Crooked Lane: Now Accepting Submissions

Written by Emily Harstone

Crooked Lane was established in 2014 as a press specializing in crime books. They have an experienced staff and have managed to publish some well known authors already. They publish a range of mysteries that lean towards the cozy, and they are not opposed to publishing a series of books. You can see their catalog here.

Their distributor is the Legato Publishers Group, a member of the Perseus Books Group. They are also represented by Biagi Literary Management for subsidiary rights licensing in foreign and domestic markets. Their business relationships include Bookspan, home of the US’s largest book clubs, and Blackstone Audio, one of the largest independent audiobook publishers. I really like how upfront they are about the business end of publishing.

They are also upfront about editorial staff. Most came to Crooked Lane from major publishers including Penguin and St. Martin. You can learn more about the staff by going here and scrolling down. It is a truly impressive list.

All submissions should be made via email and include a query letter. Send your query letter as well as the first two chapters of your manuscript. Make sure to include contact information. Because they receive so many submissions they only respond to queries they are interested in. If you haven’t heard from them in two weeks, assume rejection.

You can learn more here.


Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/