Most Popular Publishing Posts of 2021

Erica Verrillo
2 min readJan 15, 2022



Every January I do a “year in review” of my most popular posts during the previous year. Most people who visit my blog want to get published, so it’s natural that my most viewed posts are calls for submissions.

Last year was no exception. There were over 50,000 visits to my Calls for Submissions page.

In 2021, I published 81 posts. (My total number of posts since 2012 is 892.) I don’t know whether to be proud or ashamed of this apparent “blog addiction.” I blame my children. (They also said, “Mom, you need a Facebook page,” and look where that has gotten me!) (Oh, and Twitter…don’t get me started!)

In 2021, my most popular post was (drum roll):

30 Traditional Publishers Accepting Submissions — No agent required (15,300 views)

Despite the popularity of self-publishing, most people visiting my blog want to get traditionally published. That is not at all surprising. Most writers want the pedigree that an established publishing house offers, not to mention the marketing and distribution.

At this time of year, I also like to do a review of my most popular posts of all time. (All of these posts have been recently updated.)

5 Most Popular Posts — All Time

22 US Children’s Book Publishers Accepting Manuscripts Directly From Writers 279,000 views

325 Paying Markets for Short Stories, Poetry, Nonfiction 155,000 views

Agents Looking for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers 156,000 views

3 Major Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts 94.700 views

6 Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts from Writers — No Agent Needed 77,600 views

Some Additional Popular Posts

16 UK Children’s Book Publishers Accepting Manuscripts Directly from Writers 60,900 views

Mega-List of Paying Markets for Horror, Dark Fiction and Poetry 55,400 views

40 Paying Markets for Personal Essays 37,324 views

20 Publishers Accepting Picture Books — No Agent Required 30,600 views

20 Magazines That Pay $500 or More 22,000 views

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