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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition, 2nd Edition by Sara Paretsky, Hallie Ephron

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Chapter 29

Placing Your Novel with a Traditional Publisher

“Traditional publishing and indie publishing aren’t all that different, and I don’t think people realize that. Some books and authors are bestsellers, but most aren’t. It may be easier to self-publish than it is to traditionally publish, but in all honesty, it’s harder to be a bestseller self-publishing than it is with a house.”

—Amanda Hocking

Traditional publishing houses have been publishing mystery novels since 1876, when Harper and Brothers published The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. The Big Five (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster) all have imprints that feature crime fiction, and some have digital-only crime fiction imprints. Amazon’s ...

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