According to the SinC Links, March 2014, the following deals were made on behalf of a variety of sleuths. Note the editors and agencies involved if you want to know who is buying mysteries in the traditional markets. It would seem that felines and cozies are back in favor…
Deals of interest to mystery writers:
• Susan O’Brien’s FINDING SKY, the first in the Nicki Valentine Mystery Series, to Kendel Flaum of Henery Press, in a nice three-book deal.
• Sybil Johnson’s FATAL BRUSHSTROKE, the first in the Aurora Anderson Mystery Series, to Kendel Flaum of Henery Press, in a three-book deal.
• Susan Furlong-Bolliger’s first three Peach Orchard Mysteries, a southern girl is forced to return to her family’s peach orchard and discovers a body, to Kate Seaver at Berkley, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds.
• Vicki Delany writing as Eva Gates’s BY BOOK OR BY CROOK, a series set in a lighthouse library in the Outer Banks featuring a woman and her friends who solve crimes with a sidekick cat, to Laura Fazio at Obsidian Mysteries, in a three-book deal by Kim Lionetti at BookEnds.
• Susan McBride’s SAY YES TO THE DEATH and TO HELEN BACK, in a new small town cozy series featuring an amateur sleuth pitched as part Miss Marple, part Jessica Fletcher, and who is aided in her snooping by a 15-pound feline sidekick, to Lucia Macro at Avon and Witness Impulse, respectively, in a four-book deal, by Christina Hogrebe at Jane Rotrosen Agency.
• Amanda Flower’s MAID OF MURDER and MURDER IN A BASKET, the first two novels in the India Hayes Mystery series, in which a college librarian solves murders with the not-so-helpful assistance of her elderly sidekick, to Laura Barth at HQN Worldwide Mystery, in a nice deal.
• Vickie McDonough’s LAND RUSH DREAMS, when a gambler kills a man in self-defense, he seeks to atone for the deed by helping the dead man’s widow to Annie Tipton at Barbour, in a two-book deal, by Chip MacGregor at MacGregor Literary.
• Lovey Award-winning series author Kathleen Ernst’s new CHLOE ELLEFSON books 6 and 7, when a museum curator finds a body during her Laura Ingalls Wilder-themed road trip, she comes to wonder if a murderer is traveling the same route, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink, by Fiona Kenshole at Transatlantic Literary Agency.
• Paige Shelton’s THE RESCUED WORD Mysteries 1-3, the first three books in a new mystery series, featuring a sleuth who restores old books and printing machines, to Berkley, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds.
• Ellery Adams’s CHARMED PIE SHOPPE Mysteries 4-5, to Berkley, by Jessica Faust at BookEnds.
Industry scale for advance euphemisms:
• nice deal” $1,000 – $49,000
• “very nice deal” $50,000 – $99,000
• “good deal” $100,000 – $250,000
• “significant deal” $251,000 – $499,000
• “major deal” $500,000 and up
So, if your heart is set on writing and selling that mystery, then go for it! Have faith – in yourself and your writing and you’ll have success! Nancy Q.