Friday, September 6, 2013

New E-Publishing House Launches

Definition House

Today sees the soft launch of a new and innovative e-publisher - Definition House. The company describes itself as an 'offbeat, book-addicted indie publisher' and here's some information all about them.

"We are an independent publisher, utilizing a crowdfunding model. (For more information, you may visit the Kickstarter homepage or see our FAQs.) (additional info from me - by using crowdfunding, Definition House will offer their authors royalties of 60% on ebooks!)

We are looking for strong voices, imagery that draws us in and won’t let go, unique concepts, fresh takes on old ideas, and writing that is true to your story.

What we do and do not accept

We accept both unpublished and previously published authors. We will consider works that have been previously published with other houses; however, you must currently hold the copyright. We will also work with both agented and unagented authors.

Genres we accept

Chick lit,



Erotica (including BDSM and LGBT),

Fantasy (all subgenres, including Dark, Urban, Magic Realism etc.),




NA (19-23 year-old protagonist),


Science Fiction,



YA (16-19 year-old protagonist).

If you aren't sure, drop us a mail and ask. 

Genres we do not accept 

Children’s books, Inspirational, Middle Grade, Non-fiction, Picture books, Poetry, Westerns, War, and any novel that glorifies or condones any of the following: paedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, rape, abuse of any kind, incest, or intolerance based on race, gender or sexual orientation.

Word counts

Short story – under 15,000 words
Novella – 15,000 to 50,000 words
Novel – 50,000 to 120,000 words


How to submit

Please only submit completed manuscripts that have been beta-read and thoroughly polished. For more information on finding a beta-reader, please visit WriteOnCon (critique partner match-up forum) here.

We only accept email queries at this time. The email must include a query letter in the body of the email and a 3-5 page synopsis and your full manuscript as attachments.

Include in the query letter

  • Title of the work
  • Genre
  • Word count
  • Brief description of the work (similar to the back-cover copy/blurb on a print book)
  • Past publishing experience, if applicable
  • Whether or not this is a simultaneous submission
  • Real name and Pen name (if applicable)
  • Contact information (email, phone number, address)

For more information on writing a query letter visit author Nathan Bransford’s blog, here.

Your manuscript must be:

  • Double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • Courier/Times New Roman 12 pt. font
  • .doc, .docx or .rtf
  • Saved as: Name_Title_Genre

After you've read our guidelines and are ready to submit, please email us at

Our response time is currently 8-10 weeks. We do read every submission, and if we pass on a

manuscript we will offer feedback."

Now, you might ask why I'm so enthusiastic and committed to a brand new publisher with no proven track record. Well, probably because I know the two individuals behind it, both professionally and personally. Danielle Fine was the editor for my award-winning debut novel Keir (with Lyrical Press Inc.). After leaving Lyrical, Dani then went on to start her own successful business from scratch as a freelance editor, cover designer and book trailer creator. You can check out her work, credentials and customer testimonials at her website here. Dani was also the editor and cover creator for my short story Terms & Conditions Apply, which went on to be a GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Self Published Star Contest finalist. Dani is totally committed to her authors, putting her heart and soul into their work to polish it to the finest quality. She's already built one business up from nothing, and I have the fullest confidence in her.

The other reason I believe in Definition House? Dani's partner in the company is the talented and super-enthusiastic multi-award winning author Karen Y Bynum. Karen's energy and 101% commitment to everything she does is inspiring. You can find out more about Karen on her blog here.

Plus, 60% royalties on ebooks, excellent quality artwork and editing, AND feedback on your submission? Sounds fab to me. So yes, I absolutely believe in their abilities to make Definition House a publisher to aspire to! Check out their FAQs here.

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