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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel How to Knock 'em Dead with Style

ISBN-10: 1582973768
ISBN-13: 9781582973760
Edition: 2005
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Description: How to write a page-turner is no mystery with this thorough and authoritative guide. Successful mystery writer Hallie Ephron's Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel:*Features comprehensive instruction, exercises, and worksheets for mystery writers  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

How to write a page-turner is no mystery with this thorough and authoritative guide. Successful mystery writer Hallie Ephron's Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel:*Features comprehensive instruction, exercises, and worksheets for mystery writers of all levels*Addresses all subgenres of mystery from hardboiled crimes and cozies to romantic thrillers and medical mysteries*Covers how to grab readers from the first chapter, how to construct effective plots, and how to revise and submit mysteries to publishersEphron takes the mystery out of the writing process, making it less daunting for beginners and more efficient for experienced writers.

S.J. ROZAN was born and raised in the Bronx and is a long-time Manhattan resident. An architect for many years, she is now a full-time writer. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning novels and stories have won most of crime fiction's greatest honors, including the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and the Nero Award.

Foreword
Introduction
How This Book Works
Planning
Part 1: Introduction
The Premise
The Mystery Sleuth
The Crime, Victim's Secrets
The Villain
Innocent Suspects
The Supporting Cast
Setting
Staking Out the Plot
Picking a Title
A Blueprint for Planning a Mystery Novel
Writing
Part 2: Introduction
Writing a Dramatic Opening
Introducing the Protagonist
Introducing Major and Minor Characters
Dramatizing Scenes, Making Chapters
Point of View
Writing Dialogue
Creating a Sense of Place
Writing Investigation: Clues, Red Herrings, and Misdirection
Writing Suspense
Writing Action
Puzzling it Out: Writing Reflection
Layering in Backstory
Writing the Coda
Revising
Part 3: Introduction
Flying High: Fixing Plot and Character
Flying Low: Polishing Scenes and Sentences
Hearing Criticism, Finding Your Own Fix
Selling Your Mystery Novel
Part 4: Introduction
Targeting Agents
Targeting Small or Independent Presses
Putting Together a Query Packet
Appendix of Resources for Mystery Writers
Index

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