Hi folks, I hope you're all well and virus-free! I'm looking into launching a new book on writing with all of the money raised used to buy iPads and tablets for care homes. At the moment, care homes in the UK are in lockdown, meaning thousands of vulnerable adults with conditions like dementia and Alzheimers… Continue reading Cover Artist Needed!
If you’re holed up somewhere now, I’m sure the hours are passing slowly, and the longer it goes on, the fewer things we have to fill our time. To help you while away those isolated hours, I’m offering eBook versions of my books A Fantasy Writers Handbook and Flying on the Ground, totally free for the next five days.
Following the release of A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, my good friend JM Williams and I came up with the idea of launching a podcast in a similar vein. A clever move or a foolish one? Time shall tell. The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed will serve as a more interactive platform to talk about all things writing, fantasy… Continue reading A Podcast is Born
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 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!
*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.
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 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!
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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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!
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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