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I am an African-American woman working on a culinary themed cosy mystery. I worry when querying agents that they will take one look at it and give a whole “Been there done that” response to it. Any advice to me as to how I can get mine to stand out?
Truthfully it would be difficult for me not to say “been there done that.” As you obviously know already there are a lot of culinary mysteries out there, so my question to you is what is different about your book? Since you are asking my advice I would guess not much. My suggestion is that if you really want to write a culinary mystery, you don’t make the culinary theme your hook, but instead find another hook that hasn’t been done yet and then somehow incorporate the culinary into it. I’m afraid that another cozy cooking mystery is going to be a very, very tough sell.