Mystery Fiction: Detectives

Mystery Fiction: Detectives

Mystery Fiction: Detectives

As I get prepared for my big book release, (Disk of Death will have its cover reveal this week!) I thought I would share some things that might be of interest to a reader of mystery fiction. I read somewhere that mystery fiction wasn’t even called mystery fiction until the 1930s when a crime fiction magazine changed its bent or focus and started calling its stories “mystery”. Apparently, the first mysteries were more like supernatural stories where an unknown, unseen villain was at work. The rise of mystery stories came about when the pulp magazines took the world by storm

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Everything old is new again

Everything old is new again

New is the new old? New efforts on the behalf of old work is a tricky situation. Some people believe that you should never revise previously published work, once it is out there, it’s a done deal. If you try to make it better or change it, well, that’s akin to fooling readers. I mean some poor soul actually slogged through that bad book, didn’t they? But in 2016, self-publishers are going through the roof with changing their previously pubbed works. They change covers, do new edits, add chapters, develop weak characters etc. And of course, there is the age-old

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Cheap things to help sell your book

Cheap things to help sell your book

Cheap things to help sell your book or better known as cheap actions to take to get your book noticed. Yeah, so everyone is an author these days because everyone can self publish their work so easily with what Amazon offers. What used to be a constant stream of conversation in writing circles “how to get my work published” has now turned over to a “how to sell more books”. And with good reason, too. There are a lot of books out there, folks. According to Quora from a year ago, this is the breakdown : Amazon currently lists 32.8

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Mystery Books and Authors I Love

Mystery Books and Authors I Love

Welcome to my book list. Here are some books I love by authors I enjoy reading. Jan Burke— Irene Kelly Mysteries including Goodnight Irene and Dear Irene Patricia Cornwell–Kay Scarpetta Mysteries including Postmortem and Cause of Death Cleo Coyle — Coffeehouse Mysteries including On What Grounds? and A Brew to a Kill Janet Evanovich–Stephanie Plum Mysteries including One for the Money and Two for the Dough Anne George–Southern Sisters Mysteries including Murder on a Girls Night Out and Murder on a Bad Hair Day Sue Grafton–Kinsey Milhorne Mysteries (also known as The Alphabet Mysteries) including A is for Alibi and

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Looking for a good book cover

Looking for a good book cover

The weekend flew by for me– did it do that for you, too? Wow. I am finding that the more I work toward a book release the faster the days go by. I spent all of yesterday putting together a mockup of a cover for the caper mystery. It looked pretty darn sweet, but in the end, I didn’t keep it. Why not? It wasn’t perfect. I know that sounds a little huh-worthy, but let me explain. If you listen to any of the big podcasts, The Creative Penn, The Sell More Books Show etc. you will hear it said

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