Getting help with true crime research
This past Saturday, I went to the Boston Book Festival, an annual literary event where book lovers, writers, editors, and other literary presenters gather.
While I was mainly there as a volunteer at the Editorial Freelancers Association’s booth (I’m the outreach coordinator for the Boston chapter), I went to a talk called “Strange but True Crime.” Hosted by an NPR moderator, the event featured three true crime authors talked about their recently published books, all of which sounded really intriguing.
Each author talked about what led them to write the book, their process, and the challenges they faced. When asked about these challenges, one author, a New Yorker staff writer, spoke of the never-ending amount of research––six years to be exact. She admitted she found the research to be overwhelming and time-consuming.
I frequently see other true crime authors mention how overwhelmed they are with the idea of starting to research, let alone keeping track of every detail (there are so many files!) and figuring out the common thread. I totally understand because I had the same experience when I used to write articles. I now offer research assistance to true crime authors who feel they are struggling with this aspect of writing.
While it is fun to research potential witnesses or participants, do you really want to spend time researching details of your protagonist’s hometown in the 1960s? Or spend time sifting through old newspaper articles? If you’re feeling overwhelmed at researching your book, get in touch. We can work together to come up with a plan that will save you time and frustration.