Writing the Cozy Mystery (Expanded Second Edition)

Writing the Cozy Mystery (Expanded Second Edition)

by Nancy J. Cohen

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Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don't have a clue where to start? Or maybe you've begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you're already writing a series, and you need tips on keeping your material fresh? Writing the Cozy Mystery will help you develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and solve the crime. This Second Edition contains more examples; additional writing exercises; expanded sections; and seven new chapters including The Muddle in the Middle, Romance and Murder, Special Considerations for Cozy Writers, Keeping a Series Fresh, Writing the Smart Synopsis, Mystery Movies, and Marketing Tips. You'll find everything you need to know in an easy-to-read, clear manner to write your own mystery and maintain a long-running series. Recommended for cozy writers, mystery fans, and creative writing classes.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162153573
Publisher: Nancy J. Cohen
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 222,461
File size: 459 KB

About the Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite gold medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, she is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, Nancy enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com

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Writing the Cozy Mystery 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite Discover how to write and sell your cozy mystery in the excellent how-to book, Writing the Cozy Mystery: Expanded Second Edition by Nancy J. Cohen. Interpersonal relationships define a cozy, as do happy endings wherein the sleuth comes out on top, and the villain is brought to instant justice. Like the sweet romance, readers of the cozy mystery genre expect specific qualities to be present in all of their stories, while other aspects must be censored. Writing a whodunit requires the perfect blend of characters, settings, conflicts, and world building. Learn how to navigate the mystery writing world, plot your story, create suspense, build engaging characters, and sustain your series. This expanded second edition includes additional writing exercises, expanded sections, and seven new chapters, plus extra tips and resources. With content-rich chapters and many excellent examples to draw from, this book is a brilliant tool for the mystery writer's kit. Explore the mystery writing scene in the spellbinding how-to book, Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen. With practical writing examples, valuable writing advice, and a winning arsenal of tools and resources, this book is a must-have on the mystery writer's shelf. I appreciated the author's fresh voice. I enjoyed this book. It contained so much practical advice. 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.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Nancy J. Cohen has done what I have wanted to do for a long time. Using words I could never find (She is a wonderful writer after all), she explains what a true cozy mystery should be. This one sentence says it perfectly. “These stories contain no explicit sex, violence, or bad language.” She also goes on to mention “. . . they are clean books that can be read by all ages.” WRITING THE COZY MYSTERY goes beyond explaining what a cozy mystery is and/or should be. Ms. Cohen lays the ground work for any aspiring writer to create their own cozy mystery. By following her suggestions, I can see a batch of future cozy mysteries by new authors showing up on the scene within the next few years. 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!
WisReader More than 1 year 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