Submit a Manuscript to Crooked Cat

  • We’re an International ePublisher – we push our publications to Kindle, in the first instance, and it goes everywhere where Kindle is done. There are options to push it to other online places, but we find Kindle is nice and friendly. We also push to print-on-demand through Createspace. Paperback is all well and good, but you might not see our books on the High Street – they are mainly distributed to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
  • You’re a Jack-Of-All-Trades. In order to succeed as a published author, you’ll need to be at the centre of the process. We’ll assign you a professional editor, we’ll come up with gorgeous artwork, and we’ll connect you with the best writers and readers. But you’ll be in the front row after release with promotion and marketing. We’ll help – we’ll offer advice – but being published means you’ll need to have a good dose of gumption as well as a thick skin.
  • You’ll need to know about us. It’s only respectful, if you’re asking us to get to know you through your writing, for you to get to know us through ours. So, if you’ve not read a Crooked Cat book, try one out before you submit. It’ll be an advantage if you know what our books are about, their style, how you’d fit in, and all that jazz.

So, you still want to give this submission malarky a go? Have you got gumption? Okay. We’re going to ask you to email us with a few bits and pieces. Once you’ve submitted your manuscript, give us about ten weeks to come back to you. We’ll either say ‘yes please, we’d love too see more’, or ‘thank you, it isn’t for us’. Don’t take it personally, please. Remember the thick-skin thing, above?

  • A photo of yourself – we don’t care if you look like Prince Charming, and it doesn’t have to look jazzy-fandabizoie professional. But we love to know who we’re reading about.
  • A covering email – nothing too long, but it’s always nice to know about more about people and their inspirations, achievements, shoe-size, isn’t it? You don’t need to tell us your shoe-size, by the way. We don’t sell shoes.
  • The first three chapters, or first 10,000 words of your story – because it’s going to be mighty tricky to see what we think of your story without it.
  • Your synopsis – everything in a nutshell, the whole caboodle, the lot, condensed into a one-pager.

It’ll be everything in an email that we’ll need, if you please. And that email in question is submissions@crookedcatbooks.com

Good luck!

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December 1st

Bethel Manor.  This inspirational romance takes place during the Victorian era with engaging characters such as the wealthy Fredrick Shaw and his feisty daughter, Clare. Enjoy the rugged countryside as James Winthrop Blackwell travels across England. Revel in the setting, Bethel Manor, a place of magnificence and style where servants know secrets and the owner is a man of propriety and integrity.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Pulmonary Fibrosis today
Our thanks to the author, Beatrice Fishback

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December 2nd

Independent Jenny. I slept with someone else. Those five words changed everything. After her husband Ross drops a bombshell, her emotions go hay-wire. Things are made even more complex when his brother Aiden makes a confession of his own…

 

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Crooked Cat will donate to MK Cat Rescue today
Our thanks to the author, Sarah Louise Smith

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December 3rd

The Book of Lismore.  While visiting the beautiful Hebridean island of Lismore, Cas and Sam stumble upon a new chapter of the island’s past. Once again, they are confronted by the ghosts of the distant past, and ancient tragedy combines with present danger as each is faced with a fresh challenge.

 

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Crooked Cat will donate to War Child today
Our thanks to the author, Yvonne Marjot

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December 4th

Rebellious Cargo. Spring 1803. Jane Charlesworth, daughter of a code breaker, is the only person deemed capable of deciphering a vital government document. But when a naval frigate is sent to enlist her services, Jane is horrified. Haunted with terrible memories of an earlier voyage, she has no intention of putting herself under the protection of the Admiralty ever again.

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Crooked Cat will donate to NSPCC today
Our thanks to the author, Susan Lodge

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December 5th

Pill Wars. The government has rushed through drug trials to release Pacifex, a powerful anti-depressant. Inventor Torin Oakwood is a hero! Jessica Fleming is thrilled to start her new job at Oakwood Industries. Yet, as she arrives, Torin Oakwood flees from the army sent to arrest him. Chased by government agents and anti-government activists, she must find Oakwood. Can her first day at work get any worse?

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Crooked Cat will donate to World Villages today
Our thanks to the author, Vanessa Knipe

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December 6th

Trace Your Roots. Discover your ancestors. Grow your family tree. Trace your Roots is an invaluable, easy-to-use guide for every budding genealogist. Full of effective tips and advice on tracing your family history, from gathering background information and deciphering old documents, to discovering and consulting less well-known records and reading between the lines when tackling civil resources.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Alzheimers today
Our thanks to the author, Maureen Vincent-Northam

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December 7th

The Secret of Lakeham Abbey. 1948. When Percy Sullivan’s family take over Lakeham Abbey for the summer, it was a chance to get away from battered post-war London and be cossetted by the capable and pretty housekeeper, Anne Pargeter. They soon learn that the Abbey conceals a dark secret; one that someone was willing to kill to hide. When Anne is convicted of murder, Percy is determined to do all he can to save his friend.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Weston Park Cancer today
Our thanks to the author, Sally Quilford

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December 8th

Topaz Eyes. A peculiar invitation to Heidelberg embroils Keira Drummond in the search for a mysterious collection of extraordinary jewels once owned by a Mughal Emperor; a hoard that was last known to be in the possession of Amsterdam resident, Geertje Hoogeveen, in 1910. Greed, suspicion and murder are balanced by growing family loyalty, trust, and love.

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Crooked Cat will donate to The Archie Foundation today
Our thanks to the author, Nancy Jardine

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December 9th

Returning Eden. A gothic ocean mystery. In a world of monsters, sharks, castles and corpses it is up to Eden to keep the ocean\’s beasts at bay. Eden Hollow is being hunted. A dark secret from her past has followed her to the remote island of Cantillon, where she is due to start college.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Shooting Stars Children\’s Hospice today
Our thanks to the author, Maria Mellins

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December 10th

Messandrierre. Sacrificing his job, Jacques Forêt has only a matter of weeks to solve a series of mysterious disappearances as a Gendarme in the rural French village of Messandrierre. But, as the number of missing persons rises, his difficult boss puts obstacles in his way. When a new Investigating Magistrate is appointed, he becomes the go-to local policeman for the case. Will he find the perpetrators in time?

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Crooked Cat will donate to The Salvation Army today
Our thanks to the author, Angela Wren

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December 11th

Five Guns Blazing. Never had she imagined she would be brought so low, and all for the love of a very bad man. 1710. Convict’s daughter, Laetitia Beedham, is set on an epic journey from the streets of London, through transportation to Barbados and plantation life, into the clutches of notorious pirates John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Mary Read and the treacherous Anne Bonny. Who will win her loyalty and her heart?

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Crooked Cat will donate to The National Autistic Society today
Our thanks to the author, Emma Rose Millar

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December 12th

The Ghostly Father. Romeo & Juliet – was this what really happened? When Juliet Roberts is asked to make sense of an ancient Italian manuscript, she little suspects that she will find herself propelled into the midst of one of the greatest love stories of all time. But this is only the beginning. As more hidden secrets come to light, Juliet discovers more about her famous namesake.

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Crooked Cat will donate to The Stroke Society today
Our thanks to the author, Sue Barnard

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December 13th

What the Clocks Know. Twenty-six-year-old Margot sets out on a journey of self-discovery – she dumps her New York boyfriend, and crashes at her friend’s flat in London. Rather than find herself, though, she only feels more lost. An unsettling energy affects her from the moment she enters the old Victorian residence, and she spirals into depression. She suspects her dark emotions belong to Charlotte. But who is she?

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Crooked Cat will donate to Lurie Children Hospital today
Our thanks to the author, Rumer Haven

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December 14th

Kindred Spirits – Tower of London. A King, three Queens, a handful of nobles and a host of former courtiers… In the Tower of London, the dead outnumber the living, with Tudor Queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard rubbing shoulders with one man who has made his way back from his place of death to discover the truth about the disappearance of his famous nephews. Amidst the chaos of daily life, King Richard III takes control.

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Crooked Cat will donate to RNLI today
Our thanks to the author, Jennifer C Wilson

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December 15th

Breath of Africa. Thirty years of Kenya\’s recent history unfold through the lives of Caroline, a privileged woman from the highlands, and Charles Ondiek, a farm labourer with dreams of an Oxford education.
Charles’s love for Teresa, daughter of a hated farmer, leads to a drama of terror fuelled by Mau Mau oath administrator, Mwangi. Against the backdrop of Kenya’s beautiful desert, the curse is finally broken.

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Crooked Cat will donate to St. Peter Lifeline today
Our thanks to the author, Jane Bwye