I am familiar with the publisher whose announcement is below. This is a legitimate effort.
Adventure Publications, an award-winning publisher of outdoor guides (www.adventurepublications.net),
is accepting fiction manuscripts for its new series of
outdoor/wilderness mysteries. We are looking for mystery fiction (68,000
through 100,000 words) that will appeal to both the mystery reader and
the outdoor enthusiast. The books will be produced in both print and
e-book format (not PODs). Example of authors we love are: Nevada Barr,
Victoria Houston, C.J. Box, William Kent Krueger and Beth Groundwater.
Currently, we are seeking novels set in the Midwest, Southwest,
Northwest, Northeast and Rocky Mountains. Please email the first chapter
and a synopsis along with a cover letter. Your entire submission must
appear in the body of the email and not as an attachment. The subject
line should be “QUERY” along with the title of your manuscript. Also, in
your email, please include the number of words !
in your completed manuscript, as well as a bio, and pertinent writing
and/or outdoor wilderness experience. Email your submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email queries sent to any other address will not be read. We do not
open email attachments, unless we request them. If you prefer, you may
snail-mail your query, along with your first chapter and bio to Fiction,
Adventure Publications, 820 Cleveland St S, Cambridge, MN 55008.