Isn’t the whole point of fantasy that it’s not real?
Ok so this is going to be a rather odd, and possibly contentious post about hiring an editor to help you with your unpublished manuscript. Continue reading “Hiring Editors and Traditional Publication – Data Survey”
Through the process of moving Blackwing from unedited pile of words to publishable manuscript, the Gollancz team have been brilliant and supportive every step of the way. In this month’s guest interview, I talk to my brilliant associate editor Craig Leyenaar, one of three editors to work with me on the book.
Who wouldn’t like to read Mary Poppins vs. Predator?
As part of my series based around getting published in the modern fantasy market, some of the lovely people at Gollancz have kindly agreed to allow me to interview them to talk about publishing. This will be the first of three, all of which are aimed towards writers who aspire towards publication. Continue reading “Editor Interview: Gillian Redfearn, Publishing Director at Gollancz”
What do you take into battle?
DISCLAIMER: Realism in fiction is not a requirement and I’m not suggesting that it is! For writers who want to write non-historical combat, or who want to write Lightsabres or Shardblades, this stuff just doesn’t matter. Write what you enjoy, write what you think is fun first and foremost.
A man stands facing the legion of dirty orcs as they slobber and growl, marching out of step as they approach the gates of the last free city. The man’s squire appears and offers you what’s probably the last weapon he’s ever going to hold.
YOU ARE THE MAN.
What is your squire offering you?
Before last year, I used to want to hear what authors had to say about how they managed to get published, and when I attended events or asked them online, they generally didn’t have much to tell me. To some authors, it seems that getting a publishing deal almost happens by chance – or at least that’s what they’d like you to think. The truth is much different. Continue reading “You Are Not George RR Martin: how to get published in the grimdark era of fantasy”
In recent days, there appears to be a growing interest in presenting historical realism into fantasy writing. If that’s not your bag then that’s absolutely cool. This blog is aimed at those who want the swords in the hands of their characters to function like historical swords. Continue reading “That is not a broadsword!”