Learn How to Write a Thriller or Mystery That Sells (and Get a Free Critique!)

Writers always ask, “What’s hot? What sells?” While trends come and go, one of the most popular genres of all time is thriller. And not just thriller, but also mystery and crime. If these genres interest you, you’re in luck. Elisabeth Sims, author of the award-winning Rita Farmer mysteries is teaching a webinar on Nov. 18, 2010: “How to Write a Dynamite Mystery or Thriller That Sells.”



The webinar is at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, and lasts 90 minutes. If you cannot make the live event, you can still get the critique from Elizabeth and access an archived recording of the webinar. Sign up here.

3 Reasons to Attend:

1. Elizabeth Knows Her Stuff.
She’s written multiple mystery series with the big NYC publishers. She’s
helped thousands of writers to enrich their work, expand their talents, and learn the elements of wildly successful fiction.

2. Free Critique!
All registrants are invited to submit Page 1 of their mystery/thriller/suspense manuscript in advance of the event. Sign up here.

3. These Genres Sell.
Millions of genre readers are eager for new stories.
Especially in today’s digital-boom market, agents and editors are
hungrily searching for fresh talent
. If you want to hear that magic sentence, “We’d like to make you an offer,” you must write a mystery or thriller that will quicken the pulse of even the most jaded agent or editor. Deals for good new books happen every day. And the writer who stands the best chance has gained a rock-solid knowledge of the essential elements, such as:

  • Definitions of the mystery form and the thriller form, and the essential elements of each.
  • How a successful mystery/thriller uses ancient storytelling techniques to hook a modern audience.
  • How to start with a basic idea for a mystery or thriller and build a novel-length plot from there.
  • Why subplots are so important in these genres, and how to weave them into your main plot.
  • Why you should unfetter your imagination every chance you get.
  • How to write convincing characters and places.
  • Newbie mistakes to avoid, including page/chapter 1 clichés and overused techniques.


Elizabeth Sims is the author of seven popular novels, most recently On Location: A Rita Farmer Mystery (2010, St. Martin’s Minotaur). Booklist calls her crime fiction “as smart as it is compelling.” Besides the Rita Farmer Mysteries, she’s the author of the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd Mysteries. Elizabeth is also a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, where she specializes in the art and craft of fiction. She holds degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University (where she won the Tompkins Award for Graduate Fiction), and she loves to help fledgling authors find their wings.

Questions: writingwebinars@fwmedia.com.

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