Are you determined to make 2020 the year you finally get published? Are you gearing up to finish your novel in NaNoWriMo, but wondering where you’ll submit your completed manuscript when it’s done?

Publishing– as many of you already know– can be even harder than writing. And what makes it even harder is many major publishers open and close their doors to submissions throughout the year. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s another, even greater obstacle: many publishers require you to have an agent before submitting anything at all.

So many hoops to jump through, none of which allow you to spend time doing what you really want to do: writing.

But publishing doesn’t have to be so hard.  If you know where to look for opportunities and support, it can become a relatively straightforward process. That’s what we’re here to do.

We’ve curated a list of 3 major publishers that don’t require an agent and are open to submissions all year round. Submit directly, whenever you’re ready.

But not so fast! If your manuscript isn’t going through an agent, you are now assuming full responsibility for the quality of your work. Are you 100% confident it’s up to snuff? If you want professional eyes and feedback on your writing before submitting, we can help. Our experienced writing coaches can work with you on your first 5 pages, your whole manuscript, and even your publishing strategy to give you tailored feedback so you’re publishing-ready. Drop yourself into our calendar to chat about how we can help you go from struggling writer to published author. .

If these aren’t your thing, no worries. We put out a curated list of the latest publishing opportunities each week. Be sure to check back here in 7 days for 3 more opportunities! Or, you can get on our mailing list to have this list delivered straight to your inbox. Never miss a publishing opportunity again. Click below to sign up.

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Who they are: Harlequin is easily the most famous romance only publisher out there. Most of the famous romance writers got their start at Harlequin. They were acquired by Harper Collins a number of years ago.

What they publish: Romance, LGBTQ+ Fiction, Historical Romance, and a multitude of sub-genres within Romance.

Who they publish: Those just starting their writing careers and established authors. Welcome to writers from all backgrounds, cultures, and communities.

Word Count: 50,000-75,000 words depending on subgenre.

Get more information and submit here. 


Who they are: Baen is one of the best-known publishers of Science Fiction and Fantasy books.

What they publish: Science Fiction or Fantasy.

Who they publish: You do not need to have a history of publication and are one of the few established publishers that will accept full-length manuscripts from authors that do not have an agent. You also do not need to submit a query.

Word Count: 100,000-130,000 words.

Get more information and submit here. 

Holiday House

Who they are: Holiday House is an established and reputable children’s book publisher. Holiday House has been around for over 75 years. The books that they have published have won numerous respected awards and honors.

What they publish: They publish picture books as well as books aimed at children grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7 and up. They specialize in quality hardcovers, from picture books to young adult, both fiction and nonfiction.

Read their guidelines and submit your work here. 

Is your work good enough to get published?

These publishers accept nothing less than perfection. Is your work ready?

We help writers hone their craft so they can feel confident about submitting their work to even the most prestigious publishers out there. We’re accepting select writers to join our community of successful, published authors. If you’re serious about publishing, you can speak to a member of our team to learn more about our programs. Book a call here. 



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