissions to the e-mail/address given above

      Please make sure that your submissions include the following details.
      1.CV of author/photographer
      2.A synopsis of the book
      3.Sample visual material
      4.A short write up explaining the book, its uniqueness in the market, and how it compares to other similar books available.
      5.Some sample chapters

  24. Thanks! It is a well-searched, researched and compiled blog…and of course, solicitous!

    A book is a process…a journey, wherein, the person through whom it all flows, is beckoned to be the book (from the standpoint of a non-fiction), as, as all flows, one gets to know what one knows! Only when the contents take shape…get articulated, experienced (sharing the experience) is the awareness of all having flowed from within…and thus dawns the awareness that all has been, all along, and is always…within….

    Warm regards and best wishes,

  25. Hi Prity,

    Great work!

    Just a couple of queries…

    1. There doesn’t seem to be much activity on the Pirates ‘website’ – are they still active? (Just asking!)

    2. Have you heard of Palimpsest Publishers? They’ve been around since 2012, but are missing from your list of publishers…


    • Simon, I can check with Pirates and let you know.

      About other publishers, there have been a lot of new publishers on the block in the past year and I am yet to incorporate them in my list. Looks like it’s my next task in hand. Thanks for the reminder. Cheers!


    • Hi ,Great and useful website.I also have a query regarding Purple folio.I sent them a query and they asked for my manuscript.However they offered me to edit my mss for a fee and also to represent my book.That meant that my mss would have been edited and whether i landed a contract was not sure. Didn’t quiet like the idea.What is your view on it. I have mailed my mss to a few publishers who have either said no or havent replied yet.Do I need to worry about copyright issues?

      • Gayatri,

        You don’t need to worry about manuscript being stolen. Publishing is a slow business and they’d prefer paying you royalty which is basically peanuts rather than stealing it, to get sued. So the good news is, you don’t need to worry about copyright issues. Yes, the agency offer doesn’t sound very promising. Looks like they are trying to make money by offering representation. Typically, an agent represents a client who look promising and when the manuscript is sold, they get a commission out the royalty. That’s how it works. In India, new authors rarely get published and if they do, they get paid very less and a cut out of that is negligible. So I guess they know that and they are just trying to survive. Depends on the charges they are asking. Plus, your agent should believe in you and your work. Are they doing that? Do you think they can get your manuscript a good home? Talk to them, find it out. And then take a call.

        I hope this helps.


  26. Hey Prity,

    I enjoyed reading your article. Very well written.
    So I’m an amateur writer and I’ve never been published.
    I mostly write YA fiction with sub-genres Sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal.
    Can you please suggest me a publishing house that would be interested
    in my work?

    • Naomi, try with Grapevine Publishers, Rupa and Penguin. Do chec with Petals Publishers as well. In case of YA, make sure your voice is unique and POV is fun. All the best.

  27. Hi Prity,

    Please tell us more about Petals publishers.

    1) How many months they normally take to publish after considering the full manuscript?

    2) Does they have a distribution network in all major cities

  28. Hi Prity,

    Need to know more about Petal publishers

    1) How many months will they take to publish a novel if the manuscript is considered for publication?

    2) Does they have good distribution network across India?

  29. Quite comprehensive info here. You have done a great job, Prity. Without asking a question I have got the relevant info here. However, do try to warn budding authors about vanity publishers and fake literary agents taking advantage of new authors’ ignorance.

    • Randeep,

      Thank you for your appreciation. I am obliged. I do agree with you that Authors have to take a risk with so many new publishing houses opening up. I need other writer’s support to actively participate in discussions and I have tried it before but noticed people do not participate in such activities. I will still try to do that and add a new post to warn new authors.

      Thanks for pointing it out to me.


  30. Dear Prity,
    Congratulations for your book launch. Wish you all the good luck.
    I have one question btw. What is the word count Petals publishers accept. In other words, do they accept 82000 words?
    Thanks for your time.

  31. Hi Prity,

    Thanks for the wonderful post. Very helpful for a newbie like me. Did write to one of the publishers listed in your post for my children’s picture book. Hoping to get a positive response.

    Best wishes,

  32. Very interesting and useful post, Prity. Thanks a ton. Two questions: How many books sold in today’s times is considered a “successfully published book”. Two, what kind of royalty do publishers offer new authors?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Sridhar,

      Thanks for your comments. 1000 copies of a book sold in a duration of 2-4 months is considered a decent sales. A royalty of 7-10% is average. New publishers offer 5% which is below average. Anything above 10% is considered good.

  33. Dear Prity,

    Thanks a lot for this post which I think is quite useful for writers looking for publishers. What I would like to know more is about self publishing and taking the help of some agency. How much would it cost usually? Does it speed up the process and so on?

    Thanks again.

  34. I want to know more about petal publishers, will get a good media coverage ? Will my book be available in bookstores if I publish with them ?

    • I’d like to be honest here. My book did not reach many bookstores across India. It was available at all stores online. If you want media coverage, you have to arrange it for yourself.

  35. हिंदी में भी प्रचुर मत्रा में लिखा जा रहा है आजकल। हिंदी के प्रकाशकों की लिस्ट की व्यवस्था हो तो हिंदी के नवोदित लेखकों को इसका बहुत लाभ मिलेगा।
    आपका कार्य सराहनीय है।

  36. IDK how to thank you ur so sweet i was struggling to find publishers for my first three novels u did me the greatest help possible thanks a lot love you

  37. HI,

    Could you tell me if you have heard about Ferntree publishing. they have a workshop worth 3000 where they are trying to teach “how to become a published author” please let me know if you have any inputs about them.


    • Priyanka,

      I hadn’t heard anything about Ferntree until you asked me to check upon them. Their founder, or owner name is not listed anywhere. I am not in a position to comment about their validity. But the question you need to ask yourself is, is it really something you can learn. There are many free online workshops and free articles that’d help you improve your writing skills. There is no magic potion to get published. Whether you like it or not, there is not shortcut to getting published, India or not.

      There is a book by Stephen King “On Writing” that deals a lot about the finer art of writing. Then there are many articles, including some blogs from my own site that talk about various aspects of writing.

      Remember, writing is an art and if you are a writer, master the art. Publishing is the second part of the coin that can be flipped only when you are through the first one. Write a book and then worry about publishing. Until then, focus on writing the best book ever! All the best!

  38. Do literary agents charge you upfront or they charge through commission of your book sales after your book.has been accepted by a publisher?

    • Manish,

      Literary agents are mediators who help you find the right home for your book and take care of everything that need to be done like negotiating the deal, finding the right house, promoting your book, editing, etc. They charge a commission out of the royalty you get paid so that is why they find the best deal so that they get the best cut. If an agent is asking for an upfront amount, they are not getting good writers and probably don’t have faith in your book so want an upfront advance. This is not how it should be. How do you expect someone to sell your product if they themselves don’t have faith in it. It’s simple logic. They get paid if you get paid. This seems like they are after upfront money so they will get you into any deal they find convenient. If I were you, I’d stay away from such agents.

  39. Hey,
    The information that i got proved to be really exigent for me as i am on the way to publish my novel.
    I wish to ask if you have any thing information related to the best traditonal publishing house for new authors

    Btw ,I read your book & it’s quite interesting

    • Bhavik,

      Thank you for the amazing response. I really like it when author’s benefit from my blogs as this was my primary focus in building articles here to help fellow authors. I wish to write more often but other work commitments take up all my time. I have mentioned about new publishing houses in my blog. If you mean information regarding self publishing, I am yet to write about it. But you really need to evaluate which publishing house is best for you.

      Thank you for reading my book. It feels good to hear that it’s reaching people.


  40. This is an excellant page and I came here numerous times when I was trying to place my book. You might want to check out Amaryllis books-they are decent publishers, highly selective and have some good work in their catalogue.

  41. Hi Prity,

    A very heartfelt thanks for that extremely useful and well-complied information. I am just about to start my book (obviously I have a long way to go!) and this wonderful set of resources is my starting point.

    Thanks once again!

    • Manan,

      Publishing industry is based on trust. And you don’t need to copyright you work before sending. Once you’ve sent your book to someone, the email copy, or postal mail acknowledgement is your proof. The royalty paid to writers Is peanuts anyway so any publishing house, if they love your work, will take your permission and worry about getting sued. Hope this helps.


  42. hi prity*…great work…i am a first time novelist…about to complete my novel in a couple of days…i want to know is there a specific layout or a format for submitting a manuscript…if yes then kidly let me know the link or may be mail me one…thnx…kp up the good wrk…!!! Cheers…!!!

  43. Dear PrityS,

    Your information helped. Thanks. Keep it up please. If you have further more helping data, please upload. Grateful regards.


  44. The wait is infuriating. How long does an average publishing house take to reply.
    Please shed some light, I’m getting anxious here.

    • Manan,

      Some publishers do not respond at all if they have rejected your proposal while some send form letter. The time taken can be anywhere from 4 weeks to 6-8 months. THe wait is frustrating but that’s how the industry is. It works at snail pace.

  45. hello prity,

    that’s a wonderful wonderful page I’ve ever get on to. thanks a lot for giving such a useful list. I have always surfed the net just to know where all I can contact and send proposal. I could only end up with finding one or two publisher’s on most of the web pages which could be checked out.
    when I contacted one of my author friend to help me in this, he too recommended this link to me.
    you have done a marvelous job especially for a novice like me. a great help.
    thanks again.

  46. Hi Prity,
    That’s an amazing effort. Thank you so much. Can you recommend a few publishing houses given that mine is basically a love novel though with various other aspects showcasing how life can change for good and worse and how eventually everything turns fine given that you keep trying and believing.
    It would be great of you if you can help me out with that.

  47. Once you submit your story to a publishing house is there any possibility or rather ehat is the guarantee that your story wont be reproduced elsewhere? Is there some kind of confidentiality agreement that the publishing house is bound to in case of rejection (i.e. not publishing your work)?
    And what is the minimum word count for a full fledged novel and short story?

  48. Thanks for this post, Prity. Very useful indeed 🙂

    I submitted a pitch to Petals Publishers two days back but didn’t get any acknowledgment of the same. (I requested them for an acknowledgment in my email). How long should I wait before I contact them again?

    Also, is it better to approach a literary agency such as Red Ink instead of approaching a publisher? Did you submit a query to an agency or directly approach Petals? Please shed some light on this matter.

    • Mahevash,

      If you have queried any publisher, you should ideally wait for 2 to 4 weeks before you query them again. Some publishers respond with an acknowledgement and some do not. Even if you have asked them to give you one they will respond if it falls in their process. Remember, publishing works as snail pace and you gotta be really patient if you plan to survive it

  49. Prity, you have done a great service to potential authors in India by compiling this very useful information. However, I wonder why you use pictures of western children –is it a hangover of the colonial mentality? Is it a Barbie doll mentality? Are we not proud of ourselves,with all our limitations. As far as I know Indian kids love books and if they are your target market,they better see themselves reflected here. What do you think? Thank you for considering my view.

    • Hi Iradnus (I don’t know your real name)

      Firstly, thank you for appreciating my blog. Secondly, I don’t know what you mean by Barbie doll mentality. Are you talking about love for fairer skin? I myself am dusky and love the colour and proud of myself and my skin. Any hangover? Ummm, are you saying I prefer using western images than Indian? Of course not? I am a writer whose writing this blog to help fellow writers and I cannot spend 2000 or more rupees to purchase an image with Indian people for my free blogs. I get free images from 123rf and I use them. If you can provide me free images that do not infringe copyright laws, I’d be happy to use them in m y future blogs. Like, really. Please email such images to and I’ll make sure my next blog incorporates that.


  50. It was really very useful to me. I can now look forward to publish my books with the help of the publication house information and also literary agencies. Thank you so much!!!

  51. I tend to write in short bursts. More of abstract random notes without any structure or a story telling format. I wrote those in my blog. Any takers or publishing houses that would be interested in this format of writing.


  52. Hi Prity, Great blog and quite lucid too.
    As you have mentioned that Penguin and Random House have merged, and I can see on their ‘contact us’ section that they display the same address. Now I am confused whether to make my submission separately to them or will it be a same thing whether I send to Penguin or to Random House.

    • Hi Vartika,
      Although both publishing houses have merged, we do not know if the editing team is same. I’d suggest you query by email to both houses separately and wait for their replies.


  53. Prity! A sincere thanks from a guy who never knew where to start before getting a bite of this post 🙂
    I started two years ago, to pen down my first book. And when I finished it, I had no clue where to head. This post was an eye opener! Though I didn’t go unsolicited to get signed by the list of publishers you’ve put up, this definitely kept driving me forward and finally I buckled up to get an agent and turns out they did a lot of searching and here I am, A debut author who’s getting published this November!

    Thanks a lot, Prity! You’re a life saver!

  54. Prity, I’d like to clarify one doubt. If options are available should I go for an American/British AAR agent or an Indian agent?

    I mean although an international agent is appealing but will the paperbacks be available in India then? Again what about book launch or signings or other promotions? How does that work out?

    • Hi Tiva,
      Thanks for writing. I am not sure how it would be handled but if the agent is willing to take you up, why not? The literary scene is buzzing in India these days with new publishers and agents but I’d definitely give priority to International.

  55. I have some query plz clr my dought i am new i am writing a novel which vl be finished soon.. Im writing in hindi.. but i thing english novels do good selling? Publications can translate it in to english ?…i dont hve good command on english.. How is Notionpress ? Its demanding 25000inr.. For hindi… I hve got mny calls froms his ends..wat to do plz tell

  56. Thank you Prity.

    This blog is a great help. 🙂

    Appreciate your effort in compiling it all on one page.

  57. Thank you for the blog.

    I was looking for a similar list.

    Would you mind updating it for entries in the recent past?


  58. A big thanks and quick question!
    how many submissions shall I make in one go? I mean the list is so huge that if I had to wait for their individual replies, it could be a long long wait!

  59. A big thank you! Have been looking for this info and never found anything so precise and comprehensive as this!
    Love it.

  60. HI! Prity…. I want your advice regarding leadstart publishers. I had sent first three chapters of my book and now they have sent me the letter of intent asking for the complete manuscript. Should I go ahead working with them as I can also find a list of scams against them???

  61. Dear Prity
    Extremely helpful compilation.
    Thanks a lot for your work.

    I am looking out for a good publishing offer for my second book. Your list helped a lot to send query to multiple publishers in one go


  62. sir

    i want to publish fiction story in hindi language . what is process of it and if only english language accept by you then the minimum words or any other thing please tell me

  63. Dear Pritys,
    Congratulations for the wonderful work that you are doing. I am a retired forester who has penned down his experiences while moving around in the dense forests of central India and the real life encounters with wildlife in the form of 50 short stories (79330 words). I feel my writing is unique in the post-Corbett era. Can you suggest a publisher who would have special interest in such a work. Thanks and God bless!

  64. Dear Prity, thank you very much for your blogs which are very useful for aspiring writers. I have one query. Can you pl tell me about Readomania publishers? Kindly reply early.


  65. Hi pity,
    I read ur article…it’s really informative. Thanks a lot. I just wanted a favour, can you please find time to read just 10 pages of my fiction novel and give your honest opinion on my book…I shall be ever so great full.

  66. Hey its an extremely informative blog 🙂 ……I do hv one query….I m writing a fiction story of mythological era….abt d ancient kingdoms of india nd world that once existed….nd it might fall in the category of adventure and fiction….so which publishers would be ideal for mythological fiction….?…nd do I need to write a character outline for every character….because since its fiction nd fantasy there are ought to b many characters….nd if I hv story which might be composed in to three book saga…then do I also add that request in my proposal?

    PS:- Do publishers like grey oak, random house and westland accept unsolicited submissions for fiction genre?….please reply at your convenience…. 🙂
    Thank you 🙂 🙂

  67. it’s an awesome blog dear, you had done a great work which should be applauded and likewise many people out here i too had a query regarding my submission of work to different publishing houses.
    1- what does a chapter outline means in actual way how could i describe chapter outline for my novel as it’s been asked by many reputed publishers like penguin random house. . please enlighten me on this topic it will be helpful for me.
    2- what does detailed proposal of the work means in actual and what should i enclose in this part which is been demanded by many publishing houses like harpercollins india and grapevine india.
    i hope for a positive reply from you.

  68. very informative details I am planning to release my book myself but after reading your blog I will try once with few of the publishing houses.

    thank you very much Prity

  69. Hello,

    My self, Satendra Singh, from India. I have 10 year experience of typesetting process on indesign platform. Since 4 years, I am working as a full time freelancer and providing typesetting service to few publishers.

    I have work with 18 Domestic and International publishers, and typeset over 1400 fiction and non-fiction books.

    I am offering typesetting services at very lowest price, My charges are following:

    • Fiction, Poetry – 2000 INR/book.
    • Non-fiction – 15 INR/page.

    I make eBook(ePub and mobi) too, charges are following:

    • Simple Books (Fiction, Poetry) – 2000 INR/book.
    • Medium Books (Non-fiction) – 12 INR/page.

    Best Regards,
    Satendra Singh

  70. Dear Prity,

    What an informative blog you have put together. Great effort!

    I am looking at publishing my novella, and the Traditional Publishing page of Petal Publishers is asking me for a detailed marketing strategy. What exactly do they want the author to do in this context?


  71. Dear Pritys,
    What a great blog you have here! I just stumbled into your blog and found a mine of information. Yet, I wish to bother you with a query. I have self-published a collection of my poems. I wish to submit my second book of poems to a publisher . Could you suggest one?

  72. Thanks a lot. This is by far the most useful information on Indian Publishing houses. I had literally rummaged through everything possible for Agents and Publisher for a genre based fiction. Hope this helps me to get through.


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