Jodie Renner is a sought-after freelance fiction editor and award-winning author of three craft-of-writing guides, all available in e-book and trade paperback.
FIRE UP YOUR FICTION - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories, besides recently winning a Silver Medal for Readers' Favorite Awards for 2014, also earned a Silver Medal in the FAPA President's Book Awards, 2013, and an Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest E-Book Awards for 2013.
CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS, released Feb. 28, 2015, is all about engaging readers and immersing them in your story worldthrough techniques such as using deep point of view, showing instead of telling, avoiding author intrusions, writing riveting dialogue, and basically stepping back and letting the characters tell the story.
Jodie's WRITING A KILLER THRILLER is also valued by writers and aspiring authors of many genres who are looking to pick up the pace of their stories and add tension, suspense, and intrigue.
Also look for Jodie's handy, clickable writers' e-resources, QUICK CLICKS: WORD USAGE and QUICK CLICKS: SPELLING LIST. These resources, like Jodie's other books, can also be read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
(Style that Sizzles & Pacing for Power)
“What a wonderful resource for writers at any stage of their career! I wish I had this book when I first started writing. [...] I can’t think of anything important that you haven’t addressed succinctly and clearly. [...] This should be on the booklist for Master’s Programs in Writing for Publication. [...] You must be a wonderful editor to be able to write such a readable, but comprehensive book.”
~ Judge, Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards, 2013
Fiction writers – if you want a concise, to-the-point guidebook with great tips for honing your style, bringing your scenes to life, tightening up your writing, picking up the pace, writing more natural dialogue, and developing a more authentic, appealing voice, Fire up Your Fiction is the perfect choice.
Topics include: style blunders to avoid, showing instead of telling, streamlining cluttery sentence structures, avoiding repetitions, choosing words that nail it, pacing for power, avoiding info dumps and awkward structures, writing natural-sounding dialogue, expressing thoughts, showing character reactions, avoiding melodrama, finding your authentic voice, and more.
“A handy checklist and self-editing guide that will get any fiction writer to a
Respected editor Jodie Renner offers indispensable advice for creating fast-paced, compelling fiction in this revised and significantly expanded second edition of WRITING A KILLER THRILLER.
PRAISE FOR WRITING A KILLER THRILLER
“Finally, someone who understands the thriller! More than ever, an author must also be his own best editor, and Jodie Renner is there to help. Writing a Killer Thriller should be on every thriller writer’s desk. It breaks down the thriller into its must-have component parts to write a scintillating, edge-of-the-seat novel that will get readers buzzing and sales flowing.”
– ROBERT DUGONI, New York Times bestselling author of The Jury Master and Murder One
“Writing is hard, editing harder, and self-editing almost impossible. Writing a Killer Thriller demystifies each of these steps on the road to a published manuscript. Read this book. It will help you now and for many years to come.”
~ DP LYLE, award-winning author of many nonfiction and fiction books
“Writing a Killer Thriller by Jodie Renner is an in-depth journey through each component of the thriller. Renner breaks down the process into key elements, each essential to keeping the reader turning those pages. From character development to building suspense, Writing a Killer Thriller should be on the desk of every thriller author out there. A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro.”
– JOE MOORE, #1 Amazon and international bestselling co-author of The Blade and The Phoenix Apostles
Whether you’re planning your first novel or revising your fourth, you’ll discover lots of concrete ideas here for taking your fiction up a level or two, entertaining your readers, gaining fans, and creating buzz. Both published and aspiring authors of suspense-thrillers and other fast-paced, popular fiction will find these tips indispensable for plotting your story, creating compelling characters, writing a gripping opening, designing suspenseful scenes, picking up the pace, ramping up the tension and intrigue, revising for power, and creating a page-turner that sells.