Writing the Cozy Mystery

Writing the Cozy Mystery

by Nancy J. Cohen

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ISBN-13: 9780991465514
Publisher: Orange Grove Press
Publication date: 02/17/2014
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 574,650
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list. Nancy's imaginative romances have also proven popular with fans. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. Currently, she is serving as President of Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising and outlet shopping.

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Writing the Cozy Mystery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
WisReader 6 days ago
Using her own successful series and experiences as a framework for examples, 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. With generous insider insights and fantastic resources, Nancy is a supporting figure in building and refining your book. From the writing all the way through to publication and promotion, this book is like having a personal mentor to turn to. 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 and be more well received. Covered are aspects from creating characters and world building to networking with fellow writers and editors to building a supportive network of readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the information in this. Easily structured and straight to the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short little read is great to get you started on your own mystery series! A few good points and suggestions helped get me to a place where I can start writing.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen is about writing a whodunit which, as the author says, is a complex task. Mulling over the bits and pieces one has gathered, the puzzle should be made to fit together in the end. This guide begins with the definition of a cozy mystery, its nature, characters, and components, followed by a fairly detailed discussion on how these are all to be organized. Many helpful suggestions are contained in this book, like adding a romantic interlude to control the pace of action, leaving an open thread for readers to pursue in case of a series, making sure that this mystery is completely solved by the end, or introducing a hook to compel the reader to turn the page make this worthy as a ready reference. Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen clearly shows the tough side of a cozy mystery, while amply demonstrating easy and dependable ways to crack it. Many nuances of such a popular form of literature, like when to use a female lead, what pitfalls to watch out for, (“the pacing must be quick, but you should not cheat the reader out of emotional reactions”) are covered in this book. The language is friendly and engaging, and the topic is presented with suitable lists to make comprehension easy. Addresses of websites are also given where one can obtain further data and resources necessary in this connection. A useful guide and ready reference, this book offers a good set of tools to demystify the making of a mystery. The absence of a table of contents slightly diminishes its value as a reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This short book is to the point and modern, specific to someone who I think is wanting to write the quick read mystery series novel as opposed to a more complex stand alone novel.
Beth_Mac More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying this little book with mystery writing insight. If you're going to write cozy mysteries, the concise wisdom of Nancy J. Cohen will help you tremendously.
mbWA More than 1 year ago
This book is invaluable to a cozy writer. Nancy Cohen analyzes the must-haves in a cozy and offers help in organizing. I found the section on clues particularly helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow - what a great guide for writing the cozy mystery! I never knew there was so much involved, but the guidelines in this book are so easy to follow and plan out. I really was never sure what constituted a cozy, but the author points out each and every detail quite clearly. 
CarterkidCO More than 1 year ago
Nancy J. Cohen takes readers behind the scenes, showing them not only what goes into creating a cozy mystery series, but a detailed organizational system for doing it. One appreciates the effort that goes into making a book series look effortless
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is the idea that after buying a book i cant do with it what i want. Give it away to a friend or relative. Donate to the library book sale trade in to the used book store in town resell on amazon drop off to the county jail if soft cover memorize and repeat. Would you prefer to sell two books or be read by five different people? How many free copies have you given away hoping for good review for free copy