I'd completely forgotten today was the fourth Tuesday of the month until I wandered by 5 Minutes for Books this morning. Where has the month gone? But since it is, that's means it is time for this months' What's on Your Nightstand.
Just last night, I finished up Tied In, a book I was sent for review by the editor, Lee Goldberg.
This book is a collection of essays by members of IAMTW, International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.through mostly personal stories, we get a very clear picture of what it takes to write a tie-in novel.
Now if you are wondering what a tie-in novel is, it's anything written based on a TV show, movie, video game, or some other franchise in another medium. Personally, I really enjoy these books, so I loved getting a glimpse into what it takes to write them. We're talking short deadlines and input from not just the editor but also the person who holds the rights to the franchise.
But I also got a real sense that these authors love what they do. They are often fans as well, so they work hard to create something they would enjoy as fans. Frankly, that always comes through to me in the best of the tie-ins I've read.
I really do recommend this book is you enjoy these books or want to learn more about what goes into writing them.