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9 Invaluable Tools for Writers

From spelling, grammar and prose to finding publishers and making maps, there’s a ripe bunch of resources out there designed to make the writer’s life that little bit easier. And many of them are free! Over the years I’ve tried quite a few and some I use every day. Below you’ll find a list of my the ones I've found most helpful.

A fantasy writers’ handbook | Richie Billing

A big thank you to the Busy Shelf for this lovely review of A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook! I love the pros/cons list. No cons you say? I’ll take that! If you haven’t already check out Anda’s beautiful blog, add it to your to-do list! Packed with brilliantly insightful reviews and book discussions, you’ll be browsing for hours!

Thanks again, Anda!

The busy shelf

Hello, hello!

Today I have the pleasure to present to you a book that I got from the author himself, Richie Billing! He kindly asked me to read and review his book and so he sent me a paperback ❤

If you have read my reviews, like ever, you know by now that I don’t sugarcoat things. I openly disliked books that have lots of admirers.

Let’s see how this book did! ( Short review on my Goodreads profile, at this link)

What is it about?

Well, the title is kinda self-explanatory, right? It is a fantasy writers’ handbook. I dare say it is a writers’ handbook though as it proved to be a fantastic tool in understanding the basics of writing but I will get to that later in the review.

That being said, it is a non fiction read and comes in 303 pages –…

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Don’t rely on the internet for marketing by Richie Billing

Here’s a little article I wrote for Jeyran Main’s brilliant blog. It looks at the most effective marketing method I learned when promoting A Fantasy Writers Handbook, which by the way is now free to read for those with Kindle Unlimited (links below).

Head over to Jeyran’s blog and hit that follow button. You won’t be sorry!

Start reading AFWH now!

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2SMN5T4
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/AFWHandbook

Review Tales by Jeyran Main

Don’t rely on the internet for marketing by Richie Billing

A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook has been out for nearly three weeks and I’ve at last had a chance to reflect on the experience of putting it all together and attempting to get it out to the world. I’ve self-published in the past, but it was more like getting my ankles wet than diving head first into the deep end. This time round I’ve learned a hell of a lot. In this short post, I thought I’d share with you the biggest lesson I’ve picked up.

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A Swift Guide to Cover Letters

The task of writing a cover letter can sometimes feel tougher than writing the actual story. Luckily, guidance is plentiful and having studied that guidance, I’ve put together a quick guide complete with examples.

£0.99 Deal: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

Good people of the world, for the next 48 hours you can get yourself a copy of the acclaimed A Fantasy Writers' Handbook for just £0.99!  Why should you part with your hard-earned pound for this book? Well, here are the views of a few reviewers... You can read a bunch more reviews by clicking… Continue reading £0.99 Deal: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

[Poll Results] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

Here are the results of my research into overused character tropes in the #fantasy genre. What do you think came top?

BOOK REVIEW | A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook – Richie Billing

Another review in for AFWH, this time from the lovely Jessica Belmont! I don’t feel worthy of your words, Jessica. I sincerely appreciate it! And I’m delighted to hear you found the book useful too!

If you haven’t already checked out Jessica’s blog, it’s a trove of terrific book reviews and recommendations. You’ll never struggle to find something to read again!

Jessica Belmont

Hi everyone!

Today I have the opportunity to share my review of author Richie Billing’s A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. Check it out and let me know what you think!


They say write the book you want to read. When I first started writing fiction, with nothing but ideas and enthusiasm and an ignorance of the elements of storytelling, this is the book I would have wanted as my guide.

Over the years I’ve spent countless hours studying the craft of writing and practising and honing that craft. I’ve learned many lessons, often in the harshest of ways, and the product of those lessons is this book: a guide to everything I’ve learned about writing, the fantasy genre, and the things that come when the writing is finished, if indeed it ever is.

Inside, you’ll find guidance on the pillars of storytelling as well as aspects of writing I find…

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A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing: Book Review

A very lovely review of AFWH from the excellent book blogger, Sarah. For some reason, this post slipped under my radar so apologies for just seeing it now. Thank you, Sarah, for taking the time to read the book and share your thoughts! I sincerely appreciate it. If you’re yet to check out Sarah’s blog, head on over there forthwith! You’ll find tonnes of great book recommendations and insightful reviews.

Sarah Lillian Books

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Today I’m throwing out the order of my reviews in favour to review A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, which was kindly sent to me for an honest review! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me an advanced copy! A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook was released just yesterday, June 12th, 2019! Not only did I want to accept the book for myself in the hopes of bettering my writing, but also my brother who has always wanted to be a writer and doesn’t know how to start.

My Lame Synopsis: An informative guide to writing fantasy, but could help any writer to get better. Goodreads

Fantasy Writers' Handbook, A - Richie Billing

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I’ve read on writing for any genre. Sure, I’ve read a few articles, but not a novel. I’m floored by how…

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[Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

There’s been a buzz of discussion lately about overused character tropes in the fantasy genre—the orphan child fated to save the world; the lone wolf assassin; the hot-headed and reckless protagonist; elves who love trees and loathe dwarves. It’s made for some incredibly insightful reading, allowing writers to see what readers are tiring of, potential… Continue reading [Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy