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Promoting Your Book

Most people who have a book published don't have a big publicity machine behind them. As a result, most of the promoting for their book they have to do themselves. Everyone, it seems, is searching for that magic promotional formula that will get their book the widest possible exposure.  But in a market saturated not only with novels in general but crime and mystery novels in particular, how do you get noticed at all? You may be fortunate enough to have your book reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, but if you're not, what do you do? I have a small press publisher, so it's fair to say I've given a good deal of thought to this question. Here are some of my thoughts…

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How Hard Should You Try to Get an Agent?

The question of whether you should put a lot of effort into getting an agent to represent you may seem like a silly question. Writers who do not have agents frequently refer in conversation to their attempts to get one. Writers who do have agents mention this fact often in conversation, and any time they have a […]

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Howcatchem: A Look at the Mystery in Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Broadly speaking, there are two types of mystery stories: whodunnits and whydunnits. We read a mystery story to find out who committed the crime (with the why, the motive, often serving to help the investigator find the culprit), or we read knowing from early on who the guilty party is as the story lays out […]

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Mug Shot: Jon McGoran

Jon McGoran is the author of six novels including the Doyle Carrick biotech thrillers Drift, Deadout, and the newest releases, the novel Dust Up, and the novella Down to Zero, all from Tor/Forge. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is the author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison, and Freezer Burn. He has written a number of crime, horror and science fiction short stories and novellas, as well […]

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