Small Presses: 2 Publishers Accept Nonfiction Submissions


Do you have a specialty or expertise you want to write about? From health and fitness to travel and adventure to science and business, there’s a wide array of topics for nonfiction writers. BenBella Books and Skyhorse Publishing are open to unagented and unsolicited submissions of nonfiction manuscripts.

Unlike publishers of novels and novellas, nonfiction publishers accept proposals or pitches. Even if you haven’t written or finished writing your manuscript, you can start looking for a publisher now if you have a proposal for your book idea. Some publishing houses may ask for an outline.

Nonfiction Publishers

These two publishers accept a book proposal or a pitch:

BenBella Books

This Texas-based company publishes 30 to 40 books a year. “We are a marketing-focused house that prides itself on creative and diligent marketing of our titles,” said Glenn Yeffeth, publisher, in a statement on the company’s website.

BenBella Books is looking for any of these works:  books that leverage a brand, offer a unique niche, feature a celebrity, feature “fannish pop culture,” written by professionals, experts, or entrepreneurs.

Read the BenBella Books submission guidelines.

Skyhorse Publishing

Skyhorse, which boasts of 15 imprints, is “dedicated to books that make people’s lives better.” It is currently looking for unpublished manuscripts in the following categories: sports, business, history, travel and adventure, nature and science, house and home, food and wine, and pets and animals, among others.

Read Skyhorse Publishing’s submission guidelines.

photo by cindy fazzi

photo by cindy fazzi

(Photos by Cindy Fazzi, 2016)