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AESTHETIC PRESS



Who We Are & What We Are Looking For!


Aesthetic Press is a Full-Service Independent Publisher of commercial fiction Novels, Novelettes, & Anthologies. We specialize in Thrillers, Mysteries, Dark Humor, Anti-Heroes, & Compelling Literature with a commitment to supporting diversity and opening doors for creatives!

In the field of publishing black and brown authors are underrepresented and underutilized. There are few fields, avenues, and companies which seek literature from BIPOC authors and Literature and if they do it is rarely consistent, but now there is an indie publisher who welcomes diverse work!

We seek to serve, nurture, cater to a long forgotten, abandoned, underrepresented market of imaginative, diverse artists. 81% of all authors published in America are white. 79% of all people who work in the publishing industry are white. “Publishing So White” is a real thing and is a real concern for the hundreds of thousands of underrepresented authors with stories to tell that have commercial potential to make their voices heard and get their art seen. 

Aesthetic Press welcomes unsolicited submissions from published and unpublished authors and diverse authors. We are looking for: commercial, upmarket fiction (fiction only) in the form of novels, novelettes, and novellas. We accept Adult, Young Adult, and New Adult. We are particularly interested in compelling storylines/characters, anti-heroes, thrillers, psychological thrillers, dark, dark humor, emotional, drama (even elaborate/absurd drama), mysteries, murder mysteries, super villains, dystopian, forbidden romance, dark romance, stories that reflect reality/current events/social justice, reality bending tales, quirky, academia, historical/period, stories with series potential, single author anthologiesā€¦all genres and themes are welcome and will be considered, but the listed ones are our absolute favorites!

Aesthetic Press launches January 1, 2022 and is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS NOW!

Follow Aesthetic Press: @AestheticPress1 (Twitter) & @AestheticPressBooks (IG)


Our Marketing Partners


Emma Cogan (YouTuber/Host)
Jonathan James (Daily Dead Magazine – Circulation 120,000+)
XPresso Book Tours (Book Tour Company)
Caffeine Book Tours (Book Tour Company)
Dark Between Pages (Book Podcaster/Author Interviewer)
BookTubers: (One Page at a Time, BooksWith Bonnie, & Lauren Sevier)


What You Can Expect Being Published by Aesthetic Press


From submission to release, we want to guide you and your book every step of the way to the greatest success! It is our goal to publish five (5) standout books during our first year in operation during this time expect to have the freedom to engage in a back-and-forth discussion over the edits done to your manuscript and your customized cover design!

We will publish simultaneous Paperback and E-Book editions of your book to Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, Apple Books, and KOBO. We will market your book through extensive paid promotion and advertisement, campaigns on Instagram and Facebook, virtual Cover Reveal events, a wide-spread virtual book/author book tour spanning dozens of well-known book blogs and BookTube!

We will also advocate for the books we publish to film producers, film directors, studios, networks, and theaters around the world to try and sell the movie/adaptation rights to your story to get it adapted into a movie, television, or stage play production!

We offer generous royalties for our authors at 50%!

*We do not pay advances…yet.


Submission Guidelines


Authors with or without an agent can submit!

Include in your QUERY Submission:

Query Letter w/Manuscript word count, Genre, and Comparative Work (at least two other books that are similar to your manuscript).

The first Three (3) Chapters (or first 50 pages) of your manuscript (DO NOT ATTACH as a file attachments to the email, instead paste the pages in the email itself – We DO NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS – ANY SUBS WITH ATTACHMENTS WILL BE DELETED).

Please include your name, email address, and contact info and a summary of previous publications/awards, recognition for your work by institutions or other parties.

A story synopsis of 1000 words max with spoilers and everything! (I know its hard, but literally summarize your whole story in 1000 words or less…spoilers and all).

Send your submission to: AestheticPressBooks@gmail.com (format your email subject like “QUERY – PROJECT TITLE – YOUR NAME”)

*We try to respond with personal responses to all submissions (that follow the guidelines) within six-eight weeks.


Our Founder


Ivana Sanders is the Author of the Young Adult Thriller duology, The Beckwith Brothers, Editor of EDGE: A Killer Thriller Anthology, Book Blogger, Author Interview Series Host, and a Graduate Student studying Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. Ivana is the creator and founder of Aesthetic Press. She has been working as a Freelancer in the publishing industry for several years as both a Book Tour Organizer, Book Cover Designer, and Cinematic Style Book Trailer Creator.

Ivana’s interest in literature and fiction started early and she has been both a book lover and film lover for as long as she could remember. She is inspired by stories that are compelling and books that are “unputdownable” and seeks to be a creator and curator of great works of art!

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Follow Ivana: @TheNovelette (Twitter) & @TheNovelette1 (IG)


OPEN CONTESTS


Developmental Stage Publishing Contest ~ $10

Aesthetic Press is a Full-Service Independent Publisher of commercial fiction Novels, Novelettes, & Anthologies. Specializing in Thrillers, Mysteries, Dark Humor, Anti-Heroes, & Compelling Literature with a commitment to supporting diversity and opening doors for creatives!

Aesthetic Press welcomes unsolicited submissions from published and unpublished authors and diverse authors. We open for submissions in 2021, but this contest will allow authors and writers who are merely at the concept stage of writing their books to apply for a chance to be published and secure a full publishing contract while they continue writing and developing their idea!

As long as you have a partial manuscript (aka the first 50 pages) you can apply!

We are looking for: commercial, upmarket fiction (fiction only) intended to be developed into full novels (word count 60,000 – 100,000).

We accept Adult, Young Adult, and New Adult.

We are particularly interested in compelling storylines/characters, anti-heroes, thrillers, psychological thrillers, dark, dark humor, emotional, drama (even elaborate/absurd drama), mysteries, murder mysteries, super villains, dystopian, forbidden romance, dark romance, stories that reflect reality/current events/social justice, reality bending tales, quirky, academia, historical/period, stories with series potential, single author anthologiesā€¦all genres and themes are welcome and will be considered, but the listed ones are our absolute favorites!

What We Are Offering:

From submission to release, we want to guide you and your book every step of the way to the greatest success!

Expect to have the freedom to engage in a back-and-forth discussion over the developmental edits done to your manuscript and your customized cover design!

We will publish simultaneous Paperback and E-Book editions of your book to Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, Apple Books, and KOBO.

We will market your book through targeted extensive paid promotion and advertisement on Instagram and Facebook

Virtual Cover Reveal events/ads

A wide-spread virtual book/author tour (with a book review tour on Bookstagram and book blogs as well as an author interview with an AuthorTuber)

We will also advocate for the books we publish to film producers, film directors, studios, networks, and theaters around the world to try and sell the movie/adaptation rights to your story to get it adapted into a movie, television, or stage play production!

We offer generous royalties for our authors at 50%!

How To Submit to the Developmental Stage Publishing Contest (ONLY)

Authors with or without an agent can submit!

Include in your submission:

Query Letter w/current Manuscript word count, Genre, and Comparative Work (at least two other books that are similar to your manuscript).

The first 50 pages of your manuscript

Please include your name, email address, and contact info and a summary of previous publications/awards, recognition for your work by institutions or other parties.

A story synopsis of 1000 words max with spoilers and everything! (I know its hard, but literally summarize your whole story in 1000 words or less).

SUBMISSION FEE: $10

DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2021

SUBMIT HERE on our Duotrope page!

Happy Writing!

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