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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Ebooks (and Readers) > Physical books
« on: September 18, 2019, 08:14:19 AM »
Many many people like to get away from a screen and read a physical book. Both wll be around forever.

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: September 07, 2019, 06:54:36 PM »
I should probably add in to this conversation :)  First thing is this, yes, it's vanishingly unlikely a single fantasy book or even trilogy will earn a writer enough to live off, especially somebody without a 'name' already.  The key item there is unlikely. I know some people (not me, more's the pity) who got six figure deals in multiple territories, and Rothfuss only has two books and a novella out and I imagine he's doing fine.

That said, a traditional publishing deal is usually paid in three parts, 1/3 when signed, 1/3 when an acceptable manuscript is handed in and 1/3 when published. Depending on your advance of course, you could potentially get a decent amount of money early on. It's not a quick process but it's not all doom and gloom either.

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:43:00 AM »
Welcome, Eli!

Auror sucks. I want to be a Bridgeburner again!

I really enjoyed the first three books...but even then it wouldn't be in any top ten of mine.

Writers' Corner / Re: Finished my novel, now what?
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:55:02 PM »

It's exciting times but don't do the classic first-book mistake of sending it out to agents/publishers before it's ready. So many writers regret burning those bridges when they have a revised and stronger manuscript in hand but they have previously sent it places and can't do it again - you only get the one chance. Agents and publishers are *hugely* unlikely to look at anything a second time.

Go through it looking for the spelling mistakes and such and get somebody to beta read it after that if possible. Don't tinker with it and put it down for at least a few weeks and then go back with fresh eyes to read through again (no fixing things as you go, just reading!) You will probably find a bunch of minor things you want to fix, from a character you reckon could be stronger (or removed), to bits where the book is too slow or too fast etc. Rework that and you might be ready to send it off.

Then you need to decide if you want to self-publish or pursue the tradional publishing route. Both have pros and cons. I would recommend you go take a look at all the publishing info on the AbsoluteWrite forums for more information on the whole publishing process.

If you want to go the traditional route, I could suggest a few good agents. is also pretty handy. First you will need a short and interesting elevator pitch to answer "What's your book about?" "Game of Thrones but the knights ride dinosaurs" etc. You will also need to write and hone a query letter and synopsis(EVIL THING!!!).

Take a little bit of time, research it and do it right to maximize your chances :)

Writers' Corner / Re: How much did you write today?
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:32:11 PM »
Congrats! You did it :)

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Continuity errors
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:08:48 AM »
Oak would not be the best wood for an axe, heavy and splintertastic. Is it supposed to be a good weapon?

As for the roast salt pork, that's a bit odd as it's usually roasted or salted and not both. It's pork belly and crackling is it not? Or is it supposed to be preserved trail food?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 08, 2019, 07:47:42 AM »
I hadn't seen that, but it's so true!  ;D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 06, 2019, 04:33:27 PM »
I'm reading Ed McDonald's Crowfall and loving it. Dark magic and ancient mysteries is so very much my thing.

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:24:51 PM »
Sounds like that audiobook will be awesome! Glad it's working out so well :)

General Discussion / Re: How can someone/anyone be a writer?
« on: July 31, 2019, 02:59:46 PM »
Far better to write badly than not at all - it's the only way to improve. We all wrote garbage when we started off.

Three things to consider:
basic readability - you have to write in understandable sentences that convey what you want them to.

Plot, story and character - make it interesting.

And finally, put those two togeher and add your own unique style, but you only get your 'voice' by writing.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2019
« on: July 23, 2019, 09:30:31 PM »
Thanks! How weird is it for me to see my name up on a list like that with all those other great writers? A: very.

It's voted on by members of the British Fantasy Society and anybody attending Fantasycon in the UK.

Writers' Corner / Re: Final Edits Finished.
« on: July 02, 2019, 04:34:53 PM »
Congratulations! It's such a great feeling when all that hard work pays off :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Adventures in Writing
« on: July 01, 2019, 04:35:18 PM »
Phew. Just finished the next draft and sent the new WiP off to an agent. *fingers crossed they want to represent it* Now it's just the wait to hear back...

In other news, I finally got round to writing up my long-delayed Warhammer 40k short story pitch to send off to Black Library.

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