A lot of us like reading books from a variety of publishers -- big ones like HarperTeen, medium publishers like Entangled, or self-publishing authors. Those with bigger publishers tend to get more publicity, obviously, but sometimes a reader wants something from a smaller publisher or a self-publishing author but isn't sure where to go. I know there are lots of Indie/Self-published lists on Goodreads, but there are so many out there! My solution is this neat little table which compares traditionally published books and books from smaller presses. This is exclusively for Young Adult books, just because that's what I read and write and tend to care about. If you want adult fiction, start a list and tell me about it!

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Genre Traditional Indie Equivalents

Paranormal Romance

Stephenie Meyers (Twilight)
LJ Smith (Vampire Diaries)
Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy & Bloodlines)
Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires)
Lauren Kate (Fallen)
Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush Hush)
Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder)
Maggie Stiefvater (Wolves of Mercy Falls)
PC Cast (House of Night)
Alyson Noel (The Immortals)
Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods)
Claudia Gray (Evernight)
Kami Garcia (Castor Chronicles)
Aprilynne Pike (Wings)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Abbi Glines (Existence)
Samantha Young (Tale of Lunarmorte)
Keary Taylor (Fall of Angels)
Chelsea Fine (Archers of Avalon)
Ali Cross (Desolation)
Elle Strauss
Jessie Harrell
Karen Hooper
Anna Kyss
Cat Kalen
JA Templeton
PT Michele
Tawny Stokes (Static)
Imogen Rose
Maria Rachel Hooley (Soujourner & Dreamwalker)
Heather Hildenbrand
Angeline Kace
Daniele Lanzarotta
Lisa Grace
Laura Lond (A Merman’s Kiss)
Addison Moore
Elita Daniels (My Boyfriend Is A Zombie)
Holly Hook (The Destroyers)
Jessica Sorenson
Ella James
Quinn Loftis
JA Redmerski
Tammy Blackwell
Karen Mead
Lindsay Anne Kendal (Bloodlines)

Horror/Dark Fantasy

Darren Shan (Cirque du Freak & The Demonata)
Kendare Blake (Anna)
Simon Holt (The Devouring)
Breanna Yovanoff (The Replacement)
Gretchen McNeil
Melissa L. Webb (Weaver of Darkness)
Nathan Wrann (Dark Matter Heart)
VJ Chambers
Aliya Anjum (Believe It or Not)
Lindsay Anne Kendal (Bloodlines)

Urban Fantasy

Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments)
Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental)
LJ Smith (Vampire Diaries)
Marissa Marr
Holly Black
Laini Taylor
Kelley Armstrong
J. Meyers (Intangible)
Susan Bischoff (Talent Chronicles)
Samantha Young (Warriors of Ankh)
Jus Accardo
Sarra Cannon
Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant)
Michelle Muto (The Book of Lost Souls)
Elle Casey (War of the Fae)
Tawny Stokes (The Demon Whisperer
Danielle Kazemi (Dragon’s Fire)
Selena Fenech
SM Reine (Seasons of the Moon)
VJ Chambers
Daniele Lanzarotta

Contemporary Fantasy (a little less gritty/dark than Urban Fantasy)

JK Rowling
Rick Riordan
Stacey Wallace Benefiel (Glimpse)
Cindy Swanson
Raine Thomas
Elizbaeth Isaacs
Michelle Madow
Dalya Moon (Broken Shell Island)
Selena Fenech
Shel Delisle (Winging It!)
Daniel Peyton
JY Harris

High Fantasy (other world -- includes Portal Fantasy where most of the story takes place in the second world)

Kristin Cashore
Allison Goodman
Tamora Pierce
Garth Nix
Maggie Stiefvater (Scorpio Races)
Maria Snyder (Glass
Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey)
Emily Ann Ward (The Protectors)
Michelle Scott
Dawn Rae Miller (Larkstorm)
Megg Jensen
Elizabeth Isaacs
Cate Dean (When Walls Could Talk)
Laura Lond
Thea Atkinson (Elemental Magic & Formed of Clay)
Kate Bloomfield
Selena Fenech

Science Fiction

Beth Revis (A Million Suns)
Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking)
Orson Scott Card
Madeleine L’Engle
Maria Snyder (Insider)
Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies)
Amy Kathleen Ryder (Shy Chasers)
MT Anderson (Feed)
Michael Grant (Gone)
James Dashner
Neal Shusterman (Unwind)
Susan Kaye Quinn (Mindjack)
Emily Ann Ward (Finding Fiona)
Emlyn Chand
Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux)
Chrystalla Thoma (Rex Rising)
Elle Casey (Apocalypsis)
Melanie Nilles (Starefire Angels)
Victorine Lieske (The Overtaking)
Brina Courtney
HS St.Ours
Mark Whiteway (Lodestone Trilogy)
Cindy Borgne (Vallar)
J.R. Mooneyham


Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan)
Cherie Priest (Clockwork Century)
Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices)
Catherine Fisher (Incarceron)


Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games)
Lauren Oliver (Delirium)
Scott Westerfeld (Uglies)
Veronica Roth (Divergent)
Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking)
Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky)
James Dashner (Maze Runner)
Ally Condie (Matched)
Kate Hawkings (The Sphinx Project)
Keary Taylor (Eden)
Dawn Rae Miller (Larkstorm)
Susan Ee
Susan Kaye Quinn (Mindjack)
Elle Casey (War of the Fae)
TS Weltie (Darklandia)
Leigh Grayson (Desperate Times)
Scott Cramer (Night of the Purple Moon)
Avery Sawyer (The Forever Contract)
Michelle Muto (Don’t Fear the Reaper)
HS Stone (In The Hands of Children)
Cindy Borgne (Vallar)
Thomas K. Carpenter (Gamers)


Sarah Dessen
John Green
Kody Keplinger (Duff)
Gayle Forman
Hannah Moskowitz
Jandy Nelson
Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall)
Sara Shephard
Lisa Nowak
Shel Delisle (Dolphin Girl)
Avery Sawyer (Notes to Self)
Maria Rachel Hooley (Witness & October Breezes)
Victorine Lieske (Practice Date)
Brina Courtney

Contemporary Romance

Sarah Dessen
Stephanie Perkins
John Green (The Fault in our Stars)
Tammara Webber (Easy)
Amanda Brice
Brina Courtney
Abbi Glines
M Leighton
Molly McAdams
Nicole Williams
Juli Alexander
Gwen Hayes


Lisa McMann (Dream Catcher)
Mag Cabot (The Mediator)
SR Johannes (Nature of Grace)
Elle Casey (Wrecked)
JY Harris
Jan Hurst-Nicholson (Mystery at Ocean Drive)
Julia Buckley (Ginevra Bond)


Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder)
Gemma Halliday (Deadly Cool)
Ally Carter
Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars)
Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider)
Markus Zusak (I Am the Messenger)
Laura Pauling
Amanda Brice


Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices)
Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
Anna Godberson
Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)
Aliya Anjum (The Demon’s Promise)
CJ Archer (Emily Chambers)
J.R. Mooneyham