Submissions

MUSA SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Musa is a digital (ebook), royalty-paying small publisher.


ONLINE Submissions Form

The form will include a query letter, a synopsis of your story and the first twenty pages of your manuscript.

If we like what we see, we will request your entire story in standard electronic manuscript format (1 inch margins-top, bottom, and sides; 12 pt Times New Roman font, double spaced, non-justified right margin)


Developmental Editors

These are Musa editors who acquire their own manuscripts. You can submit to one of these editors directly by listing them as the referrer in the Submission Form.

Helen Hardt: Helen has been editing professionally since 2008. Several of the books she has edited have gone on to become award winners. She specializes in romance (any genre, orientation, or heat level) and erotica and is especially interested in acquiring menage erotic romance. She also acquires literary fiction, young adult fiction, speculative fiction, and GLBT fiction for Musa. Submit via the Musa Submissions Form and Helen as the referrer.

Jeanne De Vita is the Managing Director of Musa Publishing.  She acquires manuscripts in just about every genre--she is drawn to strong stories, unique characters, and engaging settings.  She welcomes work from unpublished authors as well as established writers. Jeanne prefers longer novellas-to books under 100,000 words. She would love to see more of the following (in no particular order):
  • GLBTQ fiction
  • horror, paranormal, psychological suspense, mystery
  • 'contemporary' historical fiction--1900-present
  • literary fiction
  • lesbian erotica
Please use Musa's online submission form and list Jeanne as the referrer. You may also want to follow Jeanne on Twitter where she frequently tweets editing tips and tips for writers @mermaidjeanne. 

Angela Kelly has been with Musa Publishing since 2011. Angela has a wide variety of reading interests and acquires manuscripts in almost every genre, including YA and Romance. Angela seeks good stories with strong and interesting characters, stories that she can believe in. Fantasy, horror, paranormal, mystery, thriller/suspense, science fiction, romance, YA...all are welcome as long as she connects with your characters and story in such a way that she doesn't want to see it end.

To submit to Angela, please use Musa's Submissions Form and list Angela as the referrer.

Damien Angelica Walters has been with Musa Publishing since 2013. She was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction magazine, Electric Velocipede until the magazine’s closing in 2013. She’s also a staff writer with BooklifeNow, the online companion to Jeff VanderMeer’s Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer, and an accomplished writer of speculative short fiction, with work appearing in magazines such as Lightspeed, Apex, Shimmer, Strange Horizons, and others.

She’s interested in literary fiction with a strong voice and compelling characters, suspense/thriller, and paranormal/horror, but she prefers a literary style, not slash and gore. No vampires or zombies, please. She’s had her fill.

She’s also interested in QUILTBAG, YA, and mystery. Again, she’s looking for a strong voice and a literary storytelling style.

To submit to Damien, please use Musa's Submissions Form and list Damien as the referrer.


THE DARKSIDE CODEX

The Darkside Codex is a shared world project that will begin publication in the summer of 2013.

The Darkside Codex is seeking stories from 35,000 to 100,000 words in the grand tradition of shared world projects like Thieves World, Borderlands, and The Fleet. We are looking for stories in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, horror, romance, paranormal, and noir in combination with the steampunk foundations of the world. .Musa will provide interested authors with an extensive bible of backstory, history, and information necessary to the uniform creation of the world.

Questions about the project and requests for the world bible can be sent to the attention of CA Summers at editor@musapublishing.com.

GUIDELINES

WHAT MUSA IS LOOKING FOR

Musa is a digital (ebook), royalty-paying small publisher. Musa does not charge fees for set up, printing, or anything else. Money flows to the author, not the other way around. Musa Publishing has a zero tolerance policy toward plagiarism. This includes fan fiction of any sort--disguised or not.

Musa will consider submissions from 15,000 words to epic novel for all imprints.

We will consider reprints to rights reverted stories. We do not accept multiple submissions. We will publish all books electronically.

WHAT MUSA IS NOT LOOKING FOR

Musa absolutely will not publish any stories that include the following:

Pedophilia
Incest (unless a historical set in an ancient setting like Egypt or some fantasy stories)
Necrophilia (this doesn't apply to the Undead—like vampires)
Gratuitous rape or rape intended to titillate (rape as necessary for the plot and presented in a non-titillating fashion will be considered)
Snuff
Scat or golden showers
Bestiality (shapeshifters in human form is okay)
Material that discriminates or displays extreme prejudice against another race, gender or sexual orientation
Retooled or blatant fan fiction


If you have any questions about the submissions process, please email us at euterpe@musapublishing.com or send the question through our help desk feature on our website.