Monday, November 7, 2022

Level Best Books seeks genre fiction and crime-related nonfiction

Never Try to Catch a Falling Knife
by Skye Alexander
published by Level Best Books

Level Best Books

18100 Windsor Hill Rd
Olney, MD  20832

Level Best Books publishes contemporary and historical crime fiction and Young Adult Fiction.

Their Historia imprint focuses on historical mysteries (pre-1970). Their New Arc Books imprint highlights a broader range of fiction to include Romantic Suspense, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. Their Level Elevate imprint features works for younger readers. Both authors represented by agents and un-agented writers are welcome to submit.

Level Best is actively seeking submissions for their Historia imprint: mysteries, thrillers, and crime fiction novels that take place in any time period up to the 1970s. They are passionate about historical fiction and are members of the Historical Novel Society. 

Submit through their online submissions portal here.

For your writing sample, upload Chapter One.

They are also actively seeking submission for New Arc Books – both fiction and nonfiction.

In fiction, New Arc is looking for Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Literary Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, and Science Fiction.

For fiction, submit your query, synopsis, and Chapter One to:  

Include the novel genre and the word SUBMISSION in the subject line.

In nonfiction, they’re seeking books concerning Police Procedure, Forensics, and Narrative Nonfiction.

For nonfiction, submit a proposal including the author’s biography (credentials–why you are the person to write this book, sample of prior work, presentations at seminars or conferences, media and social media presence), book synopsis, detailed table of contents, two sample chapters, estimated length of book, competitive title analysis, similar books on market and what distinguishes your book from others, outline of marketing plan and target audience.

Email to:  

Include the novel genre and the word SUBMISSION in the subject line.

See detailed submission guidelines for New Arc Books here.

If you’re interested in meeting an agent and in getting published, don’t miss our in-person How to Get Published workshop, Saturday, November 19, in Mississauga, with literary agent Olga Filina of 5 Otter Literary. As this is an in-person workshop, attendance will be strictly limited – so lots of personal attention. Details here.

Beyond that, Brian’s schedule continues to take shape:

Weekly classes:

Online: Exploring Creative Writing, Monday afternoons,  1 – 3 p.m,, Jan 23 – March 20. Details here.

Online: Writing Little Kid Lit, Tuesday afternoons,  1 – 3 p.m., Jan 24 – March 21. Details here.

In-person: Exploring Creative Writing, Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m, Jan 26 – March 30. {no class, March 23}. Details here.

Online: Writing Personal Stories, Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m, Jan 25 – March 15 {Or to March 22 if the course fills up}. Details here.

Writing Retreats: 

Early Spring Writing Retreat at Sherwood Inn, in Muskoka, Friday, March 24 – Monday, March 27, 2023. Details here.


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