by Erica Verrillo on Published to Death site:
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Here are eleven publishers looking for literary fiction – no agent needed.
Make sure to read the submission requirements on the publishers’ websites before submitting. (Submission guidelines for publishing houses are not the same as queries to agents.)
The difference between commercial and literary fiction can be subtle.
In general, commercial fiction is formulaic, whereas literary fiction tends to experiment with form and style.
Commercial fiction falls into genres – science fiction, chick lit, romance, etc. – whereas literary fiction may cross or blend genres, or depart from them entirely.
Literary fiction also places greater value on the craft of writing, which is not to say that genre fiction can’t be well written, but in the case of literary fiction, the writing is front and center.