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Make Crime Pay

April 22nd, 2016

debut-blogI can’t say that I’m particularly interested in reading crime novels, though if one is recommended or catches my eye I’m more than happy to give it a go. But I have noticed, when I visit my local library, that the crime section seems to be growing and there’s an insatiable appetite for it on Amazon. Plus every time you turn on your TV the channels seem packed with crime dramas, both original and based on books.

So I thought I’d have a look at The Crime Writers’ Association Not everyone can join – you have to have a crime novel or non-fiction book published before you can apply for membership. They don’t accept self-published books or ones where you’ve contributed towards the cost. But they do accept plays, screenplays plus radio and TV work that has been professionally produced.  And if you’ve got a valid contract for a book that will be published within the next two years you can become a Provisional Member.  Benefits of being a member include networking with other writers and useful contacts; conferences and other events; their monthly magazine; a free tax helpline (not to be sniffed at when you’re starting out) and the opportunity to sell your books through The Crime Readers’ Association.

If you are one of the millions who really enjoy the crime genre and like to keep up with the latest trends and authors then you could certainly consider joining The Crime Readers’ Association –  there are no restrictions on membership and it’s free! Subscribers receive a bi-monthly edition of their online magazine, Case Files, along with all sorts of interesting features, articles and recommendations for good reads. They also say there are “exciting giveaways, exclusive discounts and special events”.

Moving away from crime fiction, the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller 2016 is now in its final weeks – the closing date being 31st May.  As the name suggests, they are looking for an unpublished writer with the potential to become a bestselling author. If you win you’ll receive a £50,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton.

Your entry should be 10,000 words of your novel plus a detailed synopsis and a brief biography. They will accept most genres but not science fiction, fantasy or children’s/teenage fiction. The good news is that your novel doesn’t have to be complete when you submit it because if you’re shortlisted you have until 12th December to produce the final manuscripts, which must be at least 80,000 words. The other piece of good news is that it’s free to enter – through the online submission system.

If you do feel that you’ve got a bestseller in you, bursting to get out, then you might want some expert advice.  Our Fiction Course looks at all aspects of planning and writing a novel including plotting, characterisation, dialogue, setting and atmosphere. It also covers short stories and writing for radio, TV and the stage. And, until 1st May, there’s a special offer giving you £25 off the normal price.

Finally, don’t forget our Flash Fiction Competition. The closing date of 30th April is approaching fast; so if you’ve a story you want to submit, now’s the time to stop polishing it and get it off to us before it’s too late. If you don’t enter, you can’t win!

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