About Us

Musa Publishing began as a dream shared by four digital publishing professionals. We'd spent our careers working around some serious problems within the publishing model. Why were publishers keeping authors in the dark about how publishing works? What was the big secret about royalties?  Why couldn't writers have input on their cover art? Why did all those eBooks look like Word document files with a cover slapped on them instead of books? 

We decided to create a publishing house that answered our questions, questions we knew a lot of other authors, editors, and artists were asking. We believe that a publishing house can offer near-total transparency to its authors. We believe that an author with knowledge is an empowered author, which is a rarity in an industry like publishing. With that in mind, we tackled our biggest problems with publishing one by one.

Our desire for transparency shaped our decision to have our contracts available on-line for authors to peruse before querying us.  Our contracts have been vetted by authors and agents, watchdog sites and attorneys. We feel confident that we offer our authors one of the most author-friendly contracts in publishing.

We couldn't find a reason to keep the royalty process a secret either.   Authors should be able to track their sales in real time, not only because of royalties. If an author can track their sales, they have the immediate ability to see how their marketing affects their sales, and can tailor their promotions accordingly. 

Musa created the Delphi publishing database, software that enables our authors to track their books from submission to publication to royalties, with real-time sales numbers.  
And finally, Musa is committed to not only publishing new talent, but giving our writers, interns, and staff the knowledge and information they need to successfully negotiate the industry. We teach our authors how to promote themselves online and offline, giving them skills that every author from the Big Six to the tiniest micro-press needs in order to sell their books.   With the tremendous sense of community already built among the Musa authors and staff, writers find that they aren't negotiating the book industry all alone, but as a member of a tight-knit Musa family.

Musa is home to debut YA novelists and NYT/USA Today bestselling authors,  award-winning books and literary chapbooks, the latest in speculative fiction to the lost treasures of an American science fiction pioneer—and all at reasonable, affordable prices.  So whether you're an author looking for a home for your latest book, or a reader looking for the best digital fiction without paying an arm and a leg for it, Musa has something for you.

The Directors

Managing Editor - Jeanne De Vita euterpe@musapublishing.com

Jeanne De Vita grew up around romance novels, writers and writing.  Jeanne's mother, USA Today Best-selling author and Musa author, Sharon De Vita, probably still has the first story Jeanne ever wrote.  The story was written on a piece of paper shaped like Santa Claus's head, in the big white space of Santa's beard.  Jeanne attended her first RWA Conference at age 14, thanks to Mom.  Jeanne has a B.A. in English from Iowa State University, where she won several writing scholarships and awards.  She holds the MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame and has taught writing and rhetoric/composition at the college level as well as corporate courses in written communications.  She has worked for a literary journal and spent more than 15 years in private industry before coming to Musa. Jeanne has personally edited and acquired more than 50 books in over two years at Musa, encompassing almost every genre. Jeanne has hired, trained, and mentored several dozen interns and editors, oversees the entire release schedule and staff, and is responsible for the day to day operations at Musa Publishing. When she is not editing, Jeanne writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  She no longer writes on Santa-shaped paper.

IT/Art Director - Kelly Shorten admin@musapublishing.com

Kelly Shorten has over fifteen years of Web/Graphic Design experience under her belt. Besides working as IT/Art Director for Musa Publishing, she also works on independent contracts working with businesses on their promotional and marketing products and with other authors as a webdesigner and cover artist. She has been designing covers and marketing books for authors for over three years. 
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Financial Director - Kerry Mand  kerry@musapublishing.com

Kerry Mand comes to Musa with eight years of business ownership/management. As the Office Manager/Owner for those companies, she was responsible for Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and payroll for employees.  She worked for another publisher as the office manager prior to working at Musa Publishing.

Head Line Editor - Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt has been editing professionally (commercial and freelance) since 2008.  She regularly presents workshops on grammar and style, and is affectionately known to her authors and critique partners as "The Grammar Nazi."  Helen is also an award-winning author of fiction and a licensed attorney.  Her hobbies include yoga, attending her sons' sports and music performances, and extolling the virtues of the Oxford comma.  She lives in Colorado. 

Editorial Director - CA Summers editor@musapublishing.com

Editorial Director CA Summers has been involved in e-publishing as an author, editor, review coordinator, senior editor, and managing editor for over a decade. She studied theater and political science at college in Tennessee, including master class studies in playwriting with the late Dr. Howard Stein, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. First published in high school and now the award-winning author of three plays as well as sixteen novellas and novels, she left her career in professional theater to return to her first loves, writing and publishing, in 2000. As a freelance editor, CA worked at four different houses before her promotion to senior editor at one. She approached the publisher with an idea for a traditional Regency romance imprint, and founded Aurora Regency--which now makes its home at Musa. As the driving force behind the Aurora Regency imprint, she produced over forty historical novels in the imprint's first year.  She then served as the Managing Editor of the e-publisher, before leaving to launch Musa Publishing. To date, CA has edited well over 400 manuscripts, working with nearly two hundred different authors.

At Musa, she created the new Musa shared world project
The Darkside Chronicles in collaboration with Richard C. White, a multi-published Musa author with a strong background in media tie-in work. Because of her love of speculative fiction short stories, she also founded Penumbra eMagazine. The inaugural issue of Penumbra was released on the same day that Musa opened its doors.  CA serves as the Editor-In-Chief of Penumbra, and when she's "off work" can usually be found with her tablet in hand, reading submissions. She doesn't have any hobbies or fun pastimes--save for the two-hour period every day that she spends writing on her own projects, fostering abandoned litters of kittens, and grandbabies. The latter gave her the nickname "Nana" at an absurdly young age.

Head Book Designer - Cera Smith