Written by Emily Harstone

Important: Read This Before Submitting Your Manuscript

Seven common manuscript submissions mistakes that are very easy to avoid

Seventh Street Books started out as the mystery imprint of the established nonfiction publisher Prometheus Books. But they were recently sold and are now an imprint of Start Media.

They publish only mystery and thrillers, but are open to a variety of sub-genres, including legal thrillers.

Seventh Street Books has a memorable tag line: “Where fiction is a crime”.

Seventh Street Books has only been around since 2012 but they have published a number of best-selling and critically acclaimed books in that period of time. These books include The Bookseller: The First Hugo Marston NovelThe Cold Cold Ground, and Hammett Unwritten.

They like publishing individual books and series that contain well developed and memorable characters.

Their website is easy to navigate and professional. But it needs updating. It still lists that they are an imprint of Prometheus. It still lists that they are in their fifth year, when they are in fact in their sixth.

Also all of the titles they list as forthcoming have already been published, which is not a good sign. However, I looked up these books on Amazon and all seem to have sold a fair number of copies and have a decent number of positive reviews. Still, I see this as an indicator to proceed with caution.

Their covers are intriguing and well designed. To get a better idea of what they have previously published you can browse their catalog.

They only accept submissions via email. Your email should include your name, address, telephone number, and an up to three paragraph synopsis of your work. The manuscript should be completed and attached as a Word or RTF file. New authors and authors without agents should include the full manuscript.

To learn more about their submission guidelines, visit them here

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