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Josh Lanyon

Strange Bedfellows: The Evolving Relationship between Authors and Readers … by Josh Lanyon

Strange Bedfellows: The Evolving Relationship between Authors and Readers … by Josh Lanyon

When Fatal Shadows was published in 2000, the total extent of contact I had with readers — fans — was membership on a mystery listserv (remember listservs?) and the occasional letter forwarded by my publisher. Reviews came from paid professionals. I never anticipated or intended to interact personally with my reading public. I couldn’t imagine such a thing. Fast forward thirteen years. Readers moderate my Facebook Fan Page and my…
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Please Don’t Feed the Monsters …by Josh Lanyon

Please Don’t Feed the Monsters …by Josh Lanyon

If you’ve done any financial investing – and if you’re planning to write for a living, I sincerely hope you have – you know one of the secrets to success is diversity. It’s common sense. One of the earliest bits of homespun wisdom we receive is don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Whether forming lunch room friendships or sending out college applications, we’re cautioned not to pin all…
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The Mainstreaming of M/M …. by Josh Lanyon

The Mainstreaming of M/M …. by Josh Lanyon

About a year ago I was invited to be a guest author at JR Ward’s Goodreads group. If you’re not familiar with Ward – and I confess I was not then familiar with her work – she writes the enormously popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series about vampire soldiers battling against…well, that part isn’t really important. The important part was that Ward, a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling…
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Paper Boats: Bail water or bail out? Knowing When to Abandon Your Wip by Josh Lanyon

Paper Boats: Bail water or bail out? Knowing When to Abandon Your Wip by Josh Lanyon

A book itself threatens to kill its author repeatedly during its composition. Michael Chabon, Fountain City (an unfinished novel) I’ve been trying to catch up on some of my reading lately, and a few nights ago I came across an essay from the New York Times Book Review the SO had ripped out for me some months back. The essay by Dan Kois was titled “Burn Before Reading,” and it…
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Keeping Up With The Joneses

I frequently hear that I am a very productive — even prolific — author. By mainstream standards, that’s true. In mainstream, two novels a year — four if you’re ultra ambitious — is pretty much the norm. At the end of this year, I’ll have published some 46 individual works as Josh Lanyon. It took me four years.* A couple of weeks ago one of my Facebook author friends mentioned…
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What Would Jesus Do? Spirituality in M/M Fiction by Josh Lanyon

What Would Jesus Do? Spirituality in M/M Fiction by Josh Lanyon

A few weeks ago a friend phoned to tell me that after much painful inner debate she had concluded that she had to accept the Bible as the literal word of God, and that while God does not hate homosexuals, he does hate homosexuality. Now before everyone gets worked up over what the Bible does and doesn’t say on the topic of homosexuality, I want to point out that theologians…
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Yes You Can (Er … but should you?) by Josh Lanyon

Yes You Can (Er … but should you?) by Josh Lanyon

My first column here at Wave’s dealt with the topic of whether it was necessary for m/m writers to find a mainstream publisher. Given the buzz about self-publishing these days, I guess it’s only natural that the next question would be whether m/m writers need a publisher at all. The debate about self-publishing — and the best way to go about it — ramped up with a lengthy and much…
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The Farmer and the Cowman — by Josh Lanyon

The Farmer and the Cowman — by Josh Lanyon

But the farmer and the cowman should be friends. Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends. The cowman ropes a cow with ease, the farmer steals her butter and cheese, but that’s no reason why they can’t be friends. Oklahoma, Rodgers and Hammerstein We’ve all seen the movie — no, not Oklahoma. The movie where the artist — sometimes an actor, sometimes a playwright, sometimes a painter, sometimes…
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The Blue Pencil Blues – Josh Lanyon

The Blue Pencil Blues – Josh Lanyon

But by far the worst thing that editors do is to unleash those anonymous vandals known as copy-editors. “Some Thoughts About Writing” by Thomas Sowell When Wave broached the subject of editing (or lack therein) in m/m and gay romantic fiction—a subject dear to both our hearts—I quickly realized it was going to turn into a topic too complex to handle in one column. I think it says a great…
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Nice Guys Finish Last … by Josh Lanyon

Nice Guys Finish Last … by Josh Lanyon

 Not a day goes by that my dear former Facebook friend Jamie LeBoink doesn’t send an invitation out asking people—everyone, anyone–to “like” her and her writing. I think she was up to about 1500 friends at the point I disengaged. And three of those 1500 folks might actually, eventually buy Jamie’s writing, assuming she ever gets around to doing any.  My point is not that LeBoink is an idiot and…
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