Small-Press Lineup: Seventh Street Books

Mystery Month 2015Some 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:

mugshot-DanMayerDan Mayer


Jonathan Kurtz, Prometheus Books publisher;

Jill Maxick, Prometheus Books vice president of marketing;

Kelly Coyle-Crivelli, Penguin Random House Library Marketing

Criminal Record:

Prometheus Books hired me to launch a new crime fiction imprint with first titles published in 2012. I had 25-years of retail buying experience, most recently with Barnes & Noble, and Borders and Walden before that. Seventh Street Books was tasked with the same mission as Prometheus and their science fiction imprint, Pyr—stay true to a defined area of publishing while remaining diverse within. So we publish all manner of crime fiction on the Seventh Street Books imprint. The main criteria is quality and bringing something special to the marketplace. In 2013, the parent company partnered with Penguin Random House for sales and distribution, and their Library Marketing division has been a huge asset to this imprint.

Previous Offenses:Pryor-TheBookseller

The Bookseller, Mark Pryor (2012)

A Killing at Cotton Hill, by Terry Shames (2013)

Styx & Stone, by James W. Ziskin (2013)

The Black Hour, by Lori Rader-Day (2014)

The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens (2014)

Gun Street Girl, by Adrian McKinty (2015)

Kincheloe-SecretLifeofAnnaBlancCurrently Plotting:

Hollow Man, by Mark Pryor (September 2015)

The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, by Jennifer Kincheloe (November 2015)

Idyll Threats, by Stephanie Gayle (September 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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