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Man, Oh Man! Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks & Cash

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It can be more than just a dream... To write the kind of stories that you love to read - that's what you really want. If only you knew how to get started. *Help from someone who knows...* What you need is professional advice, help from someone who's been there, who can support you through the creative process, with the goal of writing for publication. What you need is Man, ...more
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Aleksandr Voinov
Oct 11, 2012 Aleksandr Voinov added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: m/m writers
For anybody writing in the genre, or thinking about jumping into the little pond, this should absolutely be required reading. I would hope that this book helps prevent some of the train wrecks I’ve seen in the genre. Get it today.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This book is clearly intended for writers, but I think it is interesting to read for readers too, for whom it represents a sort of insider's guide to m/m fiction. The book was written in 2008, more than three years ago. It may sound a bit outdated in maybe a couple of chapters, since e-publishing wasn't so big back then, but it also holds warnings about the evolution of the genre that have come to be. It was very interesting for me because it made me more aware of what works and doesn't work for ...more
It's rather good, and rather useful, but some details just grate on me. Such as, is he really telling female writers to assume male pen-names? REALLY? Call me an idealistic dolt who knows nothing of business, but I liked all the progress we made since the centuries where female writers couldn't publish under their own identity, and I think that progress should be reinforced. If everyone kept going "well, that's the market, what can you do" about things, where would we be now?
This book has good advice on writing in general as well as specifically on the m/m genre, and is written in an entertaining, conversational style. It recognizes that much m/m romance is written by women for women and includes a chapter called, "Cheat Sheets for Chicks," which emphasizes making male characters males, not girls with penises. He talks about the difference between porn and erotica and how to write good sex scenes. But what I especially like is his assertion that a good story is a go ...more
I found this to be an excellent read. As someone who currently writes more for fun than profit, this book gives some great insight into the world of publishing within the M/M genre. While there was a lot of "well, duh" information (or perhaps I've just been around the genre long enough to have learned it already, so I consider it "well, duh" where others may not yet), there is still a great deal of advice that ought to be repeated often and taken to heart.

It's not just Josh's advice, though the
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Quite improved in my opinion from the first edition, and if you read that, you should definitely read this.

Like I said on my first review, a book like this for a reader is an interesting glimpse of the behind the scene process of writing, but it doesn't detract from the awe I feel when I read a good book. It's a way to understand WHY I like certain books more than others, why some books linger, why I keep going back to the same authors.
Good manual on writing M/M Fiction which also gives a picture of the market as it is today. My favorite parts are the comments from authors and publishers and editors.
I am not a professional author. I write fanfiction - yeah, so go ahead an roll your eyes - and I needed some insight regarding m/m relationships. There are lots of good books on how to write romances but writing m/m romance is different because, well, the dynamics between a m/m couple will naturally be different from those of a m/f couple. I'm OK with writing male protagonists but obviously, being a straight woman, I have no idea about male relationship dynamics.
Along comes Mr Lanyon with anothe
Mara Ismine
This is a book packed full of useful tips. It is written in an amusing style and has plenty of 'interview' style quotes from publishers, authors, readers and reviewers. Well worth reading for any writer, not just the target audience of straight women writing m/m romance.

Reading about writing always makes me feel that I really should be writing instead of just reading about it. I started reading it last year (mid-2009) and then put it aside while I thought about the ideas in the first few chapter
As a reader who is interested in the processes involved in writing, editing, and publishing, I found this book compelling and fun. I particularly enjoyed the roundtable discussions - the mystery and speculative fiction ones being of special interest to me, and the writing exercise for "action scenes" was a lot of fun. I also enjoyed reading what some of my favorite m/m writers have to say, as well as other readers. It seems to me that this book has something for everyone. The chapters that deal ...more
A useful writing guide for the m/m genre with advice specific to the genre. There is also a lot of very good general writing advice.

I'd love to see an update which gives us a picture of the m/m romance publishing field today. A lot has gone on since this book came out.
Becky Black
Enjoyed this book, entertaining to read and very useful. I like the range of other contributors too giving their insights, writers, editors, publishers. I'll definitely be checking this out again, it will be in reaching distance on the "writing books" shelf!
S.J.D. Peterson
For those of you who write in the M/M genre this should be your bible. Read it, learn from it, and write with the knowledge in this book, always at the back of your mind.
J. Rosemary Moss
Solid advice from Josh Lanyon, complete with insights from other authors and editors. I'll be reading this one again!
Susan Laine
A most useful opus. Read this a long time ago but just thought to add it now :) Recommended!
This book is a must have for any m/m fiction author!
Pia Veleno
* This is a book of lessons/chapters on writing with M/M in mind, complete with examples from Lanyon's own work and others in the field, and feedback from readers, writer, and publishers on a variety of storytelling aspects.

* While I enjoyed the snippets from other people in the field, including readers and reviewers, they didn't translate well on the Kindle. At several points, I wasn't sure I was reading Lanyon's words or another blurb/quote from someone he'd interviewed. They also got repetati
May 29, 2011 C.S. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The authors of some of the less competent books I've read.
Shelves: writing, gay
Would have deserved five stars except for one little thing. It's three years old, so it's somewhat out of date, barely mentioning digital publishing. I skimmed some chapters, since I'm not interested in finding a publisher for my work, and I've had about all I can take just now on the subject of promotion and marketing. But if you're the slightest bit interested in writing for the male/male romance market, this is the book to buy. Smart, practical, and full of examples of both good and bad writi ...more
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
I found this to be a comprehensive gathering of tips, tricks, straight forward directives and open-minded suggestions. Topics ranged widely from the truly creative end (what we love, of course) all the way through to the not always palatable business end of things. Well, only some aren't so grand but others are, especially in working hard on building good relationships in your writing world.

The chapters and sections within are laid out in an easy to follow structure.

Examples of topics, especiall
I've got plenty of places in this book marked so I can go back and re-read if needed. Everything is very helpful for anyone aspiring to write M/M romance and avoid the Chicks with Dicks scenario. I did that in fanfiction, I want to be taken seriously now.

This book was also how I discovered the Adrien English series and The Dark Horse stories, which also makes for great reading disguised as study. I only wish I could be as good a writer as Josh Lanyon. This book helps with that a little.

If anyone
Josephine Myles
At last! I've found a writing book that gives specific advice for writing in the m/m genre!

This is packed full of sound writing advice, with plenty of examples from Lanyon's own work (along with a select few others), and fascinating quotes from writers, readers, reviewers and editors. You get a thorough overview of the genre, and there is useful advice about the business of writing and promoting as well as all the technical tips.

Lanyon treats the subject with humour and respect, although I do pi
Very interesting with a lot of references and good advices.
It's really about writing romance, not about contemporary or a genre fiction where the main characters happen to be gay.
this book is great. its both helpful and not at the same time. Josh Lanyon gives some great advice and I really enjoy the use of his own stories to illustrate some of the points he makes. the interviews with publishers and other authors is fantastic and gives even more insight. as with most things in life each person has their own opinion which is great for an up-and-coming writer to hear. i enjoy the brief moments of humor sprinkled through out the book and was very pleased to receive such a sw ...more
Paula Merensuo
Impressive and useful handbook.
As an aspiring writer, I thought the information in this book was invaluable. As a reader, I was amazed at the complexity of writing a good m/m romance.

This is a very informative book but told in a wonderful, readable style which makes reading it truly interesting. I loved the thoughts and quotes from the myriad of contributing authors and it was brilliant to see Josh Lanyon's own stories and characters used to illustrate various points.

Anwen Ross
This was great. Josh has so many little points that you wouldn't necessarily think of. I expected a lot about how to write sex scenes, and there's actually not much, because he says you can find this out in other ways. There is a lot about character development, using dialogue, writing outlines for publishers, etc. It inspired me to stop reading and start writing - but not until after the current round of challenges!
Phil Williams
In the past 25 years or so, I have read many 'how to write' books. Man, Oh Man! starts as most of the do and should, with the basics of writing; creating characters, developing plot etc. But then it moves into areas that are more specific to this genre, mainly finding a reputable publisher, marketing, self promotion.
Man, Oh Man! is an invaluable tool for anyone looking to start a career in writing M/M Fiction.
Excellent "how to" writing guide for writers of any genre, not just M/M erotic romance. However, for authors working in this particular sub-genre, this book is a must read. Lanyon takes us through the entire writing process, from idea generation all the way through promotional endeavors best suited for authors of M/M fiction. Highly recommended. (A)
Chris Cox
Some good stuff for beginning writers. Lots of interviews from other authors, reviewers, publishers, etc which shows difference of opinions. Also lots of instruction on general writing techniques. There are meatier books out there to learn writing techniques if you're going for generic but this one is slanted for the M/M market which makes it unique.
A lot of great information on writing in general as well as writing for M/M readers. The quotes from many publishers help. I find so much m/m fiction I read could really be het fiction because one of the men reads like a woman. Josh has me spoiled for that stuff now. This book is a good guide on how to get both of your real men to the right place.
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