Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: Revised & Expanded

by Hallie Ephron, ISBN 9781440347160

A brand new edition of the classic Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: Revised & Expanded from Writers Digest Books. It’s simply one of the best, most comprehensive guides out there on the craft of writing a mystery.

“The best how-to guide I have ever seen–I just wish I could have read it years ago.” — LEE CHILD, New York Times best-selling author

Award Nominations

Nominated for Edgar and Anthony Awards.

What’s in it?

This is the book that takes the mystery out of the writing process, making it less daunting for beginners and more efficient for experienced writers.

*Features comprehensive instruction, exercises, and worksheets for mystery writers of all levels, including a format for a novel blueprint
*Addresses all subgenres of mystery from hardboiled crimes and cozies to romantic thrillers and medical mysteries
*Covers how to grab readers from the first chapter, how to construct effective plots, and how to revise and submit mysteries to publishers

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
WRITING & SELLING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL: Revised & Expanded


Foreword by Sara Paretsky
Introduction

PART I PLANNING
CHAPTER 1: The Premise
CHAPTER 2: The Mystery Sleuth
CHAPTER 3: The Crime and the Victim’s Secrets
CHAPTER 4: The Villain
CHAPTER 5: Innocent Suspects
CHAPTER 6: The Supporting Cast
CHAPTER 7: The Web of Characters with Competing Goals
CHAPTER 8: Setting
CHAPTER 9: Staking Out the Plot
CHAPTER 10: Picking a Title
A Blueprint for Planning a Mystery Novel

PART II WRITING
CHAPTER 11:
Writing a Dramatic Opening
CHAPTER 12: Introducing the Protagonist
CHAPTER 13: Introducing Major and Minor Characters
CHAPTER 14: Dramatizing Scenes and Writing Chapters
CHAPTER 15: Narrative Voice and Viewpoint
CHAPTER 16: Writing Dialogue
CHAPTER 17: Creating a Sense of Place
CHAPTER 18: Writing Investigation: Clues, Red Herrings and Misdirection
CHAPTER 19: Writing Suspense
CHAPTER 20: Writing Action
CHAPTER 21: Puzzling It Out: Writing Reflection
CHAPTER 22: Layering in Backstory
CHAPTER 23: Writing the Final Climax
CHAPTER 24: Writing the Coda

PART III REVISING
CHAPTER 25:
Flying High: Fixing Plot and Character
CHAPTER 26: Flying Low: Polishing Scenes and Sentences
CHAPTER 27: Seeking Criticism and Finding Your Own Fix
CHAPTER 28: Preparing the Final Manuscript

PART IV PUBLISHING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL
CHAPTER 29:
Placing Your Novel with a Traditional Publisher
CHAPTER 30: Self-Publishing Your Novel

Appendix of Resources for Mystery Writers

 

The classic how-to book about mystery writing

“The best how-to guide I’ve ever seen–I just wish I could have read it ten years ago.” — Lee Child, NY Times best-selling mystery author

A few recommended books for the mystery writer:

  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Plot Perfect by Paula Munier
  • Mastering Suspense Structure & Plot by Jane K. Cleland
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon
  • Don’t Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden
  • Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard
  • Police Procedure and Investigation by Lee Lofland
  • Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
  • Story by Robert McKee
  • Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensics Questions for Mystery Writers by D. P. Lyle
  • The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel by Hallie Ephron