The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual


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

20 thoughts on “The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual

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

    1. 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.

  2. cathy kozak says:

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

  3. Shane Arthur says:

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

    ps. Congrats on The Top 10.

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. Hallie says:

    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.

  6. Nic Oliver says:

    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


  7. jefro says:

    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.

  8. Victoria says:

    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.

  9. Teresa says:

    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!??]

  10. Victoria says:

    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.

  11. Anna says:

    When is this coming out in a Kindle edition?

    1. Victoria says:

      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!

      1. Victoria says:

        Anna, it’s out!

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

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