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
your advice on avoiding rejection may comprise the best technique book
I've ever read." read more
the only craft book I've ever been able to stick with. Love it!"
for DON'T SABOTAGE YOUR SUBMISSION:
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!"
About the Author:
Author's website: www.writersinfo.info
Workshops for Writers:
Thu.-Sun. Oct. 8-11 - Raleigh, NC: Bouchercon: World's Largest Mystery Readers Convention. (Chris will either present a Sisters in Crime workshop or head a panel--or both--designed for writers) http://Bouchercon2015.org
Sat. Feb. 8, Greensboro, NC: Writers Group of the Triad, Greensboro Central Library, 3 pm: Chris is guest speaker.
Aug. 1-3, Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, New Brunswick, NJ: Hyatt Regency, 2 Albany St. The best small mystery writers conference with top-notch authors, mostly from the Tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT, as well as elsewhere). Friday 1-4:30pm: Chris presents a half-day intensive on The Writer's Voice and Show or Tell? Also Saturday 9am: Chris is the editor on a panel of authors discussing revision. For more information: http://deadlyink.com
Aug. 7-10, Cape Cod Writers Conference, Hyannis, MA: Hyannis Resort & Conference Center, 35 Scudder Ave. Chris presents "Four Levels of Showing vs Telling to Engage Readers' Emotions," Friday intensive, continued Saturday. "The Writer's Voice," Sunday half-day intensive. www.capecodwriterscenter.org
Sun. Oct. 19, 2-4 pm, High Point, NC: The Writer's Craft series: "Dialogue: Watch What You Say (or Put in the Mouths of Your Characters)!" Chris presents a two-hour interactive workshop at the High Point Library, 901 N. Main St. Cosponsored by Sisters in Crime of the Triad and High Point Library. Free. http://murderwewrite.org
Sat. Nov. 1-Sun. Nov. 2, Fayetteville, NC: "Writer's Workshop at Your Library 2014." Fayetteville Library, 300 Maiden Lane. "The Writer's Voice," and other techniques of effective writers.
Sat. Feb. 9, Burlington Writers: Graham, NC, 10 am; see burlingtonwritersclub.org
Sun. Feb. 10, Triad Sisters in Crime: High Point, NC, "What Do Editors Want? Secrets to Getting Your Submission Read," High Point Library, 2-4 pm, 1st floor
Sat. Feb. 23, Book 'Em NC: Lumberton, NC, all day workshops, authors' displays, autographing. Proceeds donated to literacy: "Buy a Book, Stop a Crook!" See http://bookemnc.org
Thu. Mar. 7, Greenville, SC: Workshop on how to get right 1 special craft most writers get wrong; UpState South Carolina Chapter of Sisters in Crime. http://sincupstatesc.blogspot.com
Fri. May 3 - Sun. May 5, Bethesda, MD: MALICE DOMESTIC 25, Hyatt Hotel. Chris is panel moderator for authors Carolyn Hart, Gregg Herren, Kathleen Ernst, and Ellen Byerrum.
Sun. Aug. 11, Triad-Piedmont Sisters in Crime 10th Anniversary Celebration & 3rd Annual Networking Event for Writers: Claremont, NC (near Hickory). FREE except for your own lunch -- an opportunity, whether published or unpublished, to meet and network with published authors and others working in the book industry. PLUS: Everyone gets 3-5 minutes at the mic to promote (and sell) your books or ask for assistance from others in the industry -- such as: whom to contact for what? solutions to a sticky writing problem? nearest critique group? other advice? or whatever info or contacts YOU need to reach your goal! Limited to the first 50 to preregister: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue. Sep. 17, Poughkeepsie, NY: Writer's Workshop by Chris Roerden: An Editor's Secrets for Getting Published, 6:30-8:30 pm, Adriance Library, ground fl. meeting room, 93 Market St. Tel: 845-485-3445. http://poklib.org
Wed.-Sat. Sep. 19-22, Albany, NY: Bouchercon, Empire State Plaza. On Saturday, 1:50-2:15pm, Chris moderates the panel of authors covering: "Tomorrow is Today: Keeping Deadlines at Bay." Several booksellers will be offering for sale her Agatha-award-winning DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY.
Sat. Sep. 28 - Sisters in Crime Central New Jersey: Jamesburg Center, 139 Stevens Ave., Jamesburg, NJ 08831. As speaker for the chapter's annual meeting, Chris presents "An Editor's Tips to Help Get You Published," 11:30am-1:30pm. Guests and new members are welcome at any time. Contact Sue Ortiz, email@example.com or see website: sistersincrimenj.org
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