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

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  327 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
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 It may sound a bit outdated in maybe a couple of chapters, since e-publishing wasn't so big back then, but it also holds warnings about the evolution of the genre that have come to be.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
Dec 13, 2011 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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?
Apr 06, 2014 Elfscribe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Danny Tyran
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Dec 08, 2014 Adara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
S.J.D. Peterson
Nov 18, 2010 S.J.D. Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Dec 31, 2015 Courtney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is not your standard "how to write" book. And thank goodness for that. This is a book for writers who are looking to get into the M/M genre or still starting out. Yes, there was some talk during the beginning about what makes good writing- how to craft characters, plot, etc.- but it wasn't a ton and it was also more focused on the M/M aspect in particular, rather than generalized. It was insightful. After all, there ARE things to consider when dealing with this type of genre and there were ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Silvia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-writing
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
Aug 29, 2013 KC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: josh-lanyon
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
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.
Feb 20, 2016 Susinok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2014 Becky Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, non-fiction
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!
Mar 21, 2014 LKM rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not overly convinced. The tips were good, I really liked reading the input of publishers and authors, and yet it all seemed more like it belonged at a blog than on a published book.
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
Jul 24, 2013 Susan Laine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most useful opus. Read this a long time ago but just thought to add it now :) Recommended!
Oct 04, 2008 Ava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance
This book is a must have for any m/m fiction author!
Pia Veleno
Jan 11, 2011 Pia Veleno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* 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 really liked it  ·  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
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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
Jan 25, 2016 Jae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, writing
Although directed toward M/M fiction, this book just as easily applies to any fiction. Most of the book presents common-sense information in a casual, friendly tone interspersed with answers from writers, editors and publishers in the business to questions on a variety of topics.
Lizabeth Tucker
Jun 12, 2015 Lizabeth Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great writing guide by one of the best m/m writers out there. Although aimed at the fast growing male/male romance market, any and every writer can learn some valuable tips. In fact, you might want to buy a physical copy for all the highlighting, margin notes, and Post-it note bookmarking. 4.5 out of 5.
Sep 26, 2011 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2010 Josephine Myles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-books, m-m
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
Aug 23, 2014 Marc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 21, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ellis Preston
Sep 14, 2015 Ellis Preston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing, m-m, non-fiction
An interesting look at writing m/m.
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