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. . . to Deadly Writes Publishing, LLC. 

We publish mysteries in a variety of genres:  

Our books are published in print and ebook format.

Authors wishing to publish with Deadly Writes Publishing, LLC, are invited to review our Query and Submission Policy.

Deadly Writes Publishing is now open for submissions.

We are looking for mysteries of all kinds: cozy, hardboiled, noir, suspense, thriller, police procedural, amateur sleuth, paranormal mystery, romantic suspense, etc. either standalone or series.

Please Query first to

Don’t send us a proposal. If we like the query, we will ask for a FULL manuscript.

Please check the guidelines on our Submissions page. 

Click here to download a printable copy of our "What We Can Offer" document.

Click here to download a printable copy of our Sample Contract.

About Us:

Bill and Sharon Hopkins founded Deadly Writes Publishing, LLC in 2011 as an independent press. The first book published under the imprint was KILLERWATT, the first book in the Rhetta McCarter Mystery series by SHARON WOODS HOPKINS and was released in October 2011. The second Rhetta McCarter book, KILLERFIND, was released in July 2012, and KILLERTRUST in September 2013. 

KILLERWATT was nominated for a Lovey Award in 2011 for Best First Novel, and was a finalist in the 2012 Indie Excellence Awards.

KILLERFIND, was a finalist in the 2013 Indie Excellence Book Awards, and was the first place winner in the 2013 Missouri Writers’ Guild Show-me Best Book Awards.

BILL HOPKINS is the author of the Judge Rosswell Carew Mystery series.  

Bill's first book of the series,
COURTING MURDER, was published in October 2012 by Southeast Missouri University Press.  RIVER MOURN was released under the Deadly Writes Publishing, LLC imprint in September 2013 and was the first place winner in the 2014 Missouri Writers’ Guild Show-me Best Book Awards.

Our Goal:

Our goal as a small publisher is to find an excellent story, and produce the highest quality book and eBook that we can. We aren’t looking for a great number of submissions, but will occasionally open up for queries because we are always on the lookout for that great manuscript. If we accept a manuscript for publication, it is because we believe in the author, the story and the potential success of the book.

What We Expect From Our Authors:

We want authors who not only write well but who will actively promote themselves and their books. We expect our authors to promote themselves on such sites as Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, Twitter, and, if possible, have a web page and blog.

With each submission we receive, we expect the author to have a promotional game plan for the book’s success. You  need to know about and be able to tap into the possible readers for your book for it to be successful.

Most of all, we want great writing and great stories!

Deadly Writes Publishing, LLC is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

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