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Traditional Publishing

All of the authors featured on our website are published 'traditionally' under the Temple Dark Books label. This means that we have not received money from them to fund the publication and dissemination of their work. When we sign an author, we cover the costs of cover art design, cover build, editing, proofreading, formatting, typesetting and more. And then we cover the costs of sales, distribution, marketing, and anything else involved in pursuing our goal of bringing the works of these authors to an ever-increasing audience. Our authors are paid royalties based on sales of their work.

If you are thinking of self-publishing your work, our sister company, Temple Dark Studios, might be right for you. Click below to explore their services.

Who Do We Publish?

The short answer to this is 'nobody'. We publish books, not people. It was our goal from the start that submissions would not be judged by the social media presence of their authors, but instead by the quality of the writing and - most importantly - by whether or not we enjoyed the stories submitted to us. We don't care what colour you are, how you identify, what's in between your legs or who you like to get it on with - these things are irrelevant to us. You will be judged by your writing.

Of course, as the old saying goes, we can only publish what we receive, and the works we have published to date and the authors we have signed are indicative of 1) the works submitted to us; 2) our enjoyment of a selection of those works; and 3) the faith in us shown by their respective authors.

We are eternally grateful for the authors who have helped us plant our seeds in this well-ploughed soil. They are the reason Temple Dark Books exists, and why it continues to grow. We hope one day that many more will join us, and we can reward them greatly for that faith.


We are currently ​a small operation, and as such cannot commit to taking on many authors. We don't want to flood our catalogue with works we cannot find time to promote, to the extent that we simply disappoint those who have already joined us. Our catalogue may seem small, but we are very busy working with our authors to prepare their upcoming titles and to promote their related works; and our Channel The Dark anthology also keeps us on our toes.

Yet, despite having our submissions window for full-length novels currently closed, the back door is still ajar - in the form of our submissions for Channel The Dark. We encourage authors who have yet to make their mark (and even those who have) to submit their short stories and poetry to these ongoing volumes, profits from which go directly to mental health and suicide prevention services. You can find more information about CTD here.

We should make it clear that we will prioritise writers who have expressed their support for our label, through such activity as purchases and reviews (especially reviews), and interaction with our social media channels in terms of liking, commenting, and sharing posts. This will ensure that our authors' community grows in a recpirocal manner, supporting each others' burgeoning careers.

Thank you for considering us as you follow your dreams of publication, and please sign up to our mailing list to keep yourself apprised of our activities in this regard. Do not be disheartened by rejections and criticism along the way. Everything is part of the learning process. Remember what Thomas Wayne said to his son: "Why do we fall, Bruce? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up." Or as Denzel Washington said, "Fall down seven times, get up eight."

Forward. Always.

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