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Mystery Writing Tips

1. a little devil or demon; an evil spirit.

2. a mischievous child.

One or both of these definitions probably suit our target members who are readers, authors, and publishers who are looking for more than the standard mystery fare produced by well-known authors through long-established publishing houses.

The goals of IMPS are to identify and encourage readership of quality novels by new mystery authors from independent publishers, to review, classify, and promote new mysteries, and to provide mystery writing education. We sadly note that the "Love Is Murder" winter conference in Chicago is now defunct. However, we continue to recommend membership in Off-Campus Writers' Workshop, OCWW, (based in Chicago but with widespread membership) and Mystery Writers of America, MWA.

From time to time we will feature interviews with authors and publishers. Follow @mysteryimp on Twitter for ongoing exchanges among mystery authors, publishers, and others interested in the world of mysteries. On Facebook visit and "Like" the Richard Davidson, Author page. Blogs of interest are ReadWorthy Books for book reviews on mysteries and more plus a new and more frequently updated spinoff from this site, mysteryimps.net That related blog is under construction, so you may find a slight delay before you encounter valuable information there. See also Writing Views and Interviews for miscellaneous aspects of writing.

It should be an interesting exposure to fresh and creative mystery-writing talents. We hope you will regularly monitor this site. We also invite you to click on Mystery Writing Tips if you would like to gain insights into the way various writers approach their projects.