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Living the Dream(ing Isle)

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I'm thrilled to say that This Dreaming Isle , the anthology I edited and curated for Unsung Stories, is now out in the world. It's been a long, slightly laborious birth. Officially (pre-)launched at FantasyCon in Chester this October, the book wasn't actually sent out to shops and those all-important Kickstarter backers until December. Copies seem to be landing on doorsteps at last, though, and those shops that are stocking it seem to be doing well (Foyles on Charing Cross Road are doing a roaring trade!) It's also for sale via Amazon , and for the moment at least it's available on their Prime Same-Day service. The perfect last-minute gift for the reader in your family, perhaps? As part of the book's publicity, I wrote a short piece for The Guardian outlining my Top 10 Folk Tales in Fiction (and plugging This Dreaming Isle shamelessly along the way). If you haven't already seen it, you can find my Top 10 Folk Tales in Fiction here . It's already

Of Unsung Dreams & British Lore

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As is often the case with this blog, I'm writing this later than I originally intended. For the past four weeks I've been crowdfunding my latest anthology, This Dreaming Isle , with Unsung Stories over at Kickstarter. This blog piece was intended as a promotion for the book, but we're already close to the final whistle... in some cases, by the time you read this it may already be over. All too often, real life (and work) gets in the way. If you do come to this later, you'll find This Dreaming Isle over at the Unsung Stories website . But if you catch it in time - please consider backing us on Kickstarter ! If you read my blog, you'll already know my views on how great crowdfunding has been for anthologies .   This Dreaming Isle has already had a huge amount of interest, with Nina Allan kindly saying that it "may come to be seen as a landmark in the field". Then there's the stellar lineup we have, including horror legend Ramsey Campbell and Cos

Independence Daze: Indie Publishing and the Importance of Awards

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If you're part of the right circles on social media, you'll have noticed an increased buzz recently around the Saboteur Awards, and the Republic of Consciousness. Both seek - in very different ways - to recognise and reward independent publishers, magazines, writers and artists, the heroes who are working outside of the mainstream, and sometimes out of sight. There are those who will try to convince you that this is largely an exercise in self-congratulation, a small circle of people smugly patting each other on the back. They are wrong. Independent publishing has shown (yet again) in recent years that it's vital to the continuation of the literary novel, and short stories. Will Self may be sounding the death knell of the novel for the third or fourth time, but you only have to take a glance at the catalogue of Galley Beggar , say, or And Other Stories , so see that it's alive and well - it just isn't living in Random Penguin Towers. The novel isn't ill,