While I know that not all of our readers are mystery writers, I ask that you raise your glass in a cyber-toast to one of my favorite genres!
To the women who read this blog, write mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels, take heart! There is still room out there on the market for well-written books by women authors! In the interest of providing evidence and inspiration, I present to you the July announcements from the Sisters in Crime organization, of which I am a member. Take note of the agent information – might your manuscript be of interest to one of them? Do your homework and then polish up that query letter!
Deals of interest to women mystery writers:
• NYT bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs series, Jacqueline Winspear’s next three books beginning with THE CARE AND MANAGEMENT OF LIES, a stand alone novel set during the Great War, to be published in the summer of 2014, followed by two new books in the Maisie Dobbs series, starting with THE WHITE LADY, for 2015 publication, to Jennifer Barth at Harper, in a major deal by Amy Rennert at the Amy Rennert Agency.
• Donna Andrews’s next two Meg Langslow mysteries, the first a Christmas-themed sequel to SIX GEESE A-SLAYING, to Pete Wolverton at Minotaur, by Ellen Geiger at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency, each in a very nice deal.
• Terrie Farley Moran sold her Read ‘Em and Eat Cafe mystery series to editor Michelle Vega at Berkley. This “nice” three-book deal was negotiated by Kim Lionetti of BookEnds.
• Malice Domestic Competition winner Linda Rodriguez’s EVERY HIDDEN FEAR, the next in her mystery series featuring a half-Cherokee chief of campus police, sold to Toni Plummer at Thomas Dunne Books, by Ellen Geiger at Frances Goldin Literary Agency.
• Also sold to Toni Plummer was D.E. Ireland’s WOULDN’T IT BE DEADLY, featuring Professor Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, and other beloved characters from Pygmalion, one of George Bernard Shaw’s most celebrated plays, by John Talbot at Talbot Fortune Agency.
• Rose Pressey’s IF YOU’VE GOT IT, HAUNT IT, the first in the southern-set Haunted Vintage Mystery series, where the owner of a vintage clothing store comes face-to-face with the ghost of a recently deceased town socialite, to Michaela Hamilton at Kensington, in a three-book deal, by Becky Vinter at FinePrint Literary Management.
• Agent Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary has sold two series by Diane Kelly’s to Holly Blanck at St Martins, each in a three-book deal. BITCHES ON THE BEAT, features a twenty-something Ft Worth rookie cop stuck with street patrol and a K-9 partner. DEATH, TAXES, AND SILVER SPURS features an IRS special agent with the best assignment — investigating her celebrity crush, a country singer superstar.
• Minerva Koenig’s NINE DAYS, featuring a criminal now in the witness protection program, sold to Toni Kirkpatrick at Thomas Dunne Books, in a two-book deal, by Jessica Alvarez at BookEnds.
• Kathryn O’Sullivan’s ROLE PLAY in which members of a local theatre company start turning up dead, to Toni Plummer at St. Martin’s, by Eleanor Wood at Spectrum Literary Agency.
• Agent Jessica Faust at BookEnds has sold books #6-7 in Sheila Connolly’s Museum Mysteries series and her untitled Irish Mysteries #4-5, to Shannon Jamieson Vazquez at Berkley.
• Agent Paige Wheeler of Folio Literary Management has negotiated the following deals for her clients:
o Roberta Isleib, writing as Lucy Burdette, a two book continuation of the KEY WEST FOOD CRITIC series, to Sandy Harding at NAL.
o Connie Archer’s SOUP LOVER’S mystery series, to Faith Black at Berkley, in a three-book deal.
o Agatha Award-winning author Leslie Budewitz’s series FOOD LOVER’S VILLAGE, to Faith Black at Berkley, in a three-book deal.
o Allison Kingsley’s fourth novel in the RAVEN’S NEST BOOKSTORE series, to Michelle Vega at Berkley Prime Crime.
o Nancy Parra writing as Nancy Coco’s FUDGE MYSTERY series, to Michaela Hamilton at Kensington, in a three-book deal.
See you Sunday! Keep reading and writing! Nancy Q.