Book Review: Many Genres, One Craft

Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction
Edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller
Nonfiction
384 pages

Fellow writers—this is for you. I’m going to be completely upfront about this. What you’re reading is not a review. It’s a recommendation.

Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction is a treasure chest full of instruction, advice, tips, and wisdom for aspiring writers. Edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller, the anthology includes articles on the craft of writing, the different genres in popular fiction, and the writing life. All from authors who are connected somehow to Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate degree program.

Yes, this is the writing program that brought the Damsels together. And that’s why I can’t be impartial when looking over this book. I know very well the value of the information in these pages. But look for yourself. You can find excerpts on the Many Genres, One Craft blog and information on how to pre-order. The book is due out in mid-May.

Included are articles by authors Gary A. Braunbeck, Nancy Kress, Victoria Thompson, and David Morrell. Kaye Dacus and Lynn Salsi, who’ve visited with us before at the Damsels, are also featured.

On Wednesday, we’ll be talking with Patrice Lyle, an SHU alum whose article, “Ten Ways to Avoid Losing Your YA Reader,” is part of the anthology. She’ll share her insights on writing young adult fiction and tell us about her debut novel, Lethally Blonde, which will be published in 2012.

On Friday, we’ll discuss award-winning author C. Coco De Young’s contribution to Many Genres, One Craft—”Linking Past to Present.”

So, don’t forget to check back with us. It’s sure to be a fun week.

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2 Responses to Book Review: Many Genres, One Craft

  1. Emilie says:

    So glad this all came to be. Can’t wait to talk to some of the authors who were featured!

  2. Thank you for the vote of confidence, Damsels!

    We’re glad we didn’t disappoint.

    Best,
    Heidi

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