Small vs Big Six Publishers: What’s the Difference?

Earlier this month, I polled you all about my new blog series, and was delighted to learn that I’m not the only one who is interested in learning more about publishers who accept submissions direct-from-author. So I’m kicking off that series this week to help us all along that road to publication.

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But I’m not kicking it off by discussing a publisher right off the bat, because as I started to dig into this question I began to realize that there’s a wide, wild range of publishers out there these days. I thought it would be helpful to start by identifying some categories.

Big Six Publishers

The Big Six New York publishers are the best known in the publishing world:

  • Hatchette Book Group
  • Harper Collins
  • Macmillan
  • Penguin Group
  • Random House
  • Simon & Schuster

You’ll see a lot more publisher names on the shelves of your local bookstore, but most of those names are imprints, or divisions of a larger publishing house. For example:

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