Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition

  • Publisher: Orange Grove Press
  • Release Date: Nov. 12, 2018
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Available Formats: eBook and Paperback
  • Digital: ISBN 9780998531724
  • Paperback: ISBN 9780998531731

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Writing the Cozy Mystery is a concise writing guide that describes step-by-step how to write a winning whodunit.

Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on how to keep your material fresh. Writing the Cozy Mystery is a handy reference guide that will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues, and solve the crime.

This award-winning second edition contains examples from the author’s Bad Hair Day Mysteries along with writing exercises, marketing tips, advice on how to maintain your series, and special considerations for cozy authors. You’ll find everything you need to know in an easy-to-read, clear manner to write your own mystery and to refresh a long-running series. Recommended for cozy writers, mystery fans, and creative writing classes.

Gold Award Winner in the FWA Royal Palm Literary Awards
Gold Medal Winner in the FAPA President’s Book Awards
First Place Winner in TopShelf Magazine Book Awards
Agatha Awards Finalist

“If you want to write a cozy mystery—or really, any kind of mystery—this is the book for you! Everything you need to know in one handy volume.” Victoria Thompson, Bestselling Author of the Gaslight Mystery Series

“If you are thinking about writing a cozy mystery, read this book first! Nancy lays out all the necessary steps in an interesting and informative way that is easy to follow. Highly recommended.” Catherine Bruns, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Cookies & Chance Mysteries

“Nancy J. Cohen offers clear examples, practical writing exercises, and friendly advice designed to help the beginning cozy author start—and finish!—a saleable book. Even seasoned cozy writers can find helpful hints for building better characters and story.” Diane A.S. Stuckart, NY Times Bestselling Author of the Tarot Cats Mysteries

Awards & Accolades:

       Presidents Book Award

IAN Award Finalist    Royal Palm Literary Awards gold award winner

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“From plot development, revisions, and approaches to characters and crime; to publishing and marketing tips, Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition covers all aspects of production and is a ‘must’ for any author who would adhere to the cozy ideal.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“The author continues to maintain her status as the queen of the cozy mystery, a genre that she not only exemplifies in her own fiction but also defines and gives advice about in the expanded second edition of her guidebook Writing the Cozy Mystery.” Phil Jason, Florida Weekly.

“Ms. Cohen lays the groundwork for any aspiring writer to create their own cozy mystery. A book that as a blogger/reviewer I will turn to again and again, WRITING THE COZY MYSTERY is the perfect resource for what I consider the best (sub) genre there is. Already have, WRITING THE COZY MYSTERY? Well, it’s time to update. This is the Expanded Second Edition!” Lisa K’s Book Review

“This edition is chock-full of writing knowledge from which any author would benefit, especially the mystery writer. I recommend this book to those that wish to write a mystery, or are feeling overwhelmed and clueless about the next steps in their draft. Complete with chapters on writing a synopsis and information on pitching your novel to agents and publishers, this book is an excellent resource for the mystery writer.” 5 stars! Alyssa Elmore, Readers’ Favorite

“If you have ever thought about writing a cozy mystery, you need to read this book. Nancy J. Cohen has a true knack for providing aspiring authors with the tools they need to accomplish their goal of writing their own cozy mystery books. It felt as if she was in the room with me explaining it all in an easy to understand method. This is a quick read and the perfect guide to assist in your writing.” Yvonne Hering, Socrates Book Reviews

“Bestselling author Nancy J Cohen takes the writer from idea to publication and beyond. She covers all the topics a beginning writer needs to get their story idea onto a page, as well as offering information on the process only one who has journeyed the path would know to include. From the writing all the way through to publication and promotion, this book is like having a personal mentor. The book includes not only the necessary building blocks and required ingredients for a book in the cozy mystery genre but also suggestions, insights and useful exercises to encourage, support and aid any writer in making their book come to life.” Laura S. Reading

“Great tool for the fledgling cozy writer…and an excellent resource for the experienced author, too. This volume is packed with great advice for the beginning cozy writer, breaking down the genre into its basics and clearly explaining mystery writing concepts. I wish I’d had a copy back when I was starting out.” Ladyhart

“If you want to know the ins and outs of writing—not just cozies but any writing—Nancy Cohen is a treasure chest of knowledge, from the structure of writing to the very important marketing of your book. Cohen is a master of promotion whether it is print media or social media and a super interesting lecturer and expert on the craft of writing. If you buy only one book to learn about what to do—or not to do with your writing—this is THE book.” Grendal

“Whether you are an aspiring writer who doesn’t know where to start, or an author with a draft in need of tuning up, this book provides the building blocks to create a solid cozy mystery. The tone is pragmatic and direct without being intimidating. I’d recommend for new or aspiring authors, and for public libraries of all sizes, especially those with active writing groups.” M.E. Hill

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