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Friendly reminder:

1. Please only post Self-Promotion for your books on weekends.
2. If you post a blog entry, please post a question for discussion.
3. Please follow these rules so we don't have a community full of links with no discussion. Links are cool, but discussion is much cooler.

Please follow these rules. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Please Guy
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Discussion is indeed much cooler than links.
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Henry Lion Oldie

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VIRTUAL FANTASYCON an 8-day event will be returning in Oct 2016. It is a free facebook event for anyone interested in HORROR / FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION.
Calling for:
Authors
Artists
Bloggers
Book Services (editors / reviewers)
Publishers
Vendors (People who sell items at Con fests – jewellery / bookmarks / tote bags / key rings / tshirts / book related products.
FEATURED BOOTHS include:
A Cosplay booth with a daily prize bundle for a best Cosplay selfie each day is a fun booth. There will a grand prize at the end of the week.
A Blog Hop Hunt with prize bundles to win by playing. This feature helps to build an audience and awareness for each participant. (There is a separate sign up form for this feature)
Booths and an Author’s Cache booth (All books on the day of participation $0.99-$1.99)
Giveaways
An event page: The Reader’s Corner with readers voting for the Best of FantasyCon Awards.
Panel Discussions for interested booth holders that will host various topics via Youtube.
Sun Oct 9 – Epic/Sword & Sorcery (include High Fantasy)
Mon Oct 10 – Sci-Fi / Science Fantasy / Time-Travel
Tue Oct 11 – Fairytale / Punk (includes all versions of Punk)
Wed Oct 12 – Paranormal / Urban
Thurs Oct 13 – Series / Short Stories (includes all subgenres of FantasyCon)
Fri Oct 14 – Dystopian / Apocalyptic
Sat Oct 15 – Dark / Grimdark / Horror
Sun Oct 16 – Children’s / YA Fantasy
Sign up Booth Holder Form
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RKt_tL0rIkxsb8KWBc3QQHE_tIRFED8qsKXfYPZsS94/viewform?c=0&w=1
Donation Form
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CUWrzarIb1OWNnX8Oke38oEG1kDS8VU4TadD_5uDCmM/viewform?c=0&w=1
VFC Blog Hop Hunt Form
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13DHY7KeU86iBlfwID13UYV07Z89Iscxn9ykcKKcMLz4/viewform
For more information visit the official website for this feature - http://vfcscavengerhunt.weebly.com/
Please feel free to visit out website for more information and interviews- http://virtualfantasycon.wix.com/virtualfantasycon
All guests and booth holders can now attend a convention from the comfortable surrounds of their own home. Just think, no paying for car parking, no huge crowds and best of all you have a whole week to pop in and out of the 8 day event to chat with any Booth Holders you like.
Keep your eye on the prize and look out for news by visiting this page –
https://www.facebook.com/AFlavourOfFantasy/
I hope this information has not offended you and if it has please, accept my apologies.
Cheers
Carol March
Ellen Mae Franklin author of Grimdark / Gritty / Epic fantasy books
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KC Trae Becker

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Here's the third part of my blog series on dragons. As the title suggests, it's about dragons types and stories/books.
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Rich Martin

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“High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity”, by award-winning author Alex Shvartsman will be released to the world under Creative Commons licence if a few more people pledge.

If you are not familiar with his work, you can read “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” — which has already been released under CC — here: https://www.moozvine.com/publication/alexshvartsman/1

Moozvine is a platform that lets authors get paid for releasing their work to the world. All books are released under Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) allowing anyone to download, read and share the stories. If the book is successfully funded, authors get an up-front payment and then ongoing payments from the public on a ‘pay-what-you-want’ basis.

If you like this idea, or if you like the sound of the story, please consider pledging a little bit and spreading the word. Thanks.
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Henry Lion Oldie

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One more inside black-white illustration by Andrey Pechenezhsky to "ShMagic" -- an adventure ironic fantasy novel by Henry Lion Oldie. "ShMagic" on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/SHMAGIC-Henri-Lion-Oldie-ebook/dp/B00HS8YXX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389332155&sr=8-1&keywords=shmagic
"ShMagic" on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/396326
"ShMagic" is a whimsical fantasy novel that follows the brooding hero Andrea Musculus, a wizard-malefic from Rettia Kingdom, who is pushed to investigate the disappearance of some children from the small town of Yatritsa.  Andrea questions the brash locals, flirty witches, and resolute demon hunters who inhabit the town and surrounding forest, and he comes across local people with a weak power called “shmagic.”  When a missing child returns all alone and talks of a strange place where a little girl was playing, Andrea’s investigation extends into another world, where supernatural powers threaten Yatritsa locals and Rettia alike.  But just as the mystery of the missing children deepens, Andrea becomes obsessed with the “shmagic” of the local people, uncertain what it might mean for wizards like him.  Before he can focus on battling the forces that are responsible for the missing children, he must overcome an internal struggle—a wizard’s existential dilemma.
Much more illustrations by Andrey Pechenezhsky you can find in eBook English edition of our novel.
7 hard cover editions are in Russian! For the first time in English!
H. L. Oldie received the title of The Best European SF & Fantasy Writer of 2006 on "EuroCon-2006" International European SF & Fantasy Convention.
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Book Publishing News

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Writing is the best outlet for your creative imagination. One of the best ways to flaunt your ideas is to share it through a short story. http://www.bookpublishingnews.com/top-5-tips-on-brainstorming-original-short-story-ideas/
Writing is the best outlet for your creative imagination. One of the best ways to flaunt your ideas is to share it through a short story.
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Louise Herman

Publishing  - 
 
The Real Costs to Self-Publish a Book Guest Post on the Reading...Dreaming Blog! | Information on the advantages (and disadvantages) of self-publishing a book, the real costs on trying to self-publish your work and a breakdown of the profits you would get if you published on Amazon and Smashwords (eBooks only) + Much More...
Hey guys It has been an interesting few days and my day job has really taken over all of my spare time but I am happy to announce I have done another Guest Post, which will hopefully help more of those who want to go into the...
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Charles Murray

Publishing  - 
 
If you are about to publish and looking for a top-notch editor, I highly recommend +Karen Conlin. She is exceptionally incisive, and will hit you with esoteric knowledge that highlights the flaws to which you may never have given a second thought. She'll tell you that the bow your archery-inclined hero carries around all the time is actually supposed to be unstrung after every use. She'll spend two and a half hours e-mailing back and forth with you about your vivid imagery and metaphors not holding up to scrutiny, and how they can be fixed. Most of all, she makes it abundantly clear that she wants your work to shine, and her diligent help accomplishes just that.
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Charles Murray

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First 3 chapters at authorclmurray.com. Coming as a Kindle book and paperback in late Feb/early March:

In a land of eagle-riding knights, bloodthirsty beasts, and a ruthless prince, no border is safe for long. And as smoke billows from the only blockade standing between the great city of Korindelf and certain doom, young Morlen races to escape the inevitable siege. Thrust from the chaos with thousands of snapping jaws on his trail, he discovers that the abilities he’s buried all his life are awakening—and it could not have happened at a worse time.

War has come, and he doesn’t dare rely on his untested talents after stealing the coveted Goldshard, which makes strength and invincibility just a panicked whisper away. His dependency on it carries him through many dangers, until it becomes an enemy far worse than those he must fight hand-to-hand. And the allies he meets on his quest are just as troubled: a legendary warrior too afraid to leave his sheltered paradise, a wizard tormented by his past, and a disgraced king who has lost any hope of saving his people.

A FACET FOR THE GEM brings Morlen from distant kingdoms to sprawling airborne battles, into the fiery breath of a stony dragon and side-by-side with a lady knight who is the last person in need of rescue. Follow him as his epic adventures culminate in a final showdown against swords, fangs, and greatest of all—his own fear.
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Fantasy Writers of G+ Community Rules: 1. Keep self-promotion to a minimum. Members who are only using the community to promote their own books or blogs will be banned. 2. Do not post links without commentary, explanation, or a discussion question for the community. Repeat offenders will be banned. 3. It is fine to link to an article on your own blog, provided that it is pertinent to fantasy writing. When doing so, be sure to include a discussion question for the community. 4. Self-promotion of your books is limited to weekends only. Such posts must be in the Self-Promotion category, and must include commentary or explanation. 5. Please make posts in the appropriate categories. Posts that aren't in the correct category will be deleted. 6. Treat each other with respect. Rude, hostile, or argumentative behavior will not be tolerated, and the offenders will be banned.

September C. Fawkes

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So how do you guys fool about the "Show, don't Tell" rule? I came up with 8 times you should "tell" instead of "show" in your story. Thouhts?
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Brian Wilkerson

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I finished chapter 7 (8) of the second draft of my fourth novel yesterday. Anyone else working on a second draft right now?
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My writing 'process' is not so structured that I can assign a 'draft number' to what I'm working on. I keep going back, re-reading and working in changes until I'm so sick of working on it that I do a final read and then publish it.
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Kyra Halland

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It's the big Fantasy and Science Fiction 99 cent Box Set Sale!

This weekend, Feb. 6-7, you can find a whole bunch of science fiction and fantasy box sets on sale for only 99 cents. From single-author samplers and omnibuses to giant multi-author themed sets, if you're looking for something new to read, you can find something here! I've made a boxed set titled "Love and Magic" containing three of my romantic fantasy novels, Urdaisunia, Chosen of Azara, and Sarya's Song. If you haven't read these yet, or if you've missed one or two, now's your chance to get all three of them for only 99 cents! (The regular price after this will be $8.99.)

http://pattyjansen.com/promo/
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James Downe

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Here's a bit of self-promotion. 7 tales for $3.99.

Classic sword and Sorcery clashes with the rugged American Western. Zane Grey meets David Gemmell. 2 of my shorts appear in this collection, which includes tales of grit, gold, and shadow beasts.

http://www.amazon.com/Swords-Hire-Frontier-Medieval-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01BD7M2JK/
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José Manoel Cortizo

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Republicando.
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O BLOG PHANTASTICUS EM DUAS VERSÕES – EM PORTUGUÊS E EN ESPAÑOL. Versão em português: A Literatura de Star Wars. Imagine! Estamos vivendo um momento único com o episódio VII da saga Star Wars. E ap...
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Author TP Keane

Fantasy Novels  - 
 
Mona Jones, a young woman, has been on the run all her life without really knowing why. People with answers keep dying around her. Compelled to spend time in a Welsh community, her druidic ancestry begins to emerge and now she finds herself on the wrong side of a Druidic civil war. Find out more in #author Liz Riley Jones’ interview about her contemporary #celtic #fantasy #trilogy, Hiraeth. http://tpkeaneblog.blogspot.com/2016/01/author-spotlight-liz-riley-jones.html
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Henry Lion Oldie

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A cover picture by Anry to one of Russian editions of "The Boundary" fantasy novel by H. L. Oldie, Andrey Valentinov and Marina & Sergey Dyachenko.
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Brian Wilkerson

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"I'm a sucker for medieval type societies and I love science fiction and Brian Wilkerson cooks up an original weird mixture of both here."
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Auden Johnson

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A premade book cover perfect for a fantasy tale featuring a sassy female with powers.
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I love her tattoo. It reminds me of something out of Skyrim. 
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