blog post guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting a blog post for Felony Fiction!

Here are our blog post guidelines:




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  • Your post must be related to mystery, thriller, or suspense fiction (though correlations with TV, film and games are permitted).
  • The post must not be a sales pitch. Do not link to your book in your post. There are plenty of promotions on this site already - this blog is intended to offer readers useful and insightful content.
  • Your post must not have ever been posted anywhere else. (This is for SEO purposes.)
  • This is a reader-focused blog. The post must be aimed at readers, not authors.
  • We have a diverse readership, including young people. Please avoid profanity and overly graphic descriptions in your post.
  • You must hold the rights to all material including text and images, except for “fair use” policies. (This is for legal reasons.)
  • Your post must not preach for or against any particular religious or political views. A discussion of real-life religion or politics in mystery/thriller/suspense books *may* be allowed on a case by case basis.

Word length: 500+

Please have your post edited and proofread before submitting it. Posts with too many grammatical and spelling errors will not be accepted. I reserve the right to edit the title for SEO purposes.

Here are some blog post ideas:

  • Interview with a character (ask your character questions, and respond as they would).
  • Introduction to the environment your story is set in.
  • The day to day life of one of your characters.
  • Why you write.
  • Your favorite mystery, thriller, or suspense books, and why (Top 10 posts work well).
  • Insight into your cover design process.
  • Reviews of true crime books.
  • The psychology of mystery, thriller, or suspense.
  • If you have a background in law enforcement (a lawyer, police, court clerk, etc) or trauma medicine (EMT, orderly, nurse, doctor, ward clerk, etc) share some insight into your work within the legal constraints of your profession. Please avoid the use of jargon.
  • Your favorite mystery, thriller, or suspense book to movie adaptations, and why.
  • Favorite mystery, thriller, or suspense in audio (radio, audiobooks, etc.), and why.
  • A breakdown of sub-genres in your chosen genre.
  • A detailed exploration of one sub-genre, with classics and modern titles (including your own).
  • Anything that asks readers a question (to encourage comments and interaction).
  • How you came up with the idea for your book(s) (since we often get asked where our ideas come from).
  • Felony Fightclub! Write a short fight scene (around 500 words) between one of your characters and another character from a well-known series (books, TV, film, games, etc.).


All of the above can be reused by multiple authors, assuming that each can provide their own unique spin.

You are not in any way limited to the list above! They are suggestions only. They should, however, give you an idea of what we are aiming for.

If you want to include a bio, make sure it is very short (two or three sentences), with just one link to your website's home page. Do not include a book link.

Submit your post to patty@pattyloof.com with the SUBJECT: Felony Fiction blog post submission

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