- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: MLR Press (March 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934531308
- ISBN-13: 978-1934531303
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,758,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Man, Oh Man, Writing M/M Fiction for Cash & Kinks
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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 Amazon.com 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.Read more ›
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Josh Lanyon lays out what it takes to write m/m erotica. This is not gay erotica; but m/m by female writers directed at a female audience. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Michael
I have read at least four different books on writing Romance/Erotic novels and I found this one to be the best of the lot. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Zane E. Cory Jr.
Very basic craft-of-writing advice--probably not useful enough for a writer with experience even if it's in another genre. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Klio S.
I have an extensive collection of writing reference books, some helpful, others not so much. I was a bit skeptical at first, seeing this, but I figured if it was completely... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Raichael
A very technical book with too much information re writing gay stories. Intended for those who wish to write m/m stories.Published on June 21, 2010 by G. C. Johnson
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to write a novel. It is filled with information that isn't available to the gay fictional writer. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by Mark Mitchell
I loved this book! It is a great how-to write book and takes you through many things you need to know if you are interested in writing M/M fiction. Read morePublished on May 29, 2008 by Irene