About Us

The Story Plant was founded in 2008 by two long-term industry professionals, Lou Aronica and Peter Miller. From the start, the company has been dedicated to publishing quality fiction and to developing authors. Though we’re always trying to improve, we feel that we’ve delivered on both. Our books regularly receive rave reviews (click on any of our titles to check for yourself) and since our launch, nearly a third of our novels have appeared in the top 100 of one major bestseller list or another – and often several at once.

In 2013, The Story Plant was acquired by Studio Digital CT, LLC, a limited liability company headed by Lou Aronica. With this, Mitchell Maxwell came on board to add his unparalleled blend of creativity, passion, and business acumen.

The Story Plant has an absolute dedication to its authors. Both Aronica and Maxwell are novelists as well, and they understand the desires, needs, and insecurities of writers at the most personal level. We want The Story Plant to be a good home for those who write for us, and we want it to be a place where readers can be assured that everyone involved in bringing these books to them cares deeply about what they’re doing.

We’re very interested in hearing from our readers. You can reach us at thestoryplant@thestoryplant.com.

To submit a manuscript to The Story Plant, please query Lou Aronica at lou.aronica@thestoryplant.com. Please keep in mind that, right now, The Story Plant is only publishing fiction.


Who Are We?

Lou Aronica

Lou Aronica, President and Publisher, has more than thirty-five years of high-level experience in the book business. He was Publisher of two of the industry’s largest imprints, Avon Books and Berkley Books, and Deputy Publisher of a third, Bantam Books. As a writer, he is the author of twenty-four books, including the New York Times nonfiction bestsellers The Element and Finding Your Element (with Ken Robinson), and the nonfiction national bestseller The Culture Code (with Clotaire Rapaille), the USA Today bestselling novel The Forever Year, and the national bestselling novel Blue. Lou is also former president of Novelists Inc.

You can reach Lou here.

Mitchell Maxwell

Mitchell Maxwell, Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Business Development, has built five entertainment companies and has owned and operated three off-Broadway theaters. A thirty-five-year veteran of the entertainment industry, he has produced seven Broadway shows, more than thirty off-Broadway and regional productions, four national tours, three West End productions and six major motion pictures. He has directed in New York, London, and regionally. His productions have been nominated for – and won – almost every theatrical award including the Tony, Pulitzer, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie and Ovation awards. He is also a novelist. The Story Plant has published his novel Little Did I Know and his next, On Second Thought, will be coming from The Story Plant soon.

You can reach Mitchell here.

Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown is our Marketing Manager. When a fireman or a policeman would visit his school, most of his classmates’ heads would swim with aspirations of growing up and catching bad guys or saving someone from a blazing inferno. When these moments came for Aaron Brown, however, his dreams weren’t to someday be a cop or put out fires; he just wanted to write about it. And his dream of telling stories on a grand scale came to fruition with the release of his first book, The Shepherd, under the pen name Ethan Cross. The Shepherd went on to become an international bestseller published in several countries and languages. Aaron followed this up with The Prophet, The Cage, Callsign: Knight, and Blind Justice. His latest book is the third installment of the Shepherd series coming from the Story Plant in Summer 2014.

In addition to writing and working in the publishing industry, Aaron has also served as the Chief Technology Officer for a national franchise, recorded albums and opened for national recording artists as lead singer and guitar player in a musical group, and been an active and highly involved member of the International Thriller Writers organization. Aaron lives and writes in Illinois with his wife, three kids, and two Shih Tzus.

You can reach Aaron here.



Our Partners

The Story Plant is distributed by:
National Book Network
4501 Forbes Boulevard
Suite 200
Lanham, MD 20706

Foreign Rights Information
For information on obtaining translation rights for our titles, contact our agents listed below. For languages not found below and all other rights inquiries, please contact Jessica Schmidt, Director of Sales & Subsidiary Rights, Jessica.schmidt@thestoryplant.com.

Thomas Schlueck GmbH
Franka Zastrow
Jahnstraße 7 / RGB
D-80469 Muenchen
dirTel: 089-50 07 70 85
Skype: frankazastrow
Email: f.zastrow@schlueckagent.com


The Netherlands & Scandinavia
Sebes & Van Gelderen Literary Agency
Paul Sebes
Jeanine Langenberg
1016 BP, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: 31 (020) 616-0940
Fax: 31 (020) 618-0843


Duran Kim Agency
Duran Kim
2F Taeyang Building
1586-5 Seocho-dong,
Seoul 137-070, Korea
Tel: +82-2-583-5724
Fax: +82-2-584-5724


Japan Uni Agency
Miko Yamanouchi
Tokyodo Jinbocho No. 2 Bldg.
1-27 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 101-0051 Japan
Phone: +81 3 3295 0301
Fax: +81 3 3294 5173



John Moore
Media Solutions
2-5-8 Hiratsuka,
Shingagwa-Ku, Tokyo 142-0051
Ph: +81 090 6038 9201

The Story Plant is a member of the Association of American Publishers.






The Story Plant is an associate member of the American Booksellers Association.

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