Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 3

Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 3 – The Paranormal Problem This is the third of a five part series about authors navigating fantasy’s many overlapping subgenres (please also see  Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1   Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 2 ). Given the prevalence of paranormal fantasy novels, authors writing any other … Continue reading Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 3

Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 2

Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 2 – Fantasy Writers in the Wilderness This is the second of a five part series about authors navigating fantasy’s many overlapping subgenres (for Part 1, please see:  Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1 ). The risk of being categorized with books significantly different from your chosen subgenre is … Continue reading Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 2

Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1

Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1: The Challenge This is the first of a five part series about authors navigating fantasy’s many overlapping subgenres. Fantasy authors face a challenge: ensuring that potential readers know which subgenre(s) their work fits into. For better or worse, book buyers’ purchasing decisions, particularly for lesser-known authors, are driven … Continue reading Whose Fantasy Is This Anyway? Part 1

Book Review – TELL THEM OF BATTLES, KINGS AND ELEPHANTS

It’s easy to be intrigued by a story that not only contains a Kipling epigraph, but also entitles the novel with a quote from a Kipling poem. And, by the way, has Michelangelo as its protagonist straddling Renaissance Italy and Ottoman Turkey. And does all this in a lyrical 140 pages. Mathias Enard wrote Tell … Continue reading Book Review – TELL THEM OF BATTLES, KINGS AND ELEPHANTS

Using Author’s Notes to Pique Readers’ Interest and Promote Your Book

Author’s notes are short passages deployed in both fiction and non-fiction books to add information that doesn’t fit into the main text about the book’s contents or to expound on the author’s intent. Sometimes these notes show off how much research the writer did in creating the book. Readers, if they bother to check the … Continue reading Using Author’s Notes to Pique Readers’ Interest and Promote Your Book