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Small Press & Self-Published / Re: Want to Have Your Novel Reviewed?
« on: November 06, 2011, 10:05:57 AM »
Hey guys

I'm clearly discovering this thread several months on but it ties in with my plans to incorporate a monthly review into my blog. I want to focus on small press/self-published works by new authors and this seems an appropriate place to post this.

I'll be looking to write 500+ish word reviews on a monthly basis which will be posted on my blog and tweeted round so hopefully this will generate some genre specific interest for you.

So there it is. I'm now looking for the first title to get the reviews started online before Christmas so if any of you want to get in touch and volunteer to kick of the new monthly book review addition to my blog please do. I'm or @elloisehopkins on Twitter. I'm a bit behind the times and I notice a lot of these posts have been up for months so give us an update. If you are still looking for reviews contact me or reply to me here and I'll be happy to help.


Writers' Corner / Re: Nation Novel Writing Month is almost here!
« on: October 16, 2011, 06:29:24 PM »
Well I've signed up. Will be absorbing all the encouragement I can get!
Good luck everyone.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Lonely Planet
« on: September 25, 2011, 07:34:07 PM »
Robin Hobb's books are predominantly set in the same world and it has a rich tapestry of different lands. That would be my choice.

The original Farseer and Tawny Man trilogoes take place in the same world as the Rain Wild Chronicles and the Liveship trilogies but focus on different continents and civilisations. I think that would make for a great lonely planet.

Good luck with whatever you go with - sounds like a brilliant idea!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Researching fantasy
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:36:36 PM »
Once again thank you all for the comments on this. I'm already putting together a nice set of notes so appreciate the help.

I'm not sure I could muster a paragraph. A word, certainly. That word would be 'google'.

And I love the google recommendation thanks Mark.

I know it's been around for years but it still amazes me what you can find on there. I still have geek appreciation of it like it's brand new. I suspect there will be lots more googling to come before this novel is finished. 

Cheers everyone  :)

I'll be a total newbie at FantasyCon too! Probably to be found lingering around newbies corner or exploring the basement, which from what I've heard sounds delightfully dingy and full of treasures!
Yes let's hear the inside gossip...

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Low Town by Daniel Polansky
« on: September 20, 2011, 08:03:30 PM »
Yeah I had an advance copy of this to review and really enjoyed it. Finished it in a day. Something about the writing style just drew me in. It was raw and I liked that it didn't feel over constructed/polished. It just worked for me. Sometimes new voices grab you like that. I predict more good things to come from Polansky.

Writers' Corner / Re: Chuck Palahnuik on Writer's Block
« on: September 18, 2011, 09:06:51 AM »
Possibly the most modern discussion on writer's block yet!

My sister went to this yesterday and fed back some really good comments about it. Sounds to be well worth a trip for anyone in the area.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Researching fantasy
« on: September 18, 2011, 09:01:16 AM »
Thanks for the comments everyone, got lots to get started with. There is an abundance of information online and (thanks to Overlord's suggestion) I do also have access to the university databases so I should be fine.

I have to put together a 500 word proposal about the assignment before I do the real thing just to touch on the very brief details of what people research for fantasy novels, so if anyone wants to oblige with a paragraph of where they began research wise, it would be much appreciated.


Writers' Corner / Re: Illustrations
« on: September 13, 2011, 07:12:49 PM »
I miss it but pretty much just for the nostalgic pang. In fact now I think about it in some books an abundance of illustrations just irritated me because the artist's interpretation of the characters and settings were so different to the way I saw them in my mind so this is a tough one, but a good question. I think ultimately given a choice, I'd rather have a few illustrations dotted around than none. Also I am a magpie when it comes to being drawn to interesting front covers so a good illustration does have its place.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Researching fantasy
« on: September 13, 2011, 07:03:22 PM »

I have a university assignment which is focused on the research for my novel. I have to nominate someone and then interview them about the given topic. Everyone in my class has specific topics like 'my character is a policeman - interview a policeman', 'my story is based in victorian england - ok so research the history'. But I am writing high fantasy - it is a world that is coming out of my own head.

I don't really have any detailed places, people, occupations etc. to research because everything except the surface details is made up. So far I have a mage, a pirate, a young girl who is forced to live as a man in the magical world they inhabit and some antagonists. So the only thing I can think of at the moment is to interview someone who has written high fantasy and to interview them about the world-building - did they draw elements from life on earth and adopt this for their book etc. I guess another angle would be to interview a woman who is repressed because of her society - tricky but I could research history to explore this. My last novel was based on ancient greece so that would have been easier but this one is almost totally invented. Researching pirates I guess would help but this is only a small part of the book.

As you can see I'm struggling a bit so I wondered it anyone can suggest a particular topic I can research that is more broadly related to fantasy - have you written/researched for a fantasy novel and what did you research  - and perhaps anyone want to volunteer to answer a couple of questions via email/forum for me?

This is me wondering at this moment why I'm doing an MA in writing fiction!

Thanks very much

Would have to be Saturday for me - I'm only popping in for the day, as I'm working Friday night and Sunday morning!

Also, I'm not a hat person really :D

LOL - Saturday works for me - Saturday night FF Meet up?

Who is up for it? :D
Sounds good, I'll be there on saturday night. Meet up would be great.

I am happy to meet up with anyone going :D

Shall we all wear these hats so we know who is from F-F:


Oh that is such a shame. I only wear hamburger outfits during months beginning with 'A'. You'll have to wear mine instead. Double cheeseburger anyone? Tasty.

I'll be there, never been before so I have no idea what to expect but there's nothing like diving in at the deep end. Would be great to meet some of you guys there. Any plans for an FF meet up?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Gender in fantasy
« on: September 07, 2011, 06:55:44 PM »
Wow thanks guys, this is really helpful. I'll look into them.  :)

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