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 Lost Hills 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.
How To Submit Your Book to Us
Please send a ONE PAGE (at most) summary of the book and THE FIRST TWENTY FIVE PAGES as a Microsoft Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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We do NOT publish true crime, biographies, science fiction, military fiction, horror, fantasy/paranormal/supernatural, romance, novellas, or short story collections.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.
Do not begin your cover letter with “I am seeking representation for my book…” If you are too lazy, and don’t care enough about making a good impression, to tweak your “I’m-hunting-for-an-agent” form letter to submit your book to us, then we are definitely too busy to read your submission. We are a publishing company, not a literary agency.
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 submitting 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 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-soldier, 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).
We’ve lost patience with the burned out, bordering on alcoholic, homicide detective, who is 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.
We are not interested in any Sherlock Holmes novels, pastisches or spin-offs. There are already a thousand of them out there, and dozens that have been submitted to us, and we doubt there isn’t a relative, friend, neighbor, spouse, merchant, ghost, cat, dog, mouse, or insect, even in the most distant orbit of Holmes, Dr. Watson, or their home who hasn’t already become a detective.
Do not send us a book filled with cliche phrases. We recently received a submission that included this sentence on page one: “He was wet behind the ears and trying to earn brownie points with me.” Two cliches in one sentence. It could have been computer-generated. It’s pure creative laziness. If your manuscript has cliches like “needle in a haystack,” “cool as a cucumber,” “up shit creek without a paddle,” “like a broken record,” “that is the $64,000 question,” “avoided like the plague,” and the like throughout, expect an instant rejection. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Finally, do not resubmit manuscripts to us that we’ve already rejected. We know that seems obvious, but it’s not. We’re stunned by how many writers and agents continue to do this. News flash: we keep a record of every submission, so all you’re doing is wasting your time and ours…and irritating 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.
Rock 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.