Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'em Dead with Style
With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You'll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses.
This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of ...more
-Membership Oath of the Detection Club, formed in 1930 by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and other mystery writers.
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I’m writing my sixth mystery and was amazed by the amount of useful information Ephron provides, including the all-important editing and selling component ...more
Hallie Ephron provides a factual, straightforward perspective of the WORK behind crafting a good mystery novel. As an established author in other genres, I'll admit I was fascinated by both the similarities and differences in the work.
The organization and construction of the book is just perfect, IMHO. St ...more
This book is right up there with Carolyn Wheat's "How to Write Killer Fiction."
Unfortunately, while Ephron paid lip service to people who don' ...more
The little snippets from well known mystery novels help a lot in bringing the points across.
Cons: A bit formulaic at times.
Somewhat outdated when it comes to recommending how to do/use research.
The references at the back are quite useless if you plan to publish outside USA or self-publish/only publish in an online format.
•Basics Covered- This book does a great job discussing the basics of writing a mystery novel. I feel like a lot of the information could be useful for writing a novel in general, not just a mystery. However, the book is especially great at introducing the mystery novel for those new to the genre.
•Great Reading Suggestions- My favorite part of the book was the many references to well written and successful mystery novels. In one of the early chapters there is a whole list of no ...more
She talks about how to end one chapter and start the next. Do you use a cliff hanger or not? She covers that. Hallie also goes over characters, from namin ...more
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