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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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Foreword

Sarah Paretsky

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

This excellent advice, from the King of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, is all we need to write a novel. Even better, the King is presiding over a trial—to determine the guilt of the Knave of Hearts for stealing a plate of tarts made by the Queen of Hearts. Would-be crime writers can see how a master handles courtroom drama, and how an innocent victim, railroaded by the courts, extricates herself.

So—what could be easier? You’ve got a killer idea, and you’ve been told since first grade that you were a good writer. Just sit in that chair, turn on the machine, begin at the beginning, and—wait, you say you don’t know what ...

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