Resources for Cozy Writers

We'll be adding to this section with more resources for writers as I find them. If you see your site here and would like us to add a picture/details, please contact us and let us know. If your site is not listed here, but you offer resources that would help cozy mystery authors, please let us know that, too!

 

Advertising

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Cozy Mystery Facebook Ad Cost Report

Ad Costly

Ad Costly provides reports on the costs and logistics of running Facebook ads for targeted groups. This report is specifically for Cozy Mysteries.

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Cozy Mystery E-Book Market Secrets

K-Lytics

Get an up-to-date, behind the scenes data and information about the state of the cozy mystery market for a reasonable price. 

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Goodreads

Amazon

Once you get your book up on Amazon KDP, B&N, Kobo, and/or other sides, you'll want to make sure it's listed on Goodreads. If you publish on KDP, it should automatically transfer, but you can help the process along and/or keep the info on the site up to date. You can also run ads and/or giveaways on the site.

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Written Word Media

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If your books are priced under 2.99USD, you can put your books in an ad with Bargainbooksy. If you're running a free sale, you can run an ad with Freebooksy. Or, read the Written Word Media blog for tips on advertising.

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Bookbub

Bookbub

Bookbub's newsletters get your book ads in reader's sights. You can pay to post ads on their website or you can submit your book for a featured ad deal, but they only select a handful of submissions.

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Cozy Mystery Novels

Online Book Marketing

This Facebook page run by Online Book Marketing is devoted specifically to cozy mysteries. They specialize in getting books in front of readers.

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Great Escapes Book Tours

Dollycas

This website provides cozy mystery tours for free, though donations to the site give extra ad space on the site. Lori organizes painless tours with multiple bloggers helping promote your book. Email her to book your spot at least 3 months in advance.

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Book Sirens

Book Sirens

Get your ARC's into the hands of readers who are willing to give honest reviews. BookSirens is a community of 15k+ reviewers and influencers. They have a section specifically for cozy mysteries!

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Cozy Mysteries Unlimited

Cozy Mysteries Unlimited

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The site lists only cozy mysteries and allows readers to keep track of the books they are reading and ones they want to read. You can send an email through the site's contact form to send requests to add your book to the site.

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Mystery Reads Advertising

Mystery Reads

Mystery reads will advertise your books on their site and social media accounts for $29 to $199 depending on the package selected.

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Agents

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19 Top Literary Agents for Cozy Mysteries

Writing Tips Oasis

This is a blog post on the website Writing Tips Oasis listing the top agents who represent cozy mystery authors.

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Literary Agent Undercover

Literary-Agents.com

Find agents, get resources, and ask questions about how to get a book deal or anything else that a literary agent might be able to answer. 

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Agent Query

Agent Query

Database of agents searchable by genre. It doesn't specifically list cozy mysteries, but it does list the mystery genre.

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Query Database

Query Database

You can search for literary agents to match your genre, get query advice, socialize with authors also searching for an agent, and more. 

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Cozy Mystery Agents' Wish Lists

Miss WishList

Miss Wish List is a twitter hashtag agents and editors use to let writers know what they are looking for at any given time.

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Blogs/Pages About Writing

Cozy Mystery Writers

Ann Audree

Cozy Mystery Writers

Author Ann Audree shares what she knows about writing a cozy mystery book series on this Facebook group page.

Fiction Writing Tools

S.A. Soule

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Along with general writing advice, get a list of cozy mystery writing tips and resources.

Cozy Mystery Publishing Blog

Ellen Jacobson

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Ellen Jacobson's blog includes two categories just for writers: Cozy Mystery Publishing and Writing, where she shares her advice and experience as an author.

Elizabeth Spann Craig Author Blog

Elizabeth Spann Craig

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Elizabeth Spann Craig gives advice about writing on her blog as well as Twitterific Writing Links for cozy authors.

The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn

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Author Joanna Penn runs a podcast and blog that gives general writing advice. This is a link to an episode of her podcast featuring cozy mystery author Debbie Young on how to write a cozy mystery.

How to Start a Cozy Mystery Blog

A Cozy Experience

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Marie from A Cozy Experience has written a great post on how to start a cozy mystery blog.

Books on Writing Cozies

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Nancy J. Cohen

Writing The Cozy Mystery

Writing the Cozy Mystery is an award-winning guide that will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and solve the crime. You’ll find everything you need to know in an easy-to-read, precise manner to write a winning whodunit.  

PRICE:

$3.99

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How to Outline a Cozy Mystery

Learn the building blocks of cozy mysteries and the psychology behind why readers choose the cozy over other crime genres.

PRICE:

$4.99

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Paul Tomlinson

Mystery: How to Write Traditional & Cozy Whodunnits

Tools for writers of whodunit mysteries, including the impossible, locked room mysteries and how to write inverted mysteries.

PRICE:

$6.99

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Courses/Templates on Writing Cozies

Harry Dewulf

Udemy: How to Write Cozy Mysteries

A 51-minute, 9-Lecture course for beginners who want to learn the basics of writing a cozy mystery.

PRICE:

$34.99

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Plottr

This is a site for plotting out your novel. Make sure you get your story straight - plot out the details using this online tool.

PRICE:

$25-65/year

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Plots for Authors

Cozy Mystery Plot Template

Follow this step-by-step guide for plotting a cozy mystery, from the characters to the settings to the story.

PRICE:

$399

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Molly Fitz/Melissa Storm

The Author Engine: Writing and Marketing Cozy Mysteries

A successful author teaches other authors the secrets to success in one out of many courses offered on The Author Engine.

PRICE:

$199

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Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander's Author Academy

Learn from professional cozy mystery author, Ellie Alexander, how to write a successful cozy, killer query letter, a book proposal, and/or a mystery series in her Author Academy. You also get access to her private Author Academy Facebook Group.

PRICE:

$495 or $97/mo

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Design

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Book Brush

Book Brush

Upload your book covers to create 3D covers, mockups, ads,  videos and more. Some services are free, but most require a paid subscription.

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Canva

Canva

Design covers, social media posts, and extras with Canva. Their free plan offers 250k templates. Upgrade for more features.

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Vellum

Vellum

Stunning Book Covers offer premade cozy mystery covers, or you can purchase a custom cover design.