Changes in publishing mysteries

Attended a very good panel today featuring editors and agents discussing the mystery genre. Kelley Ragland, executive editor for Minotaur, talked about the qualitative change in the biz. Fifteen years ago, a “pretty good” first book could get published. Today? “Books that we buy have to be spectacular,” she said.

One myth she busted is that is author has to START as a hot commodity. You have to be a New York Times best-seller right away or not at all. She pointed out that both Janet Evanovich and Michael Connelly started small. Ain’t neither of them doing too poorly these days. I should be so lucky…


About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on October 16, 2009, in Blog and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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