Many smaller presses may be found by conducting online searches. Look into niche publishing houses. If a small publisher specializes in a certain genre or subject matter into which your manuscript fits, you should have higher chances of success. Also look for small publishers that feature works set in the geographic area in which your book is set. Other small presses feature only the works written by local authors. If you find what looks like a match, then follow submission guidelines exactly and follow up as needed.
If you don’t find a niche publisher that fits, consider other small presses, including Medallion Media, currently accepting adult fiction and young adult manuscripts. Soho Press is looking for literary submissions, and Milkweed Editions, a non-profit publisher, is open to all genres.
Finding the right publisher for your book takes determination and perseverance, but most of all, belief in your work. If you’re receiving rejections that point to problems with the manuscript, enlist the help of a professional editor to improve it.
Ana Howard specializes in editing adult, young adult, and children’s literature.