Melissa Rechter

Crooked Lane Books and Alcove Press

My Manuscript Wish List®

Melissa Rechter joined Crooked Lane Books in 2019. She has had the pleasure of working with ITW nominees, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, as well as a myriad of talented writers.

For Crooked Lane, she is looking for cozy mysteries, domestic suspense and psychological thrillers, horror, and historical mysteries (from the ’20s, Victorian era, and late Regency). She’d love to find the next Lucy Foley, Alyssa Cole, or Jennifer Hillier. She loves books that deal with cults, complicated family dynamics, poisonous plants, small town secrets, folklore, and locked room mysteries.

For Alcove Press, she is interested in book club fiction, rom-coms, historical fiction, romantasy, and speculative fiction. She’d love to see more magical realism in the vein of Isabel Allende and Alix E. Harrow. She’s also looking for novels that center around found families and overcoming generational trauma in the vein of Pachinko. She loves books that have a witchy or feminist bent to them.

I would love to find a historical fiction centered around prohibition, pirates, or spiritualism with a strong female protagonist.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to or

Please send your query letter, along with the first two chapters of your manuscript pasted in the body of your email, to or and addressed to Melissa Rechter. Be sure to include your contact information as well.

Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we cannot respond to every query. We will contact you within two weeks if we are interested in reading further.

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