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Stories for All: Inclusive World Building with Tara Sim

There are so many aspects to consider when you’re crafting secondary fantasy worlds. The first place you might start is figuring out how many countries there are, what the world is called, where the oceans are in relation to your setting, and so on. Then you dive deeper to figure out the cultures, the people, the government, the relationships between each nation. Honestly, I could talk for days about world building (and I’m pretty sure […]

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Because Magic: Stakes, Conflict, and the Price of Using Magic

Good morning, Pub Crawlers! Today I’d like to mainly focus on stakes in magic. Making up a world is hard work! You’re creating geography, cultural aesthetics, clothing, sometimes even language. You’re often using magic in some form or another. But I want to start by talking a little bit more in depth about a common problem I see in queries and manuscripts, and that’s the Because Magic issue. “Because Magic” translates to “I don’t have […]

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GUEST POST: Eleanor Herman on ‘Fantasy Is Real’

Hi readers! If you’re paying attention to awesome books this year, you’ll notice a lot of the runaway successes are fantasy novels. And like anyone who’s worked in the business of book publishing, I was recently wondering WHY fantasy is so hot these days as opposed to three years ago when we were all about dystopian, or five years ago when it was all about the paranormal hotties. I wonder if it’s less about ONE book being […]

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Guest Post: Creating an Authentic Historical Atmosphere with Elizabeth May

One of the most challenging aspects of writing historical fiction is building a believable atmosphere that resonates with contemporary readers. What many people don’t realize is that the farther back a book’s historical period goes, the more you might have the same difficulties a fantasy author might: worldbuilding and authenticity – only with the added pressure of being constrained by historical social rules and events. So here are some tips that might help get you […]

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