We created a publishing house that answered our questions, questions we knew a lot of other authors, editors, and artists were asking. A publishing house can offer near-total transparency to its authors. 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.
The desire for transparency shaped the decision to have our contracts available on-line for authors to peruse before querying us. The contracts have been vetted by authors and agents, watchdog sites and attorneys.
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 Book Details database, software that enables our authors to track their books from submission to publication to royalties.
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 authors and staff, writers find that they aren't negotiating the book industry all alone, but as a member of a tight-knit family.
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 DirectorsManaging Editor - firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - email@example.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. View Portfolio
Financial Director - firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
Head Book Designer - Cera Smith