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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.

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!





Drew Wagar set to Burn the Midnight Oil

AriseOur very own Drew Wagar, author acclaimed for his Elite: Dangerous tie-in novel, Elite: Reclamation, has been snapped up by another of the big gaming communities. The Lords of Midnight!

The Lords of Midnight is very different from Elite: Dangerous but it has some key similarities too. Both games were born into the 8-bit, single-figure MHz technological world of the 1980s, and were crafted by inspirational creators who saw beyond the confines of the technology.


The late Mike Singleton, creator of the Lords of Midnight, squeezed the last drop from the technology of the time, wowing his players with amazing feats of 3D projection, but his real genius was to build his game world of a magical frozen landscape on a background of richly developed lore, and then to give his game players strategic and sophisticated contexts in which to play. It was a winning formula from the off.


The Lords of Midnight is not just a popular retro game, it has been brought up to date by techno wizard and long-time game fan, Chris Wild, who has worked with the Singleton family to give 21st century fans the game on their modern phones and tablets, enhancing the magic that Singleton wove into the original with the advanced technological capabilities of today’s devices.


From the start, Singleton’s world of the Lords of Midnight has been compared to Tolkien’s worlds with their elaborate history, traditions and folklore. So the latest step is no surprise. As Wild says, ‘The obvious next step is an epic novel. I have worked closely with the Singleton family to do justice to Mike’s original vision and we were all delighted to come to an agreement with Drew to author the book.’



Read Drew's own take on the project here.

The Lords of Midnight, coming soon...

Do you want dawn?

Just Imagine


Hull Comic Con is here again!

hull-comic-conHull Comic Con is a veritable smorgasbord of geeky activity with everything from cosplay, gaming, TV and movie stars, author readings, signings, tech and all manner of geekery across a full day and night of convention awesomeness. 

The organiser Steve Bowman, his sister Claire Jacklin and nephew Kieran Bowman-Inch and a passionate team of Jedi volunteers, plan the con a full year in advance and now everything is in place for a bigger, better and more Fantastic convention than ever before.

The convention is on the 18th June this year and runs from 10am until 6pm... unless of course you have a ticket for the after party that is!


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.


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