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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Favorite sub-genre
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:52:17 AM »
My favourites I think would have to be epic, dark, and grimdark fantasy (not sure if grimdark and dark should be separate but I thought: why not!?)

And @ultamentkiller, do you have any recommendations beyond those you've mentioned for revenge fantasy? I'm working on something with a strong revenge theme at the moment and want to check out the competition :)

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Animated Cover
« on: January 15, 2016, 02:07:21 PM »
That is bloody brilliant. I think that's an excellent way to get some extra attention, and the effect is subtle but effective.

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Using social media
« on: January 15, 2016, 02:05:39 PM »
Everyone else has given some great responses but I just want to let you know about a specific post if you haven't already found it.

The first is the Reddit /r/Fantasy's biweekly self-promotion thread; (here's the latest: https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/3zcfqr/rfantasy_selfpromotion_thread/)

It's basically what it says on the tin, a post where authors/bloggers/whoever can post about their stuff, I like trawling through there to find something new to add to my to-be-read list, so it may be worth posting there.

EDIT: Just adding the thread that went up today :) https://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/41ggef/rfantasy_selfpromotion_thread/

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Perfect short story length?
« on: January 14, 2016, 06:33:14 PM »
Jennie and I are working on the Fantasy-Faction Anthology and we are wondering what you guys feel is the perfect short story length. Obviously, certain stories will require less or more words, but based on your reading and writing experience - what is your preference?
I'd be tempted to say 5,000 to 12,000 words. I think there's probably a sweet spot at around 8-10 but as you say, certain stories require more/less

Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Open Call for the Arcane Arts Anthology
« on: January 14, 2016, 03:46:43 PM »
Awesome! I'll definitely try and think up something for it :) (Although I will have to try and repress my British spelling it seems!)

Fantasy Resources / Re: A Writer's Stash - Share Your Resources
« on: January 14, 2016, 09:48:22 AM »
I'm a bit late to the party with this one but I've put together a massive list of resources at my blog/website:


It's got some things already mentioned here but hopefully some new ones too :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Proofreading
« on: January 13, 2016, 07:34:10 PM »
I'll do some proofreading for you :)

I'm trying to set myself up as a freelance proofreader/copy editor so I'd happily volunteer some time to doing some proofing for you.

If you wanted to PM me a couple of chapters or so then I could proof them and if you like it then I could try and do the rest :)

Writers' Corner / Re: Fantasy-Faction NaNoWriMo Group.........
« on: October 14, 2015, 04:50:13 PM »
I'd be up for this so please do add me into the facebook group once it's all set up :)

My project: 'Add Brimstone To Taste' It's about a demon who just wants to be a baker, but when he's given the chance he finds out that his superiors have other plans for him.

Writers' Corner / Gollancz Writer Fest - London October 18th
« on: September 25, 2015, 01:45:50 PM »
Hi Everyone!

I missed out on the Gollancz fest tickets to the general rooms this year (damn you slow responding friends!)

But! I saw (with much joy) that they've added another day all for writers! Huzzah! :D

Here's a link to their webpage explaining the whole day: http://www.gollancz.co.uk/gollancz-festival-for-writers/

There are talks from Joanne Harris, Joe Abercrombie, Joe Hill, and Ben Aaronovitch among others and a mass signing at the end.

I have purchased my ticket and hopefully I can see some of you guys there :)

I feel as though ASOIAF will win hands down in this poll and a lot of that will be due to its popularity and people not having read Powder Mage.

I've read all of ASOIAF and only the first Powder Mage and based on that fact and comparing how much I enjoyed Game of Thrones, as well as most of its sequels (the last couple dragged in my opinion) I'll have to go with ASOIAF

I tried Night Angel a while back but just couldn't get into it, I kept finding sentences that I had to read several times and I had to just give up half way through.

I'm tempted to try again at some point to see if those bumps I found smooth out once I get through book number one.

But compared to how easy First Law was to read, for me it's an easy choice I'm afraid!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Dinosaur Lords
« on: August 17, 2015, 02:59:42 PM »
I wouldn't have said it was overly dark though.

It does feel as though he's setting something up to start a big epic storyline which is fine but I feel like the point I'm at at the moment (roughly page 400 or so) should be about half the first book and it should all be kicking off.

So it's probably a sensible idea leaving reading it until maybe another book or so has been released. At least then you could jump into the longer storyline he looks like he wants to do!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: The Dinosaur Lords
« on: August 17, 2015, 01:59:18 PM »
Has anyone read any more than the first few chapters of this one? How do people feel about the book?

I pre-ordered the book when I saw the concept (I mean, come on, the concept sounded awesome) and avoided reading the chapters beforehand so I didn't spoil anything.

Now I've almost finished it I do feel like it's a bit dry and the dinosaur parts aren't as.... frequent or potent as I thought they'd be. And I've also been finding it quite dry and a bit too political for my tastes, although I found the heavy Spanish influences on the language quite refreshing but I've also been glazing over when he's talking about all the different courtly relationships. I'm really hoping there's some sort of massive dinosaur showdown in the last hundred or so pages that I have left.

How have other people found it?

Introductions / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: August 17, 2015, 12:19:05 PM »
Welcome Alex!
We love lurkers joining in - lurkers always make me wonder what they are hiding ;)

I'll let you lose on the forums, as you know what it's about: serious and crazy, about writing and reading and anything in between (and anything else not related hehe)

Also, don't be afraid to post in old threads: I've been here 2 years and I'm still discovering things hehe (and bringing old threads to the fore after finally reading the books!)

Thanks! :) I don't think I'm hiding anything just a bit shy over internet forums :) (or at least that's what I want you to think!)

And good to know about the old threads too! I sometimes quite enjoy reading through old threads and it'd be good to do it for old book discussions and see what other people think!

Hey, welcome to the front stage, mr. lurker  :)
You don't need much of an introduction to the forum so a hearty welcome should be enough.
Enjoy your stay!

Thank you! I'm already looking forward to it! :)

Welcome, Alex!

There's always room for more around here, glad you decided to grab a chair and sit at the table with the rest of us  :)

Thanks Saraband! I'm looking forward to being at the table and being part of the discussions :D

Introductions / Hello everyone!
« on: August 17, 2015, 10:43:09 AM »
Hello everyone!

Having been a bit of a lurker and enjoyed the Fantasy Faction blog for a while now I finally took the plunge and joined up on the forums!

I’m so pleased to start to meet and get to know everyone, especially as there’s so much going on!

A little bit about me:

I work in publishing in London and I’m also trying to jerk a writing career off the ground as well. Obviously a huge fantasy fan with an ever growing To Be Read list that seems to grow three times faster than I can read the books on it!

In case anyone might want to I’m over on twitter at @alexsbradshaw and the same username (alexsbradshaw) on reddit as well.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting to know you all and join in the fun and forum games! :)

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