Unravel The Mystery Review

| January 7, 2016 | Reply

Product Name: Unravel The Mystery

Product Author: Amy Harrop

Company Name & Contact Details:
Contact by email at amy@amyharrop.com


“Fasten Your Seat Belts, As We Share Insider Secrets About This $728 Million Publishing Powerhouse… Take the Mystery Out of Publishing Mysteries”

Price: $27 (about £18).

Money Back Guarantee: 30 days

What Do You Get?

– A guide to writing and promoting mystery novels

Where To Buy: http://amyharrop.com/pages/unlockmysteriestwo/

Brief Summary:

Unravel The Mystery by Amy Harrop is a guide to writing and promoting mystery novels for publication on Kindle and other platforms. It also includes done-for-you mystery plot outlines.

What’s It All About?

 Unravel The Mystery is a guide to writing and promoting mystery novels for publication on Kindle and other platforms. It also includes typical plot outlines in four mystery subgenres.

This product is therefore aimed at authors and aspiring authors of mystery fiction, who wish to make money self-publishing their work in ebook form.

Do I Need Experience To Make This Work?

No special experience is required, but clearly you will require some skills in fiction writing.

How Much Money Do I Need To Get Started?

You can get started without any other outlay.

How Much Money Can I Make?

That depends on how many copies of your ebook (or ebooks) you sell.

Amazon pays a royalty of up to 70 percent on Kindle ebook sales. In addition, you will be paid a fee by Amazon when someone “borrows” your ebook through the Kindle Owners Lending Library, or if they download it via the Kindle Unlimited programme.

You are unlikely to make a fortune from a single title, but with a successful ebook payments can of course continue for many months with no further input from you.

How Much Time Will I Need To Make This Work?

It’s hard to say, as it depends how long you take to write your novel. It’s safe to say that this is not a get-rich-quick proposition, however!

Will I Need Any Equipment To Do This?

Just a computer with an internet connection.

Value For Money?

Maybe, if you’re an aspiring mystery author.

Does It Live Up To The Claims In The Promotion?

In general I would say so, but I don’t buy into the claim that Amy has already done 90% of the work for you. Writing a novel is still going to require a lot of time and effort.

Quality of Customer Service

This is good. Amy always responds promptly to support queries.


Unravel the Mystery is sold via the Zaxaa platform. Like JVZoo, Zaxaa doesn’t offer its own money-back guarantee, so you have to rely on the vendor to fulfil whatever promises they make. I have no reason to think that Amy would fail to honour her money-back guarantee, but it’s still something to bear in mind.

Amy was kind enough to allow me reviewer access to Unravel the Mystery, so I can’t tell you very much about the sales process buyers experience. I do know that there are two attempted upsells (which I didn’t get to see). Both the upsells are by Amy’s colleague Bill Platt. The first one is titled “The CSCS Method: Building a Solid Foundation For Your Mystery Stories”. This is priced at $12.95. The second upsell is for “The CSCS Method Starter Package”. This is a 50-page PDF describing 50 CSCS outlines for mystery stories. The price of this one is $19.95. And no, I’m afraid I don’t know what CSCS stands for!

Once you have declined (or, I assume, accepted) the upsells, you will be able to access your purchase. Unravel the Mystery is a 43-page PDF. It includes plenty of links to additional resources, some provided by Amy herself, but most on external websites.

As you might expect from this experienced author, the PDF is well written and presented. The table of contents at the front has active links, a feature which is always much appreciated.

The text is interspersed with graphics and screen-capture illustrations where appropriate. The section headings are as follows:

  • Why is Mystery so Popular with Readers?
  • Benefits of Publishing in Mystery Genre
  • Elements of Successful Mysteries
  • Trends and Genres
  • Why Now?
  • Cozy Mysteries
  • Example Books
  • Popular Cozy Mystery Subgenre Conclusions
  • Police Procedural
  • Example Books
  • Popular Book Conclusions
  • Suspense
  • Suspense Plot Breakdown
  • Thriller
  • Thriller Plot Breakdown
  • Outsourcing
  • Before You Publish
  • Publishing

The manual talks about mystery novels in general, and then looks at four of the most popular subgenres (cozy mysteries, police procedurals, suspense novels, and thrillers). For each of the latter, it provides a plot breakdown. This describes what typically happens at the beginning, middle and end of a novel in the subgenre concerned.

The manual goes on to briefly discuss outsourcing. This is where you hire a freelancer to write your novel for you, based on an outline you supply. Good luck with that.

It also talks briefly about publishing your eBook on Kindle. There is no specific information about formatting and publishing, however. You will therefore need to know how to do this already, or be prepared to find out. There is plenty of advice about this on the Kindle Direct Publishing site (https://kdp.amazon.com/help), of course.

There is some good advice on methods of promoting your eBook, including links to a range of useful resources. One of these I particularly liked is a spreadsheet Amy has compiled with links to example mystery novels, Facebook groups, book promotion sites, Pinterest boards, sample video trailers, and more. This could save you a lot of time and effort when planning and later promoting your book.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about Unravel the Mystery. On the plus side, it provides a useful overview of the mystery publishing field, which undoubtedly offers good moneymaking opportunities for writers capable of producing quality work in this genre. The plot outlines are interesting, and the advice and resources for promoting your eBook could definitely prove valuable

On the minus side, as mentioned earlier, the sales page claim that with this guide Amy has done 90% of the work for you is blatantly untrue. You will still have to plan, write, edit, publish, and promote your novel yourself. And while the guide has some useful advice on plotting and promoting your eBook, there is almost nothing about writing, editing or publishing it.

And the idea that you can simply outsource all of this, in my view anyway (and I’m a published Kindle fiction author as well as a reviewer), needs to be taken with a very large pinch of salt.

If you are a writer or aspiring writer interested in creating a book in this genre, Unravel the Mystery will undoubtedly provide some useful tips and resources for you. But I’m afraid you will still have to roll up your sleeves and do most of the hard work yourself!



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