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"Written in a friendly, uncluttered style, Billing has managed to accumulate and present a huge amount of useful information in a way that perhaps a favourite lecturer might do." Readers' Favourite"This is an ideal, accessible source for tips and advice and practical resources for the aspiring fantasy author." Steph Warren, Vine Voice Amazon reader"I loved how Billing incl "Written in a friendly, uncluttered style, Billing has managed to accumulate and present a huge amount of useful information in a way that perhaps a favourite lecturer might do." Readers' Favourite"This is an ideal, accessible source for tips and advice and practical resources for the aspiring fantasy author." Steph Warren, Vine Voice Amazon reader"I loved how Billing included examples and advice from other authors like one of my favourites, Brandon Sanderson." Sarah Lillian Books"What made this stand out for me was not only was there loads of writing advice, there were suggestions of extra reading on writing and editing which I really appreciated." On The Shelf Reviews_______________Have you always wanted to learn how to write a fantasy novel?Have you wondered how to write a fantasy short story?Have you got a fantasy series in mind but don't know where to start?If so, you've found the solution to your problems.A Fantasy Writers' Handbook provides comprehensive writing advice, writing tips and writing guidance on the craft of storytelling, all with the aim of helping you write a fantasy book. Reference is made throughout to writing tips, writing advice and examples offered by some of the greatest writers of the fantasy genre, including George RR Martin, JRR Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie and Robin Hobb. Advice is also drawn from more of the world's finest writers and editors, such as Lajos Egri, Sol Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Noah Lukeman and Henrik Ibsen.A Fantasy Writers' Handbook covers aspects of writing that rarely feature in other books, such as how to write battle scenes, how to build new and original worlds, and provides guides to medieval weaponry and life to help inspire your stories. Also included are immensely helpful resources, like lists of publishers and lists of online writing groups.At times, the focus shifts away from the technical elements of writing and considers philosophies and thoughts on writing, such as ways to help you maintain focus, how to defeat procrastination and methods of battling the demons of doubt that forever loom over a writers' shoulders. The book also covers in detail considerations that come after you’ve finished writing, such as building a website, formatting, finding beta readers, and getting published. It also guides writers through blogging and writing cover letters. By the end of the book, you'll know how to write fantasy novels and how to write fantasy stories with confidence. You'll also know what you need to do to create and build your author platform and how to get published. This book is also ideal for more experienced writers looking for fresh angles and perspectives, as well as being a mine of inspiration for their writing.Richie Billing also offers further advice, tools, resources and free books beyond A Fantasy Writers' Handbook via his Community of Readers and Writers, which anyone can join by heading to his website.


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"Written in a friendly, uncluttered style, Billing has managed to accumulate and present a huge amount of useful information in a way that perhaps a favourite lecturer might do." Readers' Favourite"This is an ideal, accessible source for tips and advice and practical resources for the aspiring fantasy author." Steph Warren, Vine Voice Amazon reader"I loved how Billing incl "Written in a friendly, uncluttered style, Billing has managed to accumulate and present a huge amount of useful information in a way that perhaps a favourite lecturer might do." Readers' Favourite"This is an ideal, accessible source for tips and advice and practical resources for the aspiring fantasy author." Steph Warren, Vine Voice Amazon reader"I loved how Billing included examples and advice from other authors like one of my favourites, Brandon Sanderson." Sarah Lillian Books"What made this stand out for me was not only was there loads of writing advice, there were suggestions of extra reading on writing and editing which I really appreciated." On The Shelf Reviews_______________Have you always wanted to learn how to write a fantasy novel?Have you wondered how to write a fantasy short story?Have you got a fantasy series in mind but don't know where to start?If so, you've found the solution to your problems.A Fantasy Writers' Handbook provides comprehensive writing advice, writing tips and writing guidance on the craft of storytelling, all with the aim of helping you write a fantasy book. Reference is made throughout to writing tips, writing advice and examples offered by some of the greatest writers of the fantasy genre, including George RR Martin, JRR Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Joe Abercrombie and Robin Hobb. Advice is also drawn from more of the world's finest writers and editors, such as Lajos Egri, Sol Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Noah Lukeman and Henrik Ibsen.A Fantasy Writers' Handbook covers aspects of writing that rarely feature in other books, such as how to write battle scenes, how to build new and original worlds, and provides guides to medieval weaponry and life to help inspire your stories. Also included are immensely helpful resources, like lists of publishers and lists of online writing groups.At times, the focus shifts away from the technical elements of writing and considers philosophies and thoughts on writing, such as ways to help you maintain focus, how to defeat procrastination and methods of battling the demons of doubt that forever loom over a writers' shoulders. The book also covers in detail considerations that come after you’ve finished writing, such as building a website, formatting, finding beta readers, and getting published. It also guides writers through blogging and writing cover letters. By the end of the book, you'll know how to write fantasy novels and how to write fantasy stories with confidence. You'll also know what you need to do to create and build your author platform and how to get published. This book is also ideal for more experienced writers looking for fresh angles and perspectives, as well as being a mine of inspiration for their writing.Richie Billing also offers further advice, tools, resources and free books beyond A Fantasy Writers' Handbook via his Community of Readers and Writers, which anyone can join by heading to his website.

30 review for A Fantasy Writers' Handbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

    Some of you know, some of you don’t, but I’m currently writing a fantasy novel. So, when Richie Billing contacted me about reviewing A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, I knew I had to accept, and I’m glad I did! Richie Billing wrote this in such a conversational, upbeat way, that I didn’t really remember that I was reading a “how-to” book. It was more like have a chat with a friend on writing, and it was really unique. I love how this flows from chapter to chapter. Sometimes, books like this are dry, bu Some of you know, some of you don’t, but I’m currently writing a fantasy novel. So, when Richie Billing contacted me about reviewing A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, I knew I had to accept, and I’m glad I did! Richie Billing wrote this in such a conversational, upbeat way, that I didn’t really remember that I was reading a “how-to” book. It was more like have a chat with a friend on writing, and it was really unique. I love how this flows from chapter to chapter. Sometimes, books like this are dry, but that isn’t the case here. There are lots of topics covered, but it’s well laid out and easy to read. Richie Billing made me think about things I hadn’t thought of before in regards to writing fantasy, and I am going to use some of the things I learned here in my own writing. I’m super glad I agreed to reading this novel. I found it really compelling, well-written, and extremely useful. I highly recommend checking this out if you’re a writer! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.* Find this review and more on my blog: https://www.jessicabelmont.wordpress.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lillian Books

    A Fantasy Writers' Handbook, which was kindly sent to me for an honest review! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me an advanced copy! A Fantasy Writers' Handbook was released just yesterday, June 12th, 2019! Not only did I want to accept the book for myself in the hopes of bettering my writing, but also my brother who has always wanted to be a writer and doesn't know how to start. I wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I've read on writing for any genre. Su A Fantasy Writers' Handbook, which was kindly sent to me for an honest review! Thank you Richie Billing for sending me an advanced copy! A Fantasy Writers' Handbook was released just yesterday, June 12th, 2019! Not only did I want to accept the book for myself in the hopes of bettering my writing, but also my brother who has always wanted to be a writer and doesn't know how to start. I wasn't sure what exactly to expect from this since this is the first book I've read on writing for any genre. Sure, I've read a few articles, but not a novel. I'm floored by how accessible the book is. There's personality in a how-to book, which I so greatly appreciate.  It's very well structured where it flows into each new chapter. From reading this handbook, I have found other books on writing and editing that I feel confident in because Billing's recommendation. There is so many topics covered in here, but doesn't take away from the easiness of reading his word. Topics include sub-genres, fighting, landscape, senses, and more. Things that I never have thought about in writing, but it stands out even more now in books I have read, for example, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James where the sense of smell had such a huge part in the book that I haven't seen before. I can appreciate these details even more based on my new understanding of what goes into writing. I loved how Billing included examples and advice from other authors like one of my favourites, Brandon Sanderson. The whole book felt like I was peering behind the curtain, and it was a great experience!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lusardi

    This book could be called the writer's bible. As avid book readers, we all know, at some level, what good writing looks like, but this book shows you how it's done! All the pitfalls that beginners could avoid, if they only knew about them, are pointed out clearly. Step by step guidelines regarding character development, plot, pacing and many critical aspects are clearly laid out before you in the simplest and most obvious way possible. Anyone about to embark on a fiction writing career should, i This book could be called the writer's bible. As avid book readers, we all know, at some level, what good writing looks like, but this book shows you how it's done! All the pitfalls that beginners could avoid, if they only knew about them, are pointed out clearly. Step by step guidelines regarding character development, plot, pacing and many critical aspects are clearly laid out before you in the simplest and most obvious way possible. Anyone about to embark on a fiction writing career should, in my opinion, seriously consider investing a few dollars in this book. It could save you years of frustration and, quite possibly, a lot of money because Mr Billing then goes on to show you how to go about selling your book. How to get traditional publishing deals and how to promote and sell your book online. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the title ‘A Fantasy Writers Handbook'. It is so much more than that. Anyone interested in writing any kind of fiction at all would do well to have Richie Billings wisdom on hand. From now on I know I will!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beverley Gullon

    Just started reading an advanced copy of this and thoroughly enjoying it! I've already found a tonne of new and useful information on character. I particularly loved the tips on writing antagonists. The style is accessible and fluid and at times funny and always positive and encouraging, which is just the thing I need sometimes. There is a welcome focus on fantasy with lots of helpful examples from the genre. I don't think I've ever encountered a book focused on the subject like this before. And Just started reading an advanced copy of this and thoroughly enjoying it! I've already found a tonne of new and useful information on character. I particularly loved the tips on writing antagonists. The style is accessible and fluid and at times funny and always positive and encouraging, which is just the thing I need sometimes. There is a welcome focus on fantasy with lots of helpful examples from the genre. I don't think I've ever encountered a book focused on the subject like this before. And to top it off I love the cover. I spent ten minutes looking at all the little details. A lot of time and effort has gone into this book. Well worth checking out for writers and not just those who write fantasy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Helen Gould

    Much of the content of this book started off as blog articles, which has allowed Richie Billing to research people’s views on a range of subjects related to writing. The book is laid out in three sections: The Pillars of Storytelling; Writing in the Fantasy Genre; and When the Writing is Done. Billing starts off with a look at the factors that would make readers abandon a book. This is an analysis which should help writers look closely at their work and ask themselves pertinent questions, and is Much of the content of this book started off as blog articles, which has allowed Richie Billing to research people’s views on a range of subjects related to writing. The book is laid out in three sections: The Pillars of Storytelling; Writing in the Fantasy Genre; and When the Writing is Done. Billing starts off with a look at the factors that would make readers abandon a book. This is an analysis which should help writers look closely at their work and ask themselves pertinent questions, and is potentially one of the most useful parts of the book. To write it, he researched the responses of book bloggers to books they’d laid aside. To give a flavour of their responses, there were three major reasons for putting books down: poor characterisation, a confusing plot, and too much infodumping, with unedited manuscript coming in fourth. Other major considerations include a ‘slow plot or nothing to keep you invested’ and a lack of proof-reading. I draw readers’ attention to this because as well as stopping me from persevering with a book, they are things which indicate that writers have not bothered to learn their craft. Additionally they give an insight into the research that underpins this self-help manual for writers. This attention to detail makes this book very useful, particularly to new writers. From there on, Billing covers many topics, especially characterisation, and plotting, dialogue, world-building and writing fight scenes. These sections will appeal to writers in any genre. His references and examples show how widely read in criticism he is. He’s done his homework, and learned to write well, though I’d have liked to see his own examples, rather than those quoted from other books. The second section is skewed more towards the fantasy genre and how to make it real and exciting for readers, which is still useful whatever your favourite genre is for writing in. Billing covers the structure and features of castles and their function; and how to draw convincing maps for the world you’re writing about. This is a great example of his attention to detail, and made me keen to read his forthcoming fantasy publication. The third section is, like the first, aimed at writers in general. When running workshops, I often encounter learners who will say, “I can’t draw a map,” or “I haven’t got time to write a blog.” Sure, but while you may not be able to do all of them, just pick the ones you can do, and/or acquire more skills. Billing’s point is that without having at least a couple of the methods of spreading the word about yourself and your work as he has, nobody will know you’re there. The more you have, the quicker you’ll get yourself known. I thought this was very useful for new writers. There are sections on industry standard book/short story lengths, and others on lists of Facebook groups to join for feedback and other delights of the writer’s life, and even a much-touted list of publishers of fantasy fiction. The scope of this book is wide, and while some of it relates exclusively to writing fantasy, most of it can also be applied to other fiction genres. It represents an enormous achievement – and part of that is the wish to help bring on newer writers. It never hurts to be generous with your time and encouragement to other writers; that comes over strongly in the book. Search it out, read it, think about it…and see how you can follow this example.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steph Warren

    *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* This book is a really good starting point for anyone wanting to write fiction in the fantasy genre. Split into three large sections, each broken into smaller chunks for easier reference, the book covers everything from the basics of writing a good story through to the after-work of publishing and marketing. Richie Billing introduces the subject by first talking the reader through some *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* This book is a really good starting point for anyone wanting to write fiction in the fantasy genre. Split into three large sections, each broken into smaller chunks for easier reference, the book covers everything from the basics of writing a good story through to the after-work of publishing and marketing. Richie Billing introduces the subject by first talking the reader through some reader turn-offs he has gathered in the course of his research. He then offers tips and advice on everything from character, plot and premise, to dialogue, viewpoint and editing. In each section he draws on relevant theories from authors on writing such as Brandon Sanderson and Sol Stein, and examples from well-known fantasy works: J. R. R. Tolkein, Robert Jordan, George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin and even other fantasy media such as Star Wars. After the more general advice, Billing goes on to more fantasy-specific advice such as sub-genres, fantasy names (places and people), maps, magic and monsters. Most of this will be quite familiar to those who are already fans of the genre, but it does help to have it gathered in one place for ease of reference. ‘The Middle Ages’ gets a chunky section all to itself here, as a staple of the genre! The final section focuses on marketing techniques and the publishing process (in various forms) and is invaluable to the debut writer looking to launch his/her story into the public eye. Also handy in this respect are the various opinion polls that Billing conducted on social media over the course of writing the handbook, and the tips and advice from others in the field: publishers, authors, readers, bloggers and editors. These lend the weight of popular opinion and relevant experience respectively to each subject under discussion, and are also a fun way to break up the explanatory text. Towards the end of this final section are also some extremely useful resources for the new writer, such as lists of fantasy-specific publishers, and templates for cover letters. This is an ideal, accessible source for tips and advice, and practical resources for the aspiring fantasy author. It has even tempted me to have a little try for myself, although with the siren call of my TBR pile I don’t imagine I will get too far towards adding my own efforts to the genre. I will probably just stick to reading it! They say write the book you want to read. When I first started writing fiction, with nothing but ideas and enthusiasm and an ignorance of the elements of storytelling, this is the book I would have wanted as my guide. – Richie Billing, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpres...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charles Remington

    I found myself binge reading A Fantasy Writer’s Handbook in the same way I would a great thriller. Written in a friendly, uncluttered style, Richard Billing has managed to accumulate and present a huge amount of useful information in a way that perhaps a favourite lecturer might do. It reminded me a little of Richard Feynman, a man who could write about the complexities of quantum mechanics in an entertaining and accessible way. I felt the main strength of the book was the fact that information I found myself binge reading A Fantasy Writer’s Handbook in the same way I would a great thriller. Written in a friendly, uncluttered style, Richard Billing has managed to accumulate and present a huge amount of useful information in a way that perhaps a favourite lecturer might do. It reminded me a little of Richard Feynman, a man who could write about the complexities of quantum mechanics in an entertaining and accessible way. I felt the main strength of the book was the fact that information provided was often canvassed from industry professionals. Reviewers and editors were asked for their opinions, and books or essays on the craft of writing by well-known authors from George Orwell to Stephen King form the backbone of the guidance given. In Richard Billing’s volume you will find advice, guidance and resources on characterisation and plot development. The various Fantasy genres are described along with advice on naming characters and places, developing creatures and monsters, mapping your imagined kingdom or planet and handling religious beliefs. There are also very useful chapters which describe the function and use, along with the name of the individual parts, of a bow and arrow, broadsword, a suit of armour or a crossbow. The rich sources of information and inspiration for the Fantasy author from our own Middle Ages are explored by outlining the typical lifestyle of a peasant, lord, baron or king. Descriptions of their habitation from hut to castle, together with some notes on the economy of the time as a whole, provide a rich mine of raw data. The final section of this peerless work outlines important information on creating an author website, blogging, online Fantasy / Sci-fi writers’ groups, useful publications such as Duotrope, and how to go about getting your work reviewed. There are also links to short story and novel publishers, together with guidance on formatting and presentation. As I have already said, I found A Fantasy Writer’s Handbook engaging and, more importantly, useful. It has prompted me to get to work on that website I have been meaning to attend to for years now and has provided much good advice about marketing and getting feedback on one’s work. Any writer working in the Fantasy genre should have this book at their elbow. Richard Billing is a talented author and by using a light touch and conversational style has probably produced the seminal work on the subject.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    No, I don't write fantasy. What would I want with a fantasy writers' handbook? Well, I'm glad you asked! Sooo many reasons from simplicity and ease of use to all the plot and character ideas, resources, definitions, conflict and tension building, dialogue hints, and the no-no's of writing: info dumping (one of my pet peeves), as well as show--not tell. Then he swings into what to do with it after you've finished your manuscript along with an explanation of the new and upcoming industry standard, No, I don't write fantasy. What would I want with a fantasy writers' handbook? Well, I'm glad you asked! Sooo many reasons from simplicity and ease of use to all the plot and character ideas, resources, definitions, conflict and tension building, dialogue hints, and the no-no's of writing: info dumping (one of my pet peeves), as well as show--not tell. Then he swings into what to do with it after you've finished your manuscript along with an explanation of the new and upcoming industry standard, the Shunn style. The author doesn't stop there, however, and here is where his book specifically cites fantasy publishers--so many resources. My objection, if any? This is a young man in Liverpool. He is speaking to a younger audience and occasionally dips into profanity. Doesn't seem appropriate for non-fiction content, but then he is leading with a conversational style of writing for his generation. No doubt you'll enjoy and be amazed at his extremely comprehensive instructional text. I don't think there is anything he's forgotten, left out, or hasn't covered in minute detail. If there is, I'm sure he'd be glad to hear about it! I received this ebook download as a result of the author's direct request for a read and review and these are my own independent opinions. This is an awesome resource you'll be sure to use frequently regardless your genre. 4.5/5 stars See my full review at https://rosepointpublishing.com/2019/...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Wirsing

    When I first heard about "A Fantasy Writers' Handbook," I thought 'why not?' After all, the few times that I have tried my hand at writing fantasy it has not gone so well. So I accepted a free copy in exchange for a review. But it turned out to be far more useful than I initially thought. Far from being just for fantasy writers, authors from all genres would find this interesting. He goes into character, plot, premise, and even prose. Each of these categories turns out to be a fairly deep dive. Bu When I first heard about "A Fantasy Writers' Handbook," I thought 'why not?' After all, the few times that I have tried my hand at writing fantasy it has not gone so well. So I accepted a free copy in exchange for a review. But it turned out to be far more useful than I initially thought. Far from being just for fantasy writers, authors from all genres would find this interesting. He goes into character, plot, premise, and even prose. Each of these categories turns out to be a fairly deep dive. But never fear: it has a generous amount of information specifically for fantasy. He has sections on armor, weapons, castles, and daily life in the Middle Ages. And it doesn't stop there. He also manages to stuff information on blogging, an author website, online writing groups, and even how to format your manuscript into the same book. And if you don't know what to do with your manuscript after you've written it, he includes a list of publishers. It's fairly impressive. Much of the writing advice is from authors I hadn't even touched yet, and I love reading books on the craft of fiction. I can wholeheartedly recommend this one. And it's also not a dry, bland resource -- Richie Billing writes in a fun, conversational style. I advise any potential writer to check this one out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Goldenstorm

    Richie’s book, ‘A Fantasy Writer‘s Handbook’ is a comprehensive analysis of what consists good writing, an insight into the mechanism of the craft and an instrument to use for writers and future writers. It is detailed about how to construct characters, with many examples that tight their particulars to the story, (good, bad, villains and saints etc. – motives). It explains about structure and plots, (series of events, characters’ motivation and conflicts) and it quotes from successful authors ad Richie’s book, ‘A Fantasy Writer‘s Handbook’ is a comprehensive analysis of what consists good writing, an insight into the mechanism of the craft and an instrument to use for writers and future writers. It is detailed about how to construct characters, with many examples that tight their particulars to the story, (good, bad, villains and saints etc. – motives). It explains about structure and plots, (series of events, characters’ motivation and conflicts) and it quotes from successful authors advising about those issues. It discusses the tools of creating suspense and plots, which provide for checking out the degree of interest generated by a story, and, it offers valuable guidelines for prose. It also stresses the importance of editing and informs of the various sites to know more about it. In general, Part One includes almost all of the theories and of what I have learned in the module of creative writing I have followed with the Open University in Milton’s King a few years back, and the only thing that is missing is perhaps the practice we have had in the Open University with tutors’ feedback and markings. The specifics of Part Two of Richie’s book are of certain interest to fantasy fiction writers, as it compiles, explains and describes the issues that lie between the physical-reality awareness and the blurring originating from an imaginative one. It includes the influence of religion shaping individuals, societies and motives, and offers the questions to test and define the stimulus of faith (p. 253, 254). In short, I would recommend Richie’s book to aspiring writers but also I’d see his work as a text-book in any of the ‘Creative Writing’ teaching. Diana Triantafyllou

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    (Full disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book.) If I had to recommend this book with one word, it would be ‘Scope.’ If you’re trying to find your way writing fantasy, this book should be in your toolbox. Richie Billing has managed to write a book that almost certainly touches upon one or more of the topics that every burgeoning fantasy writer needs to learn more about. He has done his homework and walked the walk, and this book condenses his study and experience into a no-nonsense guide. I t (Full disclosure: I received a free ARC of this book.) If I had to recommend this book with one word, it would be ‘Scope.’ If you’re trying to find your way writing fantasy, this book should be in your toolbox. Richie Billing has managed to write a book that almost certainly touches upon one or more of the topics that every burgeoning fantasy writer needs to learn more about. He has done his homework and walked the walk, and this book condenses his study and experience into a no-nonsense guide. I think this book is best used according to the reader’s need. Maybe you don’t need the chapters on style, for instance, but you could really benefit from the chapters on worldbuilding and character (or vice versa). The chapter on Premise was particularly strong, and it’s clear that the author has a healthy reverence for the craft of storytelling. I’m incredibly grateful for the list of short of long fiction publishers as well, and I’m sure to come back to it many times. Highly recommended!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I'm so glad that Richie wrote the book he would have found helpful when writing - because it really is informative. Writing Fantasy is never easy and the handbook helps in so many ways to steer authors in the right direction covering all the difficulties around plotting, characterisation, dialogue, world building - pretty much everything to help produce a page turner. The sections are well thought out, research is explained, shared and credited and overall is written in a way that is straightfor I'm so glad that Richie wrote the book he would have found helpful when writing - because it really is informative. Writing Fantasy is never easy and the handbook helps in so many ways to steer authors in the right direction covering all the difficulties around plotting, characterisation, dialogue, world building - pretty much everything to help produce a page turner. The sections are well thought out, research is explained, shared and credited and overall is written in a way that is straightforward and makes sense. Whilst reading I have made notes to apply to my own work in progress and will be referring to this handbook many times in the future. Having been fortunate enough to be provided with an advance copy in exchange for a review, I will definitely be ordering a hard copy to have on my bookshelf for instant referral. I would encourage all aspiring writers to do the same.

  13. 4 out of 5

    BookishMunchkin

    Full disclosure: I received this book for free to review! All opinions are my own! Wow! This book is a MUST HAVE for all fantasy writers! This book is a complete guide to fantasy writing. It covers everything from writing styles, POVs, writing rules and when to break them, types of fantasy, types of fantasy elements and subjects, how to market yourself as an author, and even lists of fantasy publishers! There’s many diagrams and lists to aid you and it’s thoroughly written, so much so that I can Full disclosure: I received this book for free to review! All opinions are my own! Wow! This book is a MUST HAVE for all fantasy writers! This book is a complete guide to fantasy writing. It covers everything from writing styles, POVs, writing rules and when to break them, types of fantasy, types of fantasy elements and subjects, how to market yourself as an author, and even lists of fantasy publishers! There’s many diagrams and lists to aid you and it’s thoroughly written, so much so that I can’t think of a single thing that the author didn’t cover! This is a definite full 5 stars and is sure to help anyone in writing fantasy!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amber Christiansen

    This is the most comprehensive book I've read on the subject. And unlike most nonfiction books, the tone of it was light and interesting, where I've come to expect dry and boring. I'd recommend this for anyone that's interested in writing, not just fantasy writers. And I think the worldbuilding and character portions would also be great for role play. I received a free advance copy, but my thoughts are my own. This is the most comprehensive book I've read on the subject. And unlike most nonfiction books, the tone of it was light and interesting, where I've come to expect dry and boring. I'd recommend this for anyone that's interested in writing, not just fantasy writers. And I think the worldbuilding and character portions would also be great for role play. I received a free advance copy, but my thoughts are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    What a fantastic read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's really well structured, informative and engaging and for those who enjoy writing and want to hone the craft it's an incredible tool to have in your arsenal, full of techniques and theories to help inform your writing. Enjoyed the fascinating addition of the surveys in dicussing the opinions of writers in terms of "the rules". Some real gems of insight and lots of humour along the way. A fun guide and a good time! I couldn't recommend it What a fantastic read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's really well structured, informative and engaging and for those who enjoy writing and want to hone the craft it's an incredible tool to have in your arsenal, full of techniques and theories to help inform your writing. Enjoyed the fascinating addition of the surveys in dicussing the opinions of writers in terms of "the rules". Some real gems of insight and lots of humour along the way. A fun guide and a good time! I couldn't recommend it more!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric Bolt

    This is a book that should be within reach of any aspiring writer. Richie Billing has found a way to communicate a vast amount of information in a way that is easy to understand. His writing style not only makes this an informative read but a fun one. I can easily recommend this book to anyone that is interested in taking there craft to a higher level.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Christina

    If you’re in the process of working on your manuscript, A Fantasy Writers' Handbook is for you. Helpful and thorough, Billing’s tips on premise, how to fully expose your characters, designing your villains, and plotting devices (to name a few) were on point. Perfect if you’re in the revision stage. The parts about creating tension and using friction and detours were tools I needed to read for my current WIP. The rest of the book focuses on Fantasy genre specifics. But no matter what type of ficti If you’re in the process of working on your manuscript, A Fantasy Writers' Handbook is for you. Helpful and thorough, Billing’s tips on premise, how to fully expose your characters, designing your villains, and plotting devices (to name a few) were on point. Perfect if you’re in the revision stage. The parts about creating tension and using friction and detours were tools I needed to read for my current WIP. The rest of the book focuses on Fantasy genre specifics. But no matter what type of fiction you write there's a lot to learn from the world building and sensory writing chapters. There’s also a lot of useful information on book marketing, cover letters, and publishing in general. Anyone can learn from the concepts outlined here. A great read for those looking to improve their work, in addition to next steps. A Fantasy Writers' Handbook is out now. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tamra Oscroft

    This book has been really helpful! It covers a wide range of topics that any writer will use. I like that it is easy to understand and comprehend - not like a texbook. The author's witty comments also help it not feel like a teaching text. I can't wait to apply what i learned from it and get on with writing my own fantasy novel! This book has been really helpful! It covers a wide range of topics that any writer will use. I like that it is easy to understand and comprehend - not like a texbook. The author's witty comments also help it not feel like a teaching text. I can't wait to apply what i learned from it and get on with writing my own fantasy novel!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Moa Olsson

    I find it very well structured with good explanaitions and examples. Many other writing handbooks I've read can use a language which (at least for non-native english readers like me) is too advanced so one must look up the words to understand what their point is, or they never even reach the point. I haven't had that problem with this book. I find it very well structured with good explanaitions and examples. Many other writing handbooks I've read can use a language which (at least for non-native english readers like me) is too advanced so one must look up the words to understand what their point is, or they never even reach the point. I haven't had that problem with this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Hansell

    Couldn't put it down! For someone who knew literally nothing about the genre, this was the perfect book. It has a great set of resources for not only how to write in the genre, but also how to get published. Couldn't put it down! For someone who knew literally nothing about the genre, this was the perfect book. It has a great set of resources for not only how to write in the genre, but also how to get published.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anda

    This book should be in the library of every single writer/reviewer out there. Written in a no-nonsense style, accessible, to the point, it is packed with precious information on characters, world building, premise, etc., information that is useful to all writers, whether you write fantasy or not. For reviewers, this book helps you understand the work that goes in writing a book, it makes you see the mechanics behind and it helps you see your reads in a different way. Personally, it definitely made This book should be in the library of every single writer/reviewer out there. Written in a no-nonsense style, accessible, to the point, it is packed with precious information on characters, world building, premise, etc., information that is useful to all writers, whether you write fantasy or not. For reviewers, this book helps you understand the work that goes in writing a book, it makes you see the mechanics behind and it helps you see your reads in a different way. Personally, it definitely made me take a second glance at some characters, plots and worlds. I especially loved the structure, it takes you from square one to the end product and what happens after that. Such a holistic approach! I will come back with a more thorough review soon but for now, I highly, highly recommend this! P. S. I received this book from the author who requested a read and review. These are all my personal and honest opinions. P. P. S. I received a paperback and I absolutely love the feel of the cover! I wrote about this on my Twitter before, but I am quite picky about physical book formats and cover textures. This one ticks all the boxes!

  22. 5 out of 5

    LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)

    I write mostly mystery but I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with fantasy but I thought there was no way I could write something like that so I was interested to see what A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook had to offer. Written in a friendly conversational style, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook offers advice on characters, world building and even editing. Don’t be put off by the title A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook because there are plenty of practical tips on things like characters and plotting that are h I write mostly mystery but I’ve always had a bit of a fascination with fantasy but I thought there was no way I could write something like that so I was interested to see what A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook had to offer. Written in a friendly conversational style, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook offers advice on characters, world building and even editing. Don’t be put off by the title A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook because there are plenty of practical tips on things like characters and plotting that are helpful to any wannabe author no matter the genre. What made this standout for me was not only was there loads of writing advice, there were suggestions of extra reading on writing and editing which I really appreciated. Like most writing advice books, not everything will work for you but writing is a learning curve afterall! A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook is a well written and helpful book that I’m glad I’ve got a copy of on my kindle shelf for when I want to tackle a fantasy story in the future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keith Croteau

    Great. Just great. This book is well written, thoughtful, and at times funny. Richie gives great advice on writing in general in part one and excellent fantasy specific advice in part two. Part three was also great but I haven't finished a manuscript yet so.... Highly recommended. Great. Just great. This book is well written, thoughtful, and at times funny. Richie gives great advice on writing in general in part one and excellent fantasy specific advice in part two. Part three was also great but I haven't finished a manuscript yet so.... Highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phil Hughes

    Not the worst effort I always find it a little disconcerting when I read writing advice that is peppered with typos. I know the key is the message, but I think good advice needs to be well proof-read at the very least. How can we trust an author who can’t be bothered?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Herminia Chow

    About the book: This is a guide on the writing and publishing process, specifically focusing on fantasy. It was independently publishing and came out earlier this year. I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. First impressions: I don’t write much fantasy, but I love reading about writing, so I was excited. Content: There’s a little bit of everything from writing to editing to marketing. The author compiles some useful resources such as a list of publicat About the book: This is a guide on the writing and publishing process, specifically focusing on fantasy. It was independently publishing and came out earlier this year. I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. First impressions: I don’t write much fantasy, but I love reading about writing, so I was excited. Content: There’s a little bit of everything from writing to editing to marketing. The author compiles some useful resources such as a list of publications that accept fantasy stories. Billing also quotes other authors and includes comments from readers. I found the sections on weapons and armour especially interesting. “You have something to give to the world.” Writing: The book isn’t super long at around 300 pages, broke up into chapters. They’re informative, giving a basic overview of topics like fighting and world-building. Final thoughts: Overall, this is a helpful guide for writers. Even if you aren’t a fantasy author, a lot of the advice applies across all genres. If you’re looking for a useful book that covers different parts of the writing process, check out A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Raymond Cory

    I was lucky enough to win this book in a contest from the author. I was very excited as I am a new writer focusing more on short stories while I iron out a bigger story later on. This book has everything a writer could want. When it comes to writing a book, I feel like this has everything I need from the writing part to the publishing/marketing parts. It is a toolbox for the writer. The title is Fantasy, but most of this book would be useful for any writer.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marta

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Wilson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Underwood

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