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Save Our Cozies Readathon

 Saturday – July 16th, 2016

Hosted by Franz Chapman and Bree Herron

Purpose of the Readathon: 

Due to mergers among publishing companies, several beloved cozy mystery series have either been cancelled or are in danger of being cancelled.  Depending upon an individual author’s contract, he or she may not even be able to self-publish or take the series to a new publisher.  The Save Our Cozies Readathon seeks to:

  • Raise the reading public’s awareness of this issue across a range of social media platforms.
  • Introduce the reading public to these series.
  • Encourage publishers to rethink their decision to cancel cozy mystery series.
  • Create and support a community of readers and authors.
  • Read lots of quality, fun cozy mystery books!

Series canceled (verified list)

Penguin Random House
Avery Aames – Cheese Shop mysteries
Beverly Allen – Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (not renewed) Now writing Vintage Toyshop Mysteries for Crooked Lane as Barbara Early.
Janet Bolin – Threadville Mysteries
Melissa Bourbon –Magical Dressmaking Mysteries. Is thinking of self publishing but not anytime soon. Source: Author’s FB page.
Jacklyn Brady – Piece of Cake mysteries
Lucy Burdette – Key West Food Critic series
Erika Chase – Ashton Corners Mysteries
Peg Cochran – Gourmet DeLite Mysteries
Laura DiSilverio – Mall Cop Mysteries
Monica Ferris – Betsy Devonshire Needlework series. Is shopping for new publisher and has plans for future books.
Christy Fifield – Haunted Souvenir Mysteries. Owns rights, plans to self-publish.
Shelley Freydont – Celebration Bay Mysteries
Rosie Genova – Italian Kitchen Mysteries
Victoria Hamilton – Vintage Kitchen Mysteries (she is continuing the series with another publisher, ebook only.)
Mary Ellen Hughes – Pickled and Preserved Mysteries
Annie Knox – Pet Boutique Mysteries
Elizabeth Lee (Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli) Nut Shop Mystery Series
Molly MacRae — Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries (plans to continue the series)
Leigh Perry – Family Skeleton Mysteries –  Shopping for a new publisher.
Christine Wenger – Comfort Foods Mysteries (NAL, which was merged into Berkley); is considering self-publishing.
FIVE STAR (Gale Cengage)
Five Star has dropped their entire mystery lineup.
Nancy Cohen – Bad Hair Day Mysteries
Maggie Toussaint – Dreamwalker Mysteries
Susan Van Kirk- Endurance Mysteries
Limitless Publishing
A E H Veenman – Marjorie Gardens Mysteries
Anna Loan-Wilsey – Hattie Davish Mysteries
Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press
D.E. Ireland – Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mysteries (switching publishers)

Start Times

We will be starting at Midnight Friday July 15th and run through Midnight Saturday July 16th EDT.   For the sake of challenges and hourly activites, we will all start at the same time.   Therefore, when it is Midnight July 15th in EDT, it will be 9:00 PM July 15th in Los Angeles, California.

Go here to find your time zone start time:

Save Our Cozies Readathon Event Time Announcer


What is a cozy?

A sub-genre of mystery or crime fiction in which the violence is downplayed or happens “off screen”.  The books tend to focus on non-professional crime solvers and contain little or no sex or foul language.  For a complete definition visit the excellent  Cozy-Mystery.com at http://www.cozy-mystery.com/Definition-of-a-Cozy-Mystery.html

What is an online cozy readathon?

An online readathon is an online 24 hour event that brings together a community of readers and authors to participate in all things cozy.  This includes reading, posting frequently on social media, visiting author’s websites, posting reviews, visiting book blogger’s websites, and/or participating in fun challenges/activities.  The amount and type of participation is up to the individual.

How do I participate?

The Cozy fans can participate through any or all of the following:

  1. Sign up to participate on this Wordpress website  using your online social media home – be it Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter,Goodreads, etc.  and your role, author, reader, cheerleader, admin. (you are not limited to using just one social media account, I just want a main one where I can find you).
  2. The starting time of the readathon will be  midnight on  July 15th EST or 12:01 AM on July 16th as the time zone calculator is set up. Everyone will start at the same time.  Use the time zone page to determine when to start for you time zone.  This is so everyone will be at the same point at the same time.   Participants can join in for any amount of time from 1 hour to all 24.
  3. Every hour there will be an activity of the hour that you can choose to participate in.
  4. When not reading or participating in activities, you can visit participating author’s and/or book blogger’s websites.  The lists of participants will appear on the signup page as people join.
  5. Respond to other participants’ posts on social media to encourage them.
  6. Check in with the Save Our Cozies Readathon web page and/or Facebook group.
  7. Post your reading progress/ activity on your social media of choice, if hashtags are applicable use #saveourcozies #readathon
  8. Post cozy reviews on your medium of choice. I believe authors’  prefer Amazon and/or Goodreads
  9. Donating prizes for challenges/activities – (can be as simple as bookmarks)
  10. Work admin duties – I hope for us to have a presence on several social media platforms, we already have a Facebook group thanks to Shelly Toler Franz. I will open a WordPress  webpage for handling all sign up and linking needed for the readathon.  I will link the web page to a Twitter account.  I can also form a Goodreads group. I don’t personally use Tumblr,Booklikes, Librarything,  or many others, so if someone uses those platforms I’d appreciate it if they would volunteer to admin there.  There will be closing down duties as well.  Books or pages read by everyone and participants will need to be tallied.  Thank yous will need to go out, etc.

Authors can participate by:

  1. See 1 – 9 above (Authors are fans, too. Right?)
  2. Posting on his or her own webpage.
  3. Hosting challenges or activities.
  4. Setting up interviews with book bloggers to be posted during the challenge
  5. Setting up a Q&A session on Twitter during the readathon. (usually this is done by collecting questions from readers over the couple weeks leading up to the readathon and then tweeting them with answers during the event.)

Donated Prizes


Each hourly event will have a winner and if we have enough prizes there will be other categories to win in as well (most pages read, most books listened to, most activities participated in, etc.)

Participant Signups – Over 200 people have already signed up!

You can sign up in a couple different ways.


In the comment box, tell me:

  • Name – What you would like to be known as during the readathon
  • Reader and/or Author
  • Blog address (Optional)
  • Online home – any social media site(s) that you want to use for the readathon (facebook, tumblr, twitter, Goodreads, etc.)  Please provide a link so we can find your posts/activity during the readathon


2 – Email the above information to saveourcoziesreadathon@gmail.com.  Please enter Readathon in the subject line.


3 – Message Fanficfan44  on Goodreads.com


Once you are done you can see other participants here.

Whether you can join for the whole day or even just an hour this is a great way to support cozy authors.

If you have questions you can contact the organizers at https://saveourcoziesreadathon.wordpress.com/ or post on the Save Our Cozies Facebook Page.


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