Cover Reveal: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

It’s time to reveal the front and back cover for A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook.

I’m sure you’ll agree that the wonderful artist behind it, Mark Vernall, has done an amazing job. I love every little detail, from the bored princess waiting to be rescued, to the drunken dwarf pissing gold. The many hours must have been painstaking and I greatly appreciate each and every one.

So here they are, the front and back covers…

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And the back cover…

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What do you think? I’d love to hear your views! Please share in the comments below!

If you’d like to commission Mark for your own artwork, drop me an email and I’ll send you his details.

A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook will be released on 12th June 2019, and will be available for pre-order in the next few days. In the run up to the release I’ll be sharing some teaser chapters from the book  (if you missed yesterday’s post, check out my chapter on character growth), and I have a few giveaways lined up too 😉

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About the author

Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, TANSTAAFL Press, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Aether and Ichor, and Far Horizons. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, will be published by Fiction Vortex in Summer 2020. He co-hosts the podcast The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed, a venture inspired by the requests of readers of his critically-acclaimed book, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. Most nights you can find him up into the wee hours scribbling away or watching the NBA. Find out more at


  1. This has just got me chuckling, Richie! I couldn’t see the drunken dwarf until I blew it up to 380%, thinking, “This I must see!” It’s quirky and fun – and I love the Cthulhu-like tentacles invading the bathroom! (Though it’s a modernish one – but then again, it doesn’t want to take itself too seriously!.

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