The Domination of the Big Five U.S. Trade Publishers

Hi all,five-palm

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the domination of the U.S. publishing industry by the so-called “Big Five” publishing companies: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, and Hachette.

With this in mind, I thought I’d share the chart at the link below as it allows writers to quickly and easily identify which imprints and publishers are owned by each of the “Big Five” U.S. publishing companies. Many thanks to Ali Almossawi for putting it together:

While viewing this list, it’s important to remember that not all U.S publishers are included, only those owned by these five publishing companies. For instance, Scholastic, publisher of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, and arguably the biggest children’s publisher in the world, is not included.

Would love your thoughts: how do you think this structure fares for the range of books we see on shelves? Or does it make little or no difference at all?

Happy writing,



Five Tips to Sustain You While in the Query Trenches (and to Stop You Drowning in Doubt)

Hi all,

Along with outlining my next work, I am currently dipping my toes in query waters in the hope that another writing baby, A.K.A. my completed YA manuscript, and I will swim.


A writer friend passed the attached link on to me, which I thought I’d share with you:

It’s one of the best posts I’ve read on keeping the results of your agent search in perspective so that you don’t lose your mind (to put it mildly) while querying. In a nutshell, your reaction to things beyond your control can either help sustain you during this time, or help you unravel.

I won’t say any more about it, preferring the post to speak for itself – its comments are also worth a read – but would love to hear your thoughts.

And a special thank you to my friend, Lou Grimm, for passing it on to me (you can read more about Lou and her writing here:

Until next time, happy writing,