Re: RARA-AVIS: publishing mysteries

Jacques Oppinger (
Thu, 30 Jul 1998 09:44:46 PDT >I'm not sure that they especially turn their backs on hardboiled - it
>seems to me that they have turned their backs on a lot of mystery
>writers, period. An interesting phenomenon has been the flourishing of
>mysteries by female authors under romance imprints. Just the other day
>friend who deals in used books showed me a whole box of these he had
>just gotten in. I had heard of none of the authors. He gave me "Alaska
>Gray" (Worldwide Library) by Susan Froetschel as a present. One of
>days I'll read it, just to take a peek over the wall...It's time for
>crossover, I guess.

I definitely have to agree with this observation. I've noticed this
trend in my store over the last few years and have talked to quite a few
authors who have confirmed it. It especially affects the perennial
mid-list authors, whom a lot of publishers are dropping like crazy. If
you're not an established author with a long-running series featuring a
recurring character, or don't fit that mystery/thriller/romance
crossover target (eg J.D. Robb, Iris Johansen, Tami Hoag, Sandra Brown.
Notice a trend?), the publishers don't want to hear from you.


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