RE: RARA-AVIS: publishing mysteries

Andy Hughes (
Thu, 30 Jul 1998 11:53:43 -0500 >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.
We can all thank Jessica Fletcher for this trend. The cozy reigns
supreme today because the people out in mass marketland believe "Murder,
She Wrote" represents the mystery field, just as they believe "Star
Trek" and "Star Wars" are the sum total of speculative fiction, hence
>all the media tie-ins in the s-f section of the bookstore.
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