Brewing Fine Fiction

Brewing Fine Fiction edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff and Pati Nagle

Advice for Writers from the Authors
at Book View Café

edited by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff & Pati Nagle
$4.99 (Anthology) ISBN 978-0-98284-403-8

“Check any bookstore and you’ll find a host of titles on writing. Some are good, some not so good. Every author has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. But in Brewing Fine Fiction; Advice For Writers From the Bookview Café, you get a smorgasbord of professional advice and expertise. From the plausibility of fantasy, by Ursula LeGuin, to Deborah Ross’s comments on reviews, you’ll find every facet of the craft and writing life covered. For the wealth of information, experience, and diversity, all under one cover, you can’t beat it.” — Mary Rosenblum, Longridge Writers Group Instructor

Book View Café’s members include international bestselling authors and winners of the National Book Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and many others. Most have sold multiple novels to major publishers. Many have taught writing at workshops around the world. The knowledge of these professional authors is gathered into a volume that will help both new and experienced writers cope with the creative challenges and the nuts-and-bolts business issues of a career in writing fiction.

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“A fantastic compilation of writing advice. Really useful and fun to read, even if you’re not going to write. Gives interesting insights into how writing works and what it’s like to be a writer, too. And not just fantasy and science fiction—all types.”

— Carol G (an Amazon review)


The Basics

Pitfalls of Writing Science Fiction & Fantasy by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Dreaded Info Dump by Irene Radford
Alien Eyes: Generating Fictional Ideas by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
The Theory and Practice of Titles by Brenda W. Clough
You’re Not a Bad Person. You Just Have Ugly Children. by Steven Harper Piziks
Plotting Through Writer’s Block by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Novel Writing for Novices by Brenda W. Clough


Can Fantasy be Plausible, and Why Should It Bother? by Ursula K. Le Guin
Finding Your Voice: Fan Mail From The Future by Jennifer Stevenson
Using Landscape as a Character by Irene Radford
Sweating the Little Stuff by Sherwood Smith
Strunk and White: Fifty Years Is Long Enough by Nancy Jane Moore
On Being a Professional Amateur by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
Love or Sex by Irene Radford
Dig Deeper: How To Make a Good Book a Great Book by Laura Anne Gilman


The Alien in the Pasture by Judith Tarr
Steam It Up! by Sue Lange
The Science in Science Fiction & the Fantasy in Fantasy by Amy Sterling Casil
The Joys and Dangers of Research by Pati Nagle

Marketing Your Work

How to Escape from the Slush Pile by Madeleine E. Robins
Six Step Guide to Query Letters by Chris Dolley
Crafting a Synopsis That Will Sell by Irene Radford
How to Build an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) by Lori Devoti
The Quest to Find Agent Charming by Pati Nagle
Bad Contracts by Steven Harper Piziks
Market Your Heart by Patricia Rice

The Writer’s Life

A Room of One’s Own by Madeleine E. Robins
How to Critique Effectively and Influence Your Fellow Writers by Nancy Jane Moore
The Write Class by Steven Harper Piziks
Inside Worldcon: The Writer’s Tour by Brenda W. Clough
How I Write When There is No Time by Deborah J. Ross
Permission to Take a Break by Chris Dolley
How do you DO That? by Sarah Zettel
Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Ignorable by Deborah J. Ross
Being Productive by Gerald M. Weinberg