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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.

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.


Meet Boris Glikman!

boris profile picBoris Glikman is an incredible guy. He’s smart, talented and is a prolific producer of poetry and short stories. He’d need about ten blogs to cram in all his achievements so here’s the edited version, we’ve done our best…


Boris is a writer, poet and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia. The biggest influences on his writing are dreams, Kafka, Borges and Dali. His stories, poems and non-fiction articles have been published in various e-zines and print publications. He has appeared a number of times on the radio, including Australian national radio, performing his poems and stories and discussing the meaning of his work. In 2008 his short story – The Clearness and the Impenetrability – was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.


Among his many talents, Boris is a mathematician and physicist of great prowess and has several mathematical proofs to his name. His network is one of pure creative talent and it’s a real pleasure to welcome him and his friends to the Fantastic Books Publishing family.


The classics of the future

old books on shelfEvery author wants their work to be remembered by somebody, for something. There's a reason most books carry dedications and acknowledgements after all.


But what of those classic texts that we all know and love? Who were they written for? And during their creation did the authors genuinely think that their work would endure for tens, if not hundreds of years? We think not.


Contemporary vs Historical fiction research

Bloody heart and penNovelists writing about the past have an easy time of it, I reckon. They seek out historical sources and do the research, and that’s it. Easy, yeah? I hear the protests. Historical research is no picnic. Granted, it’s not, but it’s in the job description for a novelist, and once researched, it sticks!


For those of us who set our novels in the present day, we need psychic powers, too.


Why do reviews even matter?

dan reading a bookLike the look of a book? Then maybe read a few reviews before deciding to purchase, right? That's pretty much the way the review system works for the majority of industries that use them.


However, to create something that someone else enjoys so much that they feel compelled to tell the world is a massive deal for both an author and their publisher if they have one.


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