Man, Oh Man! by Josh Lanyon

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In other words, yes, you need a story. Back to stealing from The Masters. Here are a couple of book blurbs from old Harlequin romances. When her father mysteriously disappeared searching for the Lost City of the Incas, Charley was set on finding him. And, infuriatingly, she needed the help of Braden Quest, the brilliant anthropologist. ) to Jack Martin, brilliant archeologist/explorer/kidnap expert? The father becomes Charlie's partner—hell, it could be his brother or best friend or mother, for that matter.

We have based characters on friends and relatives, but by the time we've turned it into a romance they are no longer recognizable. We have also taken simple facts of gay life like coming out or online dating and created entire romance novels around them. Also, there is an opportunity to take classic themes and turn them into gay romance because it hasn't been done to death as in the straight market. We have done gay twists on Romeo and Juliet, city mouse/country mouse, rags to riches, amnesia thrillers.

The framework of your story is where the commerciality comes in. Here's an example of how you take an ordinary plot and make it topical and commercial. Let's start with a basic tried and true story idea: hero rescues former lover from danger. We've got a million possibilities (and at least five of the seven basic literary plots at our disposal), and how we decide to spin this yarn will determine whether publishers, reviewers, and readers will find it fresh or not. What we do is take some "hot" elements in M/M fiction— ex-lovers, foreign lands, and the military—and combine them with what's newsworthy or currently selling well in mainstream fiction and—pay attention—non-fiction.

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