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logoHello and welcome to the new look Fantastic Books Publishing website! A huge thank you to the team who have worked tirelessly over the past four years to ensure that as a Fantastic subscriber you have access to really awesome content and amazing books too.

 

John Scotcher, Simon and Grant Woolcott, Paula Murphy and the team at Branditarians in Chicago have all contributed hugely to this site and we couldn't be happier with the result. Thank you all, you're all Fantastic!

 

Here you'll find all your usual content; blogs, writer and publisher resources, competitions and, most importantly of all, our Fantastic selection of audio, print and ebooks.

 


FantastiCon 2017 is coming!

Howdy folks, 

Dan here. I thought I'd post a blog to explain what our FantastiCon event is all about and what you can expect if you decide to come and join us for the weekend. Here we go.

ALREADY HYPED FOR THE EVENT? GRAB YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Ok, here's your weekend in a nutshell IF you plan on taking it easy...

EliteMeet

What a wonderful weekend break our head honchos Dan and Gabi have just enjoyed at EliteMeet in Bristol. While we toiled in the whirring, clunking underbelly of the FBP Offices, our brave leaders were forced into a car, chauffeured to Bristol by the ever graceful Commander Sam Stanley (he of retro gaming 16-bit Sam fame) and Ben Moss-Woodward, fed the finest foods and press ganged into playing the finest and most enjoyable board, RPG, retro and Virtual Reality games and then, no doubt entirely against their will, given copious amounts of alcohol and sent to bed at one of Bristol's most central and pretty hotels, the Grand.

 

Obviously as underlings in the cellars we know nothing of 'enjoyment' or 'freedom' but hope that our masters had a good time and they will return soon to continue at the helm of our great endeavour (and possibly top up our water troughs if they get a moment and would be so kind).

 

EliteMeet is a gathering of folks from one of the friendliest, welcoming and accommodating gaming groups in all the world, that of the Elite: Dangerous fan community.

 

Review your favourite reads!

Is it enough to purchase a book, read it and enjoy it? 

 

On the surface the answer would seem to be yes. However, look at it from this point of view.

 

There are hundreds of thousands of books published every year, millions in fact. They all sit on the usual sites (Amazon, iBooks, Google Books, the Fantastic Books Store) and folks purchase and read them. When a book is considered to be of low quality, either because of sloppy production or the writing itself, it may receive a negative review which will push it down the list of books and lower its visibility on those sites. After a few days that book will sink away from view and possibly never been seen again.

 

In contrast, if a book receives a positive review its visibility is bolstered and it shows up a little higher in searches and suchlike.

 

Great! So all we need to do is find a couple of positive reviews and all is good, yes? Unfortunately not. 

Reading Young Minds: The XX Factor

It was recently International Women’s Day, always an important day for all of us here at Fantastic Books and for our wonderful free thinking readers. But the day is bittersweet: we celebrate the amazing women in our lives but are confronted with the stories of those women whose astronomical achievements haven’t been currency enough for a ticket to public consciousness.

 

We’d like to think that this doesn’t happen anymore, that we are raising a generation whose stellar women will not be consigned to the footnotes. But the recent viral video by Rebel Girls, which has taken the internet by the scruff of the neck, is a warning against complacency. It shows a mother and daughter in front of shelves groaning with children’s books. One by one the pair remove books to show the depressingly small number of volumes left which feature girls as vital, aspirational characters. As the video ends, the little girl asks the off screen bookstore owner “Excuse me, I want to go to Mars. Do you have a book for that?”

 

Watch this space. It’s about to get interesting!

 

 

 

FantastiCon 2016 - Success!

FantastiCon 2016 has been and gone and what a wonderful weekend it was!

 

The beautiful Guildhall in Hull was the venue and you guys partied until 3.30am on both nights (mornings). Also, thanks to not being able to get into the venue until 5am Saturday morning (the first day of the event), there was a mad dash to setup in time for the early access backers to arrive at 8am. We just about made it but it was a real scramble at times and the amount of people who arrived early just to help us setup was very humbling indeed.

 

As it was such a varied convention this year it's really hard to find a single highlight that stood out for me, although Gabi diving out of the NERF war shouting something regretful about wearing a low cut top was one of my personal favourite moments.

 

Thanks again for a fabulous event everybody, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

 

Onwards!



Dan
CEO

 

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