Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Mysteries and the Hook

Quick note for my readers who write mysteries. Jessica Faust, literary agent at Bookends LLC, has a great post today about "Does your hook match your genre?" She discusses the three types of mystery novels: cozy mystery, mystery, and suspense/thriller. The distinction is important on several levels. First, as Jessica points out, the hook should match the genre. Second, you need to have a clear idea of what your work represents as you prepare to pitch it to an agent or editor.

For those of you nearing that stage in your writing career, read the three-part post on Contracts, the last installment of which was posted today at Writer Unboxed. It's excellent. Something to file away for future reference.

Come back tomorrow for my regular post--an interview with author Katie Cushman.

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