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Seven Clues for Authors Participating in Mystery Week

Posted by Cynthia on April 17, 2017
It would be a crime if you missed this opportunity to promote your books! Mark your calendars and get ready to participate in Mystery & Thriller Week on Goodreads, May 1 to 7. We’re shining the spotlight on page-turning mysteries, thrillers, and suspense stories and need all the help we can get from savvy authors. Here are seven ways you can engage with readers on the site during Mystery Week: Mystery Week Author

1. Enable Ask the Author. Don’t leave your fans in the dark—allow them to reach out to you with questions about your books, your writing habits, or your murder weapon of choice.

Find Ask the Author on your Goodreads Author Dashboard. New to the platform? Read Best Practices for Ask the Author here.

2. Answer the special Mystery Week question. Your first mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to respond to the special mystery-related question from Goodreads via Ask the Author. Be generous with your response: your answer might show up on our rotating list of authors on our Mystery Week landing page. Find your special question in the Ask the Author section of your Goodreads Author Dashboard.

3. Use #MysteryWeek in all your activity. You’ll be able to cross-promote your Goodreads activity on other social media channels, and help readers will discover your content.

4. Write a 5-sentence original mystery. Anthony Horowitz, Charlaine Harris, Dennis Lehane, and many others will be recommending books and sharing original content to kick off the week, but readers will always want more! Post to Twitter, ATA, on your Goodreads blog, or in your writing section. Find writing prompts here.

5. Leave clues about your new book. Share a veiled version of your cover, reveal the murder weapon (but not the victim), or disclose the location of your new book setting by posting information to your blog. Fun thought: Use the whole week to leave breadcrumbs for your fans!

6. Join a mystery group. There’s a group for every reader, and if you love solving mysteries as much as writing them, considering getting involved in one of our groups on Goodreads.

7. Browse our list of top 100 mysteries and thrillers. Readers love seeing what their favorite authors are reading, so we'll be sharing our list of the top mysteries and thrillers on Goodreads for you to browse and to shelve to your personal shelf!

Not a mystery writer? That’s ok! We’ll be sharing writing prompts and writing tips from bestselling authors throughout the week to help get the ideas flowing. Take the opportunity to expand your writing skills, connect with other writers, or simply get inspired! We’ll be at the edge of our seats to find out what you come up with…

Find more inspiration on how to prepare for Mystery Week from mystery writer Fred Van Lente here.

Keep an eye on the Goodreads Blog check out our Featured Authors taking questions, browse the mystery giveaways, and join the conversation on Twitter using #MysteryWeek starting May 1.

Mystery Week Author

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message 1: by Cherie (new)

Cherie O'Boyle Sounds like fun!
Cherie O'Boyle
Deadly Disguise


message 2: by Tim (new)

Tim Symonds If Goodreads' mystery giveaway includes some of Goodreads' authors' novels, I'll be very happy to contribute a copy or two of each of my five detective novels, including 'Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil', and 'Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery of Einstein's Daughter'. Let me know how to do this.

Best to all!

Tim


message 3: by Chip (new)

Chip Scarinzi Marking my calendar - should be fun!

Chip
Ghosts


message 5: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Tim wrote: "If Goodreads' mystery giveaway includes some of Goodreads' authors' novels, I'll be very happy to contribute a copy or two of each of my five detective novels. Let me know how to do this."

Hi Tim! Thanks for your enthusiasm. You can set up giveaways for your books here. I recommend setting up one giveaway for each book individually. More details on how to set up a Goodreads giveaway here which will also contain a link for Best Practices. All best!


message 6: by Tim (new)

Tim Symonds Crikey, Cynthia, that reply was fast! Muchas gracias!

Tim


message 7: by Rita (new)

Rita Monette Sounds like a fun week!


message 8: by Amy (new)

Amy Reade I can't wait!


message 9: by Augustine (new)

Augustine Sam I think this quote from Julia Cameron says it all: "Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise."
There you have it! Looking forward to #MysteryWeek.
The Conspiracy of Silence by Augustine Sam


message 10: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn I'm going to positively join in. I write horror but also my Spookie Town Murder Mysteries (Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away, Ghosts Beneath Us and soon:Witches Among Us) of my 24 novels are my best-sellers besides my Dinosaur Lake books. Sounds like fun. LET ME KNOW IF I CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE- OFFER FREE EBOOKS OR AUDIO CODES- OR ANYTHING. Kathryn Meyer Griffith rdgriff@htc.net


message 11: by Dora (new)

Dora Ilieva This is so exciting! Thanks for organizing it.

The Master by Dora Ilieva

The Devil's Gorge by Dora Ilieva


message 12: by Tinsley (new)

Tinsley I only hope that my new book, Design for Death is out in time, it is sheduled for the third or last week in April so it should be. Will be happy to join in


message 13: by Kim (new)

Kim Cresswell Sounds like great fun! ReflectionRetributionResurrect


message 14: by Kain (new)

Kain Jensen Quite the thrill ;)
Path of Shadows


message 15: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Augustine wrote: "I think this quote from Julia Cameron says it all: "Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise."
There you have it! Looking forward to #MysteryWeek."


Love that quote! Thanks for sharing :)


message 16: by Gary (new)

Gary Guinn What a great idea! It will be fun. I'm going to set up a giveaway to coincide with the week. Thanks!

Sacrificial Lam by Gary Guinn


message 17: by James (new)

James Carrol In Search of the Dragon Blanco El Mision by James Carrol

Very well...its like walking through the fog in search of some path
in the narrow streets of Baltimore... leading one to the source.


message 18: by Ritter (new)

Ritter Ames Thanks so much for the heads up.


message 19: by Marsha (new)

Marsha West I write romantic suspense. You often know who my bad guys are, but waiting to see what they're going to do and how the Heroine and Hero will deal with it all can get the juices flowing. My latest is The Theatre, Will be fun to participate. Thanks for setting up a fun activity.


message 20: by Sedonia (new)

Sedonia I'm really excited and looking forward to participating and sharing the mysteries I've written with readers.


message 21: by Anna (new)

Anna Patterson This sounds so interesting. I will mark this on my calendar...
I look forward to all of this.


message 22: by Angela (last edited Apr 18, 2017 08:11AM) (new)

Angela What a great idea and I have the diary noted so that I can take part. Looking forward to it. Messandrierre (Jacques Forêt #1) by Angela Wren


message 23: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer S. Alderson Excellent! Fabulous idea; I'll set up a giveaway for The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery to coincide with Mystery Week. Thanks, Goodreads!
The Lover's Portrait An Art Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #2) by Jennifer S. Alderson. Down and Out in Kathmandu Adventures in Backpacking (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #1) by Jennifer S. Alderson


message 24: by Lissa (new)

Lissa Oliver Looking forward to this! The mystery of who took a large sum of money in my next book remains a mystery even to me so far, so if I leak some of the clues I may get help deciding on the guilty party!Sainte Bastien


message 25: by Malissa (new)

Malissa Moon Great Idea. I am super excited to share my first mystery - my first novella! Poison at the Palm (Jessica Murano #1) by Malissa Moon


message 26: by Helen (last edited Apr 18, 2017 09:19AM) (new)

Helen Christmas I'd be interested in this. I have written a British mystery thriller series which spans 4 decades from the 1970s through to the 80s and 90s.

Visions (Same Face Different Place, #2) by Helen J. Christmas

I have the 4th book coming out in May titled 'Retribution' and happy to leave some clues.


message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Honeysett Well done, Goodreads! This would be a great week to promote my 4mph thriller Grand Union as it coincides with #CanalwayCavalcade at Little Venice where the story reaches its dramatic conclusion.


message 28: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Goerl I think Tim's got a great idea. Why not a "pot luck" mystery giveaway? Might help fans discover an author they didn't know enough about to enter directly.


message 29: by James (new)

James L'Etoile Sounds like fun. I'm in.


message 30: by Gary (new)

Gary Guinn How would that work?


message 31: by Lyn (new)

Lyn Key Sounds like fun for the readers and writers. My mystery Heirloom goes off pre-order and live that weekend.


message 32: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Cross Count me in. Hopefully there will be a sign-up form at some point? The Mystery of Shadow Hills (Skylar Robbins #1) by Carrie Cross The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels (Skylar Robbins #2) by Carrie Cross The Mystery of the Missing Heiress (Skylar Robbins #3) by Carrie Cross


message 33: by Roger (new)

Roger Price Can't beat a bit of death and mayhem on a bank holiday! (Fictionally, of course). Bring on the 1st May.


message 34: by Jean-Luc (new)

Jean-Luc Roy Jean-Luc, it should be interesting.Jean-Luc Roy Totem by Jean-Luc Roy I Cried a Tear by Jean-Luc Roy Thunderghost by Jean-Luc Roy The Newsboy by Jean-Luc Roy The Four Little Witches by Jean-Luc Roy The Last Diner in the Galaxy by Jean-Luc Roy The Spanish Angels by Jean-Luc Roy


message 35: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Cole Sounds like a lot of fun. Count me in. Where There's Smoke


message 36: by Jean (new)

Jean Jacques This is marvelous... The Baby Factory by Jean Jacques Bad Day for Harry Day by Jean Jacques


message 37: by Margaret (last edited Apr 19, 2017 08:46AM) (new)

Margaret McGoverne Hi Cynthia, I've just posted my five-sentence mystery story under "My Writing", but I'm not sure if my tag should read #MysteryWeek or just MysteryWeek, could you confirm, please? Many thanks! The Hand of Kane


message 38: by Simonetta (new)

Simonetta Scotto Io scrivo libri di azione e di suspense, non so se posso partecipare; altro problema: non parlando inglese se non un inglese scolastico molto limitato, non mi sono molto chiare le regole da seguire. Non si potrebbe avere un regolamento in italiano o, al limite, in francese? Grazie per l'eventuale aiuto


message 39: by Helen (new)

Helen L Lowe It's a brilliant idea and sounds lots of fun. Count me in.

'Hartmann: Malicious Rules'

Helen L Lowe


message 40: by Brenda (last edited Apr 19, 2017 09:24AM) (new)

Brenda Felber Sounds like a fun week for readers...middle graders included!

Haunted Hills A Pameroy Mystery by Brenda Felber Watched Places A Pameroy Mystery by Brenda Felber Unsettled Things A Pameroy Mystery (Pameroy Mystery Series Book 1) by Brenda Felber
Looking forward to it... Brenda Felber


message 41: by F. (new)

F. Bennett Sounds like a great idea and lots of fun! I would be up for giving away an autographed copy of my mystery novel, "Saturday Night Dead" to a lucky winner. Let me know how to post it--that would be terrific!
F. H. Belfus-Bennett


message 42: by Marianne (new)

Marianne Petit Does anyone want to be in a critique group? I am a published author with four books out, but I am attempting to write a mystery, which is new for me and I am writing in the first person, something I have never done. That said, I am struggling with this book and would like a few people to offer suggestions. I am more than willing to critique your work. please email me at riteromance@aol.com
thanks


message 43: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Margaret wrote: "Hi Cynthia, I've just posted my five-sentence mystery story under "My Writing", but I'm not sure if my tag should read #MysteryWeek or just MysteryWeek, could you confirm, please? Many thanks! "

Hi Margaret! Mystery Week is fine, as we don't really use hashtags on Goodreads, but you could share it on Twitter on May 1 using #MysteryWeek. From what I read though it's a little more than five sentences tho ;) Love it!


message 44: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Simonetta wrote: "Io scrivo libri di azione e di suspense, non so se posso partecipare; altro problema: non parlando inglese se non un inglese scolastico molto limitato, non mi sono molto chiare le regole da seguire. Non si potrebbe avere un regolamento in italiano o, al limite, in francese? Grazie per l'eventuale aiuto "

Ciao Simonetta! Grazie per il tuo interesse! You can absolutely make the most of this in Italian but right now we're creating content in English only. Mi dispiace! Responding to questions via Ask the Author in Italian works, writing stories in Italian, or listing giveaways for Italian readers are all things you can try during this week. All best!


message 45: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon F. wrote: "Sounds like a great idea and lots of fun! I would be up for giving away an autographed copy of my mystery novel, "Saturday Night Dead" to a lucky winner. Let me know how to post it!"

Perfect! Make sure to note that it's an autographed copy in the giveaway description. You can list your giveaway here.


message 46: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Marianne wrote: "Does anyone want to be in a critique group? I am a published author with four books out, but I am attempting to write a mystery, which is new for me and I am writing in the first person..."

This is an excellent use of this week! Hope you find some folks taking you up on it!


message 47: by Magnus (new)

Magnus Stanke Marianne wrote: "Does anyone want to be in a critique group? I am a published author with four books out, but I am attempting to write a mystery, which is new for me and I am writing in the first person, something ..."

Hello Marianne - what kind of feedback are you hoping for? Have you written a full draft that you would like to share out? I'm always interested in treating pov.
In my third book (I'm nearing the end of the first draft) I'm writing in third person, but the narrator only has knowledge of what goes on in the protagonist's head, i.e. in not really an 'olympic' narrator. I wanted to try to build suspence without the reader having any more knowledge than the main character...

Before I forget, #MysteryWeek sounds swell ;)
best
Magnus


message 48: by Margaret (new)

Margaret McGoverne Cynthia wrote: "Margaret wrote: "Hi Cynthia, I've just posted my five-sentence mystery story under "My Writing", but I'm not sure if my tag should read #MysteryWeek or just MysteryWeek, could you confirm, please? ..."

Thanks, Cynthia! It's - long - but it is actually five sentences (although stretched to the max I admit :-)


message 49: by Marianne (new)

Marianne Petit Magnus wrote: "Marianne wrote: "Does anyone want to be in a critique group? I am a published author with four books out, but I am attempting to write a mystery, which is new for me and I am writing in the first p..."
Hi. Magnus- I have no idea if I am setting the book up as a mystery. I think, what I've written so far, reads more like a romance, which, it is. But my heroine is sent back in time to stop a murder and to find out who the culprit is. I know the element of suspense necessary for a mystery is lacking. That's the help I need. Where to plant those hints, how to, etc.
Thanks for asking
Marianne


message 50: by Magnus (new)

Magnus Stanke Marianne wrote: "Magnus wrote: "Marianne wrote: "Does anyone want to be in a critique group? I am a published author with four books out, but I am attempting to write a mystery, which is new for me and I am writing..."

Well, your story sounds ideal for a suspense/mystery set-up. I think that's where the pov comes in again. If you have an all-knowing narrator, then she/he can drop hints of 'bad things' to come. If it's strictly first person then it's a different ball game. Then again, if your heroine already knows the details of the the murder, which is set in the past, you can create the suspense by her finding out that some of the 'facts' she has turn out to be incorrect, a la John Ford ('if the legend is more interesting than the truth, then print the legend'). In other words, she might find out that what she thinks to be the past is in fact a fabricated truth


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