Reference Books for Writers by Sisters in Crime Members

EDITING

Don’t Murder Your Mystery: 24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D. O. A.
AUTHOR: Chris Roerden
ISBN: 978-1-933523-13-2
PUBLISHER: Bella Rosa Books, 2006
FORMAT: trade paper, 304 pp, indexed
HONORS: Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction Book; finalist for Anthony Award; finalist for Macavity Award; Writer’s Digest Book Club selection
URL: www.writersinfo.info

Don’t Sabotage Your Submission: Insider Information from a Career Book Editor to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D. O. A.
AUTHOR: Chris Roerden
ISBN: 978-1-933523-31-6 (revision of Don’t Murder Your Mystery)
PUBLISHER: Bella Rosa Books, 2008
FORMAT: trade paper, 312 pp, indexed
HONORS: Benjamin Franklin Award for Literary Criticism; finalist for ForeWord Review Writing Book of the Year; Royal Palm Award for Best Educational / Instructional Book; Royal Palm Award for Book of the Year
URL: www.writersinfo.info
 

FORENSICS

HISTORICALS

How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries: The Art and Adventure of Sleuthing Through the Past
AUTHOR: Kathy Lynn Emerson
ISBN: 978-1-880284-92-6
PUBLISHER: Perseverance Press, 2008
FORMAT: trade paper, 224 pp, indexed
HONORS: Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction Book
URL: www.kathylynnemerson.com

INVESTIGATION

Police Procedure & Investigation: A (Howdunit) Guide for Writers
AUTHOR: Lee Lofland
ISBN: 978-1-58297
PUBLISHER: Writer’s Digest Books, 2007
FORMAT: trade paper, 384 pp, indexed
HONORS: finalist for Macavity Award
URL: www.leelofland.com

LAW

Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately about Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure
AUTHOR: Leslie Budewitz
ISBN: 978-1-610350-19-8
PUBLISHER: Linden Publishing, 2011
FORMAT: trade paper, 220 pp, indexed
HONORS: Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction Book; finalist for Anthony Award; finalist for Macavity Award; finalist for National Indie Excellence Award
URL: www.lawandfiction.com

MARKETING

WRITER’S LIFE

Sara Paretsky: Writing in an Age of Silence
AUTHOR: Sara Paretsky
ISBN: 978-1-84467-122-9
PUBLISHER: Verso, 2007
FORMAT: hard cover, 158 pp, annotated; reprinted 2009, trade paper
URL: WWW.saraparetsky.com

Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path: The Journey from Frustration to Fulfillment
AUTHOR: Nancy Pickard (with Lynn Lott)
ISBN: 978-0-345451-10-1
PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books, 2003
FORMAT: trade paper, 237 pp
URL: WWW.nancypickard.com


WRITING

Everything Guide to Writing a Novel: From Completing the First Draft to Landing a Book Contract
AUTHOR: Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene
ISBN: 1-593-371-32-2
PUBLISHER: Adams Media, 2004
FORMAT: 9x8 paper, 320 pp, indexed
URL: WWW.joyceandjimlavene.com

Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel: All the Tools You Need to Write and Sell Your First Novel
AUTHOR: Hallie Ephron
ISBN: 978-1-440510-63-2
PUBLISHER: Adams Media, 2010
FORMAT: trade paper, 304 pp, indexed
HONORS: finalist for Edgar Award for Critical/Biographical
URL: WWW.hallieephron.com

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock ‘em Dead with Style
AUTHOR: Hallie Ephron
ISBN: 978-1582973-76-0
PUBLISHER: Writer’s Digest Books, 2005
FORMAT: trade paper, 256 pp, indexed
HONORS: finalist for Edgar Award for Critical/Biographical
URL: WWW.hallieephron.com

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