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Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction Hardcover – May 16, 2011
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MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT is a brilliant and insightful must-have book for any writer, from newbie to working pro. Highly recommended! --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of THE KING OF PLAGUES and PATIENT ZERO
Finally! A book on writing category fiction, presented by those who do it every day. Choose a genre and jump right in. --Mike Resnick, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author
Many Genres has everything you need to write and sell the book of your dreams. It is jam-packed with practical information, clear examples and brilliant insights, all delivered with clarity and wit. Skip the writers' conference and read this gem from the masters of genre fiction! --Suzanne Forster, New York Times bestselling author
'Speaking from experience, I can tell you there isn't a muse and if there is, she's already dating someone else.' If there isn't a muse, as you'll read in this invaluable book for writers, MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT is surely the next best thing. No matter what you want to learn--from choosing the point of view for a scene, from getting the most out of a critique group to fine-tuning your final draft, from approaching a literary agent to promoting your published book in print or electronically or both--it's all there. The contributors know their stuff, and what they're teaching applies to writing at any age. MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT covers all the bases superbly, including issues I haven't seen addressed anywhere else in today's rapidly shifting publishing landscape. --Renni Browne, co-author of SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS
From the Back Cover
Romance. Fantasy. Mystery. Science Fiction. Young Adult. Horror. Picture Books. Suspense.
Many Genres, One Craft brings together award-winning authors, bestselling novelists, and hot new writers from all these genres to offer an amazing novel writing workshop in a book. Modeled on Seton Hill University's acclaimed MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction--where all of its sixty contributors have taught, studied, or been a special guest--this stunningly comprehensive guide for writers offers insights into crafting effective genre fiction of any kind, and provides an array of practical advice on selling novels in today's marketplace that you simply won't find anywhere, short of enrolling in graduate school.
Learn everything from beating writer's block to building suspense, making monsters to marketing mysteries, approaching agents to writing romance...all from experts who have actually done it.
Contributors: Michael A. Arnzen, Rebecca Baker, Shelley Bates, Michael Bracken, Gary A. Braunbeck, Crystal B. Bright, Jennifer Brisendine, Sally Bosco, Christopher Paul Carey, Ginger Clark, Lawrence C. Connolly, David J. Corwell, Susan Crandall, Kaye Dacus, Penny Dawn, John DeChancie, C. Coco DeYoung, Matt Duvall, Natalie Duvall, Ron Edison, Elaine Ervin, Timons Esaias, Tess Gerritsen, Venessa Giunta, Leslie Davis Guccione, Anne Harris, W. H. Horner, Lee Allen Howard, KJ Howe, Russ Howe, Scott A. Johnson, Nancy Kress, Chun Lee, Patrice Lyle, Susan Mallery, Dana Marton, Lee McClain, Mike Mehalek, Sharon Mignerey, Barbara J. Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, M. A. Mogus, Thomas F. Monteleone, David Morrell, Catherine Mulvany, Nicole Peeler, Adrea L. Peters, Patrick Picciarelli, Steven Piziks, Rachael Pruitt, Lynn Salsi, Mary SanGiovanni, David Shifren, Randall Silvis, Lucy A. Snyder, Maria V. Snyder, Victoria Thompson, Diane Turnshek, Tim Waggoner, Albert Wendland, Teffanie Thompson White, Karen Lynn Williams, Ryan M. Williams, K. Ceres Wright
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I'm waiting for a second book from Seton Hill. I'll be first in line to buy it.
The thing that struck me most, though, was the enthusiasm and spirit of the authors. Clearly they were having fun writing this -- such a refreshing tone compared to the typical text -- which ranges from pedantic (full of themselves) to oh-so-serious to bored with themselves. This one puts a smile on my face. And I wasn't wrong to select it. The students in my class this semester "loved" the book (their word, not mine). It's rare for students to tell me they love the textbook; so I'd say this one has something special to offer today's writers. Each chapter gave us insightful talking points which generated a lot of discussion about the writing process and publishing field.
For others thinking of using this in a course, I would note that it is not full of exercises or activities to generate writing -- it's not that kind of text. I supplemented it with a collection of writing prompts. This combination worked well together: one to practice writing and the other to learn about and discuss the process.
I recommend this one.
As an independent publisher for Grit City Publications, the Emotobooks Revolution, I work with writers and editors on a regular basis. Not only do I encourage them to read this book, but I include it as a listing on the handouts and free handbook we give to each prospective author or editor. Inside this book are articles on some of the most practical advice and moral support any genre writer could hope for in one edition.
I highly recommend it.
Author of Abode of The Damned
[Disclaimer: yep, I'm a graduate. So sue me.]
Writing's a massive topic. Many Genres, One Craft breaks it down into short, manageable chapters, each a comfortable read, and I've spent the last year reading a chapter every few days and thinking it over in between. Did I absorb it all? Shoot. Who could? And while I don't necessarily agree with everything I've learned (bobble-headism is occasionally useful and shouldn't be written off entirely, IMO), there's no doubt what I have absorbed will only help my writing. Besides, it was like the greatest reunion ever.
Five strong stars.