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Cozy up to writing (and selling) more books

Did you know:

  • That cozy mysteries are extremely popular?
  • That cozy mystery readers are very loyal and buy lots of Kindle books?
  • That you stand to gain a lot of readers and make a nice monthly income if you write good cozies?

Those are the reasons why you want to get in on this and become a cozy mystery writer.

But it also comes with this important warning:

Cozy mystery readers are very particular. They expect certain elements to be in your story, as well as some things that should NOT be in there. Get these things wrong and you’ll get bad reviews and sagging book sales.

That begs the all-important question:

-How do you know what cozy readers expect?

I wondered about that myself, so I went and found out.

I spent many hours going through book reviews, looking at online reader forums, and checking other related sources.

A lot of what I discovered was very eye-opening. I would not want to write a cozy mystery without knowing what I learned through this research!

And I want to share it with you so you too can write great cozies that make your readers happy and anxious to buy your next book… and the next… and the next.

Get your hands on this now while I’ve set the price nice and low: http://malka.biz/cozy-mystery-deal-breakers/

Show more, tell less – how to master this key to better writing

Experienced fiction writers and writing coaches will tell you, “show, don’t tell.”

They make it sound so easy.

But it’s not – not at first anyway. When I was first given that advice, I researched to get some ideas of how to show more in my stories instead of just telling everything.

I was disappointed with a lot of the advice, especially things like facial expressions of my characters. I found myself trying some of them in the mirror because they sounded so weird.

“Show, don’t tell” is supposed to help your readers, not distract and confuse them.

So, like I often do, I decided that I would figure out show, don’t tell myself. I started making notes as I wrote and read. I made lists.

Now, I still have show, don’t tell issues in my writing. I think I always will to some extent. It’s one of the toughest things to do well all the time.

But since I’ve made myself these handy tools, I can definitely fix my problems MUCH faster and easier than before.

Would you like to share in what I found and tested to make it easier for my own writing?

Here you go: http://malka.biz/show-dont-tell/

I know this will help you a lot if you struggle with showing instead of just telling when you write fiction. Getting better at this one critical aspect of writing fiction will make you write better characters, better action in your stories, and make your readers happier.

The pool-sized puddle idea

It rained here in Haifa today.

If you’re not used to living in a desert country, you might not realize what that means.

But here, when it rains, it pours, and the earth is dry, so the water just swells and swells over the ground.

Outside our door, there was a pool sized puddle. Nefnef wailed when I dragged her over it when we headed off to the park.

And then I stared down into the puddle. Pitch dark. I couldn’t see the bottom.

  • I could write a horror story about the bottomless pit that suddenly swallows people alive.
  • I could write a romance about the handsome prince who saw this damsel in distress and threw his cape over the puddle, so I could walk over dry-footed and wet-eyed.
  • I could write a comedy in which the heroine stepped out in the puddle and got her feet and skirt wet, and that was just the beginning of the day.

There are ideas all around us if you know how to pick them. Not just from dramatic events, but also from everyday stories like walking your dog.

I can show you how you can come up with ideas easily, too.

You’ll see – it’s fun http://malka.biz/endlesskindle/