Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award
Insider Information from a career Manuscript Editor
full of practical advice for the novice writer. Even seasoned writers
could use a copy as a refresher course."
of its kind by far. Required for my college level students. Recommended
for all aspiring writers."
I recommend this book to fiction writers, be they literary, mainstream,
or genre writers."
"A savvy writer's
guide to creating a manuscript that will SELL!"
"A must for
anyone who seeks to become a published author."
"This is an
undisputed winner. If you're after a book that will help you whip your
writing into shape, you couldn't do much better than this. This book,
in my opinion, is one that you must buy if you're at all serious about
seeing yourself in print. Highly recommended."
... As I read each
chapter, I discovered new reasons why agents reject my manuscript after
a partial read. With the exception of the chapter on Prologues and the
one on shifting point of view, there wasn't a mistake that I hadn't made.
The good news, of course, is that all of these mistakes can be corrected,
and thanks to Chris Roerden, now I know how to do it.
for DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY:
writers may also find the tips helpful and inspiring if they have hit
a roadblock in their current work. I went back and rewrote an entire first
page after reading it."
insightful.... Highly recommended."
to fiction writers of all genres. An enthusiastically recommended, energetic,
wealth of good advice, supported by excellent examples."
a clear and thoughtful style . . . Don't Murder Your Mystery is smarter,
more comprehensive, more effectively targeted, and more accessible than
most books on writing . . . a thoughtful tune-up for writers at all levels."
her 40 years' experience as an award-winning author, manuscript editor
and teacher, Chris shares the secrets of how to get past the manuscript
screeners. . . . they apply to all genres of fiction."
writing 9 novels, I keep this book by my computer with my thesaurus and
dictionary as an indispensable tool. I can truthfully say I've learned
more from it than any of the numerous other instructional manuals I've
writer will find at least a half-dozen tips that will directly apply to
his or her own work. I certainly did!"
"On the level
of the William Noble writer's guides. I wish this excellent manual was
available when I began my career!"
small press book. . . Get a copy."
put it down. Another benchmark. She shows us how to avoid all the mistakes
writers make that drive readers nuts. I find myself quoting from it when
I teach workshops."
of the best books of its type on the market. Of all my books on wrirting,
it's the one I would not part with."
the title fool you. This book is not just for mystery writers. ALL fiction
writers can benefit. 5 stars!"
reading will be Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerden."
"One of the
more fascinating guests at this year's Cape Fear Crime Festival was an
editor, Chris Roerden, who's worked in . . . publishing for more than
40 years. In case you missed her workshop . . . you can get her coaching
through her book."
"Lots of good
information, even for experienced writers, presented with wit."
"I urge you
to think of Don't Murder Your Mystery as a short (and well-written and
often funny) lesson in 'author appreciation.' We take art appreciation
without any thought to becoming an artist. Even tone deaf students take
About the Author:
Author's website: www.writersinfo.info
2011 Workshops for Writers:
23-25, Charlotte, NC: FILLING THE BLANK PAGE
Oct. 15, Manteo,
NC/Roanoke Island: SKILL BUILD FOR ALL WRITERS
2012 Workshops for
Sat. Feb. 3, Wilmington,
NC: CAPE FEAR CRIME FESTIVAL
Sat. Feb. 25, Lumberton,
NC: BOOK'EM NORTH CAROLINA
Sat. Apr 19-21,
Las Vegas, NV: LAS VEGAS WRITERS CONFERENCE
Fri.-Sat. Sep. 14-15, Nashville, TN: THE WRITERS LOFT ORIENTATION for a limited number of students earning a certificate in Creative Writing from Middle Tennessee State University. http://www.mtsu.edu/theloft/
Fri.-Sun. Oct. 26-28, Lake Mary, FL: FLORIDA WRITERS ASS'N CONFERENCE. http://www.floridawriters.net/
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