Are you the author of a thriller novel or series?
Do you love writing stories full of excitement, suspense and anticipation?
If yes, then you’re in the right place, because we love publishing great thrillers!
How to Become a Published Thriller Author
The first step in becoming a published thriller author, naturally, is to write a great book! If you’ve added layers of suspense, amped up the chills and thrills to 11, and gotten solid feedback from your initial test readers, it might be time to think about unleashing your creation on the world.
Thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels are the second most popular fiction genre on Amazon, coming in just after romance novels. More than 6,000 new thrillers are released on Amazon alone every month—and there are millions of eager readers just waiting for the next can’t-put-it-down novel.
That could be yours!
To make the most of your author career, you need a great partner—someone who knows the ins and outs of the publishing world as well as you know every twist and turn of your plot.
At Spectrum Audiobooks, we can help with every aspect of publishing your thriller from plotting to branding, publishing, distribution, marketing, and more. We specialize in creating customized marketing plans for our clients to help you reach your ideal readers so you can focus your time on what you do best—writing great thrillers.
About Spectrum Audiobooks
Spectrum is a digital publisher, and we love publishing thriller novels. We may have audiobooks in our name – we can handle anything digital so if you want us to publish your ebook as well, you have found the right place! We can publish your work in eBook and audiobook formats in 90 days or less (assuming your manuscript has been professionally edited to our standards).
When you submit your manuscript, our experienced editors will review it and provide detailed feedback, comments, and guidance. If your manuscript needs developmental editing, content editing, copyediting or proofreading, we will let you know right away. We can also help you find the right editor for your project.
We will not rush publishing projects just to hit a deadline if the book is not ready. We pride ourselves on doing work efficiently, but we want to make sure we get the job done right first and foremost.
Submission Guidelines for Thrillers
We are currently accepting submissions for thrillers.
You must have at least three novels, either written or planned, and each book must be at least 50,000 words in length.
We require three novels so that we can help you build a loyal audience and brand in one genre. Our goal is to help our clients earn a full-time income from royalties, and to do that in the thriller market requires writing multiple books so you can build up a loyal fan base of readers who are eager and willing to buy each new book you release.
You can submit your manuscript at the bottom of this page and we will review it within 7-14 days.
There are many subgenres in the general category of “thriller.” While we welcome any subgenre—and we love cross-genre novels that take the concept of the thriller in a totally new direction—there are some subgenres we’re particularly interested in publishing:
Crime Fiction: This literary genre encompasses stories about crime and detectives, usually with a focus on the motives of the criminals. There are several subgenres of crime fiction, including detective fiction, courtroom drama, hard-boiled thrillers, and legal thrillers. These books are usually very well-researched and include both character development, an engrossing plot, and detailed descriptions of how law enforcement and court proceedings work. If you have expertise in the law or contacts in law enforcement or the courtroom, you might be particularly well-suited to writing the next great crime novel!
Legal Thriller: This subgenre includes stories involving lawyers on a mission to solve important cases (usually, the client is innocent but there are nefarious forces at work which try to block the attorney’s efforts). Protagonists in legal thrillers often find themselves and their close friends or family in mortal danger.
Medical Thriller: Medical thrillers include characters with medical backgrounds. Split Second and Game Changer are two of the bestselling books of this subgenre. The main character typically has to prevent a deadly disease from spreading or solve a mystery involving a nefarious plot that’s experimenting on innocents or otherwise using medical science for the wrong reasons. Detailed descriptions and careful research are often central to creating a gripping, authentic-feeling medical thriller.
Political Thriller: This is a type of thriller that is set against the backdrop of a political power struggle. Political thrillers usually have very complex plots, with lots of twists and a series of subplots, but they often revolve around characters fighting for an important political appointment or conquest. A subcategory of this subgenre is spy fiction.
Spy Fiction: is literature involving espionage inspired by rivalries and intrigues between major political powers and the establishment of modern intelligence agencies. These often are historic as well.
Psychological Thriller: A distinguishing characteristic of a psychological thriller is a marked emphasis on the mental states of its characters: their perceptions, thoughts, distortions, and general struggle to grasp reality. Many psychological thriller protagonists have psychological conditions or skewed perceptions of reality which make them untrustworthy (and exciting) narrators.
Techno-thriller: This is a hybrid genre drawing from science fiction, thrillers, spy fiction, action, and war novels. Techno-thrillers usually include many technical details on their subject matter, often military technology. Science fiction writers often find themselves writing techno-thrillers because of the close similarities in these genres.
Mystery Fiction: This is a thriller subgenre that deals with stories of mysterious deaths and crimes to be solved. Mystery fiction may also involve a supernatural mystery where the solution does not have to be logical, and sometimes there is no crime involved