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Crimes Collide

Basic Information On Crimes Collide Below

I spent all day (except for a very short time watching football) working on CRIMES COLLIDE. Thank heavens I have all my stories that have been in Smith’s Monthly in a spread sheet. I would look at a story title, then grab the issue of Smith’s Monthly it was in to try to remember it and then see which one of the five books it went in and in what order.

Kris already had her stories done and in order and had set some of the basic subjects for the five books, so I was putting my often very between-genre stories into a certain topic that sometimes fit, sometimes not so much.

And then fixing the spread sheet as I went along. I only have one repeat from Colliding Worlds last year.

Took me all day and up to midnight before I finally got it done and went to my writing computer and finished the 15th short story on the challenge.

Wow, the books for CRIMES COLLIDE are going to be amazing.

And remember, every back of the campaign gets all five books automatically. Here is all the details again, a repost of the first post on this.

Mystery Collection of 100 Stories…

Kris and I liked what happened last year with COLLIDING WORLDS sf collection, so we are doing it again with mystery. Same format… twenty mystery stories per book, ten by her, ten by me, five big books total. Damn these are fun to do.

And the Kickstarter has some really fun surprises. Lots and lots of books and stories for readers, of course. Every award included all five of the CRIMES COLLIDE books. Every reward, even the workshop rewards.

And wow do we have some great stuff in this one for writers. Here is how to get to it… Crimes Collide Kickstarter.

Two Special three-week workshops like we have been doing. WRITING MYSTERY ENDINGS and WRITING CROSS-GENRE MYSTERY.

I am really, really looking forward to both of those.

But this time we did something really nuts with the stretch rewards as we hit different goals along the way. We have put in an entire series of Pop-Up workshops. Now all ten of these Pop-Up classes will be available in a month to buy on Teachable. But if we do all right on this, you can get some of them up front for no cost other than supporting the campaign with one reward or another.

And if we do fantastic, you will get all ten of them worth $1,500 bucks. Plus books. Not kidding. So help us pass the word.

This special series is what a number of people have been asking for in general.

Using the Pop-Up Structure (#60 to #69) we will offer focused study guides on certain detailed areas of mystery fiction. 

WHO, WHAT, and HOW to Study. 

How do major writers handle something like Cliffhangers in mystery? What exactly do you study in their work? Who exactly do you study to learn the most on a certain topic? How do you study it?
We will do a Pop-Up for the following ten areas of mystery using the WHO, WHAT, and HOW structure. (And yes, in each one we will recommend authors to study and show you how with each author.) Each Pop-Up will be given away in a stretch reward. (To learn mystery endings or writing Cross Genre Mystery, take the two special workshops.)
Note: If we don’t reach all ten in stretch rewards, we will go ahead with putting them up on Teachable and you can buy them later if you want to complete the entire set. But we hope to make the stretch goals and give all ten classes away. That way, writers, you buy the two special three week classes and help us give you even more classes. (grin)
— Mystery Openings 
— Mystery Cliffhangers
— Mystery Main Characters
— Mystery Villans
Mystery Romances 
— Mystery Tropes 
— Mystery Themes
— Mystery Series
— Mystery Voice
— Mystery Plots

We also have workshops up in the rewards at sale prices, like buying three classic workshops, or three regular workshops, or three Pop-Ups at half price. (Get all five books with each.)

And I even added in this time the Lifetime Workshop subscription at half price as well.

This campaign is only two weeks long. Take a look at Crimes Collide Kickstarter.

And if you haven’t already, check out the video. It’s below.