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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

How to Knock 'Em Dead With Style


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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel

How to Knock 'Em Dead With Style
by Hallie Ephron
Writer's Digest Books, 2005
ISBN 1-58297-376-8
$16.99 paperback, 256 pages

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About the Book
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 mystery writing, including:

  • planning, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise ending
  • creating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain
  • deceiving and revealing with red herrings and clues
  • writing investigation, spine-tingling suspense, and dramatic action
  • revising—from sharpening characters, to optimizing pace, to smithing words
  • engaging the reader

By the time you finish reading part one of this book, you will have a blueprint for your entire story. Parts two and three take your blueprint from idea to well-polished novel. Part four is an insider’s guide to getting it into an agent’s or publisher’s hands.

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