5 markets for mystery writers

Posted on August 10, 2016


cozy cat pressCozy Cat Press is a small, independent publishing company that specializes in producing cozy mystery books. Cozy mysteries feature complex and exciting plots with engaging characters. The main character is typically an amateur sleuth, not a professional law enforcement agent. Cozies are books that do not include lots of blood, gore, and violence.

Query first. Send a brief synopsis of your plot (2-3 paragraphs only) to:  cozycatpress@gmail.com

Word length:  50,000 to 65,000 words


crooked lane booksCrooked Lane Books publishes mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels. From high-concept thrillers and white-knuckled suspense to traditional mysteries and literary crime, they look for driven plots, engaging characters, and stunning twists.

Query first. Send the first five pages of your manuscript and contact information to:  submissions@crookedlanebooks.com


felony and mayhemFelony & Mayhem focuses on intelligent mysteries, publishing only “literary mystery fiction.” They do not publish novellas or short stories.

Query first. Send a brief synopsis and sample chapter to:  submissions@felonyandmayhem.com

Word length:  75,000 words or more

Felony & Mayhem Submission Guidelines


Polis BooksPolis Books is an independent publishing company actively seeking new and established authors for their growing list. They are currently acquiring mysteries, among a list of other genres.

Query first with 3 sample chapters and author biography to:  submissions@polisbooks.com

Word length:  60,000 words or more

Polis Books Submission Guidelines


seventh street booksSeventh Street Books publishes only mystery and thriller fiction. They are not currently looking for short story collections, anthologies, novellas, or nonfiction.

Query first. Send your name, address, telephone number, and a 1-3 paragraph synopsis of your work, along with the manuscript attached as a Word, or RTF file, to:  dmayer@prometheusbooks.com

Seventh Street Books Submission Guidelines

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