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. 🙂