Memoirs and autobiographies are nonfiction genres that chronicle the writer’s life but in different ways.
A memoir is an account of a specific time in a writer’s life and focuses on the writer’s own memories, perceptions, and emotions.
An autobiography is a chronological history of the writer’s whole life. This style is less about the emotions associated with events and more about the facts of the events themselves.
If you’ve written a personal account of your life, whether in memoir or autobiography, and are ready to get your book published, check out this list.
Memoir and Autobiography Publishers
Please note that some of these publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts from those without agents, while others only accept submissions from literary agents.
If you need a literary agent, you can also check out our list of Memoir and Autobiography Literary Agents.
You can submit your memoir or autobiography query to TCK Publishing on our submissions page.
1. City Lights Books
Submission guidelines: www.citylights.com/publishing/?fa=publishing_manuscripts
2. Soft Skull Press
3. Chicago Review Press
Submission guidelines: www.chicagoreviewpress.com/information-for-authors–amp–agents-pages-100.php
4. Simon & Schuster
Submission guidelines: www.simonandschuster.biz/c/biz-manuscript-submissions
5. Northwestern University Press
6. WiDo Publishing
7. Memoirs Books
8. Open Books Press
9. Turtle Light Press
10. Keynote Books, LLC
Submission guidelines: N/A
11. Transformation Media Books
12. Vision Paperbacks
13. Parousia Magazine
Submission guidelines: www.parousiamagazine.wordpress.com/submissionguidelines
14. Bellevue Literary Press
15. Black & White Publishing
16. BLF Press
17. Bywater Books
18. Fig Tree Books
19. Honno Press
20. Kaya Press
21. Polis Books
22. Persea Books
23. Rio Nuevo Publishers
24. Riverdale Avenue
25. Square One
Here are more resources for memoir and autobiography authors:
- 87 Memoir and Autobiography Book Literary Agents Now Accepting Submissions
- TCK Publishing submissions guidelines
- TCK Publishing FAQ page
Here are our lists of publishers for other genres:
- List of Nonfiction Publishers
- List of Poetry Publishers Currently Accepting Submissions
- List of Young Adult and New Adult Book Publisher
- List of Historical Fiction Publishers
- List of Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishers
Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.