Don’t mention Terry Pratchett! Or: How to submit your comic fantasy novel . . .

With this week’s publication of Snuff, it seems a perfect moment to talk about comic fantasy. There are few submissions that I dread more than the ‘brilliant comic fantasy novel’. If I’m honest, it’s a pitch that makes my heart sink when I see it, because the pitch is always the same: ‘This is my hilarious comic fantasy novel. All my friends have read it, and they think I’m as funny as Terry Pratchett’. For most of the comic fantasy submission letters I see, that’s the only thing they tell me about the novel. Some pitches have promised ‘as funny…

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Twisting Myths

To celebrate the publication of The Bitter Seed of Magic we’ve got an exclusive blog piece from the fabulous Suzanne McLeod all about twisting myths in her Spellcrackers.com series. Suzanne writes: When it comes to supernatural creatures, I like to have my cake and eat it 😉 In my Spellcrackers books I wanted to write about vampires, and faeries, and witches, and goblins, and trolls, and all those other creatures that fuel our fears and dreams in myths and legends. So that’s what I’ve done. I’ve kept the majority of the traditional elements (such as vampires surviving on blood and…

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The Name of the Wind

It was a grey, wet, dark Friday afternoon just before Christmas 2006 when an agent sent me a manuscript for consideration. It was over a thousand pages long and when printed out, single-sided and double-spaced, it stood almost twelve centimetres tall. It did not, at first glance, look like something I wanted to take home with me. But I did. I can tell you that it takes a certain kind of bloody-minded optimism to drag such a manuscript home with you, especially on a Friday evening. Carrying the thing is a feat, all by itself. Getting it home is even…

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Joe Abercrombie reports on a night at the David Gemmell 2010 Legend Award

I failed to win the David Gemmell Legend Award the other night, which went to Graham McNeill for Empire. Curses. But on the upside, Best Served Cold did win for cover art, so congratulations to the artists Didier Graffet and Dave Senior and the designer Laura Brett. Talented people, and much deserved. The one criticism you could make of their covers for that book is that they are too far apart. A ha ha. The award-winning cover, and the Ravenheart award itself. Photo: courtesy of Didier Graffet. The event was a little less well-attended than last year due to an…

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