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In the first of a two-part series, Alex Davies looks at the current state of fantasy publishing

Fantasy has been a strong and enduring force in the world of fiction for many years, with luminaries including JRR Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan, Michael Moorcock, CS Lewis and George RR Martin – and honestly too many more to mention here – giving it a real heavyweight feel.

Of late we’ve also seen a boost in popularity through popular and acclaimed films and TV series, with The Lord of The Rings thriving in cinemas as well as massive smallscreen adaptations of Game of Thrones, Outlander and The Shannara Chronicles to mention just a few. From the outside it certainly appears as though the genre is riding the crest of a wave, and over this two-part article we’re going to be further exploring just where fantasy fiction is in 2018 – what we’re seeing creatively, how it’s doing commercially, what might be next for the genre and much more besides. This month we’ll be focussing more on the creative aspects of the field, before looking in harder terms at the commercial health of the genre next time around.

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EXCLUSIVE this month, with your Writing Magazine: How to Perfect Your Submission - Tips from a Publisher Publisher, author and consultant Scott Pack offers a definitive guide to the publishing package and everything you need to include to give your manuscript submission its best chance of success. AND In this month's main magazine: Check out the latest competitions and opportunities to get published in this month's Writers' News – there's £48,800 in writing prizes to be won and over 40 opportunities to get published. Author advice • We explore ways of getting your writing to new readers, with details of how to run a memorable author event, and how to approach schools to set up school visits. • Should you be happy with a small boutique agency or hold out for a big hitter? • Will your young editor understand your older characters? • The value of listening to your characters Industry insight • Innovative publisher Clare Christian considers whether publishing needs a new business model. • Womag writers are up in arms at new rights terms from Woman’s Weekly. We explain the controversial new terms and their impact. • Why are author incomes falling? Agent Piers Blofeld calls publishers to account. • Where the weird world’s at – explore the fantasy publishing landscape. Interviews and profiles with authors of all levels, including: • Star interview with gangland crime bestseller Jessie Keane, talking about the no-holds-barred approach that makes her Queen of the Underworld. • Chick-lit bestseller Carole Matthews charts her writing day and recalls how she got her first break in Writing Magazine! • Explore the life and career of the father of modern bestsellers – Mark Twain • Novelist Kerry Fisher explains how she straddles the worlds of feelgood fiction and domestic noir