Our Mission

Genius Book Publishing has a unique opportunity before us. With all that is going on in the world regarding heinous crimes, serial killings, and mass murders, our experts can help put all this turmoil in context. Our true crime authors are able to help the viewers and readers understand these tragedies through their knowledge of psychological and behavioral analysis and law enforcement experience.

Our Editorial Philosophy

For True Crime Authors

We are true crime enthusiasts and want to read amazing books on the subject. We are seeking true crime books that feature good storytelling as well as accurate and unique representations of the facts. We don't want sensationalism; we want the truth in all its awful beauty. And if that means our books don't have easy answers or convenient endings, that's just fine. Sometimes a story needs to be told that has no ending. Not every mystery gets wrapped up within the covers of a book. Life isn't convenient and simple, and neither are the books we publish.

For Other Nonfiction Authors

If you look at our catalog, you'll find a variety of nonfiction outside the true crime genre. To date (Spring 2020), we've been taking on quite a few image-heavy nonfiction projects. Sales, memoirs, music industry projects, coffee table books. Does that mean your nonfiction project has to look like that? No. What we do want you to see is that we're open to a variety of projects. If you think it's a good fit, submit.

For Fiction Authors

Not surprisingly, we also like fiction. We started out as a horror press, and we still have many of those titles under contract. We're interested in a variety of genres, though not everything. Science-fiction, mystery, thriller, horror, some light fantasy, general fiction, all of those are a good fit for us. High fantasy may be a tough sell, unless it's something accessible (think Guy Gavriel Kay). And if you're a romance author, you may need to find a different home. We honestly wouldn't know what to do with it. If you can't tell if your book fits in with this list, contact us and ask. Depending on the project, we're open to quite a bit.

Our Approach to Publishing

Our team of true crime professionals have created some of the best books in the genre. If you have a true crime title, expertise, and research to back it up, we want to consider your book. We partner with our authors for publicity and promotion, seeking media interviews, speaking opportunities, and other public outreach that will benefit the authors, the media, and the readers.

For the media, we bring the best minds in true crime to the readers and viewers with our ready made team of experts. We want to partner with bloggers, podcasters, independent magazines, and national news networks. Media professionals and readers can count on our authors to provide content and commentary to some of the most important cases of today and the most notorious cases of the past.

Our Executive Team

Steven W. Booth, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Steven is an author, artist, publisher, and entrepreneur. He has earned a BA in Economics/Business and a minor in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and a Master's in Teaching from National University. The author of eight novels, he is also an avid oil painter, having created one or two paintings every week since late 2015. Steven lives in Los Angeles with his wife Leya and a revolving collection of cats.

Leya Booth, Chief Operating Officer and Submissions Editor

Leya is an avid fan and consumer of true crime. She has earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, California, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in San Jose, California. She has also earned credentials in general and special education and has worked as a school librarian, special education teacher, and school administrator since 2001. For eleven years, she owned and operated Genius Office Services, a transcribing and editing company. She likes reading children's and young adult fiction as well as true crime topics. Leya and Steven have been married since 2000.

A Brief History

Genius Book Publishing published its first book in September 2011. Since that time, we've published about 45 titles. In 2020, we expect to see accelerated and sustainable growth in our publishing operations. The future is ours! (And we're humble, too.)

Contact Us

We like phone calls: (818) 235-6746

We like emails: leya@geniusbooksinc.com

We like mail: Genius Books, 31858 Castaic Road, #154, Castaic, CA 91384

(We also like cat videos, but really, that's not necessary. Thanks anyway.)