Crooked Lane Books was founded in 2014 to publish the highest quality crime fiction titles in both print and electronic editions. We accept both agented and unagented submissions.Please familiarize yourself with our line of books and our editorial team before submitting your query letter.


  • We publish novels and an occasional short story collection.
  • We do not publish individual short stories, novellas, or essay collections. We do not consider previously published novels. Additionally, we aren’t likely to consider books in a series where earlier books in the series were self-published without significant sales.
  • We are interested in mystery, thriller, suspense, police procedural, cozies, horror, and true crime.
  • Word count should be between 60,000 and 100,000 words.
  • Please email your query letter and the first two chapters of your book pasted into the body of an email to .
  • Due to the volume of submissions received, we are unfortunately unable to respond to all queries. We will contact you within two weeks if we are interested in reading further.