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Uneasy Writer

Netflix is wonderful to fall asleep to. You can choose a show and if you nod off it’s no problem to rewind and pick up where you left off. Lately I’ve been watching Once Upon A Time again. Originally aired on ABC, this is a wonderful retelling of the old fairy tales we know and love, but with a twist.

Created by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, it ran from October 2011 to May 2018. They also wrote many of the episodes but just a few of the other writers include Jane Espenson, David H. Goodman, Liz Tigelaar and Ian Goldberg. For a full list go to Wikipedia. These bright, imaginative folks turned kiddie stories into fun watching for grownups. A mix of fairy tales, folklore and Disney movies, we get to reconnect with some old favorites.

If you read the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson you know some…

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A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook – Richie Billing

A thousand thank you’s to Steph for this lovely review of ‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’. If you haven’t seen Steph’s blog before, head over there and check it out. You won’t be sorry. It’s brimming with brilliantly insightful reviews on all kinds of books. You won’t struggle to find something to read again.

Steph had some very nice things to say about AFWH, this being my favourite:

“This is an ideal, accessible source for tips and advice, and practical resources for the aspiring fantasy author.”

Thank you again! And if you haven’t checked out AFWH, it’s available cheaply on Amazon!

Go here for Amazon US > https://amzn.to/2SMN5T4
And here for Amazon UK > http://bit.ly/AFWHandbook
(also available in all other countries)

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*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Blurb:  ‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ provides detailed guidance on the pillars of storytelling as well as aspects of writing that rarely feature in other books, such as writing fight scenes and world-building. At times the focus shifts away from the technical elements and considers the philosophies behind writing, ways to help you maintain focus, and methods of battling the demons of doubt that forever loom over our shoulders.Fantasy Writers' Handbook, A - Richie Billing

Section two explores the thriving genre of fantasy and the many facets that make it what it is, before looking at the histories of our world that so often inspire our fantasy tales.

The final part looks at the things that come after you’ve finished your story—formatting, peer reviewing, finding publishers—and other things the contemporary writer can do to enhance…

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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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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.

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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

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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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A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing – a #BookReview

A thousand thank you’s to Virginia for the wonderful and insightful review of AFWH! I don’t feel worthy of your words and rating!

As Virginia says in her review, she’s not THAT big a fan of writing fantasy, yet she found 18 reasons to read the book. I never appreciated there were that many!

Thank you again! Please do check out Virginia’s brilliant website. It’s filled with more book reviews and the work of her grandfather who sounded like a truly fascinating man.

Rosepoint Publishing

A Fantasy Writers' Handbook by Richie BillingTitle: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook by Richie Billing

Genre: Authorship, Authorship Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing

  • ISBN-10:109778133X
  • ISBN-13:978-1097781331
  • ASIN: B07RR37H9K

Print Length: 275 pages

Publication Date: June 12, 2019

Source: Author request

Title Link: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

Book Blurb:

‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ provides detailed guidance on the pillars of storytelling as well as aspects of writing that rarely feature in other books, such as writing fight scenes and world-building. At times the focus shifts away from the technical elements and considers the philosophies behind writing, ways to help you maintain focus, and methods of battling the demons of doubt that forever loom over our shoulders. 

Section two explores the thriving genre of fantasy and the many facets that make it what it is, before looking at the histories of our world that so often inspire our fantasy tales.

The final part looks at…

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