Cozy Mystery Writer’s Notebook

Forward to Amazon

What is their job?

I decided to write a short romance story.  (The not-nasty kind.) Here is my first sentence:

“Don’t forget, Scott is coming home on Tuesday. Everyone is invited to the house for a retirement celebration.”

Not bad right? I have a name, day, what is going to happen  – perfect. Here are the next sentences:

Sasha continued to sort mail. The idea of seeing Meagan’s brother, Scott, was not a major priority. If it wasn’t for the onslaught of pictures Meagan produced, she wouldn’t be able to pick him out of a line up.

Ok – remember, this is just a draft!  But I ran into a problem. I have my main character sorting mail.  Is that what I want  my main character to be doing?  Doesn’t that sound rather boring?

So, I went to the writer’s best friend…  Google for some ideas.

I read a blog called: What’s the Perfect Job for Our Characters? by Jami Gold.  I suggest your read it too.  She had lots of ideas, but the one that stuck out for me was going to and searching actual jobs!  Hello!  What a fantastic idea.

Find research information and videos about different career fields.

Of course, if you are writing a historical romance with a setting from 100 years ago, computer programmer is probably not the best choice.

So, I went to visit my best friend, Google again.

About 940,000,000 results (0.86 seconds)
Here is my recommendation to find that perfect job for whatever century you are using as a backdrop for your story:
Jobs 100 Years Ago
Jobs in ________< list the  year.
That will help you pick the best job for your characters.
Do you have more suggestions? Let us know!

Spice Up the Public Domain

Like you, I have read all of the make thousands of dollars writing short stories. No, this is not where I tell you I have made any money, this is where I start to explain how to create your own library of short stories  – with  a little help from 100+ years ago.

The Pubic Domain?

What is the public domain? That is not the topic of this blog post, and, I am not a lawyer.  Below are a couple links that do an excellent job at the legal-ese stuff.

Print This Chart from Lifehacker

US Government Definition

Welcome to the Public Domain: Stanford

Copyright Information Center: Cornell University

The Study of the Public Domain: Duke University of Law

It is true, you can copy straight from the public domain and publish it.  You can even claim it as your own. But, if you plan on selling it on Amazon, you need to hold on for a minute.

Sure, you can sell it Amazon! But I am betting, your new public domain book is already there, and that means no profit.  (Let’s be honest, that is probably why you are reading this blog post.)

My suggest reading——>

What can I do?

You can rewrite the story you just copied.  Well, not rewrite the whole thing, no, but add scenes, make scenes better, reword outdated language, even update the whole story from 1918 to 2018!

How about adding pictures? (Public domain of course.) Have a friend that can draw? You don’t necessarily need to pay them either.  Adding their name as the illustrator can boost their image too.

There are authors (including myself) that have take children poems, added public domain images (or add your children’s drawings) and sold it on Amazon as a children’s book.  No worries about the pages.  Remember your favorite children’s book? It only had about 12 pages!

But I write________.

There is a ________ public domain book out there waiting for you to use your magic! 

Below are some links for you to get started creating re-proposed public domain!

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Elements of a Scene

Cozy Mystery Writer's Notebook: Elements of a Scene Templates

You love to read cozy mysteries, and you have a
fantastic idea for a book!

You don’t know where to start.

I created this notebook  to guide myself, and now has released it for other writers to  construct their own whodunit book.

The Cozy Mystery Writer’s Notebook is a friendly, easy to use guide to write down and collect the cozy mystery writer’s ideas in an  easy to use format.

Instead of Said

Awesome graphic to help us writers use other words Instead of Said.

222 Words to Use Instead of 'Said' (Infographic)

Fast Track to Pre-College Math

Fast Track to Pre-College Math

Written by K.I.Maloney to help my Developmental Mathematics Students is now available to everyone!

What makes this workbook so unique? Review with just the facts!

Simple and straight forward with all the ‘extra‘ confusing math!

Basic Operations



Percentage Word Problems

Signed Numbers

Algebra: The Basics

Algebra: Beyond the Basics

Detailed Solutions!

Kathryn Maloney is a college developmental mathematics instructor that has helped hundreds of students be successful in pre-college mathematics! She can help you too!

This workbook was created to refresh basic math skill for those students required to take a college entrance exam, nursing entrance test, or as a supplement for a college course. It is not meant to be a standalone textbook.

It is expected that students understand Orders of Operations and are able to complete basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems (with or without a calculator) prior to the use of this workbook.


Delicious Words for Good

Words Instead of Good

How to Create Blackout Poetry

How to Create Blackout Poetry

☠ This is a digital download. No physical book will be sent to you! ☠

Blackout poetry  (aka Found Poetry) is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and create a poem by deleting (blackout or redact) text, thus creating new meaning.

Sometimes, blacking-out a page of text reveals hidden messages instead of a poem.

You can’t create blackout poetry without text.

Any text will do too!

Newspapers, magazine, old books,  even junk mail – anything with text.

But wait! Download How to Create Blackout Poetry.

I have included a perfect how to with printable examples.  And if you look under Blackout Poetry in my categories, you will find other free page printables too.

Either way, this is a fun and relaxing way to spend a wintry or rainy afternoon.


How to Create Blackout Poetry


~~~Blackout Poetry eBooklet ~~~

The Silence of Love

Printable Blackout Poetry eBooklet

Have fun with this free eBooklet!

(1) Download

(2) Print back – to – back.

(2) Fold

(3) Staple in the center.

(4)Have fun!

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