A Writer’s Tool Shed

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)

Bookshine And Readbows

Fantasy Writers Handbook 69232549_384926685555435_5591640080398680064_n

*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…

View original post 540 more words

Happenings

Here's whats been going on in my world of writing, with the latest on my new book 'Flying on the Ground', short story news, and a chance for you to win a free T-shirt!

[Guest Post] Representing LGBTQIA+ People in Writing

I'm delighted to introduce @AveryTeoda, a wonderful writer of spec fic who's put together a truly insightful and thorough piece on a topic that a lot of people approach with uncertainity

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 –…

View original post 673 more words

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.

View original post 419 more words

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?