I was chatting over email today with writing buddy Rosen Trethivick about Kindles, ebooks and the joy of self-publishing (well, editing and formatting at this stage of the game). She asked me about my ebooks and I mentioned my e-publisher Musa.
Having passed on some useful info about KDP Select, she asked me, not unreasonably, what it is that Musa does for me. I mean, let’s face it, other organisations are falling over themselves to help writers do everything independently.
I pondered that for a minute and realised that Musa do much the same as a paperback publisher, and perhaps a little bit more.
– They consider submissions on merit and they have an electronic process for their contracts.
– They edit intensely and request revisions where necessary. They’re not out to make friends, just good authors. (The friendship part comes later.)
– They create cover artwork in consultation with the author, starting with the author’s ideas.
– They create, market and sell ebooks. (And plenty of them now.)
– They enable all their authors to access monthly statements online and any royalties due are paid electronically each month.
– They maintain a vibrant writing community.
– They share marketing ideas for authors and they fly the flag for your other books too. (That’s right – the ones with other publishers.)
Now, it won’t have escaped your attention that I’m either very flexible in my approach to writing or else I have one face too many, seeing as how I’ve decided to self-publish Covenant. True, on both counts. 
I did consider approaching Musa with Covenant, as it has a flourishing fantasy imprint. But I wanted to see Covenant in paperback and I wanted it to remain, as written, in British English. However, I was so impressed with their handling of The Silent Hills that they’re publishing my first tween / YA book, The Superhero Club, through their Euterpe imprint in November.

And just in case you were wondering, here’s the Musa story in their own words.


  1. That's very interesting. So basically, they take lots of the 'chores' off you, so that you can focus on writing – very appealing.

    Also, there's no degree of risk for you when it comes to editing, because they cover the costs. I pay an editor, but it's always a gamble trying to work out whether a book will do well enough to make it worth having it edited.

  2. Derek says:

    Hi Rosen, I think every approach to getting published has its advantages and disadvantages. There's probably a good ebook in that, somewhere. Maybe that's why I intend to try them all!

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