As my agent and I delve into the frightening stage of submitting to publishers the subject of The Big 6 comes up yet again and I realized, not all aspiring authors know what this means. Before the editor stage of submitting I didn't realize who The Big 6 were either. Here they are in no particular order (some subsidiaries may not be listed. Click on the link for a full listing):
Random House: There are a lot of publishing groups each with their own imprints under this huge roof. Here the groups: Crown Trade Group, Knopf Doubleday Publishing, Random House Publishing Group (including Ballantine, Bantam, Dell, and many others), RH Audio Publishing Group, Random House Children's Books, RH Information Group, RH International, RH Large Print. http://www.randomhouse.biz/ourpublishers/
Simon & Schuster: Atria, Folger Shakespeare Library, Free Press, Gallery Books, Howard Books, Pocket, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Threshold Editions, Touchstone/Fireside, Aladdin, Atheneum Books, Beach Lane Books, Little Simon, Margaret K. McElderry, Paula Wiseman Books, BFYR, Simon Pulse, Simon Spotlight, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Pimsleur. http://www.simonandschuster.biz/divisions-and-imprints/divisions-and-imprints
Penguin Group: Ace Books, Alpha Books, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, Avery, Berkly Books, Dial Books For Young Readers, Dutton Books, Dutton Children's Books, Firebird, Fredrick Warne, Gotham Books, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books For Young Readers, Grosset & Dunlap, Hudson Street Press, Jove, NAL, Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin, The Penguin Press, Perigee Books, Philomel Books, Plume, Portfolio, Printice Hall Press, Price Stern Sloan, Puffin Books, Razorbill, Riverhead, Sentinel, Speak, Tarcher, The Viking Press, Viking Books For Young Readers. http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/publishers/index.html
MacMillan: Bedford/St. Martin's, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Farrar Straus & Giroux Books For Young Readers, Feiwel & Friends, First Second, W. H. Freeman, Hayden McNeil, Henry Holt & Co., Henry Holt & Co. Books For Young Readers, Kingfisher, Macmillan Audio, Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave MacMillan, Picador, Priddy Books, Roaring Brook Press, Scientific American, Square Fish, St. Martin's Press, Tor/Forge, Minotaur, Bedford/St. Martin's. http://us.macmillan.com/
HarperCollins: Amistad, Avon, Caedmon, Ecco, Eos, Harper, It Books, Rayo, William Morrow, Balzer & Bray, Greenwillow Books, HarperFestival, Harper Teen, Katherine Tegen Books, Walden Pond Press. http://www.harpercollins.com/footer/companyProfile.aspx
Hachette Book Group: Grand Central Publishing, Faith Words, Windblown, Center Street, Little Brown & Co., Little Brown & Co. For Young Readers, Orbit, Yen Press. http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/publishing_publishing-groups.aspx
Now when your agent puts you out on submission and tells you he/she has submitted you to Margaret K. McElderry you don't have to wonder who in the world that is, you'll know it's Simon & Schuster! For those who haven't reached the editor submission stage yet, keep this handy, you'll need it someday soon. Don't forget, there are still a lot of great houses out there that aren't part of the big six.