On the Amazon US site, Spec Fic for Newbies got a #1 New Release banner the day after it was published! I'm pretty chuffed about that!
My new book, co-written with Val Nolan, is HERE! Today is publication day for Spec Fic for Newbies: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror! Always wanted to try your hand at, say, Steampunk or Military SF or Body Horror but aren't sure how to get started? Spec fic for Newbies is for you! Or maybe you're a more advanced writer who is finding they're stuck in the middle of a draft of an apocalyptic book that is going dystopic and unsure how to get unstuck? Spec Fic for Newbies is for you, too!
This book is the next best thing to being in a creative writing class with either Val or I and combines our two decades of creative writing teaching with our experiences as published authors and workshop attendees, along with our absolute unashamed nerdiness! It has 3 chapters (1 for each main genre), each with 10 sections covering a huge selection of subgenres and major tropes (like zombies, vampires, and robots, which are each so big they're almost subgenres on their own!). Each section supplies a quick history of the genre, breaks down what's cool about it, what to watch out for, offers extra 'stuff' like a spotter's guide or a writing element spotlight, and concludes with two activities to get you started. Oh, and we're working on volume 2 to come out in 2024!
Available all over the place, in paperback or ebook via our linktree!
Spec Fic for Newbies is out within a week, so Val (my co-author) and I joined Dan at the Coffee in Space podcast to nerd out about apocalyptic fiction and toilet paper, word count restrictions, the subjectivity of squicking people out, the permeability of subgenres, considering your audience and genre context, the fact that ancient humans weren't idiots, theme (which we cover in the book intro!), how our conscious and subconscious minds don't play together well, and having too many writing projects at once.
Listen in here to Coffee in Space!
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