Writing/Publishing Your Own Mystery
Donald Maass, Writing the Breakout Novel, (Writer's Digest Books,
2001) -- A wonderfully comprehensive guide by a veteran agent in the
mystery field, and the best book on writing fiction that I've ever read, period.
The Authors Guild Bulletin, 330 West 42nd Street New York, NY
10036 -- The Guild prints key articles on publishing (e.g., the
author/agent relationship: Winter, 2003 issue), and its office will
review publishing contracts offered to its members and give advice on
Mystery Scene Magazine, Kate Stine, Editor-in-chief, 331 W. 57th
St., Suite 148, New York, NY 10019 (or via the internet at
www.mysteryscenemag.com) -- A terrific source on the craft of mystery
writing and market information.
Writing Mysteries, Sue Grafton, ed. (Writer's Digest Books,
2002) and William G. Tapply, The Elements of Mystery Fiction (Poisoned Pen
Press, 2nd ed, 2004 -- Great articles on writing and being published in
the mystery field.
2005 Guide to Literary Agents, Kathryn S. Brogan, ed. (Writer's
Digest Books, 2004) -- Articles, profiles and contact information
Robert Dahlin, "Publishers Are...Series-ous," and Judith Rosen,
"...the Stores," Publishers Weekly, Vol. 249, Number 16 (April 22,
2002) -- Insightful explanations of why editors and bookstores look for
"series" potential in evaluating an author's "first" mystery.
Tad Crawford and Kay Murray, The Writer’s Legal Guide (Authors
Guild, 3rd ed. 2002) -- Explains an author's legal rights in lay-person terms.
The Association of Authors' Representatives, PO Box 237201, Ansonia
Station, New York, NY 10003 (www.aar-online.org) -- Contact the
association for its Canon of Ethics, a list of member agents, and a
brochure on obtaining an agent.
Writing the Private Eye Novel: A Handbook by the Private Eye
Writers of America, Robert J. Randisi, ed. (Writer's Digest, 1997) -- Still the
definitive treatment on this category of mystery.