15 top fantasy and science fiction publishers

15 top fantasy and science fiction publishers

If you’re considering publication for your finished novel or work-in-progress, you’ve probably learned a thing or two about your options. That might include the two most commonly discussed paths: (1) self-publishing or (2) securing a literary agent, who, for a...
This prologue welcomes you absolutely

This prologue welcomes you absolutely

‘Come inside and meet the prologue,’ begins Catherynne M. Valente’s science-fiction novel Radiance, from which this article takes its title. ‘The prologue is patient. She has been told often that she is wholly unnecessary, a growth upon the story that the wise doctor...
What we can learn from The Hobbit

What we can learn from The Hobbit

The Hobbit is one of the bestselling books of all time.  It’s also one of the best guides to writing fantasy.  Modern fantasy writers sometimes shy away from Tolkien, seeing him as dated or over-wordy. A desperate desire to see our work as original and unique means...
What actually is a ‘scene’ in a novel?

What actually is a ‘scene’ in a novel?

Is this a scene? If you’ve been writing fiction for long, you’ve probably asked yourself this question at some point, even if you didn’t think about it that way at the time. If you like to plan your stories, you might have found yourself creating a list of some or all...

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