How to write crime stories

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Writing 150 words. No big giảm giá khuyến mãi, right? Most of the time that’s true, but I’m talking about baông xã of the book copy. The words potential readers use to lớn decide whether or not your book is worth purchasing.They are the hardest 150 words I’ve ever written. Well, actually, it turned out khổng lồ be more in the neighborhood of 120.When I signed my publishing giảm giá, I didn’t realize I’d have to write those all important words. I figured there were people who did that, people who knew how to write copy that would inspire a reader lớn buy a book. Turns out for my publisher that person is...me.Once I stopped hyperventilating and got down lớn business, I discovered I rather enjoy doing it. (Remind me of that the next time you see me banging my head against the wall in frustration.)There are positives about writing your own baông xã of the book copy. First, you know what your book’s about so the text will actually match the story. (I’ve read copy on books where that wasn’t true or, at least, was misleading.) Second, it’s nice to have sầu control over what’s on the bachồng cover. The only negative is that it takes time. Lots of it.I wrote the baông xã copy for my first book, Fatal Brushstroke, but that was much easier. Mostly because I already had some text I’d written as an exercise for a mystery writing course I took years ago so I had a good start. I think the copy turned out pretty good. Or, at least, I’m not embarrassed about the result. Here it is:A dead toàn thân in her garden & a homicide detective sầu on her doorstep... Computer programmer & tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson doesn’t envision finding either when she steps outside to lớn investigate the frenzied yipping coming from her own backyard. After all, she lives in Vista Beach, a quiet California beach community where violent crime is rare and murder even rarer. Suspicion falls on Rory when the body toàn thân buried in her flowerbed turns out to be someone she knows—her tole painting teacher, Hester Bouquet. Just two weekends before, Rory attended one of Hester’s weekkết thúc painting seminars, an unpleasant experience she vowed never lớn repeat. As evidence piles up against Rory, she embarks on a quest to lớn identify the killer and clear her name. Can Rory unearth the truth before she encounters her own brush with death?For my second book, Paint the Town Dead, I had khổng lồ figure out once again how khổng lồ write words that fairly portrayed my novel, while at the same time, would convince someone to consider reading more.

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So here’s how I went about it.First, I thought about what I wanted to see in baông xã of the book copy. As a reader, I really just want to lớn get a sense of the type of book (cozy, thriller, private eye), khổng lồ know who the protagonist is , where the story is phối and what the main problem is. That’s all I want khổng lồ know. I get irked when the back copy tells me too much about the story. Really irked.This kind of copy has a particular style so I immersed myself in reading the backs of dozens of books similar lớn my own. The text on the baông xã of a thriller is different from that on the baông chồng of a private eye novel or a cozy so reading the right kinds of books is important here. That wasn’t terribly hard since I have an extensive library of mystery books, most of them in the cozy vein. All I had to lớn vì was walk down the stairs và start reading. I also checked out Amazon and read the descriptions of other books similar to lớn my own.Then I checked online khổng lồ see if anyone had any words of wisdom about writing baông chồng of the book copy. These two posts were the most helpful to me:http://jamigold.com/2012/04/tips-for-writing-back-cover-copy-guest-roz-morris/ http://marilynnbyerly.com/blurb.htmlFinally, I started writing. Or, should I say, staring off inkhổng lồ space thinking about what khổng lồ write. I wrote a sentence here, another there, và finally I had text I found reasonable enough khổng lồ submit to lớn my publisher. Here it is:The Ocean Painting Society invites you to lớn join the painting wave sầu... It’s June in the quiet Los Angeles County city of Vista Beach, the place computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson calls home page. Decorative sầu painters are flocking to the newly built Akaw khách sạn khổng lồ attkết thúc the Ocean Painting Society’s inaugural convention. During the weeklong event, Rory plans on shopping the trade show floor, working in her mother’s booth, taking classes and connecting with other decorative painting fans. She doesn’t expect to lớn witness her childhood frikết thúc collapse in class & die. When the police find no evidence of foul play, Rory embarks on her own investigation. Can she brush aside the lies to lớn uncover the truth and bring the killer lớn justice? It’s not the most wonderful text in the world. It could probably be better, but I think it fairly portrays the book I wrote and sounds cozyish.I’ve sầu submitted the copy khổng lồ my publisher. I have sầu no idea if they’ll deem it acceptable or if I’ll have sầu lớn go back to lớn the drawing board. I’m hoping it’s the former, but I"m prepared for the latter.Has anyone else written back of the book copy? Any tips? ‘Cause I’ll have lớn vì it again for book 3...