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I ind that I commonly get a block just at the point where I have to start ensuring that all the plots and sub plots are moving sensibly towards a resolution before the final scene.  Maybe it's a panic reaction?

Anyway, I usually take a bit of time away and write something else, referably some flash fiction, then when I return to the book, it all seems to flow again.

I looked into Eragon the other day in a bookshop.

It didn't attract me enough to buy a copy, and the awful names for cities were one reason.  They didn't seem to fit.

Dreamergirl, most of us probably stopped reading twilight.

I only persevered until my brain shut down, to check that she hadn't done a Charlaine harris and included one page of graphic sex, as my daughter wanted it.  (She was 14 then.)

Also, although I am a rabid Zelazny fan, I cannot finish Courts of Chaos.

Next of Kin has long been a favourite of mine....

Now, how about Pavane, an early or proto steampunk novel?  That was more across the border to sci fi, yet very character driven.

(And well might Mr Lawrence cough.  I ended up selling a prospective customer his book instead of mine the other day. *sulks*)

You might like to take a look at Patrick Rothfuss.  Start with the Name of The Wind.

Fantasy-Faction's 2013 Anthology / Re: Submissions now Open!!!
« on: February 29, 2012, 02:54:52 PM »
Thanks for the info, maybe I'll find another home for the next one as my submission is already in.

Fantasy-Faction's 2013 Anthology / Re: Submissions now Open!!!
« on: February 29, 2012, 11:41:33 AM »
Question for Overlord,

Is it possible to submit more than one entry, as i have a few shorts that might bear to see the light of day..?

plus, is there a minimum word count?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Anthology
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:03:06 PM »
The keyboard smokes...

I can't imagine anyone who is serious about their writing NOT taking up the critique.  Even at twice the cost.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Anthology
« on: January 12, 2012, 07:53:09 PM »
Full T&C will be up before submission opens, but basically writers will retain all rights to their story HOWEVER we will be wanting exclusivity for at a year from publication date. After that we will be happy for writers to use if for whatever their needs. Hope you understand the reasons and it all sounds fair :)

Fair? Fair? You couldn't be much more accommodating, however hard you tried.  Should help make sure that you have plenty of submissions to choose from.  I'll be there..

By the way, are you making this an annual thing?  So that i cvan start work early for next year...

I started with a target of once a week.  Slipped to once a month, and that has slipped.

Readers don't always appreciate the pressure of a deadline for MSS submission on an author, and the fervent desire to keep away from too many distractions whilst plotting. (Or not plotting, as the case may be).

I di once try to write with a quill.

It was damn messy, and I got too many domestic issues with the spilt ink....

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Anthology
« on: January 11, 2012, 12:51:44 PM »
Is there going to be any kind of theme?

Cos I have this short knocking about and all the rejections are 'Like/love it, doesn't fit our theme...'

Unless anyone fancies betaing it for me? :D

The theme is fantasy.  That's pretty much it.  We're hoping to get a broad spectrum of short story types, but anything fantasy is welcome to apply. :)

Well, I'm up for a submission.  What's the copyright position?  Do you need to retain it - I was just thinking about some of the self published guys who might want to re use some of their work.

Small Press & Self-Published / My publisher may be insane
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:59:04 PM »
As he is offering my comic fantasy free on Kindle for the next 5 days.

Follow the link.

Typing ever word of that hurt, you know.

Small Press & Self-Published / Publisher's offer
« on: December 05, 2011, 10:15:02 PM »
Hey guys, my publisher is offering a limited number of ebooks to genuine reviewers.

Anyone interested should contact me, or them direct at

Enjoy (I hope)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Bad Review?
« on: November 23, 2011, 07:18:08 PM »

Gollancz, Voyager, Tor, Orbit, PYR, DAW,

Few more, but can't think of them :P

Not to disagree with the OVERLORD, but...

Big 6 refers to: Hachette, Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin Group

In terms of SFF imprints... that's Orbit/Gollancz, DelRey/Spectra, Pocket (kinda, S&S doesn't really have one), Voyagar, Tor, and DAW/Ace.

Pyr, Night Shade, Baen, and Angry Robot are not part of this group.  Pyr and Angry Robot are imprints with non-fiction publisher backing (Prometheus and Osprey respectively).

As a side note, Angry Robot was once part of Random House and believe still distribute through them in the U.S.

Also Gollancz is actually an imprint of Orion Books which is owned by Hachette, not sure exactly what the dynamic is there.  Orbit is a direct imprint for Hachette both in the U.S. and U.K.

Just in case any of you guys haven't tried, the big 6 are very, very hard to get into for a new writer.  hence the smaller and now the indie lables arising.  Macmillan do offer a New Writers scheme, but the terms and conditions are enough to make a sensible chap wince...

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