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I was just reading this article. They didn't really mention fantasy, but I suspect many would put it a rung lower than science fiction. It is surprising how strongly this attitude is held—I thought it was disappearing, but obviously not.

Anyway, who wants to be respectable?

Does anyone know what motivated the online attacks?

Your replies give me hope. I'd expected everyone to say that they saw urban fantasy pretty much as paranormal romance, but you don't.

Cameron, good point on the covers. They will make the difference clear.

Writers' Corner / Re: Wattpad
« on: March 13, 2019, 12:32:39 PM »
Does Wattpad have some glaring flaw I'm not aware of?

It obviously works for some. The most glaring flaw I'm aware of is the 400+ million stories uploaded to it, and this is the main reason I've not bothered with it.

I've almost finished my first series, and later this year, I hope to write fantasy novels set in modern day UK and other parts of the world. They will be fantasy, and psychic power will be part of them (a little magic too), but they'll be nothing like what I usually seem to see listed as urban fantasy—and they certainly won't be werewolf romances.

Do you think I should just avoid the tag of urban fantasy? I understand that words change meaning, and I think it might have happened here. Theoretically, any fantasy novel written in a contemporary urban setting could be urban fantasy, but in practice it doesn't seem like that.

I could also describe my second series as contemporary fantasy. Any thoughts?

Writers' Corner / Re: What's Bigger than a Series?
« on: February 27, 2019, 08:04:17 AM »
Thanks everyone. I'm leaning towards calling it a 'cycle.'

Writers' Corner / What's Bigger than a Series?
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:11:17 AM »
I'm writing the final book (maybe) of my first fantasy series, and am already planning my second series. But the second series (and a third if I get round to writing it) will be in the same story world (perhaps not the same physical world). Some of the same characters may reappear.

What are good names for a series of series. I don't want to say the Blue Prometheus Series is part of the XXX Series. That wouldn't work.

I've thought of cycle, world, and saga.

Can you think of any others? Which sound best to you?

Writers' Corner / Re: Patreon
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:01:09 AM »
Just a thought. But wouldn't that count as publication, and therefore reduce your chances of being able to sell that particular work to a publisher—and also reduce your chances of finding an agent?

I'm also not familiar with Patreon, and it's possible that I'm completely wrong on the above.

Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Blue Prometheus by Ned Marcus
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:57:55 AM »
If anyone is interested, Blue Prometheus is on sale on Kobo and Amazon all day today (one day only). Reduced from $4.99 to $1.99.

Small Press & Self-Published / Book #2 in the Blue Prometheus Series
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:45:18 AM »
Book #2 in the Blue Prometheus Series (The Darkling Odyssey) is now for sale. Here's something about the novel.

Thomas Brand is imprisoned in darkness, deep beneath the surface of Prometheus. When Aina died to save his life, so did the magic and hope within him.

But when a fiery creature visits him in the night, telling him that Aina lives, and demanding that he descend to the centre of the planet to where she waits—and to take the magic Fire—Thomas begins to question his beliefs of life and death.

The discovery that his friend, Lucy, might still be alive, and the arrival of dark sorcerers intent on killing them, forces him to attempt escape, and to consider the dangerous journey to the centre of Prometheus.

Could Aina really be alive?

You can discover for yourself at all major online booksellers  :)

Here's the link for The Darkling Odyssey on Amazon (US) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N7YLKKW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1548895792&sr=1-1&keywords=ned+marcus+the+darkling+odyssey

Or you might prefer to begin with the free prequel to the series (Young Aina) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077KBXCZR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510969117&sr=8-1&keywords=Ned+Marcus

General Discussion / Re: Fantasy Poetry
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:35:12 AM »
I hate hate hate free verse, and love putting patterns.

Me too. I've thought about trying to write some for the monthly contest, despite the likelihood of not gaining a single vote. Maybe I'll start a collection of unfinished fantasy poems, alongside all the unfinished short stories that have never quite made it into the contest.

I agree with xiagan that there are no bad tropes, just bad execution of them. I enjoy all the standard tropes, if done well.

About knowing the ending—I think this is fine too, as long as the journey there is interesting. Actually, in most genres you know the ending almost as soon as you start the book. For me, that in no way reduces the pleasure.

General Discussion / Re: Fantasy Poetry
« on: January 20, 2019, 12:04:37 PM »
I don't remember ever seeing fantasy poetry books.
Me neither, but I was living in hope. Perhaps our bard will know more :)

General Discussion / Fantasy Poetry
« on: January 20, 2019, 07:52:05 AM »
I've noticed that the monthly writing contest is for stories AND poetry. Has anyone ever read any fantasy poetry? Any recommendations?

I've read classic poetry that feels like fantasy: Paradise Lost, Beowulf, and the Four Zoas, but I've never come across any modern fantasy poetry. Please tell me there is. I'd love to try some.

Thanks for your thoughts. I think that's a good point on permanent 99c/p books.

Actually, I go wide, and my best platform is Kobo. I'm experimenting with $4:99. I'll see how it goes, but I will reduce the price sometimes (in the next few weeks I'll probably have another sale before my next novel comes out).

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