Probably the way i’m going to go, this article focuses on some of the small/indie publishers of fantasy out there: “Small presses are the start-ups of the book world. They’re less about “what’s going to sell 100,000 copies,” and more about, “what does the reader of dark fantasy actually want?”
13 Small Press Publishers of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror
The Big Five. That’s what we call the five largest publishing companies in the US: Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Macmillan Publishers, and Penguin Random House.
All five of them have a New York, New York address. All five of them have ample shelf space in bookstores, ads in literary magazines, and funds to market. And, truth be told, big publishers regularly produce flawlessly edited, award-winning fiction. Top tier books deserve to be read, no question, but there are more choices beyond what gets put on the most prominent retail shelves.
Publishers that aren’t attached to one of The Big Five are labeled “small press.” And compared to the giants they are rather slight, with just a handful of staff, but these little guys are often the real ground-breakers. Big publishers are risk averse, which means they won’t…
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