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Publishers of Western Books

Authors, Publishers

Finding publishers can require a lot of searching as many of you may well know. Rope and Wire hopes to make this process a little easier. 

The list includes publishers of Traditional, Contemporary and Romance westerns. Each listing title is linked. If you want to find out more, you can continue on to their website.

If the publisher requires an agent or is not currently accepting submissions, it hasn't been added to the list.

This is an ongoing project to establish a comprehensive list of publishers who are exclusive to the western genre as well as multiple genre publishers (including westerns).

To make this list worthwhile I'm asking for your help. I don't know all of the publishers out there, I don't think anyone does. If you are a publisher or an author who wishes to include a publishers name to this list, add it to the comment section at the bottom of this page and I'll add it to the list.

Titles are linked to the publishers submission guidelines page whenever possible. 

Allen & Unwin Book Publishers

Allen & Unwin know how difficult it can be for writers to get their work in front of publishers, which is why we’ve created our innovative and pioneering submissions system – The Friday Pitch.

The Friday Pitch allows for writers of all genres to have their work considered by one of our in-house Submission Editors.

Bancroft Press

We publish trade fiction and non-fiction, and we publish, quite simply, what we like. We've done literary and commercial fiction, books on finance, sports, parenting, humor, history, biography...No topic is out of bounds for us if we think it's done well and will make an important contribution to society. We have never published children's fiction or poetry, and although we aren't opposed to working with these genres, it is unlikely we will ever publish them. 

Barking Rain Press

Thank you for considering Barking Rain Press as a potential publisher for your work. Please review the following sections carefully, as they contain all the information you’ll need to submit your manuscript to us....

Beachwalk Press

Beachwalk Press is accepting submissions of all subgenres of romance. We are only accepting works with a rating of "sensual" or higher. Submissions must be no less than 15,000 words and no more than 75,000 words. We are not accepting "sweet" romances or young adult romances.

Belle Books

Currently the company publishes approximately 70-80 original titles per year (print and ebook simultaneously) in a variety of genres, which include: mystery/suspense, fantasy, science fiction, young adult, romance, general fiction, women's fiction, non-fiction, literary fiction and more.

Black & White Publishing

We are very happy to accept unsolicited material. If you have written something you would like to submit to us, please see our criteria below. Every submission will be carefully considered by our editorial team, but we’d ask you to only submit your work if it fits in with the following guidelines.

Black Horse Westerns

We are interested in new submissions for the Black Horse Western series.

Typescript length should be between 35,000 and 45,000 words, the ideal length is a little closer to 35,000 than to 45,000  All submissions should be made by email to...

Blushing Books

Blushing Books is not a new company. We are, in fact, the oldest web-based romance and romance erotica publisher. We have been in business since 1991, and sold erotica through mail-order from '91 through '98, at which point we moved to web-based publishing via a membership site model.

We opened our first e-book store in 2001. We currently represent around 350 professional romance authors who have met the RWA minimum guidelines.

Carina Press

An ongoing call for short, erotic romances across subgenres, between 10-25k. These should have tight pacing, a romance with a happily ever after, and be very erotic.

Condor Publishing

Condor Publishing, Inc. is a small publisher of children's books and traditional adult westerns.  For a list of books available, please continue to view our web site.  See future books and titles to be published.  Look for titles of books for sale.   See profiles of our current authors.  Bookmark our site and visit us often.

Creative Texts Publishers

We continue to publish a growing number of successful authors including Jerry D. Young, N.C. Reed, Ben Bridges, Daniel A. Edwards and Jared McVay, among others.  Our groundbreaking title “Billy the Kid: An Autobiography” features the story of Brushy Bill Roberts who claimed to be Billy the Kid and provides new evidence of his claims, including photographic and historical records.  Likewise, our hot new “Clay Brentwood” western series has distinguished itself with the first two titles in the series breaking into the top 20 in the western genre on Amazon Kindle.  

Decadent Publishing

We love a well-written romance! If you have a story to tell, we want to see it! We are always accepting submissions for our main line, as well as ongoing series and special calls!  

Please note:

We are a romance fiction publisher. We are only accepting romance fiction submissions at this time.

Divine Destinies

We are a full-service royalty paying eBook Publisher, which includes: Editing, Final line editing, and proofreading, Cover art, ISBN number, and Digital publishing; print and audio are a possibility, but not guaranteed. Our standard contract is three years and for worldwide English digital rights that hold print and/or audio until we opt to release those particular rights after a set time. For ebooks, we pay 40% royalties received from sales monthly on the home site, and split quarterly on third parties; all paid via PayPal.

We are looking for well developed, romantic plots that envelop the reader in the world you have created and makes them care about what happens to your main characters. Sex scenes are incidental to the plot—not the main focus—in the stories we are interested in acquiring. 

Dusty Saddle Publishing

Dusty Saddle Publishing is a leading Western publishing house with an emphasis on promotion. We publish titles from many leading Western authors including John D. Fie Jr, Robert Hanlon, Bruce G. Bennett and Clint Clay.

Everafter Romance

EverAfter is now accepting both agented and unsolicited manuscripts for publishing consideration!

We’re seeking high-concept romance, across all sub-genres from both new voices and established authors. EverAfter is particularly looking for stories with strong, bold heroines with a unique story to tell.

Evernight Publishing

We're looking for new and established authors to join Evernight Publishing!

Evernight has been a popular indie publisher since 2010. We are not a vanity publisher. You never pay to have your book published with us.  Upon final acceptance, your book will be edited, assigned an ISBN, and one of our cover artists will create an eye-catching cover.  It will be available for sale through our site and also sold at many popular third-party distributors.

Forever and Forever Yours

Fantastic writers who tell a story we can’t put down, characters that captivate us, and if you can make us blush, laugh out loud, or shed a tear—even better.

We’re interested in all styles of romance, particularly contemporary, diverse reads, romantic suspense, cowboys, historicals, and paranormal.

We’re not looking for any YA, fantasy, mystery, general fiction, or nonfiction.

Word count: Novels should be between 50,000-100,000 words. Novellas should be 25,000-50,000 words.

Forever Yours accepts both agented and unagented submissions.

Highland Press

Query us to see if your story fits in the categories we're currently seeking.

Hot Key Books

I’ve written an awesome book, can I send it to you?

Of course! Send your full manuscript along with a full synopsis. We prefer Word and PDF files if possible and please note that we can only accept electronic submissions. We read everything we’re sent but due to the high volume of submissions we receive we are only able to get back to writers we are interested in pursuing. Good luck!

Kensington Publishing

Established in 1974, Kensington, America's independent publisher, located in New York City, is the foremost independent publishing house in the United States publishing in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market. We publish over 600 books annually in both fiction and non-fiction. Kensington has sweeping and diverse imprints, including Kensington, Zebra Books, Pinnacle Books, Lyrical Press, Dafina Books, and Citadel Press. These imprints are well-known for popular commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, African-American titles, multicultural fiction, nonfiction, as well as true crime and Westerns. Kensington continues to be the foremost American publisher of romance novels. 

Martin Sisters Publishing

Martin Sisters Publishing is accepting queries for all genres of fiction (including science fiction and fantasy); and non-fiction (including self-help), these submissions may include Christian fiction and inspirational. All submissions may also include collections of stories. In order to be considered for publication, manuscripts must be between 60,000 to 95,000 words in length.

Melange Books

Melange is a royalty-paying company publishing in e-books (digital formats) and print books (Print on Demand NOT mass-market print runs.) We pay authors 40% net royalties on digital formats and 10% on print. We are actively seeking submissions for the genres listed below.

Melange Books, LLC, acquires for all of the following novel and novella genres:

Romance, sweet, sensual and erotic, westerns, science fiction, horror, contemporary, chic-lit, men's fiction, women's general fiction, action-adventure, speculative, drama, gay, lesbian, urban fantasy, paranormal, cross-genres, urban fantasy, young adult, mainstream fiction, and non-fiction. "Melange" is for every reader's taste in literature

Mills & Boon

All genres of writing considered.

Mocha Memoirs

We publish stories in the following genres: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance, including the sub-genres of steampunk, cyberpunk, diesel punk, alternate history, weird westerns, and mash-ups. Stories must be 30k-80k. Do not query for longer titles.

We want your best, polished, and ready to publish work. We want fresh, invigorating, and diverse stories. We are actively seeking stories with diverse people as the protagonists. Do not send us stories where the diverse characters are tokens and sidelined to secondary or villainous roles. We do not want caricatures of what you believe diverse people are like. Do your research.

OffBeat Reads

OffBeat Publishing is a micropublisher, so we are small, but we are here to stay. Plus, our size means we can give your book personal attention. No matter what genreyou write, we canwork together to getyour final draft published.  We provide TWO OPTIONS:

A= Publishing Only

B= Publishing and Lifetime Membership

OGHMA Creative Media

Oghma is here to level the playing field, using our talents and skills, our network and platform, to give every artist a fair shot at living the dream. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous and well-established or unknown and seeking your first opportunity to gain notice in the wider world. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help out. Whether you are seeking a contract or prefer to blaze your own path, we’re here to assist you in reaching your artistic goals.

Pocol Press

Began in 1999, Pocol Press is a leading small press publishing firm dedicated to producing high-quality books from first-time, non-agented authors. However, all submissions are welcome. We`re dedicated to good storytellers and to the written word, specializing in short fiction, baseball, and our established e-book market.

Our growing list of genres includes Fiction (who says the short story is dead?), Baseball (satisfying and unusual non-fiction and fiction titles), War Stories (not just blood and guts), Western(the finest cowboys and indians authors alive), Spiritual (Judeo-Christian), and Memoir (unheralded but vital).

 Shalako Press

What we will publish:  Shalako Press is interested in publishing most genres, including western, religious, romance, thriller, mystery, biographies, and children’s literature as long as it is well written.

Our books cover a range of topics of interest to children, young adults, men and women.  We have a special interest in the American West, such as fiction and/or non-fiction historical works with American western themes.

Speaking Volumes

Speaking Volumes is a traditional publishing house that represents many New York TimesUSA Today, National Best-Selling and Award-Winning Authors. We publish a wide spectrum of genres which include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Westerns, Poetry, and more. Speaking Volumes publications are available as eBooks, Print Paperbacks, and on Audio.

Sundown Press

An imprint of Prairie Rose Publications, launched in December 2014, by Cheryl Pierson and Livia J. WashburnSundown Press (SP) publishes traditional western fiction, fiction, and non-fiction, from familiar authors as well as new talent. Genres include reference books, biographies, and fiction based on real-life characters.

After founding the historical western/western romance publishing company Prairie Rose Publications, Cheryl and Livia recognized a need for an imprint specializing in fiction and non-fiction written by both women and men for readers across the spectrum. Sundown Press was born.

Submissions for Sundown Press are open. For guidelines on submitting and other publishing information, please visit the submissions page: SUBMISSIONS

Two Gun Publishing

We are a writer friendly publisher of western fiction.  We publish only novels and short story collections in the western genre, or any of its subgenres.  Our books are made available both in paperback and digital format through online catalogs.  We believe in standing by our authors through the thick and thin of the writing world and in making quality westerns easily available at reasonable cost to all fans of the genre.

We are currently open for submissions of unsolicited manuscripts.  If you'd like to submit your western novel or short story collection to be considered for publication with Two Gun Publishing, please follow the submission guidelines below.  We look forward to hearing from you! Submissions Page

White Bird Publications

White Bird Publications, LLC., is an independent publisher based in Texas. We are not a vanity press, subsidy, or so-called self-publisher. Our authors do not pay anything to have their books published. Instead, we pay all costs of publishing and distribution. We pay our authors royalties based on sales of their books.

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