Researching how to publish a mystery novel is not difficult, but it can be intimidating and time consuming. Remain diligent and committed enough to follow through on what you've learned, and use Web tools available to even the most inexperienced author to demystify your quest to publish a mystery novel.
Once your manuscript is written, edited and polished to the best of your ability, you're ready for the next steps. There are many publishing companies that publish mystery novels, but you should consider all avenues and find the one that works best for you:
1. Traditional mystery novel publishers generally accept solicited agent material. Unsolicited material received from authors is not considered. Research using industry books such as the "Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents."
2. E-book mystery book publishers welcome new and already published authors, without requiring agent representation.
3. Vanity presses and self-publishing give an author the most freedom in publishing a mystery novel.
Submit your unagented manuscript to detail-oriented publishers of mystery novelsThe mystery genre includes thrillers, crime, and suspense novels, as well as remaining the umbrella for cozies, capers, hard-boileds, noirs, police procedurals, amateur sleuths, and romantic suspense. The genre's variety makes it popular for publishing houses at every level, and new writers can benefit from publishing with smaller presses and saving themselves an agent's fee. Just be prepared to meet exacting submission, manuscript content and formatting requirements.
Search for mystery book publishers using publisher databasesMystery is a popular novel category and, with sub-genres expanding, the number of publishers is also increasing. It's important to know where your novel fits best so you spend your time in the most productive manner. You may start your search looking at well-known presses, but end up publishing a mystery novel as an e-book with a relatively unknown company.
Locate smaller mystery novel publishers, e-book publishers open to new authorsGetting caught in the catch-22 of locating the perfect publisher for your manuscript to discover they only seek work from published authors is frustrating. Persist in your research. The mystery book publisher for your novel is out there, and may offer non-traditional publication in the form of an e-book.
- The mystery novel publishing market is competitive, so don't get frustrated with negative responses when you know you have a strong manuscript. Use the Web's many resources to prepare your manuscript and query: genre-based author sites, general and specialized e-mail loops and blogs and peer editing boards.