Welcome to Fantasy Author’s Handbook


“The Guide (to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction) belongs on the desk of all fantasy and sci-fi writers. Whether read cover-to-cover or consulted only when advice on a specific area of writing is needed, The Guide is a great resource for those looking to break into the industry, as well as established authors looking to hone their skills.”

—David Craddock, Fantasy Book Critic

“. . . regardless of the fact that you write urban fantasy or space opera tales, the advice found within the pages of this book will invariably help you become a better writer.”

—Patrick St. Denis, Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

“A fresh, deceptively simple, and clear approach to crafting fantastic fiction. I wish I’d had this Guide to refer to when I started out, some 180(!) books ago. Having done all those books, I found myself time and again nodding and agreeing with points made and examples given. Highly recommended. I mean it.”

—Ed Greenwood, author of Bury Elminster Deep

From the book:

“As an editor and author of fantasy novels I have, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest jobs in the world. And this book will be my way of letting you in on some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

“The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction isn’t meant to cover every bit of the writing process. There are plenty of books on things like grammar and usage, finding an agent, reading a book contract, and so on, so I’m not going to waste lots of space on that kind of stuff. Instead I’ll keep it germane to the fantasy and science fiction genres as much as possible and provide advice from someone who’s ‘been there,’ and been there for a while now.”

—Philip Athans

The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2010

Features insight from R.A. Salvatore, Terry Brooks, Kevin J. Anderson, Mike Resnick, Lou Anders, Paul Park, and many more authors, editors, and agents from the SF/fantasy community.

And the first follow-up…

From Writer’s Digest Books, August 2014

The entire contents of this blog ©2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Philip Athans, except the header illustration, a detail of the cover painting for Tales From The Fathomless Abyss by the artist Mats Minnhagen, ©2012 Mats Minnhagen.

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