Friday, January 3, 2014


by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Being a mid-list author can be tough. A number of us in this group have hit the New York Times bestsellers list a number of times, and you'd think that would make us household words. Not so. Our readers know us, but being cozy mystery authors, we're thought of as just genre writers.  Even some of our peers in mystery writers organizations look down on us. (It's not nice to be looked at with disdain just because our books don't contain a lot of graphic violence and/or sex.)  Sometimes we're as invisible as Harry Potter in his invisibility cloak.

So, we're always on the look to get our names out there.  I know of a number of places where writers groups and bloggers post and readers can find out about great books, and often for bargain prices.

Here's a brief list of Facebook pages.  I hope you'll check them out and LIKE them:

The Incredible Indie Authors
The Incredible Indie Authors Audio
Need A Great Read?
Dru's Book Musing
Cozy Up With Kathy
Jeanine's Books, Food, Fun

And of course, the Cozy Chicks have their own Facebook fan/author pages:

The Cozy Chicks
Ellery Adams / J.B. Stanley
Deb Baker / Hannah Reed
Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / The Jeff Resnick Mysteries
Kate Collins
Mary Jane Maffini / Victoria Abbott
Mary Kennedy
Maggie Sefton
Leann Sweeney

Try us -- and please, LIKE us! And please, tell your friends.

We're on Twitter, and Pinterest, too.

Can you think of anywhere else where a writer can find visibility?
P.S.  Don't forget Ellery's latest Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, PECAN PIES AND HOMICIDES will be available on Tuesday.

It's available for Preorder now!  (Preordering will help her hit the Times list!)

Barnes & Noble:


karmstr112 said...

I just read this interesting blog about writer reach, then I read your blog. I'll check out the the Facebook pages and like any I haven't already.

Nancy said...

There are a few authors I read who write books without graphic sex and violence and I discovered them at the public library, browsing the new book section. While checking out at the front desk I noticed the rack of book marks that patrons can buy. I wonder if your publisher would find itself able to donate books and bookmarks to a few libraries. It would get your name out there a bit more. You're doing your part, that's for sure. I have umpteen blogs "liked" and bookmarked, but I see a couple I haven't visited yet. I'll do that now.

Anonymous said...

The Cozy Chicks are always happy to send our bookmarks to libraries. If your library would some bookmarks, they can contact us at our email address: cozychicks @ (Don't forget to close up those spaces!)

Aurian said...

I know my reviews have tempted some people to start a series, and I have gifted some books to people on a budget, and so far, so good. I already follow all of you on Facebook and some on Twitter.

Unknown said...

Thanks for these links. I find it hard to understand why people look down on cozies as each one I've read (or written), though formulaic to a point, has the perfect blend of realistic and eccentric characters, information and color about various hobbies or trades, and a setting that is imaginative and speaks to the spirit of why we read in the first place. I spend my time reading cozies and thick classics from college lit lists. I think the advantage of cozy fans is that they are loyal and though you might not get the accolades it really does build community.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Aurian. We appreciate all our readers do for us. : )

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear. Reading this article has terribly depressed me. Especially for blog numbers. (The Chicks are doing well. My blog? Horrible.) I question the value of Twitter for mid-list authors. Most of the people who follow me are other authors. If I don't follow back, they unfollow pretty quick. I love Pinterest, but it's seems to be a better form of entertainment (I can sit there looking at pretty pictures all day) than a form of author promotion. (And those food pictures. I feel like Pavlov's dog!)

Lesley Cookman said...

Oh, boy! And over here in the UK, it's even worse. I get so discouraged, especially as bookshops are closing by the dozen, and, unlike the US and Canada, we don't have any specialist Mystery Bookshops. Good luck to us all.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

So glad you posted this ,Lorraine! And I love, love, that comment about Pinterest foodie pictures making you feel like Pavlov's dog. I know exactly what you mean. I look at that food and salivate! Hope everyone is enjoying the start of a wonderful new year.

karmstr112 said...

I know what you mean I'm not much of a Twitter person. I was surprised that there were no stats for Facebook. That is where I have most of my author interactions. Pinterest is great for food. I use it to keep track of recipes... which was a topic of my last blog.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for the boost to wonderful cozy authors, Lorraine. It's a world to find friends and like minded people as well as great stuff to read.