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…