There is a growing popularity in the urban fiction genre that is leaving many traditional publishers dumbfounded. Urban fiction is like a guilty pleasure, you know its bad for you but you just can’t look away. Filled with more twists and turns than a roller coaster, more sex and action than a fast paced movie, urban tales is making its mark. If you are looking to publish your book without going the self publishing route you can look for a few urban publishers that have made a huge impression in the game. Stiff competition means taking it up a notch and following rigorous submission guidelines if you want to be seen. With a close ear to the street I’ve discovered some of the best urban fiction publishers to submit to. I have also come a cross a few not so good publishers. Either way I mention them both.
Urban Fiction Publisher: Triple Crown Publications
If you read urban fiction than you have more than likely come across a title published by this powerhouse. Triple Crown Publications is run by Vicki Stringer and has published some of the most compelling titles like Contagious and A Hustler’s son. However, to become an author you have to submit your title already bound and wait for an answer that could get to you one year later. Many authors thought they reached the publishing mountain top when they signed a contract with the world’s most known urban fiction publisher but…. An increasing amount of rumors from signed authors are starting to circulate that Ms. Stringer doesn’t pay her royalties. Some authors have gone on to say they received bad checks. More information on this upsetting behavior can be found on Mohaganie’s blog as well. http://mahoganie.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/psa-an-authors-warning-about-triple-crown-publications/ Though the powerhouse can sell your title you may not reap any benefit when it does.
Urban Fiction Publishers: The Cartel Publications
This publishing house was started by T-Styles an ex-writer and terribly scorned author of Triple Crown publications. This publishing house only accepts works of pure urban fiction, which means your story must be primarily dealt in an urban setting. It must include true to life characters that represent the streets they live in. Response can take up to six months and if you are going to send in your manuscript it should be a complete finished copy. In different words the manuscript you send should already be edited for grammatical errors and should also be print ready. There are no known complaints about the The Cartel Publications and most importantly no scorned authors.
Urban Fiction Publishers: Urban Books
Urban books is currently under construction but have been known to provide the streets with its fair share of urban fiction titles. Carl Weber is the owner of Urban Books and has hit the top of the New York Times best seller’s list a time or two. The website is listed as under construction and only provides an email address to send in queries. Authors looking for a good fit can still browse his book line up to get an idea of the type of work accepted. No known royalty complaints or unsatisfied authors which is always a good thing.
Urban Fiction Publishers: Write One Publications
Write One Publications is a relatively new publishing house specializing in works of fiction. It was first started by Stephanie Newell back in 2008 and provides soon-to-be writers both publishing and marketing services. If you aren’t interested in publishing with Write One Publications you can get your manuscript critiqued. They are currently accepting submissions but it is only done electronically. Before submitting a complete manuscript you must send a query email with the first chapter included.
Urban Fiction Publishers: Good2Go Publishing
Good2Go Publishing was founded by Silk White a well-known urban fiction author. He is most known for his trilogy “Tears of a Hustler” As of 2012 this publishing house is accepting urban fiction novels. Urban fiction writers who submit their work can expect to hear back within one to six months. Benefits of this publishing house is their built-in marketing team that works hard to get your fiction into the hands of the reader. They accept both print and electronic submissions. So far this publishing house has only published works written by co-owner Silk White. He’s done a great job getting his name out there so it may be worth it giving his publishing company a try.
Urban Fiction Publishers: W.Clark Publishing
Wahida Clark has gone from ex-con to New York Times best seller, Essence Best seller, USA today best seller with her Thug love fiction. This publishing house works primarily with writers of fiction including urban, erotica and mystery and requests authors send in two copies of their completed manuscript. This will provide a faster turn around. Where other publishing companies request the first three chapters this publishing company requests the first five.
Urban Fiction Publishers: Life Changing Books LLC
Last but not least in this to be continued blog is Life Changing Books LLC. Started in 2003 with titles that include The Dirty Divorce and The Available Wife. This publishing house accepts submissions of urban fiction and sexy urban tales that leave readers excitedly flipping the page. It was started by Azarel another hot urban fiction writer and has grown throughout the years adding numerous best-selling hits. Submissions are currently being accepted with the first four chapters as a requirement. No disgruntled authors have been reported so giving them a go is taking a step toward literary success.
These are only a few of the publishers taking on new unknown authors in the urban fiction genre. None of the above listed require any fees to submit. They also do not require the author to pay to be published. However, authors are expected to do their part in the marketing and promoting of their work. This is generally expected of everyone who is published. Good luck and please stay inspired to do what you love. Don’t stop until you see your name in lights and then turn around and educate others following your path on this crazy road to success.