What Sets Fantasy Apart from Other Genres and Why Is It So Popular?

What Sets Fantasy Apart from Other Genres and Why Is It So Popular? When it comes to fiction, everyone has their favorite genres. As the fourth most popular genre behind romance, action, and science fiction, fantasy always tends to fall within the top 5. While some critics lump sci-fi and fantasy together, fantasy is in a world of its own because of the magic everyone wishes they possessed. Both sci-fi and fantasy put readers in another world and usually another time, but always with the understanding that there is nothing commonplace about what you are about to read. So if you are wondering what sets fantasy apart from…

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Understanding the Editing Process: Sub Edits

Understanding the Editing Process: Sub Edits We’ve all been there: reading a good book, minding our own business, when something seems to smack us out of the story.   A gangster gasps and says “goodness!” The leather-wearing, butt-kicking femme fatale giggles and blushes at a complement. “She whirled, her curly hair sticking to her lip gloss.” Wait, that character has curly hair? You’ve been imagining her with straight hair for 200 pages! “The heroine’s eyes flutter before looking up through her lashes into her beau’s ocean blue eyes. He can’t take his eyes off her, oblivious that all eyes are on him.”  So many eyeballs! Sound familiar? Substantive…

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Understanding the Editing Process: Copy Editing

Copy editing, or line editing, is one of the last stages of editing that a manuscript will go through before publication. This is the (often) dreaded comma stage. But a copy editor doesn’t just look at commas, spelling, and other grammatical errors. He or she will also be concerned with making sure every single detail in your story is consistent. The copy editor will check details like the following:      – the spelling of character names      – the spelling of invented terms like fictional countries, fantastic creatures, sci-fi inventions, or  magic styles      – consistent hair and eye color      – consistent world-building…

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FHP Editorial Services Review

by Author Dan Allen When my independent publisher got acquired by another publisher with a different brand focus, they wanted to delay, possibly indefinitely, the next book in my YA fantasy series. I didn’t want to disappoint the fans who had been anxiously waiting for the sequel. But I had just signed three other book contracts, a YA fantasy to a small press, a deal with Writer’s Digest, and a middle grade novelization project with Future House Publishing (FHP). I had my hands full. Self-publishing was the best option for getting my sequel out quickly. But there are so many editing services! After hearing about FHP’s editing services,…

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Understanding the Editing Process: Dev Edits

Written by Emma Hoggan   The first stage of editing any manuscript is developmental editing. Since all the types of editing have such long names, we usually refer to this in-house as dev editing. This stage is big picture; basically, it’s everything that needs to be done before anyone starts paying attention to commas and spelling. Dev editing is all about plot structure and character development. When a dev editor reads through a manuscript, here are some of the major areas he/she checks on: The climax is strong and the most dramatic part of the book The flow is smooth and leads up to the climax The resolution…

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Are You Ready for an Edit?

WRITTEN BY D. W. VOGEL The first time you work with a professional editor on a manuscript will lift your writing to a whole new level. It’s scary. It’s humbling. But when you find an editor that’s on the right wavelength, you can leapfrog your skill faster than years of pounding out words on your own. You have to be ready. You have to know what you’re asking for. Do you want a developmental edit, where you’ll get big picture feedback on your plot, your characters, your pacing, and your emotional impact? Are you ready for line edits, where your editor will go through your manuscript sentence by…

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Future House Publishing Books Sweep State Book Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Future House Publishing Sweeps State Book Award after Only 2 Years of Publishing Provo, Utah – November 21, 2016 – Future House Publishing stands amazed as books MARROW, STORMS, and CARETAKER sweep the 2016 Utah Book Award in the Young Adult Book category. After 2 years of publishing, founder Adam Glendon Sidwell is ecstatic about the success Future House has seen. Preston Norton’s winning book, MARROW, hit #1 bestseller in “Teen and Young Adult Superhero Fiction” on Amazon. Jacob Gowans, bestselling author of the Psion Beta series says of this adventure; “Fans of comics, superheroes, and stories with twist after twist will love Marrow. It’s…

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Sentinel by Josi Russell

COMING SOON — We at Future House Publishing are proud to announce the upcoming release of Sentinel, the third installment of the hugely popular Caretaker Chronicles, coming to you November 17th! Ethan Bryant’s story continues with his son, Rigel, as together they explore new worlds to save the life of an old friend. Don’t miss the most intense chapter in the story yet! Until then, join the hype by catching up on the first two books, Caretaker and Guardians, as well the Caretaker Chronicles short story, “Stasis Dreams”! About Sentinel Rigel Bryant is the only natural born telepathic human in the history of the universe. His father, Ethan,…

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“High Wire” (Horizon Alpha Short) by D. W. Vogel

Coming straight from the Future Worlds sci-fi anthology, it’s “Horizon Alpha: High Wire” by D.W. Vogel! Prequel to the thrilling novel Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden, “High Wire” tells the story of the Horizon Alpha refugees’ first encounters with their wild new neighbors— dinosaurs! “High Wire” will be available for the first time as a standalone ebook on November 3rd! Check out Vogel’s awesome and thrilling novel, Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden, here. See “High Wire” and many other fascinating short stories in the Future Worlds sci-fi anthology here: here.   Horizon Alpha: High Wire An exciting short story set in the world of Horizon Alpha! It’s been…

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“Stasis Dreams” (Caretaker Short) by Josi Russell

“Stasis Dreams,” by bestselling author Josi Russell, is the latest addition to the Caretaker Chronicles universe. Once exclusive to the Future Worlds sci-fi anthology, “Stasis Dreams” will be available as a standalone ebook starting October 24th. Get it here! Fans of Caretaker will enjoy this new insight into the history and secrets of the universe, and science fiction readers of all backgrounds will love this story and the questions it raises about the possibilities—and morality—of interstellar travel. Check out books 1 and 2 in the Caretaker Chronicles here: Book 1 and Book 2   Watch for the announcement of book 3, Sentinel, coming later this year!   If you like sci-fi short…

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