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Hard Case Crime: Spotlight Market

For this week’s spotlight market, we look at Hard Case Crime, a book publisher which accepts queries for crime and mystery novels directly from potential authors (no agents required).

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Hard Case Crime: Spotlight Market

Hard Case Crime is a book publisher that focuses on the sort of crime and mystery novels of the golden age of detective novels. As they say on their website, "Hard Case Crime is dedicated to reviving the vigor and excitement, the suspense and thrills—the sheer entertainment—of the golden age of paperback crime novels, both by bringing back into print the best work of the pulp era and by introducing readers to new work by some of today's most powerful writers and artists."

Forthcoming novels from this publisher include Blood Sugar, by Daniel Kraus; The Triumph of the Spider Monkey, by Joyce Carol Oates; and The Colorado Kid, by Stephen King. They also publish comics and graphic novels.

What They’re Looking For: From Hard Case's website, "Determined detectives and dangerous women...fortune hunters and vengeance seekers...ingenious criminals and men on the run...Hard Case Crime novels offer everything you want from a great story."

How to Submit: Prospective authors should query first at editor@hardcasecrime.com.

(Click here to learn how to write a query letter.)

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Create a Compelling Mystery!

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From Sherlock Holmes to Columbo to Law & Order and CSI, mysteries have endured through the decades. Indeed, trying to guess the identity of a killer while tagging along with the protagonist is a stimulating way to spend an hour in front of the television or days immersed in an engrossing novel. You strive to be smarter than the suspect, just as clever as the hero in pursuit--you want to figure it all out before anyone else.

During this webinar, writer and producer Charles Kipps will walk you through the steps necessary to create a compelling mystery. You'll explore all aspects of storytelling which combine to make a mystery a mystery: the suspects, the clues, and the protagonist's crime-solving methods. Whether you're a writer or a mystery lover, this seminar will demystify the puzzle of mysteries. As a writer, you'll learn how to outsmart your audience.

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