Praise for “How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths”

“Forget Google and Bing. When you need to research PI work, go to the experts, Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman: they live it, they teach it, they write it. How to Write a Dick is the best work of its kind I’ve ever come across because it covers the whole spectrum in an entertaining style that will appeal to layman and lawmen alike.  This will be the industry standard for years to come.”

– Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award winner for Best PI Novel of the Year and author of Hurt Machine

“How to Write a Dick is a gift to crime fiction authors everywhere, a comprehensive and no-nonsense compendium of information, analysis and thought-provoking writing prompts that will help you create your own 21st century shamus with confidence and class. An absolute must for the library of any PI writer!”
– Kelli Stanley, critically acclaimed author of City of Dragons and the Miranda Corbie series

“What every wanna-be sleuth needs: a revolver, a bottle of scotch, a trusty sidekick, and this book.”
– Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown

“If you want authenticity in creating a fictional private investigator for your stories, then this is a must-have reference book. Its authors, Colleen and Shaun, are living breathing PIs with years of actual experience in the PI game.”
– R.T. Lawton, 25 years on the street as a federal special agent and author of 4 series in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine  

“In How to Write a Dick, writers and PIs Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman lay out everything a writer needs to know to realistically portray a 21st century private dick. Having taken one of their on-line workshops, I can attest that they can fully explain the life of a real-life private dick versus the erroneous TV stereotype. If you want your fictional PI to behave believably, then this is the reference book for you!”
– Beth Groundwater, Best First Novel Agatha Award finalist and author of Deadly Currents, March, 2011


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