Thursday, June 10, 2010

Publishers of Historical Romance

Here's some information on publishers who publish historical romance and who look at mss directly, without the need of an agent. I've also included information on a mystery publisher seeking historical whodunits. Most of the links go to submissions guidelines.

Publisher who accepts historical whodunits:
Midnight Ink Books
Harlequin take historical romances and will look at work without an agent.
Pegasus Publishing is a UK traditional print publisher for genre fiction, including historical romance. (submissions guidelines)
eTreasures Publishing. (A new ebook publisher, interested in historical romance.)

Other publishers of historical romance - in no particular order:

Awe-Struck Publishing
Freya's Bower
Noble Romance Publishing
Renaissance EBooks
Vanilla Heart Publishing

Another new historical novels publisher (for UK based writers only, I'm afraid) is Quaestor2000. This is a small, British publisher is publishing historical novels in all genres, and is actively seeking unusual periods.

Avon(Avon like sensual historical romance.)
Avalon Books (These are USA Library publishers and are very sweet - no bad language, no alcohol.)
Blue Leaf Publications
Champagne Books
Dorchester Books. (Leisure and Lovespell Romances, sensual historicals. You can now submit to Dorchester via email.)
Five Star (Another library supplier publisher. You need to be living in the USA in order to submit.)
Robert Hale (Historical Romance. They like books with a strong plot. Robert Hale are based in the UK.)
Kensington Books
Wild Rose Press
Parker Publishing (Quality fiction for readers of multi-racial romance.)
Siren-Bookstrand will take historical romance novellas from 15k and full length novels.
Black Lyon
Desert Breeze Publishing
Eternal Press
Romance at Heart
Wings ePress
Carina Press (New digital only ebook publishing from Harlequin - all genres. They are interested in complete manuscripts only at this time, but ask that you query first. Send your query to

Publishers for shorter forms of Romance.

Harlequin publishes two different types of historical short stories/novellas that are open to submissions of 10,000 to 15,000 words:

Harlequin Historical Undone features sexy stories set in any historical time period.
Spice Briefs are short erotic stories for women, from 5,000 to 15,000

The other places for really short - 1,000 words - Long and Short Reviews and All Romance Ebooks both looking for short romance stories of 1000 words.

Sea Creste are looking for short historical romance and fantasy stories - 2000k and up.


Bekki Lynn said...

Thanks, Lindsay.

It's nice to have a compilation of publishers. Sometimes the search is so daunting, you get tired and give up.

StephB said...

What a comprehensive list of publishers, Lindsay. It really does offer a historical writer options. Thanks so much for sharing. I know this wasn't easy to research.


Linda Banche said...

Great list. We call can use all the help we can get.

Lindsay Townsend said...

Thanks, Bekki, Steph and Linda. I'm always on the look out for useful lists and so on - for myself and for others. That's the great thing about blogs - you can put the info together and out there and the links are all live and will remain so.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Lindsay,
Thanks for the information. Appreciate it.



Maggi Andersen said...

This is great, Lindsay, thanks.

Savanna Kougar said...

Lindsay, thanks for all the info and links. Impressive! I didn't realize there was such a buffet for historical romance.

Of course, it still comes down to penning what a publisher wants and thinks will sell. A publisher that also meets your need as an author.