About Cutting Edge
Cutting Edge Books was born in late 2019 as an off-shoot of our company Brash Books. We were looking for a way to publish books that we loved that didn’t fit into that brand’s unique niche… which is exclusively reprints of award-winning, highly acclaimed crime novels originally published after 1970 and bold, new fiction in the crime and thriller genres.
There are hundreds of great, cutting edge mysteries, westerns, thrillers, and literary fiction novels that were published between the 1940s and 1970s that have been out-of-print for decades, lost to generations of readers who either never knew those books even existed… or aren’t willing to slog through used bookstores to find tattered copies. Or, in some cases, the books have become so rare, only collectors can afford to own copies. We wanted to change that. We’re publishing new, outrageously affordable digital and trade paperback editions of these long-lost, forgotten, and rare books that even today, are still on the cutting edge of their genres.
But that’s not all.
We’re releasing a few very special, never-before published New Fiction titles… as well as some long lost, previously unpublished work by established authors. We’ve also carefully curated and collected our very best novels into massive and ridiculously low-priced ebook Anthologies.
Whether the books are reprints or never-before-published discoveries, our titles all share one thing in common—they are fantastic, boundary-pushing stories that will entertain, thrill, shock, captivate and excite you.
How To Submit Your Book to Us
Out of Print Titles
We are primarily a reprint publisher of crime novels, thrillers, westerns, and literary fiction from the 1940s through the 1970s. We do not publish science fiction, horror, romance or fantasy.
If you are an author, or you represent an estate, with previously published books from that period that have fallen out-of-print and that you think might be of interest to us, please fill out our contact form below.
We publish very, very, very few original novels. However, we are in the market for new, never-before-published western 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 and drastic editing. We are drawn to novels that open fast, not with a big exposition/backstory dump, and that are written with a distinct and compelling narrative voice. It’s important now, more than ever, to grab readers from the get-go. We are looking for westerns that don’t feel tired and familiar, that don’t just repeat cliches and old tropes but instead finds a new spin on them. That said, do not send us westerns involving monsters, space aliens, wizards, faeries, vampires, ghosts, or cowboys with psychic powers. We want a fresh take in terms of character and plot, not gimmicks.
Do not send us your previously or currently self-published books.
Do not send us your new book in a series that is published by another house.
Please send a ONE PAGE (at most) summary of the book and THE FIRST TWENTY FIVE PAGES as a Microsoft Word document to email@example.com. If we like the sample, we’ll request the entire manuscript. Do not send us the entire manuscript unless we ask for it.
Non-Fiction Television Reference Books
We’re interested in publishing new, and previously out-of-print, television reference books. We want serious, substantive, scholarly reference books, not drooling fan appreciations or dressed-up episode guides.
We’re looking for books rich with information, packed with production and historical details, interviews, etc. that will reveal the in-depth story behind a TV series, a TV studio, or the work of an individual TV writer, producer or director…or that examines some aspect of the business.
We do not commission new books (or pay any advances) and will only consider completed manuscripts. All photos and other copyrighted material must be legally cleared by the authors prior to submission. And do not send us your currently self-published titles.
If you have a book you think we’d like, 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.
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