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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition, 2nd Edition by Sara Paretsky, Hallie Ephron

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How This Book Works

“Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them, using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them and not placing reliance on Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo-Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence or the Act of God?”

—Membership oath of The Detection Club, founded in 1928; past presidents include Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie

This book is designed to be interactive. It’s loaded with examples for you to read and analyze, Now You Try exercises to do on the spot, and On Your Own end-of-chapter activities for follow-up. The more you do, the more you’ll get out of it.

You’ll notice that some exercises and activities have numbers to the right of the title. ...

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