Getting published in India is like reaching at the top of Mount Everest that too without oxygen masks! Well yeah! That is how it feels to most of new authors who could eventually manage to get published on paperback. It’s tough. Really tough for the new authors who are out there looking for a publisher with powers to turn their dreams into reality by printing those manuscripts in their hands which is the final outcome of a year or two. But dude hold on there,writing a story is one thing and getting it published is another and then selling it into the market is entirely a different thing. You might be a successful doctor,engineer or even a model but publishing world just might not be for you. So take my pearls of wisdom don’t ever co relate these three similar looking processess together. I am just going to be published in April 2017 with ‘Soldier’s Girl’ by Petals publishers and Distributors and so I have some first hand informations regarding getting published in India which might be useful to you if you are an aspiring author and dream to get published by Indian Publishing Houses. Here we will start with list of book publishers in India for fiction books for fresh authors as well as published authors.
HarperCollins is one of the top notch publishing house in India (and the world) and when you look upto them as first time author they are entirely a different league for you. Yes we have Anuja Chauhan, Amitabh Bagchi or Karan Bajaj as first time authors published through them but seriously it’s a different story altogether when it comes to masses. Until and unless you are some pass out from Oxford or Harvard you hardly cut a deal here. But yeah where there is life there is hope so here is the link to their submission guidelines. Do try your luck too as they accept unsolicited queries into consideration.
Hachette is another legendary name among the book publishing giants in India and again the chances are very sleek to be published through them. Also they don’t accept unsolicited queries and accept manuscript only through literary agents. Here are the links to their submission guideline.
Penguin is that publishing house in India whose every third book would have been your favourite since your childhood but again cracking here is tough too. Also considering the facts that they are focussing major on publishing Bollywood celebrities recently. But still if there’s one publishing giant which bothers to read your unsolicited queries of a first time author it’s penguin. So begin your submission journey by emailing your queries to this link
Random house is now Penguin Random House after their merger with Penguin publishers.It published adult and Children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade books and chances are really high that your manuscript would be in their slush pile forever and also they don’t accept unsolicited queries so it means you need to get noticed by a literary agent. Though it’s all the same you submit to Penguin or random,if you are good you will published by either of these.
Westland was a publishing giant before but now it has lept into entirely another horizon after Amazon acquisition which provide amazing opportunity to it’s authors to grow,sell and expand their market. And also they only accept queries through literary agents! So here is their website link for more information though they are highly active on Facebook too and reply within hours. Their site is under maintenance currently.Ping them on their Facebook account.
Rupa Publication is famously known as house of bestsellers as they have a huge list of mass sellers associated with them. Namely Chetan Bhagat! Also there’s a whole list of Indian celebrities like Pranab Mukherjee,Chidambaram, Abdul Kalam that have been published by this eighty year old publishing house. The good news for the first time authors is they accept unsolicited queries through hard copies and emails both and you might have a chance with them (if you are lucky)
Fingerprint publishers tagline says ‘the paperback publishers of interesting and one of the India’s youngest publishing houses owned by the publishing cell of Prakash books which has a huge distribution cell. If you are good and can catch their attention then the chances are you’d be published and get an amazing launch platform. Here is Fingerprinting submission guideline.
Roli publications accept a huge range of unsolicited queries and here with this publication you stand a chance to get published as a first timer. They have some popular books in their kitty and promise the new comers a break through. So if you tend to submit your queries to Roli Books then you can ping them on their facebook page as their website is currently under maintenance.
Srishti Publishers work with the motto that every reader can be an author so you stand the strongest chance to be published with Srishti publishing house. They believ in providing platform to first time authors and promote young Indian reader of all cast and creed. They have a huge distribution network which promises the distribution of your book to every railway platform and shop in India. Here is the submission guideline of Srishti
Leadstart publishers are mostly famous for Ajaya series and more inclined towards self publishing. Though they also do this traditional publishing. They are quick to respond to the first time authors unlike other publishing houses but then insist on self publishing which might be a good option if you are willing to spend around lakh through an authenticated publishing house and your patience has run out. Here is the leadstart publishing house submission guidelines.
Pirates has recently created some buzz in the publishing industry but the paperback quality is very bad and they are focussing mainly on self publishing. Though you might stand a fair chance to be published by them if you may catch the attention of these IItian turns to pirates lot. Here is the link for some more information.
Juggernaut is a mobile publishing house which do not publish in paperback (they only published Twinkle Khanna on paper back) and proving to be an amazing platform to wanna be authors and they actually pay some good amount to the first timers once the contract is done. If you have lost all your hopes or you simply don’t bother about the whole paperback thing then Juggernaut is a platform which will provide you the reach to 100thousand of its readers(well they have 100 thousand downloads by now and still increasing) on the digital platform. Considering you are a first time author and nobody wants to invest on you and self publishing is not an option for you Juggernaut is ‘Maseeha’ for you. Go for it(if they choose you , silly!). The team here is mainly out of the Penguin publishing house which decided to quit and start this amazing initiative. It’s authenticated and great.
Mahaveer Publishers are mainly into educational books but they also publish few fiction books in a year. So you can actually send your query and try your luck here too.
So if you are looking for genuine publishers with emotions and ethics then Petal Publishers could be your destination. They publish excellent paperback books and have some mass hits in their kitty. They also do self publishing but if you are good they will traditionally publish you on their investment. Though it’s a little tough that they pick on any new project but once they associate with you it’s an amazing experience working with them. My first book ‘Soldier’s Girl’ is being published by them in April 2017 and they have lent all their resources to help me and pay attention which is again a rare thing in publishing industry.
When you approach the publishers it’s very important that you know the difference between traditional publishing and self publishing and also from the cons some fraudulent publishing houses make out of you. One simple rule ‘whoever ask you money to publish your book might be a con.’ Yes,you do need to spend money on editing and I will write all about manuscript submission into another post. There are many other publishing houses apart from my list but I have listed only those which are authenticated traditional publishing houses for fiction and also publish the first time authors. See getting published for the first time (especially) might be a painful stuff as it takes months and years (sometimes decades too) so my last advice to you before I close this post would be ‘Start meditating,do yoga and increase the patience quotient in you’ before you start sending your manuscript to the publishing house. All the best!
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