Advice Series for New M/M Authors

Starting in early June a new series debuts on the website which will be geared to helping newbie M/M authors, or authors who have moved from other romance genres and to whom M/M romance themes are unfamiliar.

Yesterday I invited several experienced and highly respected M/M authors such as Ally Blue, Josh Lanyon, Laura Baumbach, Rick R. Reed and Victor J. Banis to participate in this series and they immediately said ‘yes’ when I approached them. Josh Lanyon has already agreed to do more than one post and you know that I will follow up with him on his promise. 🙂

I’ll be sending out invitations to other well known and respected M/M authors shortly and will announce the participants and their topics in my regular weekly updates.

I’m pretty excited about this initiative for several reasons. With the exponential growth and popularity of Male/Male romance which is outstripping that of other romance genres, especially over the past two years, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon, more and more new authors and publishers are moving into this genre and rushing to publish, sometimes with disastrous results because of a lack of proper resources such as editing. As a reader and reviewer I know that new M/M authors have a more difficult job than het authors because they are writing about gay men in love, something about which some of them may be unfamiliar. This leads to mistakes in characterizations. I hope that this series will give these new authors writing advice about all areas of M/M romances and ultimately provide readers with a better product. For me there’s nothing better than curling up with a good M/M book after a hard day’s work or on the weekend.

Thanks to Eden Winters, a new M/M author who gave me the germ for this idea when she asked whether I could publish a post with advice from veteran M/M authors on topics such as

What one thing do you think new writers should know? and
What one thing did you have to learn the hard way?

I thought that expanding this theme into a continuing series would be even better in terms of providing ongoing help to new M/M authors or aspiring authors.

My heartfelt thanks to Ally, Josh, Laura, Rick and Victor for agreeing without hesitation to participate in this series that I know will benefit the authors and ultimately readers of the genre.

I haven’t decided what to call the new series except something as bland as “Advice to New Authors” or “Advice from the Experts.” Maybe one of you could come up with a much more profound or catchy title and I would be happy to donate a $10 US gift certificate to the person with the winning name. 🙂 The GC could be for amazon.com or any publisher or book re-seller of the winner’s choice.

Update: Two new participants have joined Ally, Laura, Victor, Laura, Rick and Josh. I’m very pleased to announce that Jordan Castillo Price and J.P Bowie have just accepted my invitation to be members of the team. I have one holdout who I’m hoping to hear from soon. 🙂

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57 comments

  • As for the title I thought of Getting it straight: m/m writing.
    I know it sounds a bit like the one Feliz brought up but it does not have the “101”which might be trademarked.

    • Hi Ingrid
      Here’s what I said to Feliz

      >>Get M/M Straight 101< < >>I personally like this one but maybe without the ‘101? since most of these writers are already published and they may object to being regarded as ‘learners’ < < So we're thinking along the same lines. 🙂

  • Sounds like a great series.

    What if our advice is not specific to m/m writers, but to writers across the board?

    1) Write.
    2) Submit
    3) Repeat 1&2
    Don’t go on about “I’d write this if I had time.” You make time or not. Don’t tell me your book. Write it. To quote Amadeus: It does no one any good in your head.

    • Hi Angelia
      Great suggestions for all writers. This will be helpful for all of those aspiring authors who never seem to get off the mark.

  • Omg, this is such a awesome idea, it’s amazing not to mention the authors who will participate!
    I don’t even write but I found it endlessly interesting. 😀

    I have to tell fic writer friends about this!

    • Vivia
      I appreciate you spreading the word. As I mentioned earlier, this series starts June 1 and I hope it will continue for a long time, certainly as long as people like Laura, Ally, Victor, Rick and Josh have the time to participate.

  • Just wanted to chime in and say that I’m really looking forward to the posts. What a great idea! 🙂 Not that I’m anywhere close to being an aspiring writer *lol* but I’m convinced this can be as interesting for readers, too!

    Sorry, no title suggestions from me but I read some really good ones already, imo. I’m curious which one will be the winner. Good luck to the participants!

    • Hi Lilli

      >>I’m convinced this can be as interesting for readers, too!< < You nailed it - this is what I hope will happen. I hope that readers become just as nvested in this series and can't stay away and maybe some of them will decide to take that old ms out of mothballs, rewrite it and submit it to a publisher.

  • It’s an honor to be asked to participate in this, Wave. I don’t think it’s an issue of straight women writing about something they are unfamiliar with, though, you listed several of us who are very successful at it who will blog about. It’s about being good at your craft and knowing about how it feels to fall in love and work at a relationship. As a publisher and an author, I’m looking forward to sharing my POV on successfully writing m/m romance. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Hi Laura

      Thank you again for agreeing to participate in this initiative which I think will be helpful to all M/M writers, not just those who are new. And you’re quite right, the issue is about knowing your craft and you Ally, M.L. Rhodes, Jordan Castillo Price, and J.L. Langley to name just a few, are definitely experts in this field.

      I look forward to your post and I hope you can give us additional time by posting more than once. I know your schedule is murder but this series should help not only the authors and the publishers but the readers as well, who will be the ultimate beneficiaries.

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