So the legendary writing book went live in its electronic incarnation at Fictionwise yesterday. MAN, OH MAN: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h can be ordered in print from your favorite indie or GLBT bookseller now, but it will still be a week or two (or four) before it pops up on Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
Anyway, I don't want to blab on and on about the book. I do want to say -- briefly -- that there were writers, editors, reviewers, publishers who I didn't interview and I probably should have. This wasn't a deliberate slight; mostly it was a lack of awareness. I asked to interview the people I'd read or had come across in my initial months within the M/M community. I know more people now, so needless to say, if and when there's a second edition, there will likely be a broader spectrum of opinions and input (although we've got a very interesting selection of "voices" now).
The other thing I wanted to mention was that in a few cases, people and companies I invited to participate just never managed to get their act together. In one case I held up production for a publishing house that I thought would be valuable to include, and they still couldn't pull themselves together. So it's not like I didn't try to get the broadest possible selection. And then there were companies like Blind Eye that I just didn't find out about in time, but would have loved to include.
Anyway, that's pretty much it. The book is out, and I'm relieved and happy. No, it's not the final word on the subject, and yes, many people will have different ideas on wriitng and publishing. Good for them! Dialog is great. I hope this book is of use -- and entertaining. Because those were my two aims. To inform and amuse. Ideally at the same time. If I've managed to do that, I'll have done what I set out to do. And if by some chance I actually manage to influence M/M fiction for the better, I can die happy.
(Though preferably not right away.)
For anyone who'd like detailed information on the book, angusdevotee has done an incredible job of summing the thing up, so I refer you to her site.
And that's pretty much it for the Blatant Self Promotion. At least on this subject. So what do you want to talk about now?