Hello all! When I first started writing M/M Romance, I did a lot of research. Not just for the stories I was writing, but on being a writer in the genre. I wanted to start off on the right foot. I'm one of those people who likes going into something with as much information as possible. If I'm travelling, I have print-outs, maps, GPS, the whole nine yards. I know, it doesn't sound very spontaneous or adventurous, but I beg to differ. I'm all for setting off on an adventure, I just like to be prepared. Heck, you should see my bag. I carry everything from a portable first-aid kit to a spare, fully-charged phone battery.
I researched everything from marketing, to the genre itself. I make it no secret that I was inspired to write my own historicals after reading Tamara Allen's beautifully written stories. When I read Whistling in the Dark, it stayed with me for days. The story, the characters, the feelings, stayed with me. I read A LOT of M/M Romance. I read The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks by Josh Lanyon (my first Lanyon book), and loved it. I read more of Josh's work. I saw he had published a book called Man, Oh Man! Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks & Cash and I rushed out to buy it because I'd heard it offered some great advice for newbies like me on writing M/M Romance. I wasn't interested in the cash bit--although making a living from my writing is a goal I'm striving for, it wasn't my reason for getting into M/M romance.
Any author who goes into writing M/M fiction solely for the money is in for a surprise. I'm not saying it can't be done, because there are plenty of authors who do it and do it well, I'm just saying authors who are only in it for the money, who lack the passion for what they do, won't be fooling anyone. Your love for what you do comes through in your work, and if it's not there, then it will reflect in the writing. That's just my two cents. Anyway, so I wanted to read what Josh had to say, and the book turned out to be such a great help, and a fab source of info on everything from insight on the genre to publishers.
Over a year later, I'm a published M/M Romance author with 11 stories under my belt (a mixture of novellas, short stories, and free reads) with my first full length novel coming out this year, and waiting to hear back from two publishers on two other stories. I have a few reader nominations for my books, a Best Author award from Speak Its Name, and a growing readership. I've had the best year ever! Then, I received a message from Josh Lanyon, asking if I would like to contribute in the Historical Round Table discussion in the updated Man, Oh Man! Writing Quality M/M Fiction. Arms flailed. Flailed madly around the room.
Not only did I feel honored, but I was going to be part of a discussion that included Alex Beecroft, Tamara Allen, Ava March, Aleksandr Voinov, and Charlie Cochrane. Me. In the same vicinity as some of the historical authors whose books I'd gobbled up before nervously submitting my first story. The flailing continued. Obviously, I bought the new book, because how could I miss a discussion on historical M/M Fiction from these authors? Then I see my name in the book. I blink then peer at it, still amazed it's there. Yep, that's my name all right. Not a typo. I managed to give useful info rather than paragraphs of ermahgerd typed over and over like a geeked out version of The Shining.
Before I became published, I read the first version, and now that I'm published I'm reading the second, because it contains 373 pages of awesomeness on everything from marketing to pacing, theme, dialogue, and author etiquette. It has loads of input from authors from all different genres, from reviewers, and publishers. If you're considering writing M/M fiction, I can't recommend this book enough. The M/M genre has changed pretty dramatically since the first version came out, so it's certainly worth the read. A big thank you to Josh for allowing me to be a part of it.
You can get your copy on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Man-Writing-Quality-Fiction-ebook/dp/B00DSTMFTE/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373998953&sr=1-8&keywords=josh+lanyon