Who is Brash Books?

In the beginning

We were founded by international men of mystery Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman, both Edgar-Award nominated, bestselling authors. Lee is the writer/producer of many successful TV series (including Diagnosis Murder and Monk) and is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 novels, including the True Fiction and the first five Fox & O’Hare books with Janet Evanovich. Joel traded his career as a practicing trial attorney to write the hugely successful and award-winning Lou Mason, Jack Davis, and Alex Stone thriller series. Together, these two golden boys share a passion for great crime novels – which led them to start their own publishing company.

Why We Are Here

We publish the books that we love – the widely-acclaimed, award-winning novels that have inspired, entertained, and wowed countless readers as well as today’s bestselling authors of thrillers and mysteries. We also publish innovative whodunits, espionage adventures and novels of suspense from well-established authors and exciting, new voices in crime fiction.

We Are Open for Submissions

Please send a ONE PAGE (at most) summary of the book and THE FIRST TWENTY FIVE PAGES as a Microsoft Word document to brashbooks@gmail.com. If we like the sample, we’ll request the entire manuscript. Do not send us the entire manuscript unless we ask for it.

We publish the best crime novels in existence — thrillers, whodunits, cozies, psychological suspense, espionage, and police procedurals. 

We do NOT publish true crime, biographies, science fiction, horror, fantasy, romance, novellas, or short story collections.

Do not send us your self-published books. We are not interested in repackaging and republishing books that are already in print.

We’re totally burned out on serial killer stories — so unless you’ve found an incredibly fresh and original new take on the tropes of the genre, don’t bother submiting your novel to us (and yes, we really mean it. If your novel is yet another story about a serial killer stalking prostitutes, or nuns, or priests, or sorority girls, etc. it’s an instant rejection) . Serial killers have been done to death in books, movies, and especially TV shows. There have been 314+ episodes of Criminal Minds alone, so odds are your serial killer was done on the show last week.

We’re also tired of private eye novels. We already have several great, award-winning private eye series on our list, so yours would have to break the mold and create a new one for us to be interested in it (if your book is about a burned-out, bordering-on-alcoholic, haunted-by-the-past PI, usually an ex-cop or ex-reporter, working out of a shabby office when a beautiful woman walks in the door with a new case, not only will we reject the book, we might even kill ourselves).

Finally, we’ve lost patience with the burned out, bordering on the alcoholic, homicide detective (usually divorced or widowed, often haunted by either the death of his partner or a serial killer case that extracted a huge emotional toll on him) who takes on a murder case while bucking his disapproving, unappreciative superiors. We’ve read and loved all of the Harry Bosch and John Rebus books just like you have — so unless you’ve got a fresh approach that Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin haven’t tried, you’re wasting your time sending your police procedural to us.

So what are we looking for?

We publish new, never-before-published novels that range in length from 60,000-80,000 words. On rare occasions, we’ll publish something longer, but never anything shorter. If your book clocks in at over 100,000 words,  it’s very unlikely to find a home with us without substantial editing. We are drawn to novels that open fast, not with a big exposition dump, and are written with a distinct and compelling narrative voice. It’s important now, more than ever, to grab readers from the get-go.

Our publishing company is called Brash, and that attitude is reflected in our books. We are looking for material that doesn’t feel tired and familiar, that doesn’t just repeat cliches and old tropes but finds a new spin on them. If you’re sending us a cozy, we aren’t looking for another single, town librarian or florist who solves crimes with the help of her adorable cat and colorful grandmother…and falls in love with the local cop. For example, we published Milicent LeSueur, a cozy about a homeless, schizophrenic woman who solves a murder in a small town. While it’s definitely a cozy, its not one likely to be adapted into a Hallmark Movie any time soon.
We want novels that take a innovative, fresh, startling, unusual, brash approach to the crime novel. Good examples of that on our list, among the titles old (reprints) and new (never-before-published), are True Grift, Bonita Faye, Atlanta Deathwatch, Koreatown Blues, For the Dignified Dead, Blanche on the Lam and Double Wide.



logowearRock Your Brash Style

Our founders Lee Goldberg & Joel Goldman always wear Brash logo shirts, polos, and sweaters at conferences. So many people have asked Lee & Joel where they can get their own Brash logo-wear that we’ve opened our own store. Now you can be brash, too! You can see the full selection of Brash logo wear here.