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The art of submission

A corridor of mostly grey doors, one of which is red.


Despite appearances, this is not a blog with a ‘fifty shades’ theme. The major source of sauce round here is gravy. But don’t click away just yet.


We have now perfected our new process infographic so you can see at a glance how we get you from submission to publication. Everyone in the Fantastic Books family has had to get through that first crucial stage, so if you want to know how to get a publisher on the hook from the first contact, then you may wish to read on.


Novel Twist Rekindles Old Magic at Midnight

An unlikely contender for epic success has sprung from the ashes of a 1984 computer game called The Lords of Midnight. And it's not just the technology but a bold novel tie-in that has set this one on fire. The Lords of Midnight itself has a long and distinguished pedigree. Back in the early 1980's Mike Singleton's genius and vision created it as a seminal fantasy game that won an avalanche of awards for ingenious design, compelling gameplay and Tolkienesque appeal. Sadly Mike Singleton is no longer with us, but the new 21st century Lords of Midnight is a fitting tribute.

Bringing a game back to life from 1984 is a massive challenge. Does The Lords of Midnight have that special magic spark that can bridge the gap? Unequivocally yes, says Chris Wild, the inspiration behind reviving Singleton's ground-breaking game.

Our very own Drew Wagar talks of the impact the game had on him as young man. 'Singleton's genius was to rip up the rule book for fantasy games. No more tedious typing, no top down omniscient view of the action. You saw what your characters could see and nothing more. What's more,' he goes on. 'You saw it all in glorious 3D projection. That was quite a feat for those early 8-bit computers.'

The Hammers of Slough - Origins

The logo of the Hammers of SloughSlough? Why Slough? And as a supplementary, why the Hammers? We’ll let Kate tell you in her own words:

The Hammers of Slough creation story by Kate Russell

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." (The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul)

In December 2012 I launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter, to finance the purchase of a writers pack on the Elite Dangerous Kickstarter that was running at the same time. This much you probably know if you’re a Fantastic Books fiction fan. A lot of the writers pack licenses were funded on Kickstarter due to the tremendous enthusiasm and generosity of the game’s long term fans - perhaps in part because they had waited 21 years for a sequel in the Elite franchise so had money to burn when it finally arrived? Fantastic Books ended up publishing a lot of these stories and have continued to give fans of the series a place to enjoy and share their love of all things Elite and sci-fi.

So, this much you know, and my story was based around a planet called Slough.

The art of submission

A corridor of mostly grey doors, one of which is red.


Despite appearances, this is not a blog with a ‘fifty shades’ theme. The major source of sauce round here is gravy. But don’t click away just yet.


We have now perfected our new process infographic so you can see at a glance how we get you from submission to publication. Everyone in the Fantastic Books family has had to get through that first crucial stage, so if you want to know how to get a publisher on the hook from the first contact, then you may wish to read on.

International Trust Your Government Week

International Trust Your Government Week, December 20 – 27

Allegedly promoted by the United Nations to encourage temporary respect for elected officials and bureaucrats alike regardless of party affiliation, election legitimacy, position on global warming, documented legal status, sanity, education, nationality, race, heritage, gender, sexual orientation, criminal record, degree of intelligence or common sense, International Trust Your Government Week (ITYGW), fosters diversity, tolerance and general laissez-faire in the interests of World Peace.

During this week, celebrants are urged to write to their government officials at all levels with the basic message: “We don’t care what the heck you do because we think things will somehow work out okay in the end.”

Of course, they won’t necessarily, but still it can be a fun week as a break from reality if nothing else. Like binge watching House of Cards. No, wait, that’s too close to home... How about Brave New World...? No, wait …

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...

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