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Submissions and Queries

Genius Books is currently open for submissions. We’re looking for completed, deliverable, English-language novels, novellas, and nonfiction works over 30,000 words. At this time, we are not accepting submissions of works shorter than 30,000 words. Please make sure your manuscript is completely edited by an editor (no self-edited manuscripts, please). It should be proofread but doesn't need to be perfect. 

At this time, our publishing calendar for 2016 is full, and we are only considering submissions for 2017 and beyond. 

If your book is one of the following genres, we are interested:

  • True crime nonfiction
  • Horror and dark fiction (we are particularly seeking werewolf fiction)
  • Speculative and/or cross-genre mysteries and private detective fiction
  • Space adventures, space opera, and other science fiction
  • Speculative and/or cross-genre action-adventure fiction

We favor fiction that uses humor well. We also look for well-rounded world-building across all genres. 

If you are an established author with previously published backlist titles in any of the areas mentioned above, Genius Books is interested in republishing your books, particularly if they are series or related titles. Let us help you find a new audience.

Genius Books offers a 50/50 net royalty split, no advance. We are willing to negotiate this under some circumstances.

Send your cover letter, synopsis, first chapter, and contact information to: attn: Steven


Genius Books
PO Box 17752
Encino, CA 91416

You should receive a response to your query within a day or two. If we ask for your manuscript, please send it as a MS Word DOC or DOCX format, RTF, or Pages. If you have something more exotic, let us know first. Please no PDFs.

We look forward to hearing from you.