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August 08, 2008



Ouch! on behalf of all who've got these. Has anyone ever written a thriller about a rejected-author serial killer? Hmmm. Justifiable homicide, say I.


Another telling tale from behind the scenes. Thanks. (and I'm really relieved I've not rejected by you, or I'd be kept awake wondering which of the ten dreaded words lay beside my title in your database).

Elissa M

So glad I don't write mysteries and thus won't be filed forever as "pretentious" or "derivative".

I respectfully disagree though, with the idea that a setting can be inherently dull. A good writer can breathe life and excitement into any setting, but a poor one can strangle Vegas, NYC, and Paris all at once.

Brenna Lyons

So glad I don't write mysteries. I write dark fiction, and I hate to bring this up, but the hero/villain is a mainstay of my chosen genre. While it might not fly for a mystery, it does in other genres. That shouldn't be considered a catch-all dirty word, IMO.

Thanks for the list though. It was entertaining, and I don't mean forced. Grin...



If the writer is giving you time to be bored by the location, there is something clearly wrong other than the setting.

"Oh, yeah, at the climax this fascinating character is cowering out on the window ledge from the homocidal lesbian trapeze artist, but the window is in Houston, for god's sake, so I had to reject it."

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