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How to Write a Dick

How to Write a Dick

A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
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Note from authors: As our investigations business only operates within the United States, this book is more helpful to those writing U.S. private eye characters. However, there are other topics that are universally applied and useful worldwide, such as the history of the PIs, equipping a PI business, finding people, conducting trash hits, handling surveillances, how a fictional PI might work with a crime scene, homicide or DNA gathering and analysis, culling tips from our answers to writers' questions, and the Gumshoe Glossary.

"If [this book] had been around when I was fiction editor for THE THRILLING DETECTIVE WEB SITE, my job would have been much easier."
~Gerald So, editor, writer, book reviewer, moderator DetecToday

****BOOK BLURB*****

The private eye genre has come a long way, baby, with new subgenres - from teenage PIs to vampire gumshoes to geriatric sleuths - attracting new readers every year. Unfortunately, most writers are not aware of the state-of-the-art developments that shape today's professional private investigator, which sometimes leave writers floundering with impossible and antiquated devices, characters and methods in stories. Which is why we wrote How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths, whose material we culled from our combined 14 years as private investigators, and also from our teaching online classes and conducting workshops at writers' conferences about writing private investigators. How to Write a Dick isn't about how to write a novel, but what you need to know to write an authentic, compelling 21st-century sleuth character or story.


"Forget Google and Bing. When you need to research PI work, go to the experts, Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman: they live it, they teach it, they write it. How to Write a Dick is the best work of its kind I've ever come across because it covers the whole spectrum in an entertaining style that will appeal to layman and lawmen alike. This will be the industry standard for years to come."
- Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award winner for Best PI Novel of the Year and author of Hurt Machine

"If you want authenticity in creating a fictional private investigator for your stories, then this is a must-have reference book. Its authors, Colleen and Shaun, are living breathing PIs with years of actual experience in the PI game." - R.T. Lawton, 25 years on the street as a federal special agent and author of 4 series in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths
Author(s): Colleen Collins, Shaun Kaufman
Publisher: WIN, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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