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Joe Ide on Writing The Killer Crime Novel & How to Increase Your Odds of Publishing

by Writing Workshops Staff

A year ago

Joe Ide on Writing The Killer Crime Novel & How to Increase Your Odds of Publishing

by Writing Workshops Staff

A year ago

Led by Joe Ide, author of the celebrated and bestselling IQ series. The eponymous first installment was the winner of the Anthony, Macavity and Shamus Awards and nominated for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel.

Joe invites writers of all levels to a no-nonsense, virtual course, WRITING THE KILLER CRIME NOVEL or How to Increase Your Odds of Getting Published.

Joe's course is not your ordinary talk about tips, tricks and secrets. Designed for aspiring writers who are serious about becoming a novelist, his class chronicles what Joe has learned on his rise from failed career after failed career, to a successful, critically acclaimed author.


  • Discuss storytelling: the ingredients that make one story compelling and another fall flat.

  • Learn Joe’s methods for creating dynamic characters and dialogue that’s sharp, smart and entertaining.

  • Introduction to his approach to building action scenes, as well as the basics of rewriting.

  • Publishing field: the gatekeepers, who they are and what they expect.  

  • What publishers are looking for and what they’ll reject out of hand.

  • Discussion of money: advances, royalties, movie and TV options.

  • He’ll answer practical questions like: I’m about to write a 300-page novel; how do I start?  Prologue or no prologue?  I’m stuck.  What do I do now?  How do I write twists and turns?  What am I looking for when I’m rewriting? How do I develop my “voice”?  

Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles, where his favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. He went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers -- including Hollywood screenwriter -- before writing his debut novel IQ.  Inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock Holmes, IQ went on to win the Anthony, Macavity and Shamus awards. His fifth and latest novel in the IQ series, SMOKE, published February 2021. Snoop Dogg has signed on to executive produce a forthcoming TV series based on IQ.

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