We define an independent house by its editorial freedom, even though some have corporate business managers. Indie presses know their market and select books that will make them money; the difference is that their threshold for turning a profit is considerably lower than a large corporate imprint like Vintage. Many indie press' accept unagented material. Research their books and guidelines to find a possible home for your manuscript.
Abrams Press - A large press with an eye for detail.
Akashic Books - One of the best running independent presses going. They are "reverse-gentrifying" the literary world, and for a good reason.
Atticus Books - Literature that transcends.
Belleuve Literary Press - Books that stand between the threshold of fiction and science. Publisher of Paul Harding's Tinkers.
Black Balloon Publishing - They'll lift you off the ground and take you to a whole new world.
Brooklyn Arts Press - Loyalists to the Literary Party.
Caketrain - Beautifully designed covers. Beautifully written books. Only $8 each.
Curbside Splendor Publishing - An indie press so Chicagoan it goes to the Logan Square Farmer's Market.
Dzanc Books - An indie press vying for the future of literature.
Engine Books - Books that can outlap you in any sort of race.
Eraserhead Press - Franz Kafka meets John Waters meets David Lynch meets Dr. Seuss of the post-apocalypse.
Leapfrog Press - Where the writer gets the attention they deserve.
NoPassport Press - A press that publishes plays because they're good, not because they're produced.
Outpost 19 - Truly provocative reading.
Scarletta Press - A traditional press pushing to stimulate conversation.
7 Stories Press - Books that aren't afraid to get political.
Top Shelf Productions - Welcomes all work, for an emerging author to great such as Alan Moore.
Two Dollar Radio - For books that stretch the limits of imagination.