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HOW TO WRITE AND SELL TRUE CRIME: How To Spot Local Stories and Turn Them Into Gripping National Bestsellers (Writer's Digest Books)

Original 1991 WD version hard to come by but now you can own the eBook version!

In the book's Introduction, after sharing a bit about his own true crime writing background, Gary writes:

"But this book is not about my career; it's about yours. . . You must at least suspect you are capable of writing readable true crime stories and that writing true crimes is right for you. Well, it is, if you are interested in writing both fiction and nonfiction, because you'll need the doggedness of a journalist and the talent of a novelist. It is, if you are fascinated by people who do the unexpected, places that produce the unlikely, and conflicts that pull like a magnet on all who come near. It is, if you can tell the truth even when the truth is not as interesting or as exciting as you had hoped it would be.

"Writing true crime is not for you if you are intimidated by authority, if you can't stand the company of lawyers, or if you cannot see the humanity in even the most violent and remorseless of criminals. . . It is especially not for you if you are extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who have suffered great pain. Make no mistake, when you write true crimes you are going to meet people who have suffered something awful.

"Okay, so now that we've gotten that straightened out, let's move forward."


Instruction for Writers

Gary’s invaluable, easy-to-use handbook helps you solve any and all writing problems — whether you are a student, business person or professional writer. Timeless!
A go-to "bible" for writers of fiction and nonfiction. Paired with BEYOND STYLE, you hold the secrets to writing like a pro.

“A crystallization of Gary Provost’s writing wisdom... philosophy made practical.”
—Writer’s Digest Books

Are you an aspiring author? You are, aren't you! Well, here, Gary and Peter examine every secret, every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. With an outstanding array of examples, you can learn to master the cornerstones of great writing. Step by step. (An original Writer's Digest publication, it is now available to writers in ebook format from online booksellers.)

Master techniques of ripping stories from the headlines for fun and profit.

The Freelance Writer's Handbook contains a wealth of information on leads, query letters, markets and making money off of writing. This had been THE little manual for freelancers . . . back in the day.

The most popular of Gary's novels is now available as an eBook. AND is also now an AUDIBLE book. It's hilarious. It's so . . . Gary.

Gary's irreverent look at just about everything. Click to learn how this "underground hit" launched his unstoppable writing career.