“James Scott Bell is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country.”
These are only a few of James Scott Bell’s books, and I own all four. I love his books because they’re easy to understand and he gives plenty of examples when teaching. When I read one of his books on writing, I’m armed with a pen, highlighter, and Post-its. This is what they look like when I’m through with them:
He has also developed an online, interactive program called Knockout Novel on Hiveword that will guide you through your novel, step-by-step. I’ve been using this with my current novel and I love it.
“Garry Rodgers is a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police homicide detective who went on to a second career as a forensic coroner for the Province of British Columbia. In my younger years, I served as a sniper on British Special Air Services (SAS) trained Emergency Response Teams and I’m also a recognized expert witness in Canadian courts on the identification and operation of firearms.”
If you’re a crime writer looking for tips, look no further. Garry Rodgers is not only one of the friendliest guys you’ll ever meet, but he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a retired Homicide Detective and Forensic Coroner, and now a best-selling crime writer and deadly blogger at The Huffington Post.
“This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!”
Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need is a must-have for screenwriters and novelists. Even though it’s made for screenwriters (which I once was), it can be easily applied to novelists. I’ve used this Beat Sheet Calculator (on the right) when figuring out the novel page count (since the book is geared toward screenwriters, those are the page counts he uses). Author Jessica Brody uses Blake’s method to outline and plot all over her novels.
“Born out of the author’s real-life experiences growing up around death investigation, Forensic Speak unlocks the secrets of forensic science for writers and fans alike. Jennifer regularly leads seminars and webinars on forensics and crime fiction.”
I first heard about Jennifer Dornbush on Pilar Alessandra’s On the Page podcast. Her story blew me away and I was hooked. I had to have her book. If you don’t write crime fiction now, this book will make you want to. It did for me.