We talk a lot about book marketing these days--how to sell more books, how to use social media, how to build a mailing list. All those things are important. I even have some courses on them. But sometimes, in the quest for more sales, we forget to focus on the most important thing of all--becoming better writers.
I'm looking for a few good crime writers to go on a journey with me. Good writers who want to be great ones, or dedicated beginners looking to sharpen and deepen their understanding of the writing craft.
If this sounds like you, I'd love to have you on board.
We'll get to know each other in the Discussion forum, share our writing goals and the areas in which we'd like to improve, and start reading the books we'll be using in the coming year.
Then, starting on January 2, 2018, we'll deconstruct top contemporary crime novels to learn story structure, dialogue, exposition, subtext, and more. Most important, we'll learn strategies we can apply to any book we read in the future. Imagine being mentored and taught the craft of writing by your favorite authors. This course is the next best thing.
Want to come along?
January: The Poet - Michael Connelly
February: Winter and Night - S.J. Rozan
March: Mystic River - Dennis Lehane
April: Wire in the Blood - Val McDermid
May: Red Dragon - Thomas Harris
June: One for the Money - Janet Evanovitch
July: Iron Lake - William Kent Krueger
August: The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter
September: The Last Detective - Robert Crais
October: One Corpse Too Many - Ellis Peters
November: In the Blood - Lisa Unger
December: The Good Byline - Jill Orr
If you have any questions about the course, please send me an email at email@example.com.
About the instructor
Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the author of the internationally published, Nashville-based Jared McKean private detective mysteries. She writes a series of author interviews for the International Thriller Writers' The Big Thrill online Magazine and is also a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir anthology and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction.
Terrell is a recipient of several awards for service to the crime writing community, including the 2017 Killer Nashville Builder Award and two awards for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA): the 2009 Magnolia Award and the 2017 Silver Quill Award.
A former special education teacher with thirty years of experience as a teacher and trainer, Terrell is a writing coach and consultant who also teaches workshops on the craft and business of writing fiction. Contact her at: http://www.jadenterrell.com.