Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is known for providing unparalleled resources on the craft, art, and business of storytelling, helping writers of all levels improve their skills for nearly a century. Now, this handbook helps authors navigate the ever-shifting publishing landscape-from pacing, plotting, the business side of publishing, to the current demand for diversity and inclusivity across all genres, and more.

Featuring essays by a new generation of bestselling experts on various elements of the craft and shorter pieces of crowd-sourced wisdom from the MWA membership as a whole, the topics covered can be categorized as follows:
-Before Writing (rules; genres; setting; character; research; etc.)
-While Writing (outlining; the plot; dialogue; mood; etc.)
-After Writing (agents; editors; self-pub; etc.)
-Other than Novels (short stories; true crime; etc.)
-Other Considerations (diverse characters; legal questions; criticism)

Also included is a collection of essays from MWA published authors-including Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, and Charlaine Harris-selected by bestselling authors Lee Child and Laurie King and arranged thematically answering, "What piece of writing advice do you wish you'd had at the beginning of your career?"