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  • By Victoria Mixon



    THE ART & CRAFT OF FICTION:
    A PRACTITIONER’S MANUAL

    One of the elite handful recommended by Preditors & Editors, this book brings together in one place everything you need in order to begin your work in storytelling—both fiction and memoir. Through an in-depth exploration of the myriad aspects of the art and craft, Mixon welcomes you in a warm voice into the greater fellowship of all writers.

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    “The freshest and most relevant advice you’ll find.”
    —Helen Gallagher, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    “Wonderfully useful, bracing and humorous.”
    —Millicent Dillon, five-time O.Henry Award winner & PEN/Faulkner nominee

    “I wish I’d had this when I began my first novel.”
    —Lucia Orth, author of the critically-acclaimed debut Baby Jesus Pawn Shop



    THE ART & CRAFT OF STORY:
    2nd PRACTITIONER’S MANUAL

    Praised by #1 Kindle Best-Seller Stu Wakefield, in this book Mixon explores in detail the complex crafts of character development and plot structure, illuminating the work of canonical authors and applying their lessons to the creation of new stories. Join a passionate discussion of the grand art of storytelling.

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    “This book changed my life.”
    —Stu Wakefield, #1 Kindle Best-Selling author of Body of Water

    “Highly recommended. As much a gift to writers as an indispensable resource.”
    —Larry Brooks, author of four best-selling thrillers & Story Engineering

    “Lessons of a writing lifetime.”
    —Roz Morris, best-selling ghostwriter & author of Nail Your Novel

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    A. Victoria Mixon is a professional writer and freelance independent editor who has worked in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for over thirty years.

    Mixon co-authored the nonfiction Children and the Internet: A Zen Guide for Parents and Educators, published by Prentice Hall in 1996, for which she is listed in the Who’s Who of America.

    Her blog, A. Victoria Mixon, Editor, has been named a Top 10 Blog for Writers 2011, Top 20 Blog for Writers 2012 and Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers.

    She writes the editorial advice column Ask Victoria opposite Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest on the popular writer’s online newsletter, Writer Inboxed. She also maintains Victoria’s Advice Column.

    Mixon has worked with both published and unpublished writers, including the award-winning authors Millicent Dillon, winner of five O. Henry Awards and a PEN/Faulkner nomination; Lucia Orth, author of Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, critically-acclaimed by NPR, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews and nominated for national fiction awards; Bhaichand Patel, author of the Asian Age #5 best-seller Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers; and Stu Wakefield, author of the #1 Kindle best-seller Body of Water.

    Her editing clients are represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin, Dunham Literary Inc, Foundry Literary + Media, Harold Ober Associates, and (President Obama’s literary agency), Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

    Mixon can be reached through Twitter and email.

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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 PanMacmillan. 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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


TERISA GREEN, represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, is widely considered the foremost American authority on tattooing through her tattoo books published by Simon & Schuster, which have sold over 45,000 copies. Under the name M. TERRY GREEN, she writes her techno-shaman sci-fi/fantasy series. I am working with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. 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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


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

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