How To Get Published
Source List For Writing/Publishing Your Own Mystery
Albert Zuckerman’s Writing the Blockbuster Novel (Writer’s Digest Books, 2002) and Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel, (Writer’s Digest Books, 2001): Two don’t-miss books–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 (www.authorsguild.org): 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 the provisions.
Mystery Scene Magazine, Kate Stine, Editor-in-chief (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’s The Elements of Mystery Fiction (Poisoned Pen Press, 2nd ed, 2004: Great articles on writing and being published in the mystery field.
Guide to Literary Agents (Writer’s Digest Books): A new guide is issued annually, filled with articles, profiles and contact information regarding agents.
Robert Dahlin’s “Publishers Are…Series-ous,” and Judith Rosen’s “…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’s 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 (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.