Welcome to CopWorld Press, an independent publishing company dedicated to helping authors with a connection to law enforcement tell their stories. We’re interested in true crime, mystery fiction, police procedurals, personal memoirs and other genres dealing with cops, crime and/or the day-to-day experiences of the men and women who so bravely serve our communities and citizens.

A Little Background
In 1984, Pantheon Press published a non-fiction book by British author James McClure called Cop World: Inside an American Police Force. McClure utilized the ride-along format to chronicle the experiences of the San Diego Police Department’s Central Division officers as part of a broader look at American policing. I was one of the officers chronicled under the pseudonym of Luke Jones, and have since written two police procedural novels (The Sticking Place and A Fellow of Infinite Jest, both originally published by Hellgate Press) that feature a Shakespeare quoting cop who uses the name Luke Jones, the name that James McClure gave me.

Cop World was a look at stories about police as witnessed by and told to an expert author. But spend an hour or two at the corner bar with a few cops and you’ll soon find they’re the best story tellers on the planet. With that in mind, I have formed CopWorld Press, a brand new publishing company that will work exclusively with law enforcement authors in partnership with my former publisher, Hellgate Press.

We are now accepting queries and I look forward to hearing from you and working together to bring your story to the marketplace. For details on how to send us a query, please visit our Submissions page.


–T.B. Smith, aka Luke Jones