[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.
List of Publishers in India
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 email@example.com . 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: firstname.lastname@example.org They don’t have much of a guidelines. But you can find the information on their
Contact Us page.
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 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: email@example.com You can find their Submission Guidelines here.Fiction Submission Guidelines .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.
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 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 email@example.com 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.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Check their Submission Guidelines for details on proposal.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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
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 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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 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 email@example.com. They accept fiction, non-fiction & short stories as well. You can check their submission guidelines here.
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 Sherna_Khambatta@yahoo.co.uk. Please visit their Website for more details. (Since it’s designed in Flash, I am unable to provide a direct link).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 Kanishka500@gmail.com They typically respond in two months. You can find their Submission Guidelines here.
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