Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Small Publishers That You Should Check Out

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is whatever I want. Did you know that the majority of books in stores come from the same 5 giant publishers? That doesn’t seem fair to me. Here are ten small publishers that need more love. Please click the links and check out their catalogs.

Small Publishers That You Should Check Out

Persephone Books 

What they publish: reprinted cookbooks, diaries, memoirs, novels, and short story collections by overlooked mid-twentieth century women writers.

Unsung Stories

What they publish: science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and all the weird stuff that blurs the lines between those genres.

YesYes Books

What they publish: “provocative” poetry, short fiction, and experimental art from writers and artists around the world. If you like bizarre book covers, check out this publisher. 

Bluemoose Books

What they publish: Literary fiction and nonfiction. No orange-headed celebrities allowed.

Black Lawrence Press

What they publish: contemporary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, anthologies, and English translations of German books.

Unnamed Press

What they publish: fiction and nonfiction by international writers featuring "unlikely protagonists, undiscovered territories and courageous voices."

Tilted Axis Press

What they publish: translated contemporary literature.

404 INK

What they publish: Literary fiction, short story collections, and nonfiction. "Nasty women" shaking up the publishing industry.

Stone Bridge Press

What they publish: Books about Asia. Manga, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's books, arts and crafts.

Nine Arches Press

What they publish: Poetry by new and emerging poets.

Do you read books published by small presses? Do you have any recommendations for me?


  1. What a great post. I don’t know if any I read are small or not so small. I know the huge ones like harrier Collins but not so sure about the small ones

  2. I do read books by small press publishers but can't think of any off the top of my head. I've found a few book gems among them.

  3. What a great post! These are all new to me but I will say I totally don't pay attention to publishers - even though I should!

  4. This is cool-- I love finding out about small press.

  5. This is an interesting topic! I never think about publishers, and I have no clue where the books I love are published.
    My TTT

  6. These are all new to me! I've read some books from small presses, but I couldn't tell you what they are off the top of my head. Great topic!

  7. I love this post, I haven't heard of any of these small pubs but I'll be on the lookout for now on!

  8. Great take on the freebie theme, AJ! I haven’t come across any of these publishers before but I love the sound of Persephone. I’ll have to check out their catalog.

  9. These are new to me but I'm definitely off to check some of them out!

  10. Well, looks like I have some new publishers to check out! Only a few of these look familiar to me and I love checking out new things. I do try to read books from small presses when I can. Awesome list!

  11. This is a great idea, spotlighting smaller publishers. Unsung Stories sounds pretty good, and Bluemoose Books lol. No orange headed celebs indeed.

  12. Great idea for a post - I'll have to check these publishers out. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  13. Love the idea of this post. Paying attention to publishing houses is something I want to try and do more of lately - and I definitely think there should be more than just the same 5 or so up the top. And there are so many imprints within houses. There is just so much to learn!!

  14. I don't generally pay much attention to the actual publishers of the Indie stuff I read but I do enjoy seeking out more Indie books in my favourite genres!

  15. This is the first year I've started tracking what publishers I'm reading. The first thing I found is that even when the publisher is not called one of the big names, it's still almost always a subdivision of one of them. The only other publishing company I can think of is FirstSecond, who publish a huge amount of graphic novels.

  16. I do read books by small presses, so thank you for this list! I actually just discovered Unnamed Press a few days ago and am excited to read their book Djinn City!

  17. I love small publishers although I haven't read books by any of these - I don't think so anyway!
    I love Guernica Editions and Epoque Press amongst others.

  18. This is a great post!! I think we all need to do better at supporting smaller presses. Many of these were not on my radar.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

  19. Yes that's is a sad true and even adder is the also own some "small publishers" thank you for sharing this list!