Writing Through the Storm

This post was inspired by the BristolCon 2016 panel of the same name – with thanks to those authors who shared their personal experiences.¬† At some point in your life, difficult times will come. You may experience health problems, both physical and mental, illness or death of close friends and …

How Do I Publish?

Once upon a time, the only option to publish a novel was what we now refer to as ‘traditional publishing’. You write your novel, and you take it to a publisher. They give you a nice fat advance, publish your book for you, and then the royalties roll in. Right? …

Diversity in Fantasy Novels

  This post has been compiled with help from the BristolCon 2016 panel ‘The Regiment of Monsters’. Are fantasy novels diverse enough? Many fantasy novels, especially the epic fantasy of the last twenty or thirty years or so, involves a white male human lead character. In fact, the entire cast …

The Call of Magic

“Magic is Chaos, Art and Science. It is a curse, a blessing, and a progression.” – Yennefer of Vengerberg¬† This post has been developed from the panel “Not just Hocus Pocus” at BristolCon 2016. Why are we drawn to magic? Fantasy books are hugely popular at the moment, but what …

Why should writers use Twitter?

If you’re a writer, whether you want to aim to publish traditionally or whether you want to self-publish, self-promotion is part of the deal. Having hung around various writers’ forums and blogs for a couple of years, it seems that very few people acquire a publisher who is able or …

Twitter: Dealing with Spammers and Scammers

If you’ve ventured onto Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that there’s an awful lot of stuff on there that you don’t want to see. What’s the best way to avoid the dross? Book Spammers Spam takes many forms on Twitter.¬†‘Book spammers’ are something that writers will come across almost immediately. This …