Who We Are & What We Are Looking For!
Aesthetic Press is a Full-Service Digital-First Independent Publisher of commercial fiction Novels, Novelettes, & Anthologies. We specialize in Thrillers, Mysteries, Dark Fiction, and books with Dark Humor, Anti-Heroes, & Compelling/Gritty Themes! Aesthetic Press has a commitment to supporting diversity and opening doors for creatives in publishing!
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 diverse literature and if they do it is rarely consistent, but Aesthetic Press is an indie publisher that welcomes diverse work and offers extensive marketing for our titles!
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Aesthetic Press welcomes unsolicited submissions from published and unpublished authors and diverse authors.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 anthologies…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!
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)
Bad Alibi Book Box (Subscription Box Promoting Thriller and Mystery Books)
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 three (3) to 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, Google 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 more than a dozen well-known book blogs and BookTube hosts!
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.
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.
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!
FOREIGN RIGHTS AGENT
We are looking for (1) Foreign Rights Agent to join our wonderful team. We are, Aesthetic Press, a Full-Service independent, diverse, commercial Digital-First publishing company. As a Full-Service company, we are interested in being able to offer our authors representation internationally. It is our goal to support diversity and inclusion within the publishing industry.
Our ideal candidate is looking to represent Adult, Young Adult, and New Adult Thrillers, Mysteries, Dark Fiction and books with Dark Humor and Anti-Heroes. All with commercial and upmarket appeal.
Foreign Rights Agent Responsibilities will include:
Arranging meetings with editors at publishing houses internationally to represent book proposals
Confirm meetings and follow through with publishers once meeting are fulfilled
Communicate in a professional and considerate manner representing diverse authors
Negotiating and Tracking author contracts
Attending Conferences and Events within the publishing industry (This is flexible in the COVID-19 era and can be accomplished virtually)
Commission Pay Only (Above average at 30%)
Sales Record in Publishing
Wonderful communication and writing skills
Attention to detail
Training in Literary Agenting (Completed Job Experience, Internship, and/or Mentorship)
Advanced knowledge of the commercial and upmarket fiction trends, marketplace, and passion for the genres we publish here at Aesthetic Press
English speaking (bi-lingual is a plus, but not required)
Editorial Experience (a plus, but not required)
How to Apply: Send Cover Letter, Resumé, and a list of five (5) favorite dark fiction books with 3-4 sentences for each about why you like them and how you would market them to an editor. Send material to AestheticPressBooks@gmail.com with the Job Title in the Subject Line. 🙂