In all of these cases, be prepared to wait three to six months for a response. Make sure you follow their submission guidelines to the letter. (If you don't, they will toss your manuscript into the recycling bin without a second thought. Whenever there is stiff competition, remember: Do not give anybody an excuse to throw you out.)
1. DAW Books Inc. (now owned by Random/Penguin) is one of the few major publishers that accepts work directly from novelists-so you don't need an agent. They publish science fiction and fantasy novels. (No short stories, short story collections, novellas, poetry, or novels in other genres.) The average length of the novels they publish varies but is almost never less than 80,000 words. Hard copy only! Go here for complete submission details.
2. Peachtree Children's Books, located in Atlanta, Georgia, publishes 30 books per year, including picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. Authors should submit either a full manuscript or table of contents and first three sample chapters. For more information go here.
3. Kensington Publishing Corp. prides itself on being a major independent publishing house.For fiction, send cover letter, first three chapters, and synopsis (no more than five pages). They do not publish science fiction or fantasy. Nor do they publish poetry. For non-fiction, send cover letter/query, including the author's qualifications and connections relevant to the book's content and marketing, and summary or outline of book's content. All submissions should be double-spaced, paginated, cleanly printed and readable. Do not bind pages together. For more information go here.
4. Dzanc Books is looking for literary fiction that takes chances and does so with great writing. They do not mind books that do not fill a marketing niche. They are looking for absolutely fantastic works to fill those slots. "It really is all about the writing to us." (How refreshing!) Electronic submissions are accepted. For more information go here.