I am looking for a simple design that can be multi-color, but if such is presented it MUST be able to be reduced to a black & white logo.
Seeing the first couple of logos submitted, I can say that I'd like the image to be able to 'stand alone' as an element. The idea would be to print the logo (image, without accompanying text) on the spine of the books.
With the words, the emphasis should be on 'Monkey House' with 'Publishing' being secondary.
I tend to favor designs that are horizontally aligned with the image on the left and the words to the right, but am open to a vertical alignment as well.
Also, please use a monkey image rather than a gorilla or other great ape -- most people use them interchangeably but there is a distinct difference.
And finally, if the image shows some level of playful character (a smile if focusing on a monkey face, etc.) that is where I am leaning.