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KWL – Ep 179 – How to Plot a Mystery with Sara Rosett

#179 – How to Plot a Mystery with Sara Rosett

Sara Rosett, USA Today bestselling author, gives her tips for plotting mystery novels and advises authors on which aspects of a mystery they should spend the most time on. Sara discusses the psychology of why readers choose cozy mysteries as well as the difficulties of marketing a long-standing series.

Sara Rosett, USA Today bestselling author, gives her tips for plotting mystery novels, discusses the psychology of why readers choose cozy mysteries, and explains the challenges that come with marketing a long-standing series.

  • Sara discusses her move from traditional publishing to indie publishing.
  • She explains how cozy mysteries differentiate from other mystery novels and the appeal of cozy mysteries in the current global climate.
  • She gives tips on how to plot an outline for a mystery novel, how to create red herrings, and how to balance the darker qualities of a murder mystery with the lighthearted nature of a cozy mystery
  • Sara discusses the challenges for marketing a longstanding series and how using box sets can help

Links of Interest:

Sara Rosett’s Website
Sara Rosett’s Instagram
Agatha Raisin TV Series
A Royal Spyness Series by Rhys Bowen
The Riley Ellison Series by Jill Orr
Dear Writer You Need to Quit by Becca Syme
Bookbub Ads by David Gaughran
On the Run International Mysteries by Sara Rosett
High Society Lady Detective Series by Sara Rosett


A native Texan, USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett grew up reading and dreaming of writing books. Her stories and essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s SoulGeorgia MagazineThe Writer, and Romantic Times Book Review.

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