Down & Out Books Submissions

Down & Out Books is currently CLOSED for submissions. Any submissions received at this time will not be considered.

Down & Out Books is an award-winning independent publisher of crime fiction. We give the highest priority for consideration to authors who submit exclusively to us. We prefer stand-alones or first-in-series books of 60,000 to 90,000 words, though will also consider novella-length books and later-in-series books especially if you own the rights to the earlier books.

We will respond with a request for more information if we are interested. We are committed to responding to all submissions within eight weeks of receipt; if you have not heard from us, please feel free to follow-up.

Genres we consider include:
• Mystery
• Suspense
• Thriller
• Noir
• Police Procedural

Genres we will not consider include:
• Traditional (Cozy)
• Romantic Suspense
• Non-Fiction or True Crime

Submission requirements for Down & Out Books (via e-mail only to
• In the message include a detailed synopsis of the book, genre, word count, a short author biography including where you live, whether or not it is a stand-alone or series book (and if series, the number in the series), and if not submitted exclusively to Down & Out Books a list of other publishers to which the book has been submitted. If you are an agent submitting on behalf of an author, please indicate this.
• As an attachment, the first 30 pages of the book (double-spaced) as a Word .doc or .docx file. (Do not send the entire book.)

Thank you for considering Down & Out Books as your publisher.