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21 Top Book Publishers in Virginia (part 1)



1. Koehler Books Publishing

Koehler Books is a Virginia-based independent publisher founded in 2010. The company works with authors throughout the United States and around the globe.

Koehler Books has published nearly 800 print and eBook titles in multiple fiction and non-fiction genres. Koehler’s more than 400 authors have won scores of literary awards, and their books have ranked as category best sellers on Amazon.

Among Koehler’s most popular genres are thrillers and mysteries, self-help, health and wellness, military, historical, memoirs, business, biography, children’s books and young adult.

All Koehler Book titles are distributed by Ingram, one of the largest book printers and distributors worldwide, and are available at major and independent bookstores, their websites, and Amazon.com. Starting in 2020, Koehler Books will be represented by Dropcap, a literary agency that markets the sale of foreign rights to 1,000 publishers located throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. In 2017 Koehler Books won the IngramSpark Ignite Award for Best in Publishing.

Koehler is a boutique publisher that stresses quality and collaboration with two models of publishing. As such, it is selective. The company has an award-winning creative design and editing staff that produce about ninety titles a year.

3705 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, United States

2. Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

Brandylane offers what most publishers do not: an accessible publishing house where author and publisher work cooperatively for success. It is this spirit of partnership that has made Brandylane so appealing to new and established writers for three decades.

Since its founding, Brandylane’s mission has been to help previously unpublished and talented writers and poets break into print. As a veteran teacher of English, creative writing, journalism, literature, and cultural mythology for more than twenty-five years, publisher Robert Pruett’s love of teaching and working with writers has merged into his passion for publishing, and he continues to nurture new and professional authors. His own experience as a published poet and essayist gives him a sensitive understanding of the writing and publishing process, and he has assembled a team that shares his love for crafting and publishing quality books.

In 2010, Brandylane launched Belle Isle Books, a new imprint of Brandylane created to offer cooperative publishing, self-publishing services, publishing guidance, and book packaging, including editing, interior and cover design, and printing to budding writers. Both Brandylane and Belle Isle Books continue to exercise a commitment to quality, customer service, and helping authors tell their stories. 5 S 1st St, Richmond, VA 23219, United States


3. Mascot Books

Mascot Books is a full-service hybrid book publishing company that publishes fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and children’s titles. We work closely with authors in every phase of the writing and editing, book production, book marketing, and book distribution process to bring their ideas to life. Our family of authors includes bestselling authors who first published traditionally, first-time authors, and everyone in between, making us a diverse, inclusive entity in the publishing world.

Hybrid publishing brings the best parts of traditional publishing—quality products, access to national distribution channels, and a team of industry professionals—and the best parts of self-publishing—high royalties, creative control, and retention of rights—together in one place. We are not a self publishing operation, a one-size-fits-all book mill, or a big five New York house: we occupy the sweet spot of high quality production value and optimal earnings for our authors.

What separates Mascot is our hands-on approach to publishing. We do not offer one-size-fits-all publishing packages like some of the other guys because every project is different. Our acquisitions team evaluates every author’s content and publishing goals, and if we think we can add value, we create a detailed, individualized publishing proposal: no upsell, no gimmicks.

620 Herndon Pkwy #320, Herndon, VA 20170, United States

4. Bohemian Griot Publishing, LLC

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Bohemian Griot (pronounced ‘gree-oh‘) is a small, Virginia-based Creative Boutique that specializes in Graphic Design, Branding and Custom Publishing. Founded in 2001, BGP’s mission is to Tell Your Story — in any medium, whether it’s in print, on the web, or producing mixed media content.

Sometimes that story is meant to sell your name. Your mission. Your products and services. And sometimes your story belongs in a brochure, on a postcard, in a short promo video — or even in the pages of a book.

Virginia Beach, VA 23467, United States

5. Inkwell Book Co

Inkwell Book Co. is a publishing consultant for self-published and small-press authors. With our help, your manuscript becomes a book in your hands.

1520 W Main St #102, Richmond, VA 23220, United States


6. Morgan James Publishing

Morgan James Publishing was founded in 2003 by David L. Hancock, a mortgage banker at the time, who had been less than thrilled with the conventional book publishing process—yet pleasantly surprised by the immense power of publishing a book.

Created by an Entrepreneurial Author for Entrepreneurial Authors, Morgan James became the first hybrid publisher to blend the strength, credibility, and distribution of traditional publishing with the flexibility, author involvement, and time to market of self-publishing.

“Morgan James makes an extraordinary effort to help its authors to grow their own business” – Publishers Weekly’s Lynn Andriani and Jim Milliot.

David, with his bride, Susan, named the new company after their two children, daughter Morgan Renee and son Ethan James.

In just over fifteen short years, Morgan James Publishing has grown from publishing 6 books per year to publishing an average of 195 front list titles each year, with a backlist of over 2,700 titles.

Morgan James focuses on three book categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, and Faith.

Our vision is to publish titles that educate, encourage, inspire and entertain with current, consistent, relevant, titles available everywhere books are sold.

11815 Fountain Way STE 300, Newport News, VA 23606, United States


7. Vision Publishers

Vision Publishers was founded in 2001 by Brother Eldwin Campbell for the purpose of sharing the full message of the New Testament. In the fourteen years since, he has labored to meet that goal, returning useful old titles into print, publishing fresh treatments on important issues, as well as producing new inspirational books.

Then in June 2015, Brother Eldwin suffered a severe stroke that left him quite incapacitated. The doctors gave little hope for a complete recovery, but the Lord has been gracious and Brother Eldwin has recovered far beyond their expectations. However, he and his family decided the time had come for someone else to take over Vision Publishers.

On October 1, 2015 Christian Light took over the operation of Vision Publishers and purchased their inventory. For now, the Vision phone number will still reach the Vision receptionist, who will take your orders and answer questions as she has been for years. Behind the scenes, CLP employees will fill your orders for shipping. Your order may arrive in a box labeled “Christian Light Publications,” but you should see a sticker identifying it as a Vision order.

755 Cantrell Ave, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, United States


8. Potomac Books

Stylus Publishing — a leading independent U. S. publisher of books on higher education—markets and distributes throughout the Americas the lists of a number of independent publishers and leading NGOs and research institutions to bring you the latest work in the fields of agriculture, business, economic development, education, electronic engineering, health, human rights, the natural sciences, and sustainability.

To publish books for teachers, administrators, and policymakers in higher education. We are interested in practical books, the exchange of ideas, and theory and research that promote effective practice.

To market effectively to all appropriate constituencies on behalf of our authors and our client publishers. We sell through all channels: bookstores, libraries, wholesalers, online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and through relationships with associations and specialist outlets. We reach end-consumers by direct mail and online marketing, and through an extensive program of exhibits at academic and professional conferences.

Through our monthly E-Mail Alerts or Notify Me buttons, you can automatically keep up with new books in your field and receive periodic special offers. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, to learn about author events, read or view author interviews, and find advance information on forthcoming books, book reviews, and more.

15573 Woodgrove Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132, United States


9. S & H Publishing, Inc.

S & H Publishing was formed with one goal in mind - providing quality books for our readers. We want to attract a following of devoted readers who depend on us to find exciting new books that entertain, inspire, and inform. Today's book market is more alive than ever, with new talented writers who are bursting with great stories and fresh enthusiasm.

Just as the contemporary woman is not restricted by genre or age, talent is not restricted by distance or national borders. We pride ourselves on the international community of talented writers we bring to our readers.

Sometimes new writers have more enthusiasm than craftsmanship. That's where our expertise comes into play. Everyone associated with S & H is an avid reader and understands the disappointment of picking up a book that sounds interesting only to have it marred by poor writing, poor editing, or poor proofreading. We cannot guarantee perfection, but we continually strive for it.

We are happy to have many people whose opinions we value. They read our manuscripts when needed, give advice when asked (and sometimes when not asked), and generally support our efforts to make S & H Publishing, Inc. the best it

can be.

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