25 April, 2014

Fiction Friday: In Search of a Job.

A couple of months ago I received a letter from an agent I'd queried.  She began by telling me how much she enjoyed my writing and my voice.  I was elated.  Then she proceeded to tell me that she was passing on my manuscript because she didn't feel she could sell it in the current cozy market because the protagonist wasn't original enough.

Okay, my protag is a caterer ----point taken.  But culinary cozies sell, right? I don't particularly want to change her occupation, but I'm open to suggestions--as long as I don't have to go back to school to learn the profession myself.

The agent's comment got me thinking and I did some research on cozies and the occupations/hobbies represented.  The list is exhaustive:
  • Accountant, Financial Advisor, & Investment Banker
  • Actor & Actress
  • Anthropologist or Archaeologist
  • Antiquing
  • Attorney/Judge/D.A.
  • Author
  • Backpacking/Camping
  • Bed & Breakfast, Boarding House, Hotel Owner
  • Bookstore Owner, Publisher, Illustrator 
  • Camper/Backpacker
  • Candle Making
  • Card Player (Poker, Bridge, Gambling, & Card Games)
  • Coffeehouse and Tea Shop Owner
  • Crafter (Quilter, Beader, Scrapbook-er, Decoupager, Card Maker)
  • Crossword Puzzle Editor
  • Dancer
  • Doll/Teddy Bear Maker/Collector/Seller
  • Dollhouse Miniatures Collector
  • Foodie (Chef, Caterer, Cook, Baker,  Cheese maker, Butcher)
  • Gardener/Farmer
  • Genealogist
  • Golfer/Golf Pro
  • Home Repair Expert/Enthusiast
  • House Keeper, Cleaner, Maid
  • Interior Design
  • Journalists
  • Laundromat Owner
  • Librarian
  • Medical Field Practitioner (doctor, nurse, midwife, psychologist, psychiatrist, herbalist, apothecary, ambulance driver, medical fraud investigator, medical examiner, deputy coroner, forensic pathologist, forensic anthropologist, forensic sculptor, hospital patient representative, forensic psychiatrist, meal delivery program director, undertaker, alternative healer, naturopathic doctor)
  • Musician
  • NASCAR Enthusiast
  • Needlework/Needlecraft/Knitting Shop Owner/Enthusiast
  • Pet Lover
  • Photographer
  • Private Investigator
  • Professional Organizer
  • Quilter
  • Realtor
  • Religious (Priest, Nun, Wife of Pastor, Pastor, Rabbi, Rabbi' Wives, Shaker)
  • Soap Maker
  • Stay-at-Home Mom &/or Housewife AND Stay at Home Dad &/or Househusband
  • Sudoku Champion/Creator
  • Teachers
  • Tour Guide / Cruise Ship Employee
  • Veterinarian
  • Wedding Planner
  • Witch/Ghost/Vampire
So here's my question: what occupation is not represented in cozies that you'd like to read about? Leave a comment and let me know.


  1. Gemologist and Horologist, but those are taken, respectively, by Sherry Harris and Julie Hennrikus! Good luck finding a new one, Tiger.

  2. The sleuth in my series owns a Copyediting Agency. I can't think of any others besides those you've listed and those a couple of us added.

  3. Seriously, what is left? Astronauts?

  4. Funeral Director Assistant and Resort Owner. Sadie Witt, the character in my two cozy books, At Witt's End and Outwitted, had these two professions.

  5. I'm glad Agatha Christie's not writing now. Miss Marple would never see the light! This unreasonable demand by American agents and cozy publishers for amateur sleuths with weird and wonderful jobs makes me even more convinced that I have to seek out a British agent. Based on this criteria, my mystery series will never be published in the US.