Yesterday I got to work on a PDF download of a book that will release in May (so it will be available in book form or as a download). I’m excited about this book. It’s called You Must Be This Tall to Ride: Contemporary Writers Take You Inside the Story by BJ Hollars.
The book compiles short stories from some really great writers (including Steve Almond, Aimee Bender, Peter Orner and many others) and then gives analysis and instruction for each selection. The stories are all based on the theme of “coming of age.” It’s a departure from the usual writing instruction book, and I think writers will really enjoy the opportunity to read short stories in their entirety and learn from example. Think of it as a “guided tour of the craft.”
Check out a chapter of the book available for free by visiting http://writersdigest.com/article/you-must-be-this-tall/