Indie Focus: A Beginner’s Guide To The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off


A LIGHT BULB MOMENT FROM A GENEROUS BENEFACTOR

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS THE BOOK CONTEST FOR INDIE AUTHORS THAT IS TAKING THE FANTASY SCENE BY STORM

 

If you’ve not yet heard about The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, this is a brief introduction to the most exciting development in independent publishing in the last couple of years. As the name probably suggests, the SPFBO is a book contest for self-published books in the fantasy genre. It is the brainchild of fantasy author, Mark Lawrence, who made the following observation in a blog post in February 2015:

“…as a new author, particularly a self-published one, it is desperately hard to be heard. It’s a signal-to-noise problem. Who knows how many Name of the Winds or [fill in your favourite] are lost to us because they just couldn’t be seen? None? A hundred?”

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Trivia: The Winners Of The Philip K. Dick Award


NAMED IN HONOUR OF THE SCIENCE FICTION LUMINARY

THE WINNERS OF AN AWARD PRESENTED IN RECOGNITION OF THE BEST ORIGINAL SCIENCE FICTION PAPERBACK NOVEL OF THE YEAR

 
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As you may (or may not) already be aware, The Philip K. Dick Award, established in honour of the acclaimed American science fiction author, was inaugurated in 1983; the year after his death. The ceremony is held annually at Norwescon, with the award being bestowed upon the best science fiction paperback novel published in the United States during the previous calendar year.

Below, I present you with the complete list of books (and their authors) that have received the honour.

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Trivia: A Look At The Nebula Awards


HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE NEBULA AWARDS?

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about America’s most prestigious science fiction and fantasy award, but didn’t think to ask.

 

GraphicIf you look back a few days you’ll notice I wrote a short post about The Origins Of The Hugo Awards, arguably the most prestigious award for science fiction and fantasy literature. Today it’s time for a brief look at The Nebula Awards, which is widely viewed to be America’s most highly regarded and sought after accolade for science fiction and fantasy literature.

The Nebula Awards takes place annually to honour the best science fiction or fantasy works published in the United States during the previous calender year. The award ceremony is organised by the Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Of America.

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Trivia: The Origins Of The Hugo Awards


A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON ABOUT THE HUGO AWARDS

HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BEGINNINGS OF THE MOST FAMOUS AWARD IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY?

 

GraphicI think that it is safe to assume that most readers of fantasy and science fiction literature have heard of the Hugo Awards, which take place annually to recognise the best science fiction and fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.

The award is regarded by many as the most prestigious honour that can be bestowed in the field of science fiction and fantasy media.

Presented below are just a few facts about how the Hugo Awards came to be.

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Trivia: Five Things You Should Know About Tanith Lee


THOUGH WE COME AND GO, AND PASS INTO THE SHADOWS…

Five interesting facts about the recently departed eccentric author of Tales Of The Flat Earth.

 

Last month, during my extended hiatus, came the announcement that one of Britain’s most acclaimed female fantasy authors had passed away. I am of course referring to Tanith Lee who died on 24th May. Though her mainstream popularity had waned significantly over the last decade or so, the sad news of her passing will likely spark renewed interest in Tanith Lee’s work. Hopefully this renewed interest will also give the big publishers the necessary kick up the behind to convince them to reprint new editions of her books.

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Trivia: The Genesis Of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe


IT ALL BEGAN WITH A PICTURE…

This is how The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe came to be, in C.S. Lewis’ own words.

 

You are no doubt aware that C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is one of the most beloved and successful children’s fantasy books in history. But have you ever wondered what inspired Lewis to write the story? Well it’s a question that has been answered in the book, Of Other Worlds: Essays And Stories, a posthumously published anthology of essays and unpublished stories by Lewis.

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Trivia: The Winners Of Both The Hugo And Nebula Awards For Best Novel


IT HAS OCCURRED MORE OFTEN THAN YOU MIGHT THINK.

An elite group of novels and their authors have achieved the ultimate accolade of winning both awards at the same time.

 
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As you are no doubt already aware, the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award are the two most prestigious honours bestowed upon works of fantasy and science fiction. But did you know that 23 books have achieved the double whammy of winning both awards for Best Novel? The most recent being Ancillary Justice, the début science fiction novel by American author Ann Leckie.

Below, I present you with the complete list of books that have accomplished this impressive feat for their writers.

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Trivia: The Inspiration For, The Man In The High Castle


CREATIVITY DOESN’T OCCUR IN A VACUUM

HERE IS THE INSIDE SCOOP ON THE INSPIRATION FOR PHILIP K. DICK’S ALTERNATE HISTORY CLASSIC

 

As you may already know, The Man In The High Castle is the Hugo Award winning, alternate history novel in which the Allies lost the Second World War, by American science fiction author, Philip K. Dick. What you may not know, is that the writer cited the primary influence for his work was the 1953 novel, Bring The Jubilee, by Ward Moore, which occurs in an alternate history, twentieth century United States wherein the Confederate States of America won the American Civil War in the 1860s.

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You learn something new everyday! (Assuming, of course, that you weren’t already aware of this fun and cheerful fact.)

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