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Monday, 1 December 2014

Fantasy Publishing Houses

Image: I have no idea! Disclaimer, not mine.


For anybody taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I'll assume you hit the target. Yay, you now have a (somewhat short) 50,000 word book!

I don't exactly remember when I stopped writing, probably on day four. Life is full of those strange little ironies... I wrote more today than I did during the whole month of November. Which, considering my goals, is pretty awful. I'm about to turn 22, and not at all happy about doing so while my novel is unfinished. e_e

Today I wanted to make a list of publishing houses that publish fantasy authors. I wanted it for reference, as in for when my book is done, but now I'm not even sure if I will be going the traditional publishing route or not, I guess we shall see. I'm going to try and steer clear of the American publishers, which won't really be of use to us UK authors. So here we go.

Bantam Publishing
Bantam is an imprint of Transworld, which is a part of the Random House Group. They seem to print a range of stuff. eg:
Assail: A Novel of the Malazan Empire by Ian C Esslemont (Epic Fantasy)
The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen (High Fantasy)

    Another imprint of transworld. A mix of genres, mainly bestsellers. eg:
    The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (Science Fantasy)
    The City by Stella Gemmell (Epic Fantasy)

      DAW Books
      This appears to be an american publisher, so I guess not useful for those in the UK unless you're already published and want it to be available across the pond. Their focus is Sci-Fi and Fantasy. eg:

      Wings of Wrath by C.S. Friedman (Sword & Sorcery)
      Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (Epic/Mythic? Fantasy)

        Del Rey
        DR also specialise in Sci-Fi and Fantasy. They seem to be yet another imprint of Random House. eg:

        Bloodfire Quest by Terry Brooks (Epic Fantasy)
        The Traitor's Daughter by Paula Brandon (High Fantasy)

          Gollancz Books
          Finally, one I am remotely familiar with! I think a lot of the books I've reviewed on this blog so far have been published by Gollancz. eg:

          Rivers Of London by Ben Aaronovitch
          The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

          Publish mainly literary fiction, so seems to be an options only if your book is fantasy realism. eg:

          The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (Urban Fantasy)
          Fledgling by Octavia Butler (Paranormal Fantasy (Vampires))

          Head of Zeus
          I only heard of this one because of when I went to Fantasy In The Court last August. I only found very few Sci-Fi and Fantasy books on their site.

          The Black Guard by AJ Smith (Epic Fantasy)
          The Grim Company by Luke Scull (Epic Fantasy)

          Night Shade Books
          A US science fiction, fantasy and horror publishing house. eg:

          Knife Sworn by Mazarkis Williams (High Fantasy)
          The Flames of Shadam Khoreh by Bradley P Beaulieu (Epic Fantasy)

            Orbit Books
            Orbit seem to publish primarily science fiction, like The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and The Girl With All The Gifts. However, there are also these:

            A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (High Fantasy)
            Thief's Magic by Trudi Canavan (High Fantasy)

            Solaris Books
            I come across a fair few SF and F books by Soliaris, which I think is an imprint.

            - Dream London by Tony Ballantyne (Urban/Slipstream Fantasy)

            Tor Publishing
            Tor seem to be the reigning Science Fiction queen in the UK, perhaps in other places as well, I'm not sure. I do know that a huge number of SF books that I've read have been published by Tor.

            Among Others (Corsair) by Jo Walton (Fantasy realisim)
            - Empire Of Black And Gold by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Epic and Steampunk Fantasy)
            Voyager Books
            (Harper) Voyager is part of the Harper Collins group which does SF and F. In particular, Voyager published the A Song Of Ice and Fire books and a number of other highly esteemed books in the fantasy gen.

            - Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (Epic & High Fantasy)
            - Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (Epic and Medieval Fantasy)

            I'll leave it at that for now, as I really should do some more job-hunting and house-hunting. But I hope to add to this post on traditional publishing vs. eBook publishing.


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            Ashana Lian .


            1. I've heard good things about Corgi! This is a great reference for those writing fantasy books!

              1. I realise I don't know a huge amount about most of these. A lot of fantasy books I own seems to be published by Gollancz, Harper Voyager or Orion. Sometimes Tor. I hope this was a useful reference! One again, thanks for commenting.


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