List of top publishing companies

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A small, select group of major publishing houses are responsible for putting out most of the books in the best-seller aisle of your local bookstore. These top publishing houses cover most areas of fiction and nonfiction and handle an array of imprint publishing houses that publish books under their supervision.

If you are an author looking to break into the publishing world, these top companies will probably not welcome you with open arms. While they are the best, they are also next to impossible for a new author to become a part of without a literary agent.

Random House

Founded in 1925, Random House is the largest English language publishing company in the world. It is an umbrella company that houses many smaller publishing branches under its name, including Doubleday and Crown Publishing. Random House does not accept e-mail submissions of manuscripts and suggests that new authors obtain a literary agent to represent them. Random House publishes all major literary fiction and nonfiction genres, including romance, young adult, historical fiction/nonfiction, and true crime.

Random House 1745 Broadway New York, NY 10019 (212) 782-9000

20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA

Harper Collins

Beginning as a merger between the British publisher Harper Collins Sons & Co. and the American company Harper and Row in 1917, the company and its various imprints make it one of the largest publishing houses in the world. Its many imprints include Avon Books, Harper Scott, Harper Press and Walden Pond Books. With the exception of its romance imprint, Avon Books, Harper Collins does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, and encourages new authors to seek representation to help them submit their work.

HarperCollins Publishers 10 East 53rd Street New York, NY 10022 (212) 207-7000

77-85 Fulham Palace Road Hammersmith London W6 8JB +44 2083074000

Simon & Schuster

Created in New York City in 1925, Simon & Schuster publishes over two thousand books yearly and has numerous publishing imprints that work under the company's name. They have a particularly large imprint branch devoted to children's and young adult fiction These include Fireside Books, Little Simon, and Simon Spotlight. Simon & Schuster does not accept manuscripts that are unsolicited. They only work with new authors through a literary agent.

Simon & Schuster Publishers 1230 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020-1586 (212) 698-7000

222 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8HB +44 20 7316 1900