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About the Author

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews award for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: JustJoshin (June 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937909417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937909413
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including the Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist -- and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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As an aspiring writer, I thought the information in this book was invaluable.
Nic
It is all done with the very light touch, I chuckled many times, it was overall a very enjoyable book to read.
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This insight alone made the money and time spent on this book fully worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on August 1, 2013
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I purchased the first edition of this book a few years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. When I learned there was an updated version, I ran right out and purchased it too. (Actually that would be two, since I subsequently learned it was also available electronically.)

I felt this version was much better than the previous edition. Not that there was anything wrong with the first, this one seemed geared toward a working writer rather than a dabbler who writes stories in their spare time. It touched on the specifics necessary to writing for the m/m market as well as marketing to a growing audience. I especially enjoyed that publishers, writers, and readers/reviewers were represented in the testimonials. It gives such a well-rounded picture of the business. And as Josh points out, it is a business.

As I prepare my first manuscript I feel I have a great picture of what it takes to get published or even to go the self-publishing route. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to write m/m stories as well as anyone interested it just what the heck all the fuss is over this niche.

UPDATE 9/13/13 - I just signed my first contract and the information in the book helped me negotiate better and unambiguous terms. That alone would make me give it 6 stars if I could.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nataliya456 on August 7, 2013
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I admit up front that I'm prejudiced. I am in love with Josh Lanyon. I discovered him in March and by the end of May I had whipped through his complete oeuvre. Whew, this guy can write. When I discovered he had written a how-to, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. At the time, there were like three copies for sale anywhere in the world and the online prices were ridiculous -- around $1,000! Well, you know, it turns out it might have been worth that price after all. Man, Oh Man is nothing less than a college-level course in fiction writing in a hefty 380 or so pages. Josh has included tons of expert "guest lecturers" on various topics who know whereof they write, and have the credits to prove it. He's included valuable lists of LGBT m/m writing contests, review sites and publishers! I ordered my copy on paper because I knew I would be underling, making margin notes, foxing certain pages and referring to this book again and again. Thank you, Professor Lanyon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morgan M. Jacobs on July 8, 2013
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This book gives a really interesting insight to the m/m writing and publishing world. Josh Lanyon has gathered his expertise and that of many well known names in the field to aid the aspiring m/m writer on their way to final draft and hopefully publication. I'm not looking to be a published author, but I am interested in the process, especially in the m/m genre. Between the Ari tong insight, authors input, and story excerpts this is a very informative and enjoyable read. I'm glad Josh took the time to rework this book and make it available as an e-book.
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I have had the first edition of this book in paperback for quite some time, but when I heard that second edition was revised (and there is a sizable amount of new material added), I decided I want it.

It is with the strange feeling I was reading the book after reading and reviewing m/m for quite a few years now - at first I was thinking something along the lines -oh but this is so obvious, why do we need it in writing.

Mind you, when I say "obvious" I am saying that it is obvious to me as reader and reviewer. I am not a writer of fiction, I have no interest, desire or skills in writing fiction. What I like is reading books and analyzing books. Those are my favorite hobbies in the world and when I read about characters existing only to "people" the plot, instead of characters who they are moving the plot, when I read about ridiculous dialogue which so many characters engage into during sex scenes, to me it is obvious that the end result will be the book I will not like.

But you know what? I have read so many books which do precisely what this book suggest not to do, so I am sure there is a huge potential audience which did not figure out yet that these are very helpful (and sadly not obvious after all) suggestions.

It is all done with the very light touch, I chuckled many times, it was overall a very enjoyable book to read. I liked that the author did not represent himself as the expert in every subjenre m/m has to offer, but instead gave voices to authors in those subjenres (the best authors in those subjenres as far as I am concerned).

Good read, I certainly do not regret buying a second edition (especially because I do not have the first one on my Kindle :))
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I've read a number of books on writing and this has hands down been my favorite. And it isn't just that I enjoy Mr. Lanyon's voice as a writer, or the way he plays with words and phrases. And it isn't that you find here new systems or formulas per se. Mr. Lanyon effectively collects and translates solid writing advice through the lens of his experience as someone who has made a career as a prolific author of m/m romance novels. If that is something you aspire to, the book is more than worth the price. Of particular value and interest is his bringing fellow authors, and m/m publishing gatekeepers into the conversation. You are left with the accumulated wisdom of other authors AND, critically, an understanding of what editors like and don't like and what they are looking for.

I was particularly impressed with Mr. Lanyon's obvious concern for the quality of his genre. As a reader of m/m romance as well as an aspiring author myself, I recognize and have had concerns about the volume of low quality m/m books hitting the shelves. In this work, the reader is, rightly, exhorted to hone their craft before they take the many available shortcuts to publishing. Remember: quality = fan loyalty = genre stability.

Highly recommended to all aspiring m/m authors.
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