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Top 25 Indie | Boutique Book Publishers (Winter 2019)

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Indie & Boutique Publishers

Indie and boutique publishers are smaller publishing houses that tend to specialize in a specific subject area. Indie and boutique publishing is common in genres that demand a greater level of expertise or that are only saleable to a limited readership. This category also includes a range of small presses producing content of local and regional interest. These houses may tend to work in geographically smaller and more dedicated markets selling local authors and stories.

Marion Street Press

Writing, Journalism

Oregon, United States

Marion Street Press is an independent publishing company located in Portland, Oregon. We publish practical books for writers and journalists. Marion Street is distributed by Independent Publishers Group...CONTINUE READING

Beaufort Books

Fiction, Non-fiction

New York, United States

Beaufort Books is an independent publisher based in New York City. Beaufort publishes a mix of non-fiction and fiction titles, with about 15–20 new titles each year. Beaufort has published four New York Times bestsellers since 2007: If I Did It by the Goldman Family, Hide!!! by Jeff Foxworthy, The Comeback by Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro, and One Nation Under Taught by Dr. Vince M. Bertram.

Beaufort favors a collaborative process in which the publisher and the author work together to create...CONTINUE READING

Rakennustieto Publishing



Our publications provide instructions for good design and building practices, aiming at solutions that are technically correct, cost-conscious implementation and guidelines that are in accordance with the law. We publish some 40 books per year in the fields of civil engineering, building design, town planning, architecture and legislation...CONTINUE READING

Chicago Review Press

Non-fiction, Children's Non-fiction

Illinois, United States

Chicago Review Press is an independent publishing company founded in 1973. Over the years we have grown into a dynamic midsize publisher with more than 900 titles in print. We currently publish about 50 new titles yearly under six imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, Amberjack Publishing, Academy Chicago Publishers, Council Oak Books and Parenting Press...CONTINUE READING

Four Courts Press

History, Art, Literature, Law


Four Courts Press was founded in 1970 by Michael Adams (see below) as a small press. From 1992, Four Courts Press expanded rapidly from its theology base, first into Celtic and Medieval Studies and Ecclesiastical History, and then into Modern History, Art, Literature and Law. The Press publishes some 40 titles a year. At present there are over 500 titles in print...CONTINUE READING

Defiance Press & Publishing

Fiction, Non-fiction

Texas, United States

Defiance Press & Publishing is committed to promoting high-quality and thought-provoking books to readers by partnering with outstanding conservative and libertarian authors in politics, fiction, business, children’s and non-fiction genres via alternative and traditional book distribution methods...CONTINUE READING

Lion Hudson LTD Religion

United Kingdom

Lion Hudson Limited is committed to publishing quality literature, worldwide, true to the Christian faith. We publish books and other media for adults under multiple imprints. We publish accessible books that reflect a Christian worldview to a general audience as well as resources for Christian families, individuals, and communities. Our books...CONTINUE READING

Atlantic Books

Travel, Current Affairs

United Kingdom

Atlantic Books is an independent British publishing house founded in 2000. It has since developed a list that has a world-wide reputation for quality, originality and breadth, and includes fiction, history, politics, memoir and current affairs...CONTINUE READING

The Crossroad Publishing Company


New York, United States

The Crossroad Publishing Company is a leading independent publisher with roots in the 200-year-old family heritage of the publishing house of Herder, in existence since 1798. The Crossroad Publishing Company was first developed in 1980 as an influential imprint at the Episcopal Seabury Press, and is heir to the prestigious booklists of B. Herder Book Company...CONTINUE READING

Future House Publishing

Science Fiction, Fantasy

Utah, United States

With roots in cinematic storytelling, Future House publishes adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as Middle Grade adventure books that embrace community, liberty, and family...CONTINUE READING

Bonnier Books UK

Crime, Memoir, Self-help

United Kingdom

Bonnier Books UK is a major UK publisher with sales of £80m. Home to 12 adult and children’s imprints, we publish across a wide variety of genres for different ages. From crime to reading group fiction; memoir to self-help; activity to reference – we believe every book matters...CONTINUE READING

Leete's Island Books

Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Enviroment

Maine, United States

Leete's Island Books is a small publishing company devoted to literary fiction, non-fiction, the essay, interesting reprints, and special projects related to the environment (especially the ocean), photography, art, history, and alternative medicine...CONTINUE READING

TitleTown Publishing

True Crime, Memoirs, Biographies, Faith & Spirituality

Wisconsin, United States

TitleTown Publishing was born from a wish made on Olympic ice at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy. TitleTown Publishing's founder, Tracy Ertl, rapidly grew her dream into a mainstream publishing company specializing in high-profile memoirs, survival tales, and true crime stories. Since its founding, TitleTown has had an international bestseller, a #1 Amazon Bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Bestseller, a book on the USA Today “Top 100 Books” list, and we’ve celebrated a three-week run on the New York Times Bestseller List. Our house’s stories have been optioned for film and television (with two, major motion pictures being released in 2019 and 2020), sold into multiple countries, and received extensive coverage through Reader’s Digest, People Magazine, the New York Times, Today Show, The View, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, CBS Early Show, Dr. Phil, and The Hallmark’s Channel’s Home & Family show, to name only a few....CONTINUE READING

Imprints: TitleTown Publishing Children's, Peregrino Press, Olympic Press, Legacy Media, TEN23 Media

Exile Editions



Founded in 1972 by one of Canada’s most recognized man of letters, Barry Callaghan, Exile Editions and ELQ/Exile: The Literary Quarterly specialize in finding and developing Canadian writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, as well as visual artists engaged in painting, photography, illustration and other fine arts disciplines.

The two houses have published close to 500 books and over 160 issues of a literary/arts magazine that has featured close to 2,000 contributions...CONTINUE READING

Barbican Press


United Kingdom

Barbican Press launches with the Doctored Books series – books that found steam in the PhD Creative Writing programmes of universities. Books that rose to so many challenges they forgot to compromise. Books with minds of their own for readers with minds of their own.

Let’s not blame the big guys. Were we corporate publishers, we might not publish our books either. These are books we want to read and others don’t publish...CONTINUE READING

Elder Signs Press

Science Fiction, Dark Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Michigan, United States

Elder Signs Press (ESP) is an independent press specializing in science fiction, dark fiction, fantasy, and horror. Founded in 2003, ESP started as a magazine publisher with a focus on Lovecraftian horror fiction. Over the years, it expanded into book publishing, converting its award-winning dark fiction magazine, Dark Wisdom, into an annual anthology. Today it offers titles across a variety of genres, including...CONTINUE READING

Seren Books

Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction

United Kingdom

Seren is Wales’ leading independent literary publisher, specializing in English-language writing from Wales. With a list spanning poetry, fiction and non-fiction, many of our books are shortlisted for - and win - major literary prizes across the UK and America.

Our aim is not simply to reflect what is going on in the culture in which we publish, but to drive that culture forward, to engage with the world, and to bring Welsh literature, art and politics before a wider audience...CONTINUE READING

Addicus Books

Consumer Health

Nebraska, United States

Welcome to Addicus Books, where we are dedicated to producing high-quality nonfiction books. One of our areas of focus is consumer health titles, and we continue to develop our growing line of books. Our authors, many of whom are physicians, are experts in their fields. Our editors are highly skilled and work diligently to make sure the text in every single book is clear and concise, while our graphics specialists strive to produce attractive books inside and out...CONTINUE READING

Milet Publishing

Children's Books, Young Adult, Fiction

United Kingdom

As a trailblazing publishing company, Milet has indelibly expanded the scope and look of bilingual and multicultural titles for children and adults, combining artistic and linguistic excellence in books and multimedia resources that are educational and enriching on many levels. Milet is also a groundbreaking publisher of literature in translation, bringing into English works by international authors of children’s books and adult literary fiction. Our books have won awards and praise, and most importantly, devoted readers, who we thank deeply...CONTINUE READING

Gibson House Press


Illinois, United States

Gibson House connects literary fiction with curious and discerning readers by fostering and promoting individual writers and their work...CONTINUE READING

Tiller Publishing

Nautical Books

Maryland, United States

At Tiller Publishing, we pride ourselves on publishing and selling high-quality, affordable nautical books. We have great books on everything from designing and building your next boat to cruising to nautical fiction...CONTINUE READING

Claeys & Casteels Law Publishing

European Law The Netherlands

Claeys & Casteels Law Publishing is a publishing house specializing in European Law. Its aim is to publish a portfolio of titles, written by the leading practitioners and policy makers in the area. Our titles provide a complete and definitive working guide to the areas covered. Our objective is to gradually produce a series of books covering all the main areas of EU law.

We specialise in EU Energy Law and EU Competition Law and have started a series on EU Transportation Law...CONTINUE READING

Legend Press

Fiction, Crime Thrillers

United Kingdom

Legend Press is an independent book publisher founded in 2005 by Tom Chalmers, that specializes in original fiction, crime thrillers and its Legend Classics series. Legend Press has been shortlisted for numerous awards as a company and also for individual books.

As part of its platform, London-based Legend Press has built a global sales and distribution network with the target of reaching readers in multiple formats across the world...CONTINUE READING

Mountain Lake Press

Fiction, Non-fiction

Maryland, United States

Mountain Lake Press was founded in 2008 by two author-editors with long experience, both of whom cherish fine writing--fiction and non-fiction alike. Our aim was to offer high-quality but reasonably priced books and multimedia products. We published our first title that year: the deeply thoughtful debut novel Requiem for the Bone Man by R.A. Comunale, M.D...CONTINUE READING

British Library Publishing

Literature, History

United Kingdom

British Library Publishing produces fascinating and beautiful books across a wide range of subjects related to the Library’s uniquely rich collections, including maps, medieval manuscripts, literary history, graphic design and typography, the history of books and cultural history. We publish accessible and affordable books to enhance our popular exhibition programme, as well as classic crime fiction and innovative gift titles that showcase quirky, humorous and unexpected treasures from our collections...CONTINUE READING


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