This was originally written for the British Fantasy Society Journal, and is re-posted here with their kind permission. If you’re interested in joining the BFS, or learning more about the society, you can get in touch with them through their website.
At every literary convention in the world there is a panel devoted to one variation or another of the eternal question ‘How to Get Published’. An assortment of editors, agents and authors (often new authors who can speak … More
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For one of our Friday Reads today, rather than talk about a book we are reading, I thought I’d talk about the things we are prepared to read.
. . . one of the things we read, every week, is direct manuscript submissions. We don’t always get to them quickly and our responses aren’t always the fastest (fair warning: it may take us six months!), but we do always take a look in the end. So if you want to send … More
A drum roll please, as Gollancz is delighted to welcome a guest blogger, debut author Myke Cole, to our blog today! Some of you may have already seen his fantastic piece about the 18 Rules he has learned as a writer . . . but if you’ve not then you are in for a treat. Read on, for some top authorly tips:
I want to talk about the rules of writing that I have learned in my first year as a … More
It’s a moment for New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight, stop smoking, make lunch rather than buy it, buy The Big Issue . . . there are so many to choose from and, of course, we tend to pick resolutions that require us to change a habit.
But what about resolutions to change our working habits? Well here are five suggested New Year resolutions for aspiring writers . . . and five is only the beginning! If you have a better one, … More
With this week’s publication of Snuff, it seems a perfect moment to talk about comic fantasy.
There are few submissions that I dread more than the ‘brilliant comic fantasy novel’. If I’m honest, it’s a pitch that makes my heart sink when I see it, because the pitch is always the same: ‘This is my hilarious comic fantasy novel. All my friends have read it, and they think I’m as funny as Terry Pratchett’. For most of the comic fantasy submission … More