Way back when, earlier in the year, when I ran the ‘producing a modern fantasy debut in 2017’ it got me thinking about other books, and other authors; those that weren’t debuts, but also those that weren’t ‘book 2’ in a series, or weren’t a ‘household’ name on the shelf (e.g. GRrrrrrM, Abercrombie, Sanderson, Hobb … Continue reading Production of a fantasy (alternate-history) novella: Interview with Sarah Gailey
A lot can happen in a year. Or half. And as I’ve been blogging (again) for somewhere between that, I thought I’d do a little recap/update. So firstly, before I look back, I want to take a look around at the present. Today marks the release day of RJ Barker’s phenomenal debut Age of Assassins. … Continue reading Update: What’s going on, and what’s coming up.
Godblind is set to be one of the biggest fantasy debuts of 2017. Petros reviewed it on Booknest, calling it GDAF ‘as grimdark as it gets’ and ‘may as well be the very first novel classified as such.’ And in my review, I said, that after reading it I felt like I’d gone ‘12 rounds … Continue reading Author interview: Anna Stephens, ‘Godblind’
2017 is THE YEAR of fantasy debuts. That’s not to say that other years have been any less impressive, but I have read 4 fantasy debuts (currently on a 5th – that being ‘The Court of Broken Knives’*) all to be released in 2017, that have blown me away. Honestly, these guys and gals are … Continue reading Writing interview: On writing ‘Godblind’ with Anna Stephens
To conclude this mini-series of posts on Ed McDonald's debut Blackwing, I invited Ed to talk about any topic that he felt was relevant but more importantly, something that he was passionate about. I have to say, I really appreciate the fact he chose something that both readers and aspiring authors might be interested in. … Continue reading Guest post: Ed McDonald on Working with Editors
Continuing with the 'Editor Editorial' mini-series, and following on the from the interview with Julie Crisp, I've invited the industry titan John Jarrold to talk about his experiences and insights as an editor. Key to note here, John (like Julie) isn't just an editor, he's also an agent. I first came across John's name as … Continue reading Editor Editorial: Interview with John Jarrold
What does an editor do? First point of call, as ever, Google! Which prompts the dictionary definition. To put it simply: Editor - 'a person who edits, or selects and revises, material for publications, films, etc'. But, and to put it bluntly: Editor - 'there's a whole lot more to it than a dictionary definition'. Following the … Continue reading Editor Editorial: Interview with Julie Crisp