Great ePublishers who want your work NOW by Pema Donyo


Great ePublishers who want your work NOW

By Pema Donyo 

For authors still in the process of seeking a literary agent or willing to forgo one completely, you don't necessarily have to turn to self-publishing to see your work published. Though I've read quite a few awesome self-published works, there's also a lot more time and money spent on self-publishing versus ePublishing. Royalties for ePublishers are more generous than traditional publishers, but still offer your work rounds of editing, in-house marketing, and a beautiful cover. Often, if an eBook sells well, the ePublisher will take the book to traditional print. One of the downsides to ePublishing is that the best-selling genre for eBooks is definitely romance, and that's what a lot of these publishers specialize in - with the exception of Samhain! I compiled a short list of a few great ePublishers who accept unsolicited submissions:

Entangled Publishing - Stunning covers, bestselling books, terrific marketing. They've broken into pretty much every romance category, even Middle Grade and New Adult. One of the authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout, received a TV series offer for the Lux series she's published through Entangled. Some books are published as digital-first. For the ones who do make it into print, Macmillan is the distributor for Entangled's print novels.  Submission information here.
8117Carina Press - One of the awesome parts about ePublishing is that your book will never go out of print. It can always be ordered again through the publisher's website or through a third-party distributor. Many Harlequin romances have gone out of print since publication, but that won't happen with Harlequin's eBook imprint Carina Press. Again, high-quality covers and extensive marketing.  Submission information here.
Astraea Press -  The owner, Stephanie Taylor, responds to all author concerns within a few days. My personal experience with Astraea Press has been professional and up-front. Any time I had a question about the publishing process or wanted an update, Stephanie e-mailed me and made sure my question was answered. Astraea's different than the other publishers on this list. They only publish clean novels, so no swearing or sex scenes are allowed. All authors are represented by L. Perkins Agency for foreign rights and audio.  
Submission information here.

Avon Romance - I haven't heard about a lot of manuscript requests from the Avon Impulse imprint, but Avon Books have great visibility and professional covers. Avon's definitely worth a query. They're also been publishing quite a few New Adult novels lately, like Cora Carmack's. It's great to know some of the bigger publishers are welcoming New Adult novels and finally noticing their selling power. Several of the authors have moved from the Avon Impulse (eBook) list to the Avon Romance (print) list.  Submission information here.
 
Samhain Publishing - Samhain has three major lines: Romance, Retro Romance, and Horror. Romance includes original works, while Retro Romance publishes digital reprints of any romance novel published in the 70's, 80's, or 90's. I think the horror line's awesome, just because most ePublishers stick with strictly romance. 
Submission information here.
 
NOTE: A lot of ePublishers start up quickly and finish quickly, so it's important you do a background check on the publisher's history. Entranced Publishing started off as a promising ePublisher, but within two years Entranced closed in a completely unprofessional way. I recommend always checking AbsoluteWrite's Beware section for more information about your ePublisher before signing any contract.


About the Author:

Pema Donyo is a coffee-fueled college student by day and a creative writer by night. She currently lives in sunny Southern California, where any temperature less than 70 degrees is freezing and flip-flops never go out of season. As a rising sophomore at Claremont McKenna, she’s still working on mastering that delicate balance between finishing homework, meeting publisher deadlines, and… college. 

Website: pemadonyo.wordpress.com

 
Her debut novel, The Innocent Assassins, is signed for publication with Astraea Press in June 2014. Catch up with her latest release information or writerly musings on her blog. 
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