When I started the Cozy Mystery (List) site, I only made pages for Cozy Mystery authors. They were the Cozy Mystery authors who I was currently reading at the time, or they were Cozy Mystery authors with whom I was familiar. All of the authors I posted were writers I could vouch for.
At first I didn’t swerve from the Cozy Mystery authors path. But little by little I started adding authors who were not Cozy Mystery authors, people like E. F. Benson, Colin Dexter, and Reginald Hill. These were all authors who I had read and enjoyed.
I then started getting recommendations of mystery authors. They were all authors who some of you thought the rest of us should know about. I got so many requests that I finally had to post (on my contact page) that I only wanted Cozy Mystery authors. For years, I would send a thank you message to each person who recommended a mystery author, but then I got so many requests that I had to start sending out a form letter advising the recommending person I had gotten his/her recommendation, and that I would take a look at their author later. (Which reminds me, I actually always look at the authors who are recommended. I either do a Google search, or in a lot of cases, the recommending person has sent me the author’s website, which I always look at.)
While I appreciate a lot of the recommendations I get, I have to say that I get a lot! I have now gone to a system that I never envisioned going to. I get so many recommendations that I now have posted:
… Since this is a Cozy Mystery site, please recommend only Cozy Mystery authors.
I am currently receiving so many requests that from here forward I will not be able to respond to each submittal. I’m sorry.
Yikes! This sounds rather impersonal for me to do, but my husband finally convinced me that I was spending way too much time thanking people for their recommendations, and way too little time actually posting new authors!
Having said that, I am going to go get some new authors posted on the site…