Small-Press Lineup: Polis Books

2015_mystery-month-buttonSome of the biggest crime fiction is perpetrated by some of the smallest players. We’re determined to shine the spotlight on them before they break out and wreak havoc across the whole country. Read them—before they publish again!



Legal Name and Alias:

mughot-jasonpinterJason Pinter, Founder and Publisher, The Bookish Knight

Criminal Record:

I got into publishing just like anyone else—by being rejected by literary agents. Sort of. My junior year of college, I decided to become a writer. The head of the English department told me every writer needed a literary agent, so I sent queries to a bunch of literary agents, asking them to represent my … nothing. See, I hadn’t actually written anything. I was merely asking them to represent any future works I “might” write. Needless to say I received a bunch of, “Thank you, ha ha, good joke” responses. So to learn more about the industry, I took an internship at a boutique literary agency. There I got to work directly with authors, and I fell in love with the editorial process. And so I began applying for jobs in editorial, finally landing as an assistant at Warner Books.

So after 10 years in publishing, in editorial at Warner Books, Random House, St. Martin’s Press, and marketing at Grove/Atlantic and the Mysterious Press, I decided it was the right time to go out on my own. It was always a goal to run my own company or imprint, to be fully responsible for the books I published, and I didn’t want to look back years from now thinking I wish I’d taken a shot. And having written and published five thrillers of my own and having been a part of the wonderful crime community, I felt like I knew that world well enough to carve an identity. And so I launched Polis in the fall of 2013. In addition to the best up-and-coming list of crime fiction anywhere, we publish terrific books in young adult, science fiction, middle grade, romance, and more. Polis is distributed by Publishers Group West, and our books are readily available at booksellers and wholesalers.

Previous Offenses:

rhoades-devilsanddustJericho’s Razor, by Casey Doran (2014)

The Fear in Her Eyes, by Grant McKenzie (2014)

Not Even Past, by Dave White (2015)

Devils and Dust, by J.D. Rhoades (2015)

Murder Boy, by Bryon Quertermous (2015)

Ties that Blind, by Zachary Klein (2015)

Currently Plotting:

New Yorkedhart-newyorked, by Rob Hart (June 2015)

Concrete Angel, by Patricia Abbott (June 2015)

Sympathy for the Devil, by Terrence McCauley (July 2015)

Collector of Secrets, by Richard Goodfellow (August 2015)

Speak the Dead, by Grant McKenzie (September 2015)

Savage Lane, by Jason Starr (October 2015)





About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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