Jodie's Books

Jodie has published 3 craft-of-fiction books to date in her series, An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction: the multi-award-winning Fire up Your Fiction, Writing a Killer Thriller, and Captivate Your Readers.

Also, check out Jodie's quick and handy clickable e-resources,  Quick Clicks: Word Usage - Precise Word Choices at Your Fingertips and the companion guide, Quick Clicks: Spelling List - Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips, which will both save you tons of time while you're writing, revising, and self-editing! You can read them on your e-reader, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

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- Stories & Poems About Life in BC's Interior

51 contributors, 308 pages, includes drawings and colour photos. $17.95 USD from Amazon; $19.95 CAD, $18.95 CAD from

All proceeds from book sales, after production expenses, go to Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders Canada (MSF).


Scroll down for endorsements and reviews of each book.

CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction

This third guide to writing compelling fiction by respected editor and award-winning author Jodie Renner provides concrete advice for captivating readers and immersing them in your story world. It’s all about engaging readers 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.

Today’s readers want to lose themselves in an absorbing story. Renner shows you how to provide the immediacy and emotional involvement readers crave in fiction, the direct, close connection to the characters and their world. And she does it in her usual highly accessible, reader-friendly style, with plenty of subheadings, concrete tips and examples.

This book is available in both e-book form and print, through all Amazon websites, and also in print through Red Tuque Books in Penticton, BC. Available soon in print at many independent bookstores and libraries. 

“Jodie’s books are packed with practical writing and editing advice. Get ready to improve your manuscript today.”
– Steven James, author of Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules

FIRE UP YOUR FICTION - An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories

Fire up Your Fiction (formerly titled Style That Sizzles) won a Silver Medal in the Florida Authors & Publishers President's Book Awards for 2013, an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards, 2013, and a Silver Medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards for 2014. It's also a Finalist in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards, and has reached "Indie-Approved" status at

Here are some excerpts from the lengthy, all-positive review of Fire up Your Fiction (Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power) by a judge in the recent Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards:

“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

Excerpts from the IndieReader review:

“Jodie Renner’s FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is a handy manual for writers looking to make the biggest impact with their craft.

“Renner shows and tells: Each chapter offers precise rules of what to do, and what not to do, with plenty of concrete examples. … With a whole draft in hand, the chapters serve as a trusty map, practical checklist and action plan all in one. … “Renner specialized in editing thriller fiction – and it shows. There is a certain rush in seeing the sloppy, awkward “before” transform into the lean, mean “after.” Chapters are clear and succinct. … Chapter 21 offers a priceless lesson in the importance of choosing the right word, by demonstrating alternatives to such ordinary choices as “walked,” “run” and “looking.”

“FIRE UP YOUR FICTION is the Strunk and White for writers who want to be not just mere storytellers but master story-compellers.”

~ IndieReader review, March 2014

Fire up Your Fiction
- An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Stories

Fiction writers – if you’re looking to hone your style, bring your scenes to life, tighten up your writing, pick up the pace, and develop a more authentic, appealing voice, this book is for you.

Topics include: your opening, 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 & SELF-EDITING,

Writing a Killer Thriller
- An Editor's Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction

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, captivating readers, and gaining fans. Both published and aspiring authors of fast-paced, popular fiction will find these tips indispensable for plotting a riveting story and creating compelling characters, then writing a gripping opening and designing suspenseful scenes. And the reader-friendly format makes it easy to zoom in on specific advice, with examples, for picking up the pace, ramping up the tension and intrigue, revising for power, and creating a page-turner that sells.


“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 


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