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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 / 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?

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 / 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.

Self Publishing Discussion / What are your thoughts on pricing ebooks?
« on: January 19, 2019, 02:10:56 AM »
I'm interested in your opinions and experiences with pricing ebooks.

Do you think permafree works? Would 99c/p work instead of permafree as an introduction to your series? And what about regular prices? How much do you think we should charge for novels?

If you love reading (but don't write) fantasy, I'd love to hear your thoughts, too.

At the moment, I have a permafree novelette, the same novelette + a short story free for signing-up to my mailing list, and my first novel is priced at $4:99 (although I sometimes put it on sale). My second novel, which should be out in a couple of weeks will also be priced at $4:99.

What are your thoughts on pricing?

Writers' Corner / How to Write Epic Style Novels
« on: December 07, 2018, 03:21:19 AM »
I'm writing my third novel, and for the first time I have my characters pursuing different goals throughout the story, before coming together at the end. I did this a little in my first novel, but in my second, the heroes formed a tight group, always together.

My question what is the best or most efficient way of writing a novel like this? Is it better to write the complete story of one character, and then the next, and so on? Or is it better to switch between the different characters as you're writing—as the reader will encounter them?

I feel it would be faster to finish one character's story at a time, but then there would be the need for some cleaning up to integrate them. On the other hand it might be more interesting to switch.

I'm really not sure on this one. Any tips would be appreciated, especially if you have experienced this in your own writing.

Writers' Corner / What do you call a group of dragons?
« on: November 29, 2018, 07:15:56 AM »
My new novel will have dragons, but I'm not sure on the collective term or terms. I've searched and found some ideas: thunder, wing, flight, and weyr (not sure where this one comes from) but am still looking.

Did Robin Hobb call the young dragons living in the sea a tangle? I don't remember, but it might be a good name for immature dragons.

Any other ideas?

Writers' Corner / NaNoWriMo 2018
« on: October 31, 2018, 01:27:44 PM »
Are any of you doing NaNoWriMo this year?

This will be my first one, and I hope to write at least the first half of the first draft of my third novel (the final in my trilogy). At least, I'll do my best  :D

I've partly outlined the novel, but not in as much detail as I'd like—and I'd like A LOT of detail. But I'll go with what I've got. It will be an epic (at least the most epic of my novels) because I plan to have three separate story lines—a first for me.

What are you writing?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Science Fantasy
« on: September 25, 2018, 12:33:56 PM »
Are there any fans of science fantasy here? Of stories where magic and science compete or exist alongside each other? Or of hi-tech societies where magic exists?

This is one of my favourite genres. Anyone have any favourite authors in this sub-genre? Also, I'm just curious if there's anyone else out there :)

Small Press & Self-Published / SPFBO Promotion on Book Funnel
« on: September 01, 2018, 06:02:58 AM »
Another SBFBO promotion. Some free fantasy (novels and samples) to download during September. https://books.bookfunnel.com/spfbo4promo/dq0ya1kjki

Writers' Corner / Fantasy & Tarot
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:10:15 AM »
A pen name question.

I write fantasy under the pen name Ned Marcus; I'm also a tarot reader, researching a tarot website, and in the future wish to write books on tarot.

Do you think it would be confusing or off-putting if I used the same name for these two different genres of books? If they were on the same Amazon author page? Or would it make no difference to you at all? Or would it be better to write the tarot books under another name: N.M. Marcus, for example?

Either way, I'll have two distinct websites for the different topics.

I'm planning for the future, and I'd like to know how other people would react to this. To me it seems interesting, but that's obviously because I'm interested in both areas—I'm well aware that most people are not.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Daughter of the Empire
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:34:52 PM »
I've just noticed that Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist/Janny Wurts is at No. 1 in the Amazon epic fantasy charts and selling for $1.99.


I've read and reread this book many times. It's the first of the Empire Trilogy—one of his best series.

Writers' Corner / How Many Drafts?
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:53:29 PM »
How many drafts of a novel do you write?

I know some people, Dean Wesley Smith being one, who write one draft, then get it proofread and published. And others write multiple drafts, Patrick Rothfuss said in an interview that he writes about 80. I used to be closer to Rothuss, but have cut down a lot. For my WIP I'm on the 6th and probably final draft. How about you?

Small Press & Self-Published / Blue Prometheus by Ned Marcus
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:59:45 PM »
This my first novel (I'm working my editor's suggestions into my second novel at the moment) and it's entered in SPFBO 2018. It's on sale (Kobo and Amazon) at 99c/99p until Sunday 5th August, but still worth buying after that :)

Here's a short description:

Thomas Brand’s rational view of the universe is challenged when a sailing ship lands on Clapton Pond during the London riots. The strange alien crew disturbs him and his friend, Lucy Thomson, but the message the ship’s captain gives them is stranger.

They must choose whether to travel to a distant planet to complete a task that would change the destiny of its inhabitants and affect life throughout the universe. And it will change their lives forever.

On that remote planet a young woman awaits them. She is one of only two humans with a knowledge of the wild magic of Blue Prometheus and the intelligent species that live hidden in its great primeval forests. The other she seeks to kill.

She will be their guide.

Lucy must develop the courage to use her power.

But for Thomas to save those he loves, and much more, he must first believe in the possibility of the magic his rational mind rejects.

If it sounds interesting, please check it out and consider leaving a review. The link to Amazon (US) is below.

Writers' Corner / The Enemy's POV?
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:48:32 AM »
Do you enjoy reading stories giving the antagonist's POV? To be honest, I'm not completely sure about this—it's an easy way to pass on information, but that's not enough reason to do it. But I have been thinking of giving the POV as glimpses into the enemy's mind. However, I don't want it to be a major part of the story.

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