Crafting and Selling a Page-Turner

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In this enlightening tutorial session, you’ll learn how to illustrate all of the critical elements necessary for crafting a tale that not only grabs readers and keeps them reading, but enables you to build an airtight mystery that delivers thrills, chills, and a satisfying conclusion.

This tutorial is taught by award-winning writer, book reviewer, and writing instructor Hallie Ephron. Hallie is the author of numerous mysteries and thrillers, including Never Tell a Lie (William Morrow). Never Tell a Lie won the David Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2010, and Publishers Weekly calls it "stunning" and a "deliciously creepy tale of obsession." Hallie is also the author of the Edgar-nominated Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel (Writer’s Digest Books) and The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel (Adams Media).

Instructor Hallie Ephron gives you an inside look at how to craft enthralling novels that crank up the suspense and compel readers to keep turning the pages until THE END—which is the key to hooking agents, editors, and readers around the world.

In this 65-minute tutorial video, you'll learn:

  • The keys to planning your story, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise ending
  • Techniques for creating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain
  • The art of deceiving and revealing with red herrings and clues
  • Guidelines for writing credible investigations, spine-tingling suspense, and dramatic action
  • Revision techniques—from sharpening characters, to optimizing pace, to word selection
  • How to engage every reader
  • How to catch the eye of an agent or editor and sell your work!

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