How to Choose a Non-Fiction Publisher

You’ve finally completed your non-fiction book. Congratulations! Now for the big decision: which publisher do I send my work to? This article explores 3 key things which you might want to consider when submitting your book to a publisher.


It is important to know how your printed book will look and feel; whether it’s printed in colour (or black and white), and to consider the quality of the paper. Printed books, such as those published by Pugmill Press, are about more than the words on the page: the quality of the book is imperative to its success. At Pugmill Press, we use the highest quality of paper, and do not spare any expense when it comes to the presentation and feel of our books in our readers’ hands. We want our valued readers to proudly place our books in their bookshelves, knowing that they are of the highest quality possible.


Let’s discuss another vital consideration: the question of renumeration for your hard work. As an author, you need to make sure that you are being treated fairly. How much will you get per a copy sold? Do not be afraid to pose these questions and more to the publisher to whom you are submitting your work: they should be able to answer you quite clearly, as a reputable non-fiction publisher knows how to take care of the writers’ interests. Try to work out if everyone will receive a fair percentage from the sale of your book: author, publisher, and retailer. At Pugmill Press, we strongly believe in the fair treatment of our writers regarding payment (see our Ethics section). 

Where will my book be stocked?

When thinking of where to stock your book, the shelves of Waterstones may spring to mind. However, Waterstones and Amazon are not everything. If your book is on a specialist subject, you may sell more copies in specialist outlets rather than large retailers. Thinking outside the box when it comes to stocking your book is one of the things that we do here at Pugmill Press.

There are many things to consider when submitting your non-fiction book to a publisher. These are just a few starting points. However, the non-fiction publisher that you choose should be able to answer these questions and support you on your journey to becoming a published author. Good publishers will be delighted to take this journey with you, making it a success for everyone involved.

Pugmill Press is currently open for non-fiction submissions.

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