Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot nominated for an Agatha Award

I’m thrilled to announce that Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, from Writer’s Digest Books, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.

Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot cover art - Jane K. Cleland

The Agatha Awards are sponsored by Malice Domestic, an annual conference held in Bethesda, MD each April, dedicated to traditional mysteries. They’re considered one of the most prestigious awards in the mystery world.

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7 Responses to Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot nominated for an Agatha Award

  1. brianthiem says:

    Congratulations, Jane. Although those unfamiliar with the mystery community might not realize it, an Agatha Award is a really Big Deal! Just being nominated is Huge. Your book is more than deserving of it.

  2. kbeall87 says:

    Way to go! This book is fantastic amd helped me tremendously in my writing. I’m so glad it’s getting the recognition it deserves. So happy for you, Jane!!!

    • kbeall87 says:

      Okay, irony aside, I was so excited in my typing, I made an error…So…yay again, Jane!!!

      • janecleland says:

        Thank you both! I am so honored by the nomination. It’s a real thrill. And even better is knowing it helped you in your writing, Kathy. That’s wonderful to hear. If you feel like sharing, I’d love to know more. What helped?

  3. nickmamatas says:


  4. Kathy Beall says:

    What helped was not only the road map you created, but your chapter on human nature, too. You remind us that a reader, with or without a writer’s help, will follow the clues given in the story to make their own assumptions about characters. By harnessing the power of red herrings and fallacies to manipulate the story, writers can control those assumptions and create a thrill ride for the reader. It’s about controlling one’s craft in every way and becoming a master puppeteer.

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