From Oct. 2 to 4, 2012, the nonfiction ebook "How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths" is free on Amazon! “What every wannabe sleuth needs: a revolver, a bottle of scotch, a trusty sidekick, and this book." - Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown
Online PR News – 01-October-2012 – Denver, Colorado – "How to Write a Dick: A Guide for Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths," by Denver, Colorado, criminal defense attorney Shaun Kaufman and private investigator-multipublished author Colleen Collins, is a comprehensive research book for writers, researchers, investigators and those simply curious about the real-world of private investigations. Kaufman and Collins culled material from their combined 16 years as co-owners of a private detective agency, as well as Kaufman's nearly three decades experience in the justice system, to write this book. Additional material is from their presentations and workshops at regional and national writers' and private investigators' conferences, as well as online courses for numerous professional organizations.
Table of Contents
The following list summarizes the chapters in the book, which cover such topics as the history of private investigations, fieldwork techniques and a comprehensive glossary of investigative terms.
Chapter 1: What Is a PI?
Chapter 2: The 21st-Century PI
Chapter 3: Marketing, Managing and Equipping a PI Business
Chapter 4: Locates, Interviews, Trash Hits and Surveillances
Chapter 5: Crime Scenes, Homicides and DNA
Chapter 6: Guns, Lies and Numbers
Chapter 7: Digging for Data and Wrapping Up a Case
Appendix A: Writers' Questions and PIs' Answers
Appendix B: Sample Cases
Praise for "How to Write a Dick"
“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.
"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
“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 Download A Free Copy
1. On October 2, 3 and 4, go to the Amazon page for "How to Write a Dick"
2. Click the orange "Buy" button on the right side of the screen.
3. Follow the instructions
The ebook is downloadable on Kindles, as well as various smartphones and tablets. Amazon also provides instructions for easily downloading the ebook to a computer, too.
Shaun Kaufman is a Denver, Colorado, trial attorney specializing in personal injury, criminal defense and business litigation. He has tried over 75 misdemeanor and felony jury trials in Colorado, including defending numerous high-profile cases encompassing homicide, white-collar theft and RICO offenses. Colleen Collins is a private investigator and award-winning, multipublished novelist. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, PI Magazine, Pursuit Magazine, PInow.com and other publications. She is an active member of the Private Eye Writers of America, the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.