Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency

If your manuscript has a “little mystery” or “might be a mystery,” I am not the right agent for your work. I am looking for true cozy/historical/traditional mysteries. I do not represent any manuscripts with fantasy elements or teens as main characters.

Selecting a different genre than fits your book just to submit the query to me is an automatic rejection!

NO Rhyming Picture Books
NOT accepting queries for books that have already been published.
NOT accepting YA.
NOT accepting Fantasy/SciFi of any kind.
No manuscripts with a word count over 100K.

Cozy Mystery (Female Protagonist) (minimum 70K)
Cozy Paranormal Mystery (minimum 70K)
Historical Mystery (minimum 70K)
Mystery (minimum 70K)
Children's Picture Book (prefer under 700 words)
Middle Grade (35K-70K)--NO fanasy/sci-fi
Amish Romance
Inspirational Romance

Synopsis required for everything except Picture Books. Should tell the story from beginning to end, including all important events in the story and the ending.

First three chapters required for everything except Picture Books and Nonfiction True Crime or Cookbooks. For Picture Books please provide the full manuscript. For Nonfiction True Crime or Cookbooks, please provide a proposal.

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Who will want to read your book. For example, girls under 12, fans of John Grisham, etc. (500 characters or less)

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