Jodie has written three craft-of-writing guides to date in her series, An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction. The multi-award-winning FIRE UP YOUR FICTION has 109 reviews on Amazon.com to date, with an overall average of 4.8 out of 5 stars, and the popular WRITING A KILLER THRILLER has 89 reviews to date, average 4.7/5 stars. Click on the titles to go to the e-books on Amazon.com. Both books are also available in trade paperback from Amazon, CreateSpace, Ingram, and many other outlets. Fire up Your Fiction is also available through Edelweiss, IngramSpark, and many independent bookstores and public libraries. See down for a description and reviews of each book.
The third book in the series, CAPTIVATE YOUR READERS, published Feb. 28, 2015, is all about engaging readers and immersing them in your story world 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. This book has won a Silver Medal from the Florida Authors & Publishers Book Awards for 2015.
All three of these writing guides are available in both e-book or trade paperback form.
Jodie has also published two handy, time-saving, clickable e-resources for writers, editors, students, journalists, and anyone else with a writing project on the go: QUICK CLICKS: WORD USAGE – Precise Word Choices at Your Fingertips and QUICK CLICKS: SPELLING LIST – Commonly Misspelled Words at Your Fingertips. Click on the titles to check out the e-books on Amazon, which you can also read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you’d prefer a PDF version of either of these guides to leave on your screen behind or beside your writing project, contact Jodie Renner at Info (at) JodieRenner (dot) com. These guides are available as clickable PDF documents for $2.99 or both for $4.99 (PayPal takes part of this payment). You’ll need a PayPal account to purchase them, which is very easy to set up, but can take up to 5 days to finalize.
Jodie is also in the process of compiling and editing two anthologies, both for charity: CHILDHOOD REGAINED – Stories of Hope for Asian Child Workers, and VOICES FROM THE VALLEYS – An Anthology Celebrating BC. For more info and submission guidelines for these two very worthwhile projects, please visit Jodie’s blog, at http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/
Books by Jodie Renner:
~ Quick Clicks: Grammar Tips (out soon)
(Style That Sizzles & Pacing for Power)
- An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories
This editor’s writing guide won a Silver Medal in the Florida Authors & Publishers President’s Book Awards for 2013, a Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, and an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards for 2013. It is also a finalist in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards, and has achieved “Indie-Reader Approved” status at IndieReader.com.
“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 and Self-Editing, Plot and Structure, and The Art of War for Writers
“What a wonderful resource for writers at any stage of their career! I wish I had this book when I first started writing. You have pulled together information from the best sources … and presented them all in one place. … 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. Good job.”
~ Judge, Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards, Jan. 2014
“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.”
~ Judge, IndieReader Discovery Awards
WRITING A KILLER THRILLER – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction
“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
“…for writers of this genre, this book is or should be the ultimate authoritative resource. … will save a new writer so much time in learning the craft. … Your before-and-after examples show the most difficult-to-grasp techniques and concepts clearly and concisely. … What a great resource for a thriller reader!”
~ Judge, Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards, Jan. 2014
For more information on each book and to read glowing reviews by readers, click on the links above to go to Amazon.com. And you don’t need a Kindle to read their books – you can download them to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
And click here to go to Jodie Renner’s Author Page on Amazon.