Tie-in novels are books based on pre-existing media properties -- like TV shows, movies and games -- and they regularly top the national bestseller lists. But as popular as tie-ins books and novelizations are among readers, few people know how the books are written or the rich history behind the hugely successful and enduring genre.
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers fills in some of the gaps with TIED IN: The Business, History and Craft of Media Tie-In Writing. Edited by Lee Goldberg (Monk and Diagnosis Murder), the book is a collection of essays and interviews with some of the best tie-in writers in the business. Contributors include Donald Bain (Murder She Wrote), Max Allan Collins (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Greg Cox (Alias), Tod Goldberg (Burn Notice), William Rabkin (Psych), and many more.
Detectives: HARRY CALLAHAN (Dirty Harry) by Dane Hartman
Detectives: JESSICA FLETCHER (Murder She Wrote) by Donald Bain
Detectives: DR. MARK SLOANE (Diagnosis: Murder) by Lee Goldberg
Detectives: ADRIAN MONK by Lee Goldberg
Detectives: SHAWN SPENCER and "GUS" GUSTER (Psych) by William Rabkin