30 episodes

The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed is dedicated to all things fantasy, creative writing, and book marketing. It's created by fantasy writers, for fantasy writers with the purpose of helping you overcome the obstacles and challenges that crop up on your journey.
Expect general writing tips as well as discussions on the fantasy genre, such as on worldbuilding, fantasy tropes and fantasy names. And with regular guests including historians, folklorists, mythologists and book bloggers, you'll be sure to find plenty of inspiration and knowledge to use in your fantasy novels and stories.
Hosted by Richie Billing (https://richiebilling.com).
Write to us at any time with your comments, questions or queries at thefantasywriterstoolshed@gmail.com.
And please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.

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The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed is dedicated to all things fantasy, creative writing, and book marketing. It's created by fantasy writers, for fantasy writers with the purpose of helping you overcome the obstacles and challenges that crop up on your journey.
Expect general writing tips as well as discussions on the fantasy genre, such as on worldbuilding, fantasy tropes and fantasy names. And with regular guests including historians, folklorists, mythologists and book bloggers, you'll be sure to find plenty of inspiration and knowledge to use in your fantasy novels and stories.
Hosted by Richie Billing (https://richiebilling.com).
Write to us at any time with your comments, questions or queries at thefantasywriterstoolshed@gmail.com.
And please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.

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    Book Marketing With Creator Of Story Origin, Evan Gow

    Book Marketing With Creator Of Story Origin, Evan Gow

    Today, we're delighted to welcome Evan Gow to the Writer's Toolshed for a very special chat about Story Origin, the book marketing platform Evan's created by hand.
    Story Origin brings together a host of different book marketing services, such as group promotions, newsletter swaps, advanced reader copy distribution and book reviews.
    Evan has built this all with user feedback and continues to add new features, as well as develop existing ones. He and Richie chat about the creation process, Story Origin's key features, and Richie explains how he utilises its features to grow his mailing list each month.
    To learn more about Story Origin head here - https://storyoriginapp.com/
    Or to read Richie's guide on 5 reasons why every writer should use Story Origin, go here - https://richiebilling.com/welcome/the-writers-toolshed/writing-tips/5-reasons-why-every-writer-should-use-story-origin
    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.

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    • 26 min
    Submitting Short Fiction

    Submitting Short Fiction

    In this mini-episode, JM gives his editor’s perspective on submissions and short stories in particular.
    He provides some quick tips on manuscript format and cover letters, and then he identifies some of the recurring issues he sees in the short fiction submissions he’s been receiving, namely point of view, character arcs, and length.
    JM’s tips on short stories: https://ofmetalandmagicpublishing.wordpress.com/2021/05/30/on-writing-short-fiction-writing-in-short/
    Tips on cover letters (for short fiction): https://www.janefriedman.com/perfect-cover-letter-advice-lit-mag-editor/
    Richie's tips on writing cover letters: https://richiebilling.com/writing-tips/a-quick-guide-to-cover-letters
    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.

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    • 22 min
    How To Name Fantasy Characters And Places

    How To Name Fantasy Characters And Places

    If you've ever struggled with coming up with names for your fantasy characters, fantasy worlds and towns and cities within those worlds, you can find some answers here. JM Williams and Richie Billing discuss the do's and don't's of names in the fantasy genre, covering everything from overly complex names (including them damn apostrophes!) to good principles and guidelines to keep in mind.
    As always, get in touch with us by heading here to share your questions, comments and curses - https://richiebilling.com/welcome/the-fantasy-writers-toolshed-podcast
    If you'd like to check out Richie's very own fantasy name generator, head here - https://richiebilling.com/welcome/the-writers-toolshed/fantasy-writing/fantasy-name-generator
    And to read Richie's guide on creating names in the fantasy genre, click here - https://richiebilling.com/welcome/the-writers-toolshed/fantasy-writing/creating-names-for-fantasy-characters
    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.

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    • 36 min
    Book Marketing Post-Lockdown with Alex Greenwood

    Book Marketing Post-Lockdown with Alex Greenwood

    In this episode, Richie is joined by PR guru and award-winning writer, Alex Greenwood, who shares some fantastic marketing tips that writers can utilise as lockdown begins to ease. From book launches to signings, we cover it all.
    As well as chatting about marketing, Alex also shares lots of great insights on writing mystery and thriller novels, two genres quite similar to the fantasy genre in some respects.
    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.
    Links:
    Alex Greenwood's website > http://alexgpr.com/
    PR After Hours podcast > https://prafterhours.com/
    Mysterious Goings On podcast > https://mgopod.com/
    Learn more about the John Pilate Mysteries > https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/series/B07PQM8HVM/
    Richie's guide to growing a mailing list > https://richiebilling.com/book-marketing/fast-way-to-grow-your-mailing-list
    Of Metal and Magic Publishing > https://ofmetalandmagicpublishing.wordpress.com/

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    • 45 min
    How To Build A Fantasy World

    How To Build A Fantasy World

    Richie welcomes fantasy author and real-life world builder, John Tarrow, to the Writer’s Toolshed.
    Over the past 25 years, John has converted his 3 bedroom home into a magical fantasy world. We chat about the building of Talliston House and Gardens, how it’s influenced John’s worldbuilding approach when it comes to writing, and John shares his top tips on how to build a fantasy world—in reality and on the page.
    Find out more about Talliston House > https://www.talliston.com/
    Learn more about John > https://www.tarrow.co.uk/
    Check out Richie’s latest worldbuilding guide, Natural Worldbuilding > https://richiebilling.com/welcome/thewriterstoolshed/fantasy-writing/natural-worldbuilding-guide
    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.

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    • 54 min
    Tips On Getting Stories Published

    Tips On Getting Stories Published

    In this episode, JM reflects on the first few months in his role as editor-in-chief for Of Metal and Magic Publishing. He discusses upcoming releases, including Pariah's Lament and Call of the Guardian, and provides some crucial tips and advice on when it comes to submitting stories to publishers.
    As always, get in touch if you have a question or query by clicking here.
    Please consider supporting us on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/TheFantasyWritersToolshed). You can join our community of writers, get access to exclusive fantasy writing workshops, and copies of acclaimed books on how to write fantasy.

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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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Horse-noceros ,

Perfect!

This podcast is so good. These guys speak with a humble authority. I find myself happy, inspired, motivated and informed after every episode.

madmcgowan ,

Interesting and enjoyable listen

Interesting and informative, the two hosts laid back style is easy on the ear. Both are well informed and talk with a sound and deep knowledge of the fantasy genre. Really enjoyed this and will be back for more.

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