Macmillan Publishers, a distinctive group of publishing companies, has a rich history in the book industry. Our companies publish a broad range of quality works—including award-winning fiction and nonfiction, and inspired and much-loved children’s books. A forward-looking company, we’re dedicated to making our books available in whatever format our readers prefer, and we foster reader discussion through innovative community websites. Macmillan Publishers is committed to our authors, our employees, and to the environment.
Macmillan Publishers is a global trade publishing company, owned by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, with imprints in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, and around the world.
Macmillan in the United States
Our U.S. publishers include Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Henry Holt and Company; Picador; St. Martin’s Press; Tor/Forge; Macmillan Audio; and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Macmillan Publishers is based in New York City, with many of our publishers located in the historic Flatiron Building.
Founded by Macmillan in London in 1952, St. Martin's Press has grown to become one of the preeminent publishers in the United States. From their home in the Flatiron Building in New York, St. Martin’s Press publishes under four imprints: St. Martin’s Press, Griffin, Minotaur, and Thomas Dunne Books. What defines St. Martin’s most is its ability to establish best-selling authors across a broad range of categories, from commercial women’s fiction and literary fiction to romance and young adult, to its strength in nonfiction such as military, business, science, politics, and many other categories. St. Martin’s authors include Emily Giffin, Jackie Collins, Jeffrey Archer, Louise Penny, Augusten Burroughs, Kristin Hannah, Dr. Ian Smith, Iris Johansen, Lisa Scottoline, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Tatjana Soli, Gail Tsukiyama, Alan Brennert, Daisy Goodwin, Tatiana de Rosnay, P.C. Cast, Howard Wasdin, Alyson Noël, Amanda Hocking, John Hart, Stephen Coonts, and Olen Steinhauer. St. Martin’s heritage includes authors such as Robert Ludlum, James Herriot, Rosamunde Pilcher, Dan Brown, Thomas Harris, and Janet Evanovich, among many others.
Tor/Forge, founded by Tom Doherty, and the leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy, was acquired in 1986. Tor Books has won every major science fiction and fantasy award, and for 25 consecutive years, has won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Publisher. Tor/Forge includes the imprints Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, Tor Teen, and Tor Classics, and publishes many best-selling authors including Bruce Cameron, Orson Scott Card, Terry Goodkind, Robert Jordan, Eric Lustbader, Douglas Preston, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Taylor, and David Weber. In 2002, Tor launched Starscape, following soon thereafter with Tor Teen; imprints dedicated to publishing quality books, including science fiction and fantasy, for young readers. These lines are proud to publish critically acclaimed and award-winning authors such as Cory Doctorow, David Lubar, and Brandon Sanderson. Tor is proud to be closely associated with Tor.com, a community website dedicated to the discussion of science fiction, fantasy, and related subjects across all media. The site maintains a regular publishing program of articles, essays, news reports, and reviews, as well as award-winning original fiction.
Founded in 1866 by Henry Holt and Frederick Leypoldt, Henry Holt and Company is one of the oldest trade publishers in the United States. The company publishes many acclaimed and best-selling authors, including Bill O’Reilly, the two-time Man Booker Prize-winner Hilary Mantel, Nobel Prize-winner Herta Müller, Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson, Paul Auster, John Banville as Benjamin Black, Philip Caputo, Andy Cohen, Billy Crystal, Sheila Heti, Tony Horwitz, Erica Jong, and Del Quentin Wilber, as well as scores of other authors in the fields of literary fiction, history, biography, politics, current events, science, psychology, and mysteries and thrillers. In its century-and-a-half history, it has published books by writers whose work endures through the ages, from the poetry of Robert Frost and classic novels by Robert Louis Stevenson, to bestsellers by Erich Fromm and Norman Mailer. Henry Holt publishes books under the imprints Henry Holt, Metropolitan Books, Times Books, and Holt Paperbacks.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux was founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus, and was acquired by Holtzbrinck in 1994. The company publishes with a particular focus on literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. FSG authors have won extraordinary acclaim, including numerous National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and Nobel Prizes in Literature. Thomas L. Friedman, Tom Wolfe, Susan Sontag, and John McPhee are a few of the internationally known authors published by FSG over many years; its distinguished list of novelists includes Jonathan Franzen, Jeffrey Eugenides, Michael Cunningham, Alice McDermott, Roberto Bolaño, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Nadine Gordimer. Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, Joseph Brodsky, Robert Pinsky, Paul Muldoon, Louise Glück, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Mahmoud Darwish, Pablo Neruda, Federico García Lorca, and John Berryman are among FSG’s many acclaimed poets.
Since its launch in 1995, Picador has rapidly established itself as one of the leading trade imprints for literary fiction and nonfiction in the country. In addition to publishing original titles in hardcover, paperback original, and eBook, Picador is the literary trade paperback imprint for Macmillan. Picador authors of fiction and nonfiction include Pulitzer Prize winners Michael Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides, Thomas L. Friedman, Tony Horwitz, and Marilynne Robinson; National Book Award winners Jonathan Franzen, Shirley Hazzard, Denis Johnson, Richard Powers, and Susan Sontag; and Nobel Prize winners Nadine Gordimer, Herta Müller, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Patrick White. Picador’s successful international mystery series include books by Benjamin Black, Jason Goodwin, Arnaldur Indridason, Lars Kepler, and Jacqueline Winspear. Picador’s bestselling authors include Paul Auster, Augusten Burroughs, Anita Diamant, Barbara Ehrenreich, Atul Gawande, Naomi Klein, Hilary Mantel, Per Petterson, Richard Price, Edmund de Waal, and Tom Wolfe.
Macmillan Audio was founded in 1987 as Audio Renaissance and published its first programs in 1988. Audio Renaissance was acquired by Holtzbrinck in 2001 and changed its name to Macmillan Audio in 2007. Macmillan Audio records the best fiction and nonfiction available for both adults and children from Macmillan’s publishers, in addition to publishing original productions and titles from other publishers. The company’s line of products also includes the language-learning series Behind the Wheel. Macmillan Audio narrators include Meryl Streep, Lorelei King, Stanley Tucci, Simon Vance, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katherine Kellgren, Holter Graham, and Cynthia Nixon, as well as President Jimmy Carter, Rob Lowe, and Bill O’Reilly, who have read their own audiobooks. Macmillan Audio productions have been nominated for three Grammy Awards and have won numerous Audie Awards and Earphones Awards. Macmillan audio titles are available digitally as well as on CD.
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group comprises Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, Feiwel and Friends, First Second, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Priddy Books, Roaring Brook Press, and Square Fish. These imprints are home to award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors including Madeleine L’Engle, Natalie Babbitt, Roald Dahl, Jack Gantos, Nancy Tillman, Catherynne M. Valente, Marissa Meyer, Paul Pope, Gene Luen Yang, Eric Carle, Leigh Bardugo, Lane Smith, Nick Bruel, Erin E. Stead, Philip C. Stead, and hundreds more popular authors and illustrators. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is proud to publish many of the classics of children's literature, including A Wrinkle in Time, Tuck Everlasting, The Black Cauldron, A Cricket in Times Square, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, and The BFG, as well as popular new classics Speak, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, Dead End in Norvelt, On the Night You Were Born, and Bad Kitty.
Macmillan in Germany
Our German publishers include Argon, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Rowohlt, S. Fischer, and Droemer Knaur. Further German companies are the liberal art publisher Metzler, the online readers’ community LovelyBooks,the service provider hgv, and the mobile ebook library Skoobe (, which is a Holtzbrinck/Randomhouse joint venture). The publishers are spread across Germany, in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Cologne, and Munich.
With its impressive range of world literature and nonfiction works, S. Fischer, with Fischer Paperbacks, Krueger, Scherz, and S.Fischer, is the German market leader for high-quality trade publications. In 1886 in Berlin, Samuel Fischer founded the eponymous publishing company that was soon to become a leading forum for contemporary literature. Authors such as Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, and Stefan Zweig are emblematic of this publishing house’s strong reputation in classic German Modernism. Further focus points of S. Fischer’s program are German and international contemporary literature as well as nonfiction. Fischer Paperbacks offers an exceptional platform of books, ranging from sophisticated literary books and entertaining genre fiction, to general and scientific reference and nonfiction books. Krueger is well-known for contemporary fiction, historical novels, suspense literature, and popular nonfiction books. Scherz publishes fiction, traditionally focusing on suspense, as well as nonfiction titles.
Rowohlt was founded in 1908 by Ernst Rowohlt. The founder’s high standards continue to apply today: Rowohlt’s goal is to publish easy-to-read literature of the utmost quality. The company’s portfolio includes a broad range of international literature. Among other famous Rowohlt authors are Kurt Tucholsky, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, Jean-Paul Sartre, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon, Jonathan Franzen, and Daniel Kehlmann, as well as some of the most importantnonfiction authors writing today, including Eckart von Hirschhausen, Stephen Hawking, and Oliver Sacks.Rowohlt Verlag also comprises Rowohlt Berlin, with an independent portfolio of writers and publications reflecting the political and social development of the country. Rowohlt Polaris has a strong focus on suspense, fantasy, and humor. Kindler focuses on entertaining, high-quality fiction. Wunderlich publishes entertaining fiction, thrillers, memoirs, and nonfiction books. Rororo (Rowohlt Paperback) was the first paperback series in Germany. Its success story continues today – in contemporary literature as well as nonfiction books.
Kiepenheuer & Witsch was founded in the earliest days of the new Federal Republic of Germany. The company’s portfolio includes leading names from the post-war years, as well as renowned contemporary fiction and nonfiction writers. Famous authors include Joseph Roth, Erich Maria Remarque, J.D. Salinger, Gabriel García Márquez, Frank Schaetzing, and Nick Hornby. The publication of the entire works of Heinrich Boell is one of the most outstanding projects in the company's history. The company is also active innonfiction, autobiographies, and self-help works. The KiWi series of paperbacks complement the company's portfolio. Galiani focuses on contemporary German literature, historical and narrative nonfiction, and world-literature classics.
Fiction, books for popular entertainment, and the latest nonfiction works dominate the portfolio of the Droemer Knaur publishing group, which is owned 50% by Holtzbrinck. Droemer Knaur publishing group compromises several individual publishing companies. Droemer, with a well established reputation as a publisher of bestsellers, features such famous authors as Norman Mailer, John Katzenbach, Iny Lorentz, and Sebastian Fitzek. In addition to fiction books, Droemer’s portfolio also features political publications and popular science textbooks. Knaur first gained a reputation for publishing high quality self-help books, reference works, and atlases. In the 1990s, Knaur added fiction to its range of publications. Knaur Paperback covers fiction, thrillers, historical novels, and biographies. O. W. Barth is one of the most renowned and established publishers of spiritual literature. Pattloch’s portfolio focuses on religious books, pictorial volumes, and wonderful gift and children’s books.
Argon publishing house offers an entire spectrum of audiobooks: current bestsellers, unabridged classics of world literature, and high-quality, carefully selected children’s audiobooks and audio plays. Works published by Argon include audiobooks by Paul Auster, Jonathan Franzen, Cecelia Ahern, Ildikó von Kuerthy, John Katzenbach, Peter James, and Dale Carnegie, as well as Tommy Jaud’s German bestsellers.
For more than a century, New York City’s famous Flatiron Building has occupied a piece of curiously shaped real estate at 175 Fifth Avenue, sitting on a small triangular island at 23rd Street and Broadway, facing Madison Square. Designed by Chicago's Daniel Burnham in the Beaux-Arts style, it was one of the tallest buildings in Manhattan upon its completion in 1902. Constructed using limestone and terra-cotta, and until fairly recently sporting hydraulic elevators, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, appearing in numerous movies and on countless postcards and posters. Aside from the ground floor retail space, Macmillan Publishers is the sole tenant. The Flatiron’s interior is known for its strangely shaped offices, with walls that cut through at an angle on their way to the skyscraper’s famous point. These “point” offices feature amazing northern views that look directly upon another famous Manhattan landmark, the Empire State Building.