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What is and independent publisher?

An independent publisher is a publishing company that operates without the support or involvement of a major publishing house or media conglomerate. Independent publishers are usually smaller companies that operate independently and make decisions about which books to publish and how to publish them based on their own criteria and goals. They may focus on niche genres or markets, and often have a more hands-on approach to book production and marketing.

Compared to large corporate publishers, independent publishers often have more flexibility and freedom to take risks on new and unique projects. They also play an important role in supporting new and emerging authors, helping to bring fresh perspectives and voices to the literary world.

Overall, independent publishers play a crucial role in supporting the diversity and vibrancy of the publishing industry and help to ensure that a wide range of books and authors are able to reach audiences.

Listed below are a number of independent Publishers 

Allen & Unwin

Allen & Unwin specific guidelines for submitting manuscripts are as follows:

  1. Only accept submissions from Australian residents: Allen & Unwin only accepts unsolicited submissions from Australian residents. They do not accept submissions from overseas.

  2. Submit a query letter and sample chapters: Submit a query letter that introduces yourself, provides a brief summary of your book, and explains why you think it is a good fit for Allen & Unwin. Include the first three chapters or about 50 pages of your manuscript with your query letter.

  3. No unsolicited full manuscripts: Allen & Unwin does not accept unsolicited full manuscripts. They only accept submissions in the form of a query letter and sample chapters.

  4. Use a professional tone: Make sure your query letter is professional, well-written, and free of errors.

  5. Follow their submission guidelines: Make sure you review their submission guidelines and understand what they are looking for in a submission.

  6. Be patient: It can take several months to hear back from Allen & Unwin. Be patient and do not follow up unless it has been several months since your initial submission.

  7. No simultaneous submissions: Allen & Unwin does not accept simultaneous submissions. Make sure your submission is exclusive to them before sending it.

  8. Email your submission: Submit your query letter, sample chapter, and a brief author bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note: These guidelines are subject to change and it is always best to check their website for the most up-to-date information.

Hardie Grant Publishing

Hardie Grant Publishing is a leading independent publisher based in Australia. They welcome submissions from writers and agents, but please note that they receive a large number of submissions and are unable to respond to every one.

If you would like to submit a manuscript to Hardie Grant Publishing, here are the general guidelines:

  1. Check their website: Visit Hardie Grant Publishing's website and familiarize yourself with their books and the types of titles they publish.

  2. Submit a brief proposal: Submit a brief proposal, including a one-page synopsis of your book and the first three chapters of your manuscript.

  3. Include a cover letter: In your cover letter, include a brief biography and your contact details, as well as any relevant information about the book and why you think it would be a good fit for Hardie Grant Publishing.

  4. Use email: Submit your proposal and cover letter via email to their submissions email address, which can be found on their website.

  5. Be patient: Hardie Grant Publishing receives a large number of submissions and it may take several months to receive a response. If you do not receive a response within 6 months, it is safe to assume that your submission has not been successful.

University of Queensland Press

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) is an independent Australian publisher that specializes in literary and cultural works. They accept submissions of manuscripts, but their guidelines for submitting manuscripts are specific and selective.

Here are the guidelines for submitting manuscripts to UQP:

  1. Read the guidelines carefully: Before submitting your manuscript, make sure you have read and understood UQP's guidelines, which can be found on their website.

  2. Research the publisher: Familiarize yourself with UQP's publishing history, focus areas, and the types of books they publish. This will help you determine if UQP is the right publisher for your work.

  3. Submit a synopsis and a sample: UQP requires a one-page synopsis of your book, as well as three sample chapters, to be submitted with your cover letter.

  4. Personalize your cover letter: Make sure your cover letter is well-written, professional, and personalized to UQP. Explain why your book is a good fit for UQP and why you believe it will appeal to their readers.

  5. Wait for a response: UQP receives a large volume of submissions, so be prepared to wait several months for a response.

It's important to note that UQP only accepts submissions from Australian authors or authors writing about Australia. They do not accept submissions from literary agents, and they do not consider works that have already been self-published.

Black Inc.

Black Inc. is an Australian independent publisher that specializes in publishing non-fiction, fiction, and poetry books. If you're interested in submitting a manuscript to Black Inc., you should follow these guidelines:

  1. Research the publisher: Before submitting your manuscript, make sure that Black Inc. is a good fit for your book's genre and target audience.

  2. Read the submission guidelines: Black Inc. has specific guidelines for manuscript submissions, which can be found on their website. Make sure you're familiar with these guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

  3. Submit your manuscript: You can submit your manuscript to Black Inc. via email. You should include a brief cover letter introducing yourself and your book, a synopsis of your book, and a few sample chapters.

  4. Wait for a response: Black Inc. receives a large volume of submissions, so you should be prepared to wait for a response. If you do not receive a response within 3-6 months, it is safe to assume that your submission has not been successful.

New South Publishing

New South Publishing is an independent Australian publisher that specializes in producing high-quality books in various genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.

To submit a manuscript to New South Publishing, you can follow these guidelines:

  1. Read the submission guidelines: Make sure you're familiar with New South Publishing's submission guidelines, which can usually be found on their website.

  2. Submit a brief proposal: Your proposal should include a brief description of your book, its target audience, and why you believe it will appeal to readers. You should also include a sample chapter or two.

  3. Be professional: Your submission should be well-presented and professional, with attention to detail and good grammar.

  4. Wait for a response: New South Publishing receives a large volume of submissions, so be prepared to wait for a response. If you don't hear back within 6 months, it's safe to assume that your submission has not been successful.

Melbourne University Publishing

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) is the publishing arm of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and specializes in publishing books in the humanities and social sciences. MUP accepts submissions from established authors, as well as from new and emerging authors.

To submit a manuscript to Melbourne University Publishing, you should follow these guidelines:

  1. Review the MUP website: Visit the MUP website to familiarize yourself with their publishing program and to see if your book is a good fit for their list.

  2. Prepare your submission: Compile a cover letter that introduces yourself and your book, along with a synopsis of the book, a table of contents, and 2-3 sample chapters.

  3. Submit your manuscript: Email your submission to the acquisitions editor at MUP, along with a brief author biography and a CV.

  4. Wait for a response: MUP receives a high volume of submissions, so be prepared to wait several months for a response. If you do not receive a response within 6 months, it is safe to assume that your submission has not been successful.

It's important to note that MUP only considers completed manuscripts, so it's best to have your book fully edited before submitting it. Additionally, MUP does not accept simultaneous submissions, so it's best to only submit your manuscript to one publisher at a time.

Affirm Press

An independent publisher based in Melbourne, specializing in fiction, non-fiction, and children's books.

Giramondo Publishing

An independent publisher based in Sydney, known for its poetry, literary fiction, and non-fiction.

Transit Lounge

An independent publisher based in Melbourne, publishing books in a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.