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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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Part IV

Publishing Your Mystery Novel

“Closely akin to the popular delusion … that the construction of the detective story is child’s play is an equally unfounded, general belief that the form is a literary gold mine, with financial rewards to the author out of all proportion to the amount of labor involved.”

—Howard Haycraft, Murder for Pleasure: The Life and Times of the Detective Story

And you thought writing the book was hard. Getting it into the hands of readers is another challenge that requires an entirely different skill set. Now you have to become knowledgeable about the publishing business and make shrewd decisions in support of your book and your writing career.

Over the last decade, publishing has been transformed by the rise of the ...

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