Mysteries for Adults

Murder On A Monday—The Cover Reveal!

My new murder mystery, Murder On A Monday, A Rachel Mathews Murder Mystery published by High Tide Publication Incorporated, is at press, and the cover has now been revealed! I hope it gives readers a good idea of what’s in store, and I’ll let you know when and where it can be purchased soon. {Read More}

Times Are A-Changin’ And Writers Must Be A-Changin’ Too

Times are a-changin’ which means all writers must keep a-changin’ too, if we want to be published and read. Long-gone is the myth of the writer in the cold-water flat banging away on a typewriter and sending the results to a big name publisher who “discovers” a brilliant story within the coffee-stained pages. It’s not happening in this day and age.

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Finding A Traditional Publisher Takes Time—Lots Of It

When you set out to find a traditional publisher for your manuscript (MS), you know it will take a lot of time. You probably know that an agent can help you, or you may have already tried to find one, or you may have decided at the outset to submit to publishers without an agent.

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How To Prepare An MS for A Traditional Publisher

If you want to find a traditional publisher for your manuscrupt (MS), you must prepare it with the utmost care, and enlist all the people you need to help you eliminate any errors. You must also write an excellent query letter, a synopsis or a summary, and a suitable biography. {Read More}

Do You Need An Agent to Find a Traditional Publisher?

Must you have an agent to find a traditional publisher? No, you don’t. However, an agent can introduce you and your manuscript (MS) to well-known, big publishing houses willing to invest money in a new author but are unwilling—and no longer need—to search them out themselves. They trust agents to do that for them. As a result, they generally refuse to read unagented submissions.
Having an agent, therefore, means there will be many more traditional publishers willing to look at your work.

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Buy Your Copy Of Murder On A Monday In Early 2018

High Tide Publications, a traditional US book publisher, will offer my mystery story, Murder On A Monday, to readers in early 2018. Is this a big deal? Am I thrilled? Yes, yes, it’s a very big deal and I’m really thrilled!

Many people, including other writers, urged me to self-publish, but I resisted the coaxing. I knew what was best for me and I’m glad I struggled through the process of finding a traditional publisher. {Read More}

What Are A Writer’s ‘Must Have’ Tools for Writing?

Environmental threats, an over-consumption of resources, and concerns related to the survival of technologies on which we have come to depend raises the question of what we writers actually need to ply our trade. What tools are needed for writing and what would we do if we lost them?

 

We need only to look to the past to realize we can always write if we have basic equipment—that is, something to write on and a tool with which to write. We may currently depend on our word processors and access to the Internet or access to a printer and paper, but we can certainly make do with less. {Read More}

As Writers We Can’t Edit Our Own Work—Or Can We?

As writers, we know we shouldn’t edit our own work but we have no choice when the deadline is tomorrow and there is no one else available. In this day and age of working from home, many of us have a variety of writing assignments with tight deadlines and sometimes may be writing late into the night. With no editor available (awake) for those crunch times, we have no choice but to suck it up and do our best to edit our own material. {Read More}

My Action Adventure Screenplay Is A Mystery Story, Too

My latest writing project was to write an action-adventure screenplay but, naturally, it turned into a mystery story, too. I can’t escape my calling, I guess. The title is Paint It Black.

I now need an agent, and the company that is searching on my behalf took my logline and produced a “logline video” to help advertise the story to people in the movie industry. {Read More}

Writers Must Curb The Time They Spend On Social Media

Writers must learn to curb the time they spend on social media before the days slip by and nothing of significance is added to their screenplay, murder mystery, historic novel, or whatever is the current project. It’s so easy for a writer to get caught up in the whole business of communicating; we feel that as long as we’re writing, we must be doing something useful. Alas, not so. {Read More}

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