Nov 19 2012

Welcome to the future of publishing


Welcome to the Fantastic Books Publishing website. Our goal is to offer well-informed, friendly advice about how to turn your carefully crafted manuscript into a print and/or electronic publication.

Please have a look around. You’ll find our bookstore, wonderful resources for writers and publishers, a page containing our submission guidelines and process chart (with free download if you would rather keep them for reference), details of our upcoming and past competitions (including a winner’s circle) and some of the more common FAQs that we receive.

There’s also a contact sheet to get in touch and a little bit about who we are and what motivates us.

To keep up-to-date with helpful tips and information about our competitions, please subscribe to our newsletter. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions or just to say hello—we’d love to hear from you.

Just imagine,

Daniel and Gabi

A huge thank you to the talented girls and boys at for their work on our website. Their incredible insight and industry knowledge made us feel completely at ease and we LOVE what they have done for us.

If you have any comments/suggestions about our site, please get in touch. We’d love to know what you think.

Oct 01 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #10 – Indie Cinema

Independent Film CinemaHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about  our Independent Film Cinema.

Hull has been named the European City of Culture for 2017 and between now and then it is our intention to highlight all the wonderfully creative things and people that have come out of Hull over the many years it has been a creative hub.

What’s that? You didn’t know that Hull shaped the British film industry? Many people don’t.

Think of the Carry On films or the Doctor series of comedies, both creators of which were born in Hull. And here’s another big name you may not have associated with the city, J Arthur Rank, whose Rank Organisation became a behemoth of film-making and distribution, another legend born in Hull. 

So, with the creative energies of the City spooling up for the City of Culture year in 2017, we thought it only fair to showcase some of the short film making talent on offer by running an independent film cinema. 

It is a small, marquee covered area inside the convention with a dozen seats, a large TV  showing a looping show reel of films from creatives not only from Hull and the surrounding area but from all over the country too. Got a short film you’d like considered? Send it to us and we’ll consider it for the convention!

On Sunday evening during the Fantastic Awards Ceremony, we will be giving awards for; ‘most innovative’, ‘professional production’ and ‘best film’.

As we intend to showcase new and rising talent, we are not charging these film makers to take part. All we ask is that they send us their very best work and we will make a decision whether it makes it into the final showreel or not. 

We are also lucky enough to now have multi-award winning film maker Rob McLellan who has not only kindly allowed us to show his short film ‘Abe’ at the convention on the big screen but will also join us on stage afterwards for a chat about his work and career in the independent film industry.

The Independent cinema is a very proud addition to the convention for us and we thanks all the film makers for sending us your films, we are sure we will have to make some heart breaking decisions when the time comes to compile the final showreel.

Keep on creating and we’ll keep on shouting about your work to the masses!

Just Imagine

Sep 24 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #9 – Exclusive book launches

Book LaunchesHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about  our Exclusive Book Launches.

Simon Fisher-Becker‘s autobiography ‘My Dalek has a puncture’ is launching at the convention but you’ve already heard all about that in last week’s miniblog. Needless to say, he will be chatting to fans and signing copies of his book at the convention before he performs his one man show for you all on both evenings.

Drew Wagar, heavyweight of the hard Science Fiction genre and best selling official Elite: Dangerous author, will be launching the first in his much anticipated Shadeward Saga, Shadeward: Emanation. How is life living on a tidally locked planet, the surface either drenched in constant sunlight or frozen in perpetual night? How can a society function when confined to the hazy edges of these extreme environments? When society can turn on the whim of a star, how can it truly function? Due to popular request, Drew will be giving a reading from his book at the convention but we’ll save news of that for a later miniblog as it’s a bit special. 

Fantasy and science fiction author, FBP best seller and technology correspondent for the BBC Kate Russell, although not launching a book at the event, will be giving you an exclusive listen to her next project ‘The Bookkeeper’s Guide to Practical Sourcery’ and introducing you all to, among others, a delightful young chap named Henry Noble.

Next is John Scotcher who will be launching his book ‘The Boy in Winter’s Grasp’. An incredible fantasy tale centering on a centuries old power struggle and a boy’s battle to first accept his part in and then master his role within it. A Fantastic read and a must for any Harry Potter fans missing that spark of magic in their lives.

Stuart Aken is launching his dystopian Science Fiction tale the Methuselah Strain in beautiful hardback format. The tale is one of a post apocalyptic society heavily dependent on automatons and AI. Will Luce find what she’s looking for in a sea of false perfection and uncaring technology?

Many a Fantastic book is being launched at this year’s FantastiCon. We hope you are looking forward to witnessing their arrival first hand!

Just Imagine

Sep 17 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #8 – Simon Fisher Becker’s one man show

Simon Fisher-BeckerHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about  Simon Fisher-Becker’s one man show.

Simon is a stalwart of stage and screen and has appeared in both Dr Who and Harry Potter playing Dorium Maldovar and the Fat Friar respectively.

He has travelled the world performing his one man show ‘My Dalek has a puncture’ to packed houses in venues in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand. 

As Simon will be launching his autobiography of the same name at FantastiCon this year he has been kind enough to allow us to offer you something really special.

Included in your FantastiCon ticket, you get to enjoy not only Simon’s first show on Saturday evening but also an EXCLUSIVE first look at his second show ‘My Dalek has another puncture’ on Sunday evening. 

‘My Dalek has another puncture’ has never been performed anywhere so it’s a real treat to have this gift from Simon to give to you all.

Our headline act and one of many exclusives at this year’s FantastiCon!

Just Imagine 

Sep 10 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #7 – Board, Tabletop and RPG Gaming

Tabletop GamingHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about the Board, Tabletop and RPG Gaming.

We’ve all played the classic board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Ludo, Chess, Snakes and Ladders. We’ve also enjoyed tabletop games like Poker, Yahtzee, Uno and Roulette.

But who among us has played Role Playing Games? An occasional dip into the world of Dungeons and Dragons? A ‘choose your own path’ adventure story perhaps?

Well fear not because with Dave Hughes, creator of the Elite: Encounters RPG, you are in safe hands. He has trained a handful of trusted games masters to lead games at FantastiCon for up to 8 people at a time. If you are very lucky you may find yourself at a table where Dave will be leading (or GMing) himself.

Darren Grey will also be bringing Carcassonne, a beautifully simple yet devilishly strategic game which involves building up a world using tiles and placing different types of people in various positions to control certain areas. Farmers harvest crops, monks look after monasteries, others control waterways and bridges. An excellent game which will be played all weekend by someone (including our CEO Dan who is in love with the game already after seeing it on Will Wheaton’s internet gaming show ‘Tabletop’).

There is also a chance that Mike Snoswell will be bringing along his Elite themed monopoly and Colin Ford with his Elite themed X-Wing, both massively popular at LaveCon.

From Elite: Encounters, Warhammer 40k and Dungeons and Dragons to Carcassonne, Top Trumps, Dr Who and the Thunderbirds board game, there will be plenty to keep even the pickiest of board gamers busy at FantastiCon

Just Imagine

Sep 03 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #6 – Retro Gaming

Retro GamingHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about the Retro Gaming.

What is retro gaming? Well, retro gaming is an opportunity to play the games we used to play back in the golden age of console computing. 

From the Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the SNES to the Spectrum, Atari, Sega MegaDrive and Saturn, retro gaming machines are fun, entertaining and remind us just how far gaming has come.

Single screen shoot ‘em ups ramp up the action as screen after screen fills with bad guys to test your mettle.

Scrolling games like Outrun with Hiroshi Kawaguchi’s iconic music to accompany, and we quote, ‘road racing realism’.

In the mid 80s a new breed of game appeared, an ‘open world’ or ‘sandbox’ game which utilised procedural generation to create huge playable areas in tiny amounts of computing space. The first of these was the space trading game Elite.

Never a fan of gaming? You’ll recognise some of these names we’re sure; Pacman, Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pong, Space Invaders, Colecovision, Prince of Persia.

Ambassador Sam Stanley (16-Bit Sam) will be on hand to help you step back into gaming history and bring back those wonderful, if occasionally frustrating memories from your childhood.

Also, Sam will be running a 4-way MarioKart knockout competition, the winner of which will win an ORIGINAL Gameboy as well as being named ‘MarioKart Champion’ during Sunday evening’s Fantastic Awards Ceremony!

Insert coin for credits? Not at FantastiCon, everything’s free!

Just Imagine

Aug 27 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #5 – Virtual Reality at the convention

VR at FantastiCon

Hi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about the Virtual Reality.

Virtual reality, the total immersion of yourself into another, virtual world. Is it possible? How does it really feel?

Well, now you have the chance to find out. 

From smart phone based devices from I AM CARDBOARD to super sophisticated headsets like the Oculus Rift, you’ll get to experience the cutting edge of virtual reality.

There are two types of experiences on offer. The first is a passive experience where you are sat in a chair and asked to simply pay attention as a scenario plays out all around you. Among those being showcased will be a short but very impressive app called ‘Sisters’ by Robyn Gray. Film your friends as they have their senses tested by this clever little VR app which was brought to our attention by BBC Click and Kate Russell.

The second type of experience is a fully interactive one and is showcased best, in our humble opinion, by the space trading game Elite: Dangerous using the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset. 

Prepare to have your mind blown as you take control of your very own spacecraft and fly through asteroid belts, battle pirates, dock in orbital space stations and generally get sucked into an incredibly believable and high definition galaxy brought to us by the team at Frontier Developments. Look around your cockpit, track enemies as they fly over your canopy simply by looking at them and open and navigate screens simply by looking at your console until they magically appear.

All in all, whether using the budget headsets or the Oculus Rift, this is an experience not to be missed.

Come join the fun and sample a virtual world using the best in cutting edge virtual reality tech!

Rarely has a company tag line been more appropriate…

Just Imagine

Aug 20 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #4 – Food and Drink at the convention

Food and DrinkHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about the Food and Drink.

Seems a little mundane a subject this one but don’t worry, it’s about to get interesting.

As the free biscuits and soft drinks went down so well last year we have decided to do the same again!

However, this year we are not restricted to using only the products available at the venue and so the selection will be much more fun and varied.

So far we have added Jammy Dodgers, Nice, Coconut rings, Bourbon and Custard Creams, Hobnobs and pink wafers to the biscuit list. We welcome any more suggestions.

For soft drinks we have fresh orange, apple and pineapple juice and still and sparkling water. We also have fizzy, sugar packed drinks for those who prefer them including Coke, Orangeade, Lemonade, Dandelion and Burdock and Cherryade. Cushty Coffee have really great coffee and tea also, although you will have to pay for this yourself. Just head to the Robin Reliant sitting right in the main room (no, really, we’re not kidding!)

Everything will be available on a drinks and snacks table inside the convention for you to go and help yourself. It will be replenished regularly throughout  the weekend.

Hot meals can be bought from the Country Park Inn itself which has a lovely, inexpensive restaurant right next door to the convention (you don’t even have to go outside);

Breakfast times on SATURDAY 24th – 9.30am until 12pm
Main meal times on SATURDAY 24th – 12pm until 8.40pm

Breakfast times on SATURDAY 25th – 9.30am until 12pm
Main meal times on SATURDAY 25th – 12pm until 7.40pm

Alternatively there are lots of eateries a short cab ride away from the convention. If you fancy venturing into Hull (about ten minutes drive away) you might fancy popping into the Dutch Pancake House opposite the train station. Take the flyer from your delegate bag with you for a 10% discount.

Food and drink at the convention? We’ve got you covered.

See you there!

Just Imagine

Aug 13 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #3 – NERF War

NERF warHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about the NERF war.

Each evening, at around 8pm, we will be shutting down one side of the convention for about 15 minutes and setting up a one hour NERF war. This will include targets, sound, light and observation by our judges who will be awarding ‘outstanding NERF warrior’ and ‘most convincing death’ awards at the Fantastic Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening.

Now, NERF weapons may well shoot bits of sponge with tiny, innocent looking plastic tips on them but please do not be fooled by their apparent innocence.


It doesn’t hurt as much as, say, a paint ball and we would be very surprised to hear if anyone came away from the war with bruises but this is not a game for the little ones, this is a pitched battle involving hundreds of pieces of high velocity ammunition pinging off a variety of body parts at a variety of comedy angles.


It will be fun, it will be high octane and, at times, we are sure it will be merciless.

Join the battle for FantastiCon each night at 8pm in the main room.

You will need long sleeves, a high pain threshold and a good aim.

You have been warned.


Just Imagine

Aug 06 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #2 – Bravery at the convention

icosplayHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about bravery.

That may seem like a strange topic for a miniblog but all will become clear…

The reference to bravery is in relation to all you wonderful cosplayers out there.

Cosplay at FantastiCon last year was a wonderful excuse for many people to put on outfits and come to the convention. However, for some folks putting on an outfit and heading out into the big wide world is more than just a day out, it is an excuse to push past personal demons like paranoia, anxiety and depression.

Many of our core team have suffered with various of these so called ‘invisible illnesses’ for many years and find cosplaying the perfect way to get out into the world and meet like minded people.

We love cosplayers and we absolutely insist on a warm, welcoming friendly environment for them to enjoy.

Therefore, we have implemented a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on bullying at the convention. Anyone found to be bullying, either by disparaging comments or by any other means, will be ejected from the convention immediately and will not be allowed re-entry.

We totally support the efforts of a wonderful anti-bullying campaign called ‘i-cosplay‘, who we are proud to represent throughout the convention.

So, if you’re thinking of cosplaying for the convention for a chance to win the cash prizes on offer, come one come all, we’ve got your back!

Just Imagine

Aug 02 2015

FantastiCon miniblog #1 – Accessibility at the convention

FantastiCon miniblog #1 - AccessibilityHi everyone!

For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.

Today’s miniblog is all about accessibility.

Hearing impairment;

Along with the visual extravaganza of hundreds of cosplayers, Deaf attendees have loads to do at FantastiCon.

From gaming and VR experiences, a chance to pilot a Dalek, meeting the stars, perusing the many collectables tables or even braving the NERF war, there is nothing stopping members of the deaf community enjoying everything the convention has to offer.

Thanks to equipment sponsored by Gorjuss Art Ltd, T-loop systems will be in place to allow our deaf attendees to not only enjoy the stage talks at convention but also to participate in tabletop gaming too. Profoundly deaf visitors will benefit from thoughtful stage lighting designed to aid lip reading.

Hearing dogs are welcome :)

Physical impairment;

The convention welcomes everyone and we have chosen the venue this year because over 95% of the activities on offer are happening on one level in the main exhibition space of the Country Park Inn.

Only the Artemis Bridge Simulator is upstairs as due to its loud and smoke filled nature it would have disrupted the rest of the convention. However, if you are able to climb 30 stairs, you are welcome to join a team and join the experience!

With the exception of the Bridge Simulator, everywhere is wheelchair accessible and there are ample toilet facilities (two WCs in each of the two rooms). 

If you have a helper or assistant who will be staying with you to help around the convention, please get in touch when buying your tickets and we will add them to the guest list for free.

Sight impairment;

The convention welcomes members of the blind community.

As a visitor you can expect to enjoy live book readings, live Q&A panels, audiobook excerpts, meet the stars, retro gaming with feedback controllers, narrative based tabletop RPG gaming (with a dedicated Games Master) and hundreds of friendly faces to help get you around the convention.

Seeing eye dogs are welcome :)

When it comes to FantastiCon 2015, everybody is welcome and encouraged to come enjoy the fun.

See you all there!

Just Imagine

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