Victoria Mixon, Author & Editor Editing     Testimonials     Books     About     Contact       Copyright


Writer's Digest presents an excerpt from my webinar, "Three Secrets of the Greats: Structure Your Story for Ultimate Reader Addiction."

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers, interviews me about storytelling, writing, independent editing, and the difference between literary fiction and genre, with an impromptu exercise on her own Work-in-Progress.

Editing client Stu Wakefield, author of the Kindle #1 Best Seller Body of Water, talks about our work together on Memory of Water, the second novel of his Water trilogy.






  • By Victoria Mixon

    NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!

    We did it! We got it into print. Boy, howdy, it’s been like alligator wrestling, but now it is done. I’ll tell you guys the whole self-publishing story soon, once I’ve recovered from it. Right now what you need to know is that the print version of The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual is now shipping in the US and the UK.

    Thank you, everyone, for your patience. Truly. You’ve all been so supportive and wonderful. What amazing people you are!

    And I promise that if (oh, who are we kidding? when) I do something like this next year, I will do it in plenty of time for the holidays.



    “Victoria Mixon’s The Art & Craft of Fiction should be on your writer’s shelf between Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and John Gardner’s On Becoming a Novelist. You are not alone, not with this book to set you on your way each writing day.”
    —Lucia Orth, author of the acclaimed Baby Jesus Pawn Shop

    “Over the last twenty years, Mixon’s may very well be the most adrenalinic, motivating, how-to voice about craft, style, and artistic willpower.”
    —Kevin Clark, author of Self-Portrait with Expletives

    “Buy it. I recommend it.”
    —Preditors & Editors

    Subscribe:

    20 Comments

    “The freshest and most relevant
    advice you’ll find.”

    —Helen Gallagher, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The Art & Craft of Writing Fiction

    The Art & Craft of Writing Stories


    A. VICTORIA MIXON, FREELANCE INDEPENDENT EDITOR

    VICTORIA’S ADVICE COLUMN

    20 Comments

20 Responses to “The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual”

  1. Hooray! Because I don’t have an ereader. Does it ship outside the US?

  2. Hi! Thanks for asking. We do offer international shipment via USPS Priority International at a fixed cost of $15. This method can take 2-3 weeks. We are also working on being able to provide the book directly from our printer in both the UK and Australia – more on that in the future.

  3. Just ordered the ‘Manual’ in book format and am already checking my mailbox for it!

  4. Damn, THAT’S a cover! I can’t remember the last time I’ve said that about a book. Isn’t that a shame!
    Regards,
    Shane

    ps. Congrats on The Top 10.

  5. Congratulations, Victoria! I purchased the e-book, and I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to write, whatever level he/she is at right now. If you want to write good fiction, buy the book, writers! It’s not only packed with need-to-know information, Victoria has made the reading truly enjoyable as well. This isn’t another “dry” “how to” book. This is the real deal.

    Here’s to great success with the book in 2011! 🙂

  6. This will be on my Writing Craft book shelf! Looks great-can’t wait to read it. When will I find the time to actually write with all of these great books?! 🙂

    Congratulations on your hard work! I am sure this will be a hit among writers.

  7. Looks really good. Even though I write non-fiction, am really tempted by this.

    Presumably there are lessons in teh book that apply to non-fiction writers. What’s your opinion?

    Peace, Light and Love

    Nic

  8. UK Economy Shipping Now Available

    La Favorita Press is now able to print books in the UK and ship via economy for approximately £2.42. If you are in England, Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, please choose “UK Economy” shipping when ordering. More shipping options coming soon.

  9. Victoria said on

    Hi Nic,

    Thanks for asking. It depends upon what type of nonfiction you’re writing. I worked in nonfiction for many, many years, and while I’d have to stretch my imagination pretty far to find much in The Art & Craft of Fiction to apply to technical manuals, it does apply to memoir and narrative nonfiction as much as fiction. I guess I should have called it The Art & Craft of Storytelling. It’s not so much about whether or not your story is true—it’s just about whether or not it’s well-told.

  10. Ordered it yesterday, and I’m looking forward to getting it. I even cleaned (& reorganized) all my bookcases at home. It’s like inviting people over so I will clear off the dining room table. 😉

    [WHO’s got cabin fever!??]

  11. Victoria said on

    Oh, you guys are all so kind. Thank you! And send me your feedback. I’m going to start a quotes column on this blog under the book.

  12. […] Victoria Mixon spends her time blogging for the vast tribe of aspiring great writers in the blogosphere and editing their work with her suspenders hoisted up. She is the co-author of Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators and author of the recently-released The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual. […]

  13. […] is the coauthor of Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators and author of The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual. She is also blog mama at her own site, A. Victoria Mixon, Editor, which was named–along with […]

  14. When is this coming out in a Kindle edition?

  15. Anna, I’m sorry. I know it is taking us forever. We’re going through Smashwords for all ereaders, but Kindle twists the formatting when they process it, and we haven’t found a solution we’re happy with. We’re working on it!

  16. Anna, it’s out!

    The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual, the Kindle edition.

  17. […] is the coauthor of Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators and author of The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual. She can be reached through her blog, her Editing Services, and […]

  18. […] is the coauthor of Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators and author of The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual. She can be reached through her blog, her Editing Services, and […]

  19. […] with over thirty years’ experience in both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of  The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual. She can be reached through her blog, Victoria Mixon, which was recently named one of the Top 10 […]

  20. […] in both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of a successful craft book for writers, The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual, and recently released a companion book called  The Art & Craft of Story: 2nd […]




FREE BESTSELLER!


Get your free collection
of my most popular posts
from deep within
the secret recesses of my blog
—viewed a quarter-million times—

11 posts. . .because this blog goes to 11



Authors


MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .


BHAICHAND PATEL, retired after an illustrious career with the United Nations, is now a journalist based out of New Dehli and Bombay, an expert on Bollywood, and author of three non-fiction books published by Penguin. I edited Patel’s best-selling debut novel, Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers, published by Pan Macmillan. Read more. . .


SCOTT WILBANKS, represented by Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, is the author of the debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, published by Sourcebooks in August, 2015. I'm working with Wilbanks on his sophomore novel, Easy Pickens, the story of the world’s only medically-diagnosed case of chronic naiveté. Read more. . .


LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .


SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .


M. TERRY GREEN enjoys a successful self-publishing career with her three sci-fi/fantasy series based on her dual careers in anthropology and technology. I worked with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .


DARREN D. BEYER is an ex-NASA experiment engineer who worked on every Space Shuttle orbiter but Challenger. In Casimir Bridge, the first novel of his debut sci-fi series, Beyer uses every bit of his scientific expertise to create a galaxy in which "space bridges" allow interstellar travel based upon the latest in real theoretical physics. Read more. . .


ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .


STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .


GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans' fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .


JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .


LISA MERCADO-FERNANDEZ writes literary novels of love, loss, and friendship set in the small coastal towns of New England. I edited Mercado-Fernandez' debut novel, The Shoebox, and her up-coming The Eighth Summer. Read more. . .


JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff's abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .


LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star, which agents had told him to throw away. Read more. . .


In addition, I work with scores of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this wonderful literary art and craft.

Google