70 Top Book Publishers in Minnesota (Part 1)
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Wise Ink is a creative publishing agency for game-changers. We love publishing books. We've helped more than four hundred authors bring their ideas from manuscript to print and we learned a few things.
We learned that authors need more. Authors need a strong platform, strategic marketing, top-notch editing, award-winning book design, and a creative team dedicated to helping you succeed beyond the book.
Wise Ink was created to help you—the author with a big picture and the passion to prove it—change the world. Here's how we're doing our part.
You're an independent author with a passion, trying to get your book out into the world. We're a small group of passionate book nerds, and we want the world to love your work. There are about 900 different ways to publish a book, and you just want someone to help you figure out what to do. We've published close to 900 books, and we're very good at helping authors figure out what to do.
You need someone to listen, someone to grasp what you're trying to achieve, someone to be realistic about what it takes to do this right. We are the real deal. Our process is all human interaction, judgment calls, tough love, and hard truth.
Whether at home, in school, or out in the world, all kids face challenges. No matter the choices, changes, and opportunities young people encounter, Free Spirit has had the same mission for nearly 40 years: to provide children and teens—and the adults who care for and about them—with the tools they need to think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world.
Today more than ever, young people need social and emotional guidance. We aim to meet all kids—babies, teens, and everyone in between—where they are (not where we wish they were) and to support them in developing their talents, building resiliency, and fostering a positive outlook on life so they can reach their full potential.
Founded in 2006 by CEO Mark Levine, who literally wrote the book on self-publishing, Hillcrest Media provides professional book publishing services, education, and support to independent authors. A proprietary project management platform, designed in-house by our own developers, allows us to work efficiently with authors and shepherd 750+ books to the marketplace each year.
Mill City Press authors benefit from an experienced team who know how to take a book from manuscript to book store with great care and collaboration. Publish Green offers custom ebook conversion and design to authors who want to go beyond the basics.
Lerner Publishing Group creates the highest-quality nonfiction and fiction content for children and young adults in a variety of subjects and formats. Based in Minneapolis since its founding in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group is one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers with fourteen imprints: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press, Carolrhoda Books, Twenty-First Century Books, Graphic Universe™, Hungry Tomato™, Darby Creek, Kar-Ben Publishing, Carolrhoda Lab™, LernerClassroom, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions, Lerner Digital™, Zest Books™, as well as Lerner Publisher Services.
Lerner Publisher Services sells and distributes high-quality children’s books from renowned publishing partners through all major sales channels.
Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first-century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace. We believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion. Graywolf Press is committed to making our books, programming, publishing process, and workplace accessible to communities and individuals of all backgrounds and abilities.
Founded in Minneapolis in 1980, Milkweed Editions is one of the nation’s leading independent publishers of literature. Operating as a nonprofit organization empowers us to acquire titles on the basis of artistic excellence and transformative potential, and to invest significant resources in developing writers’ work and bringing it to a wide audience—engaging local, national, and international communities in the kind of conversation facilitated uniquely by literature. We currently publish some twenty titles each year in the categories of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Our list is acclaimed for its originality and its variety.
The University of Minnesota Press is recognized internationally for its innovative, boundary-breaking editorial program in the humanities and social sciences and as the publisher of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the most widely used objective tests of personality in the world. Minnesota also maintains as part of its mission a strong commitment to publishing books on the people, history, and natural environment of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Established in 1925, Minnesota is among the founding members of the Association of University Presses (AUP).
Baker Publishing Group publishes high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers.
Bethany House has been publishing high-quality books for more than 50 years and has over 1,100 titles spanning nearly every reading category. Recognized as the pioneer and leader in Christian fiction, we publish many of the top names in historical and contemporary romance, Amish and Mennonite fiction, romantic suspense, and many other fiction subgenres. Our nonfiction encompasses a variety of subjects, including Christian living, family resources, theology, heaven, and many more. Offering inspiration and encouragement to readers through story and spiritual insight, Bethany House titles frequently appear on Christian bestseller lists.
Coffee House Press began as a small letterpress operation in 1972 and has grown into an internationally renowned nonprofit publisher of literary fiction, essay, poetry, and other work that doesn’t fit neatly into genre categories. Following the small press movement of the 60s and 70s, the 80s saw an emergence of professionalization among small publishers. CHP’s late-founder Allan Kornblum saw an opportunity to create the sort of publishing house that he wished existed in the world. Since CHP’s founding, our authors have received nominations for or have won many prizes and accolades including the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.
We are dedicated to publishing books and related products that encourage, uplift and give hope, knowing the ultimate hope is in Jesus. Our imprints include TRISTAN Publishing, Waldman House Press, TRISTAN Outdoors, Studio J, and Have a Little Faith. We know the significant impact books have on the world and we consider it an honor and blessing to work with authors, editors and artists from around the globe to share messages of hope and inspiration.
TRISTAN Publishing was founded in 2002, and we are humbled to say that our heritage as a publishing family goes back to 1978, the year Waldman House Press was founded.
At Two Harbors Press (a division of Hillcrest Media Group, Inc.), we pride ourselves on publishing books we like. Instead of following the latest trends, we produce books we believe in and are committed to. Each of our books presents a unique voice and is a worthy read.
Many of our authors are not yet established, perhaps just beginning their publishing career. An important factor in our decision to publish a book is the author's level of commitment to marketing and sales It is important for an author to be committed to their book's success. After all, we don't live in a world of if-you-print-it-they-will-come, but rather a world where a publisher and author must work together to help potential readers discover a new and undiscovered talent.
North Star Editions, Inc., is a privately owned publishing company dedicated to guiding readers toward a lifetime love of reading. NSE offers fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults that inspire, inform, and entertain.
NSE publishes Flux, a young adult fiction imprint, and Jolly Fish Press, a middle-grade fiction imprint. NSE also distributes juvenile nonfiction titles in various imprints, including Focus Readers, Little Blue Readers, Press Box Books, Core Library, SportsZone, and Pop!, among others.