New Arc Books

A Level Best Imprint

We are very excited to partner with Lee and Denene Lofland to launch New Arc Books, a new imprint at Level Best Books, founded in 2020.

Lee, a veteran police investigator, has served as a consultant for Slate Magazine, Spike TV and for many well-known bestselling authors. As an expert, he has appeared on BBC television, CNN, NPR radio’s Talk of the Nation and Public Television.

Denene received a Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. While her career is focused on science, her life-long passions are fantasy and science fiction.

Since 2006, Lee and Denene Lofland have devoted much of their lives to helping writers learn about police and police procedure, crime scenes, bioterrorism, DNA, autopsy, death and other crime scene investigations, firefighting, EMS, and more.

Through their writings in books, magazines, journals, textbooks, newspaper, social media, TV and national radio appearances, and Lee’s popular Graveyard Shift blog, they’ve provided a treasure trove of valuable information.

In 2008, the writing world saw the birth of the Writers’ Police Academy, an exciting hands-on event developed and hosted by the Loflands. The event provides detailed, cutting-edge instruction never before available to writers.

Now they have decided to come full circle by publishing the type of books that started it all. They welcome you to New Arc Books and hope to hear from you soon.

Submission Information for New Arc Books

We are actively seeking submissions, from agents or authors, of novels between 70,000 and 100,000 words. We will not consider manuscripts that are currently on submission to another publisher, or previously published manuscripts.


Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Literary Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Works of fiction should be complete and have undergone extensive editing and revisions.

Submit query letter, synopsis (maximum three paragraphs) and Chapter One.


Police Procedure, Forensics, Narrative Nonfiction

Submit a proposal including the author’s biography (credentials–why you are the person to write this book, sample of prior work, presentations at seminars or conferences, media and social media presence), book synopsis, detailed table of contents, two sample chapters, estimated length of book, competitive title analysis, similar books on market and what distinguishes yours from others, outline of marketing plan and target audience.

Not considering at this time

Genres other than those listed

Children’s or middle grade

Novellas or short story collections

Manuscripts containing erotica, extreme violence, cyberpunk or dystopia

Submission Guidelines

  • Place the book title and your contact information in the body of the email
  • Attach documents in Word or PDF format
  • Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Double-spaced
  • One-inch margins
  • Format: author’s last name, book title and page number in the footer

Electronic submissions only. Email to Include the novel genre and the word SUBMISSION in the subject line.