Writing the Mystery Series
It's one thing to write a book, but how do writers get a series going? In this presentation, writers learn how to keep a mystery alive through multiple books, whether like Sue Grafton through 25 novels or a simple trilogy. Learn the science of character arcs, not just in the book but throughout the entire series; how to keep a series familiar yet fresh and new at the same time; the importance of designing a theme that is worthy of multiple books; and knowing when to stop a series when that theme has run its course. Everyone knows that series can capture the attention of an agent or publisher, but the art of managing that series long-term is what sells the reader.
C. Hope Clark publishes award-winning mysteries with Bell Bridge Books in two series —The Carolina Slade Mysteries and The Edisto Island Mysteries. Her eighth release comes out in early 2018, and her ninth by the end of the same year. She's written a dialogue column for Southern Writers Magazine for over two years and admits dialogue is her favorite part to write. When she isn't writing mysteries, however, Hope is editor of FundsForWriters newsletters, reaching 35,000 writers each Friday. FundsForWriters.com has been selected for Writer's Digest's 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 17 years.