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Man, Oh Man, Writing M/M Fiction for Cash & Kinks Paperback – March 22, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1934531303 ISBN-10: 1934531308

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: MLR Press (March 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934531308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934531303
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to write a novel.
Mark Mitchell
While this gives the book some very interesting three-dimensionality, I often skimmed these parts, anxious to get back to Lanyon's words.
Scott Sherman
Chapters are laid out in a logical order, and the overall design is easy to follow.
Vincent Diamond

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Diamond on January 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kinks and cash? Who wouldn't be tempted with a juicy title like that? With this intriguing title nibble, author Josh Lanyon, entices readers to dig further into this smorgasboard of writing about male/male fiction, erotica, and romance. A multi-published author himself, Lanyon has the publishing experience and awards to author a how-to guide on appealing to the male/male market.

Lanyon makes the distinction early on that male/male stories are different than gay fiction. "In M/M fiction, the romance is the foundation." He emphasizes that even a genre story such as mystery, thriller or paranormal, must have the appropriate genre elements plus the romantic elements that focus on a male/male relationship (which may or may not include traditional romance elements such as Happily Ever After). In traditional gay fiction, the emotional elements of relationships are often glossed over and are not the focus of the story.

The reason for this romantic emphasis is the nature of the male/male market: women. Yes, gay male readers are beginning to discover--and enjoy-- these stories, but the vast majority of publishers in this genre readily admit that most of their customers are women. Women enjoy stories without the "baggage" of main female characters; they want exciting stories with adventurous action; and they want hot sex scenes with two men. Sex scenes that don't include women.

Lanyon traces the history of male/male fiction to its roots in fanfiction (stories written in an already created universe such as Star Trek and The Sentinel). Written almost entirely by and for women, a substantial number of male/male authors have made the transition from fanfiction to professional publishing.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jessewave on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Josh Lanyon's long awaited opus on the essentials of crafting a successful M/M novel hit the bookstores recently after a whirlwind of publicity and it was well worth the wait. This book is a step by step tutorial for both the novice and experienced writer on how to write the next great M/M novel. In his book Josh provides the reader with his own observations as well as astute and perceptive comments from others in the business such as publishers, writers, editors, reviewers and a host of insiders on how to create believable masculine characters while ensuring that the essential elements of a good novel are present in a story.

In Man, Oh Man! Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Cash Josh covers the basic fundamentals of good writing such as Hook, Characterizations, Dialogue and Conflict and he overlays this with the creative elements that are absolutely necessary for M/M romance in order for the book to grab the attention of editors, publishers and readers. Josh cautions that M/M romantic fiction should be from the male perspective and not stories about women masquerading as men and it must also be able to stand on its own without the sex.

I have been reviewing M/M romances for some time but didn't quite grasp the difference between M/M romance and gay fiction until I read Josh's succinct explanation in the book, and I'm sure that I am not the only one who was unaware of this distinction.

This is one of the most impressive how-to books that I have read in a while. What made this book different is Josh's easy, laid back, armchair style of imparting knowledge as a result of his years as a published author. The book provides practical examples and ideas that even a novice writer could easily grasp and implement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sherman VINE VOICE on January 30, 2009
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It took me three years and a lot of self doubt to write my first novel, a funny and sexy mystery isn't "M/M" fiction, necessarily, but which certainly shares some of the same conventions.

The process would have been more easier if I had had "Man, Oh Man..." for inspiration and advice.

Lanyon is a terrific writer - clear, intelligent and generous with his knowledge and humor. "Man, Oh Man..." is a practical book that will walk you through finding your genre, shaping your plot, and understanding the market. Lanyon helps you focus on the core of your plot, while reminding you of the importance of the subtleties and subplots that make your book stand out,

Lanyon's instruction benefits from being very specific. For example, he recommends you develop an outline for your novel, but he also includes advice from authors who don't. In his discussion of point of view, he offers ""If you're finding it difficult to nail your main character's voice, or find the focus of the story, try writing from a different POV." He stresses the importance of pacing, and illustrates his advice with examples from his and other author's works.

While that kind of writing instruction is available in innumerable books from the good people at Writer's Digest and others, Lanyon offers wisdom you're not likely to find in more mainstream publications. He gives explicit examples of what makes M/M sex scenes work, and what makes them fail. While much of that is too graphic to include in this review, let's see if lets this pass..."I caressed his velvety rod" is WRONG, "I pumped his d***" is RIGHT. BTW, Lanyon writes, "He pumped MY d***" is "WAY more right.
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