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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Aesthetic Press welcomes unsolicited submissions from published and unpublished authors and diverse authors.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) novels. 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!


  • 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%!


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).
  • Submit your materials HERE on Duotrope or via emai to: [email protected] (if you chose to email your sub format your email subject like “QUERY – PROJECT TITLE – YOUR NAME”)

Category: Fiction
File types: .doc, .docx, .pages, .pdf, .rtf
Number of Pieces: 1
Anonymous submissions are not required.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Reprints are allowed. (We only accept reprints if you have ownership of your publishing rights.)
Multiple entries are allowed.

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