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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.


Inspiration - How to keep the juices flowing and stop things drying up

inspirationInspiration. Where does it come from and why it is so hard to find?

Have you ever met someone who you would describe as 'inspirational'? Why is that? Is it something they said, did or simply a feeling that seems to surround them like an aura?

Many of our authors find inspiration from nature. Walking through the woods or tramping through fields seems to recharge their motivational batteries and when they get back to their seat of writing the words just seem to flow. 

Another route is other people. Sometimes you will meet somebody with such a positive, can do attitude to life that you find their very presence refreshing and recharging.

But what's the secret? How best to get yourself motivated to write, create or do something you've been planning to do in a meaningful and inspired fashion?

The key...

 

Meet Walt Pilcher!

Walt Pilcher with pipe

From a life lesson in ancient weaponry to hatching pantyhose from eggs, it’s less hallowed than shallowed ground for this author.

A science teacher at Walt Pilcher’s high school once hurled a six-foot African spear in class destroying a bookcase and many books. “I took a simple lesson from this,” Pilcher tells me. “You can’t make this stuff up.” It is a lesson that has informed his long and successful career in commerce, broadcasting and writing ever since.

After graduating from Wesleyan and then Stanford, Pilcher’s career spread in many directions culminating in his taking the top job in several consumer goods companies including L’eggs which sold pantyhose in plastic eggs.

 

Translation - A tough but rewarding exercise

the-little-princeTranslating a piece of work is not a simple or quick process and many folks misunderstand the crucial role of a translator.

 

Beyond the obvious work of interpreting the sentences in the first language and finding suitable replacements in the second, a translator (if working alone and not with an interpreter first) must work very closely with the editor and author of the work to ensure a sensitive, accurate and above all readable translation.

 

Meet Alan Wakeman!

alan at work

A brief and enlightening biography, written by the late Alan Wakeman who joined Fantastic Books Publishing shortly before his sudden and unexpected death in August of 2015. From poetry and prose to architecture, language learning and pioneering gay rights in the UK and abroad, he  lived life to the fullest and will be sadly missed.

 

Science Fiction - A new approach

science fiction walkOver the years we have heard many times that people simply 'don't do' science fiction. That such a huge slice of the reading public think this way is a real shame and we want to try and change their minds.

 

On further investigation it appears this reasoning is mainly because the general consensus is that science fiction is far fetched and consists mainly of space ships racing through asteroids blasting lasers at each other...

 

Not true. Some of the finest, inspirational and mind blowing stories in the science fiction world address much more pertinent issues such as the destruction of the environment, the consequences of the rise of unrestrained AI and deep future issues such as what will happen to our global politics when we eventually make contact with one of the myriad civilisations out there in the galaxy. Add in the possibility of engineered diseases, mind control and robot armies and the sheer size and scope of the genre becomes clear.

 

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