Do some publishing houses gear towards certain genres?

Yes, they do.

The Big Six

There are hundreds of publishing houses around the world, but six publish the majority of fiction books:1 wordle

  • Simon and Schuster
  • Hachette Book Group
  • Random House
  • HarperCollins
  • Penguin Group
  • Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Other publishing houses are either a subsidiary under one of the big six or an independent firm.

Why Should They Focus on One Genre?

There are several Pros that come with being a genre-specific house:

  • A dedicated fan base
  • A consistent brand
  • Specific marketing that targets that fan base

Houses that consistently publish successful books of one genre that people enjoy will generate a fan base. These fans are then likely to purchase more books the house publishes, securing their success in the publishing world.

Specific Houses and Genres

Here are some publishers that stick to a specific genre:

  • Harlequin – romance
  • Baen Books – science fiction
  • Saga Books – fantasy
  • Poisoned Pen Press – mystery

For More Information:
What Are the Different Types of Fiction Publishers? :
Book Publishing Companies:
What You Need to Know About Book Publishing Houses:
The Pros and Cons of Going with a Genre-Specific Publisher:
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Natalie Alberto is a writing major at Texas Christian University. She hasn’t stopped reading since she learned how.


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