Throwing Lead

If you’ve ever wondered about how much of the gunplay you see in movies or read in books is realistic, look no further. If you’ve gotten frustrated trying to research weaponry for the books and screenplays you’re writing due to the jargon, the quirky politics, and the heavy commercialism that surround them, then we have your solution.

AWP Nonfiction proudly presents a new, one-of-a-kind guidebook by J. Daniel Sawyer and Mary Mason:

Throwing Lead: A Writer’s Guide to Firearms (and the People Who Use Them)

Mystifying, and frightening. The ultimate tool for carousing, confusion, murder, mayhem, martyrdom, and mastery. A research nightmare, a continuity minefield. Let’s get authentic—bring real flash to firearms in your fiction!

From police procedurals, thrillers, and mysteries, to science fiction, westerns, and even romances, you can barely make it through a book or a movie without tripping over a gun. But novels, movies, and video games often play fast-and-loose with ballistic reality. If your firearms experience comes primarily from fiction, you might be surprised to discover what’s behind the smoke and lead and glitzy design.

Written by two veteran shooters, Throwing Lead gives you the low-down on firearms. You’ll get tips on underexploited plot devices and hidden opportunities for comedy and drama that firearms present, but that writers often miss. From the history of hand cannons to far future energy weapons, this rigorously apolitical guide to guns shows you the how, where, why, and when of every major class of small arms—everything you need to build realistic action to satisfy even the pickiest fan.

Learn about:

  • Stupid movie tricks and mistakes that bend reality
  • Mistakes criminals make that spell their doom
  • Space combat and science fiction weaponry
  • Medical science of gunshot wounds
  • Urban warfare, snipers, and gunfighters
  • The tactics and psychological tools employed by cops and criminals
  • Period-appropriate terminology, and where it comes from
  • How to stay safe handling all types of guns
  • How to bend reality without breaking your audience’s trust
  • Tricks for creating believable combat-scarred characters
  • And much, much more…

Delivered in a witty, entertaining style spiced liberally with movie moments and true stories, this hilarious and grisly guide will give you everything you need to know to navigate the weird world of things that go boom.

Buy it now for your Kindle, Nook, or grab it in all formats from Smashwords.