Down & Out Books Submissions: Currently CLOSED

We’ve temporarily stepped away to investigate some mysterious happenings in the neighborhood so for now submissions are currently CLOSED. Manuscripts submitted at this time will not be considered. We do expect to reopen submissions on February 1st, 2018.

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 (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.