Monday, November 13, 2006

Don't Murder Your Mystery

Chris Roerden, who has been an editor for over forty years, offers advice to those who want to write, and publish, mysteries. She suggests techniques to assist writers in learning the craft. Roerden says, "Your most valuable resource for learning the craft of writing is the work of other authors." She analyzes passages from 130 published crime wriers to demonstrate successful treatment of writing techniques.

I'm not a mystery writer, and I don't intend to write. However, I think Roerden's tools are invaluable to those who want to attract readers, and interest screeners who read manuscripts. If I was planning a mystery, I would grab the opportunity to take Roerden's advice. It's offered with humor and warmth. Roerden wants writers to eliminate mistakes in their manuscripts, mistakes that lead to failure. She doesn't guarantee success. She guarantees that if you follow her suggestions, you'll be working hard, polishing your manuscript, and presenting a work you'll be proud to offer under your name.

Chris Roerden's website is

Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden. BellaRosaBooks, ©2006. ISBN 1933523131 (paperback), 304p.

1 comment:

Deb Baker said...

Chris really is a supreme editor-being. Every writer out there should read this book.