About Jodie


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 world
through 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.

Jodie is also a well-known blogger, and her craft-of-writing articles and other resources for writers appear on various blogs, including her two group blogs, the award-winning The Kill Zone (alternate Mondays) and Crime Fiction Collective (April 2011 to April 2014), as well as others.

Jodie presents workshops on the craft of writing at writers' conferences and to writers' groups across North America. See www.JodieRenner.com/workshops for more details. She has also served as judge for several book awards, including Writer's Digest contests.
Jodie's editing website: www.JodieRennerEditing.com. Author website: www.JodieRenner.com. Connect with Jodie on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Jodie has had a lifelong passion for reading, especially fiction. She worked at a variety of jobs before she became an English and French teacher, received her master's degree in literature, and became a school librarian. Somewhere in there, she raised two sons, traveled to a lot of different countries and cities, and moved thousands of miles - twice.

As a freelance fiction manuscript editor, Jodie specializes in thrillers, romantic suspense, mysteries, and other fast-paced, suspenseful fiction. She is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), Sisters in Crime (SinC), and The Federation of BC Writers (http://bcwriters.ca/).

Jodie's favorite authors include Robert Crais, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Michael Connelly, Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben, Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz, Lisa Scottoline, John Grisham, Lisa Gardner, and many more.

When she's not editing, writing, or reading novels or books on writing compelling fiction, Jodie loves to pursue her two other passions, photography and traveling. She has traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, and continues to sneak away whenever she gets the chance.

JODIE'S BOOKS: 
 

 

Fire up Your Fiction

(Style that Sizzles & Pacing for Power)

- An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories

Fire up Your Fiction (Style That Sizzles) won a Silver Medal (in the Reference category) in the Florida Authors & Publishers Association President's Book Awards for 2013 and an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards for 2013.

“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.
“This book is packed with good advice on how to spot and fix weaknesses in your fiction writing. It summarizes the combined wisdom of the last century or so of fiction teachers into one handy volume.”
~ Randy Ingermanson, bestselling author of Writing Fiction for Dummies

“A handy checklist and self-editing guide that will get any fiction writer to a
stronger, well-told tale.”

James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Revision and Self-Editing, Plot and Structure,

and The Art of War for Writers

 

 

Writing a Killer Thriller

- An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction



ISBN-13: 978-1490389943
Available as an e-book ($3.95) or trade paperback ($8.99).

ESSENTIAL STRATEGIES FOR SUPERCHARGING YOUR STORIES!

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.


 

 

 






 






















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