A growing group of independent publishers and virtually all hybrid publishers will consider unagented submissions. The process for finding the right publisher for your work is similar to landing a literary agent. It has two parts.
First is compiling a list of publishers who publish in the genre of your work, are a good fit for you, and are reputable.
Second is preparing the requisite submissions. While each publisher has separate requirements, generally the following core materials can be customized as needed:
- query letter (initial sales pitch)
- book synopsis (provocative summary of the book)
- biographical summary (establishing author credibility for the work)
For fiction, most in this publisher group will want to see the entire manuscript and for non-fiction, manuscript excepts and, sometimes, a book proposal. They might also want a summary of your marketing plan.
I am happy to jump on the phone to explore the process with you as an initial step.