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3 Rules For Writing A Captivating Mystery Novel

Are you a writer who’s looking to venture into mystery writing? If so, you should understand that writing mystery novels is different from other forms of writing. For a story to be referred to as a mystery, there has to be a crime or puzzle that needs to be solved, and it must be solved before the end of the novel.

There are a few rules that you should familiarize yourself with so that you can produce a captivating novel that will keep your readers hooked to the end. Below are some of the top rules that you should adhere to if you want to write the best new mystery books.

1. Conceal the Villain

The thrill in reading a mystery novel lies in hiding the villain from your readers. As a rule, you should know your villain before writing the story as this will help you to throw clues and red herrings into the read and keep the readers in suspense. However, at the start of the book, don’t paint one character as the outright villain. Let the reader interact with each character and try to guess who the bad guy will be. This will keep them guessing until it becomes obvious who the villain is. By the time the readers get there, they will be too hooked to put the book down.

2. Present a Flawed Hero

All top rated mystery novels have one thing in common — they present a flawed hero. See that detective who is solving the mystery murder in your story? Don’t present him to your readers as a perfect individual. Give him some flaws. Show that he has demons or character issues that he is dealing with. This imperfection adds layers of conflict to your story and makes it relatable. After all, no human is perfect.

3. Break the Rules

One critical rule of mystery writing is knowing how and when to break the rules of mystery writing. When people pick up a romance novel, they expect to get a love story that ends with a happily ever after. Similarly, in mystery novels, readers have certain expectations. For example, once they pinpoint the potential villain at the beginning, they expect him to be the character behind the evils. Readers expect Karma to take cause.

Why don’t you twist things up a little? Kill an unexpected good character in the first third of the story. Twist the story to present a different villain that who the readers anticipated. Leave the readers with an “aha” at the end of the story, and they will love you.

Writing mystery novels can be exciting, but you need to maintain the suspense, thrill, excitement, anger, and other emotions until the end of the book. Follow these rules to produce a masterpiece that will be top rated. Also, don’t be afraid to go against the norm — surprise your readers and they will latch onto your book until the end.

How The Latest Mystery Novels Get To Market

The path a book takes through the publishing and printing process can be long and winding. Many people don’t understand how the latest mystery novels and other types of books go from an author’s mind to printed page.

We’ve outlined the basic path that most traditional books take through this world.

From Author to Editor

After an author is finished writing their book, they typically find a good editor to help them create a finished product and find a publisher to take it one. Editors do much more than just make sure grammar and spelling are all squared away. They help make sure the story flows, that characters are well developed, and that the whole thing makes sense among other nebulous tasks.

Once the editor has polished the authors work, they are often the person with the connections to get the author’s book in front of a publishing house (if they aren’t working for one already).

Publishing the book

Many people confuse printers and publishers. They are two distinctly different entities with different roles in the process of bringing a book to market. Publishers work on promotion for a title including book tours, trailers, marketing, and distribution of printed books.

A good publisher will be able to arrange for printing services, create a marketing plan for the title, build relationships with distributors and book stores and get the title out into the world.

Getting Your book printed

Once a publisher finds a printer, the files of the title get sent to the book manufacturer and they start printing the book. This is where pages, covers, and other materials get printed on paper. Sometimes there are only a few hundred copies printed and other times printers may make several thousand books.

Once the book gets printed, it gets sent through distribution networks to book stores, online retailers, fulfillment houses, and other entities that help sell the books to end users.

In this entire ecosystem, there are many players along the way that help play a part in getting a book from the author’s computer all the way to book shelves all around the country. Sometimes parts of the process may get skipped depending on demand for the book or resources of the author. For example authors may elect to only sell their title in a digital format in which printing may not be necessary. Other times authors may do much of the marketing and promotion of their book on their own. Social media and the internet have broken down many of the barriers that authors face in getting a book to market.