You spent days typing, pouring your experience, knowledge, and wisdom into your manuscript – and your self-help book is (almost) finished!
You can become a published author and get your work into the hands of thousands of readers.
It takes time since publishing is a lengthy and intricate process, so it’s better to start as soon as possible!
Your first step should be to submit your manuscript to the publishing houses and strictly follow their submission guidelines.
Here’s a list of the best publishers that love self-help books!
The Best Self Help Book Publishers:
1. Turner Publishing
With over 5,000 titles in its repertoire, Turner Publishing is a big company with a broad array of titles.
Though they’re headquartered in Nashville, TN, their books are sold worldwide – in over 55 countries.
They publish a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. As a self-help book writer, you may submit your query for two of their imprints – Hunter House, which focuses on health, wellness, and sexuality, or Basic Health Publications which is more narrowly focused on health and wellness.
If you want to get published with Turner, send them an email with information and your material.
Address: 4507 Charlotte Ave, Suite 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37209
Phone: (615) 255-BOOK (2665)
2. Acadian House Publishing
Acadian House Publishing, an independent publisher that specializes in non-fiction, operates out of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Founded in 1979, Acadian House publishes a wide range of non-fiction titles, including biographies, histories, business success stories, and motivational titles that deal with philosophy, theology, and heroism. They distribute their titles throughout the US.
To pitch your book to Acadian House, you need to send them a physical letter that summarizes your content and contains information about you as an author with biographical data and your qualifications. You may also briefly describe your target audience.
Email (for questions, not for submissions): email@example.com
Address: Acadian House Publishing, Editorial Department, P.O. Box 52247, Lafayette, LA 70505
Phone: (337) 235-8851, Ext. 100 or 102
3. Library Tales Publishing
Founded in 2011, Library Tales is an independent publishing company that focuses on self-help, memoirs, and niche fiction titles.
Their authors include big names like Arje Shaw, Catherine Holmes, David Michael Slater, Frank Foster, and David Friedman. Along with publishing books physically (both paperback and hardcover), you may also get your title recorded and marketed as an audiobook.
Get in touch with Library Tales Publishing and pitch them your book idea via their submission form.
Email (for questions): firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Addicus Books
Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Addicus Books was founded in 1994 and they publish primarily non-fiction.
Their main areas of interest are consumer health, self-help, psychology, business, economics, investing, and books of regional interest.
The first step to getting published with Addicus Books is sending an email query that describes the nature of your topic, your author’s background, the ideal market, and the way your book will reach this audience. They request you to send a one-page email with the overview of your project, without attachments.
Address: Acquisitions Editor, Addicus Books, P.O. Box 45327, Omaha, NE 68145
Phone (toll-free): (800) 888-4741
5. New Harbinger Publications
This California-based publisher is an ideal pick for anybody who writes about psychology, health, spirituality, and personal growth.
Some of the most popular self-help titles they published are Calming Your Anxious Mind, Stop Walking on Eggshells, and Buddha’s Brain. They seek psychology and health self-help books that can help their readers acquire essential life skills.
New Harbinger has many imprints, so try to figure out which category your title suits best before sending your submission:
- New Harbinger- self-help books and workbooks
- Instant Help Books – Self-help for teens
- Impact Publishers – practical psychology
- Context Press for contextual behavioral psychology
- Non-Duality Press – a way of experiencing life that isn’t characterized by separation
- Reveal Press – living consciously in our modern world
Send New Harbinger your submission via email or mail them a hard copy. Your submission should include an overview of your book and a table of contents with brief chapter descriptions, information about the audience, a list of books that are comparable to yours, two or three sample chapters, and your author background.
Address: Acquisitions Department, New Harbinger Publications, 5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
6. Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin is an Australian company with an international mindset.
They have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, and London, so you can get in touch with the ones closest to you. With 250 new titles every year, this title-rich publisher has won the title of “Publisher of the year” eleven times since 2000. They publish both fiction and non-fiction.
Send Allen & Unwin your submission via email. They have quite a few rules regarding the format of your submission, so check them out on their website.
By the way, their website contains a wonderful knowledge base that covers the ins and outs of being a writer, so check it out!
Address (Sydney): Allen & Unwin, PO Box 8500, St Leonards, NSW 1590, Australia
Find their Melbourne, Auckland, and London office addresses here.
Phone: (61 2) 8425 0100
7. Kensington Publishing
Established in 1974, Kensington is an independent publisher that operates out of New York City.
They publish over 600 books a year, which makes their array of fiction and non-fiction titles quite impressive. Kensington publishes under a few imprints, including Kensington, Zebra Books, Pinnacle Books, Lyrical Press, Dafina Books, and Citadel Press.
They request you submit your query to one editor only via email. For self-help books, get in touch with Denise Silvestro, the executive editor for Citadel Press. In the first contact email, send your query only without attachments.
Address: Kensington Publishing Corp., 119 West 40th Street, New York, New York, 10018
8. HCI Books
Health Communications, Inc. was founded in 1977 as a publisher of professional materials dealing with addiction recovery and treatment.
Since then, they pivoted to one of the most successful publishing companies that create titles in self-help and psychology, health and wellness, spirituality, inspiration, women’s and men’s issues, relationships, family, teens and children, memoirs, mind/body/spirit integration, and gift books.
You can send your submission via email or deliver a hard copy to their address. Include your author information, marketing info (with a book summary, target audience, competing titles and what sets you apart, and the ways you intend to promote the book), and a sample of your manuscript including a detailed outline, table of contents, the introduction, and two sample chapters.
Make sure that your manuscript is original and plagiarism-free. This criterion, of course, applies to all the publishing houses that appear in this list.
Address: Editorial Committee, Health Communications, Inc., 1700 NW 2nd Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone (toll-free): 1-800-441-5569
9. Red Wheel – Hampton Roads Publishing Company
Red Wheel was founded in 1987 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Today, this leading publisher works alongside a few smaller publishing companies that also serve as separate imprints.
Because the companies from this group work semi-separately, have distinct submission procedures, and publish different titles, I included two Red Wheel companies on this list.
First up, we have Hampton Roads Publishing which specializes in books about metaphysics, spirituality, and health.
With over 500 published titles, this is a great pick for self-help writers. Some of their bestselling authors are Richard Bach, Lynn Grabhorn, and Donald Walsch.
If you want to get published by Hampton Roads, send them an email with your submission. While they prefer proposals, if your manuscript is done, attach it. Include your phone number, email, and mailing address with your submission.
Address: Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari, 65 Parker Street, Suite 7, Newburyport, MA 01950
10. Red Wheel – Turning Stone Press
Here we have another partner of Red Wheel, called Turning Stone. If your manuscript focuses on spiritual or religious self-help, this is the publishing house to go for.
Turning Stone Press is an independent imprint that focuses on self-publishing within genres like spiritual memoirs or autobiographies, spiritual or metaphysical fiction, spiritual traditions, wellness concepts, and self-help.
You will need to help cover the costs of publishing, but you also keep more control over the way your book is published and marketed. They offer help with copyediting and book design and also offer bulk discounts.
The first step to publishing with Turning Stone is sending them the manuscript via an online submission form or to their email address.
Include your author biography and contact info, book title, your motivation to write the book, information about the target audience, and any promotional plans you may have.
Address: Turning Stone Press c/o Hierophant Publishing, 8301 Broadway St. #219 San Antonio, TX 78209
11. Six Degrees Publishing Group
This independent publisher of books and eBooks seems to be on a mission to spread positivity around. They publish the works of American and foreign authors that can spiritually and emotionally uplift the human spirit and positively impacts the world we live in.
Six Degrees Publishing Group has three additional imprints.
First is WellBridge Books, which specializes in Psychology and the Well-being genre. The next one is Kenos Press, which publishes spirituality books, both traditional and non-traditional. And finally, there is Sustainable Business Press, which as the name suggests, specializes in business help books.
Besides self-help books, they also accept both non-fiction and fiction manuscripts that include novellas, novels, and short story collections.
Address: 5350 SW Macadam Avenue Suite 258. Portland, OR 97004
12. Big Sky Publishing
This independent publisher from the land down under focuses on supporting Australian authors and illustrators. They pride themselves on celebrating Australiana in almost every book they release.
While they also publish all categories of fiction novels such as crime & mystery, romance, fantasy & science fiction, and many others, they are keener on releasing non-fiction books. They unabashedly proclaim that history and true stories are what make them tick. It includes military history, true crime, biography, memoirs, parenting, and of course, self-help books.
Big Sky Publishing is also big on children’s books, particularly illustrated ones. It includes bestselling title series such as Australian Bushrangers, Alana Oakley, Max Booth, and many others.
Address: Big Sky Publishing PO Box 303, Newport NSW 2106
Phone: 1300 364 611
13. Beacon Publishing Group
This award-winning NYC-based publishing house boasts of fully-integrated operation. They are fully involved from the title acquisition to the development phase, sales and distribution, and everything else in between.
The Beacon Publishing Group publishes both fiction and non-fiction titles in print, ebooks, and audiobook forms. It includes business, history, crime & mystery, horror, adventure, young adult, romance, self-help, and many other literary genres.
If you have what it takes to meet their standard, your book will likely find shelf spaces in stores of some of the biggest retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It may also become available in digital form and will be peddled by the likes of Amazon KDP, Apple iBookstore, Sony Readers, and many others.
Address: 1250 Broadway, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10001 USA
14. Crown House Publishing
This UK-based independent publishing house was shortlisted for the Education Publisher of the Year Award in the past three consecutive years by the Independent Publishing Guild.
Crown House Publishing excels in producing Self Help books, along with a wide array of titles in the field of Education, Coaching, and Business Training. They are also known for publishing bestselling books in specialized categories such as Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
They don’t have a page dedicated to submission guidelines on their site at the moment. But if you have a manuscript you want to submit, you have to send them a 300-word pitch first and wait for their reply whether they are interested or not. They are also more receptive to submissions made by legit literary agents.
Address: Crown Buildings, Bancyfelin, Carmarthen, United Kingdom, SA33 5ND
Phone: +44 (0) 1267 211345
15. Goodman Beck Publishing
Established in 2007, Goodman Beck is relatively young in the publishing world. Compared to, at least, the other companies on this list. They are committed to helping people feel better about themselves and have positivity in their lives.
You could say that Self Help books are their specialty. They publish titles that strongly focus on mental health, psychology, positive thinking, and personal growth. At the moment, they are more interested in books that encourage and inspire readers, than any other genres.
Right now, they have a sole distributor for their books, the New York-based Midpoint Trade Books. They don’t have a submission guidelines page on their site yet, but they encourage you to send a query to email@example.com for any concerns or need for information.
Ready to share your self-help manuscript with these publishing houses?
Getting published is exciting, but it takes time and effort. Keep in mind that it will take a while (2-3 months) until you get an answer from these publishing companies, so sit tight!
You don’t need to go through a literary agent to start seeing some success if you know how to pitch your work properly. I’m sure there is a small publishing company that will appreciate your book proposal so you can get your self-help book out into the world.
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