Whether you’ve just been bit by the writing bug or you’re a longtime author of popular fiction, Many Genres, One Craft (co-edited by Michael Arnzen with Heidi Ruby Miller) is a writer’s workshop in a bottle.
Modeled after the graduate-level MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University, Many Genres is a thick hardcover collection of over sixty essays by prominent writers who look under the hood of both the craft of writing for a genre audience and the business of penning novels in today’s publishing world. There are several essays focused on horror and suspense fiction, including chapters by Gary Braunbeck, David Morrell, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mary SanGiovanni, Tom Monteleone, Tim Waggoner, Tess Gerritsen, and, so many more. Arnzen contributed six pieces, covering everything from “the art of surprise” in horror to how to make writing workshops work best.
The Many Genres weblog contains copious information about the book, featuring writer profiles, bonus articles, book news, and guest blogs. [Several authors contributed guest writing prompts to gorelets.com blog for the “Dark Promptings” series of Instigation as part of the title’s Virtual Book Tour .]
Multiple publishing industry awards, including: 2012 International Book Award winner; 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award winner; 2011 London Books Festival Award winner; USA Best Books 2011 finalist; 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist; Silver Medal 2011 ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards.
“Speaking from experience, I can tell you there isn’t a muse and if there is, she’s already dating someone else.” If there isn’t a muse, as you’ll read in this invaluable book for writers, MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT is surely the next best thing. No matter what you want to learn–from choosing the point of view for a scene, from getting the most out of a critique group to fine-tuning your final draft, from approaching a literary agent to promoting your published book in print or electronically or both–it’s all there. The contributors know their stuff, and what they’re teaching applies to writing at any age. MANY GENRES ONE CRAFT covers all the bases superbly, including issues I haven’t seen addressed anywhere else in today’s rapidly shifting publishing landscape. — Renni Browne, co-author of SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS
Many Genres is a huge anthology, almost 400 pages long, featuring over sixty contributions. To scan the contents list, visit the book’s blog, which features a complete Table of Contents enhanced with links and bio information for every contributor. Aside from co-editing this book alongside Heidi Ruby Miller, Arnzen contributed the following articles:
- Putting Our Heads Together: An Introduction
- Tuning Up Your Writing
- Genre Unleashed
- The Element of Surprise: Psyching-Out Readers of Horror, Mystery and Suspense
- Making Modern Monsters
- Working the Workshop: How to Get the Most Out of Critique Groups (Even the Bad Ones)
Here’s the introduction and table of contents for your previewing pleasure (visit scribd.com, if for some reason you can’t read the window below):
Title: Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction
Author: Edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller
Headline Books, May 2011
Hardcover. 384 pages. List Price: $29.99
E-book also available for Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook.