Hello and welcome to the holiday edition of the Fantastic blog!
We hope you have all had a wonderful winter break and are enjoying that lovely feeling of knowing there’s a full year until the next mad rush!
So how has 2015 treated us? Well, what a few months it’s been. We’ve been looking forward to telling you all about the awesome happenings here at FBP HQ and finally, now the dust has finally began to settle, we can!
So, to begin let us formerly introduce the Red Room Studio to the FBP fold. Once a mere stock room, this beautiful deep red space has been completely refurbished and is now a one room Studio that has already had such stellar stars as Penelope McDonald, Chris Dows and Harry grace its microphone (ok, ok, Harry is our CEO’s 9yr old son who recorded some promotional stuff, but he’s still a star). From radio adverts (mainly for Hutton Orbital Radio, an excellent online radio station that we urge you all to start listening to) to short horror and science fiction pieces to fully fledged audiobooks, we are very proud of the Red Room and the team behind it who as we blog are busily producing various Fantastic Shorts for your audible enjoyment. The first two, read by Penelope McDonald, are available right now from our store!
In the main the studio will be used to produce Fantastic Shorts meaning you get your Fantastic audio awesomeness much sooner than having to wait for a full audio novel and at a much more competitive price. Our Fantastic Shorts for example, whose running times are between 5 and 15 minutes, retail through the Fantastic Bookstore from the stellar sum of just £0.99 per download! The audio book market is a large and growing sector and we want to stake our claim by supplying you with Fantastic audio at affordable prices. We look forward to continuing our crusade so show us some love and we’ll continue to release Fantastic work to the world.
Next on the agenda comes the holidays and news of our winter releases.
First, sticking with the audio theme, we are very proud to announce that two of our Elite: Dangerous titles (John Harper’s Elite: And Here The Wheel and the anthology of 15 stories Elite: Tales From The Frontier) are now available via Audible and that the remaining two (Drew Wagar’s Elite: Reclamation and Kate Russell’s Elite: Mostly Harmless) will be available in the next few days.
Our esteemed leader Dan has decided to flood you lucky folks with new releases over the holidays and is releasing not one but THREE titles into the world within the first few days of 2016!
Below are three of many projects in the pipeline including new audio, fantasy, autobiographies and continuing science fiction.
And so, without further ado and in no particular order as they are all Fantastic, our 2016 January releases are;
Poet John Connor’s third collection which he is publishing as a tribute to his wife Sam who he sadly lost earlier this year after a brave battle with cancer. Filled with heartfelt pieces to help deal with grief and loss, the collection carries some of John’s most well known and inspirational poems including some that have been seen millions all over the world.
Next comes news of a classic reborn, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s children’s classic ‘The Little Prince’. The Fantastic Books Publishing version comes replete with the original artwork drawn and coloured by the author and has a new translation from the late Alan Wakeman. We will be releasing the Little Prince in the new year. Alan spoke to our CEO about why he felt a new translation was necessary;
‘I approached the family and asked their permission to release a new translation of Antoine’s work and they agreed that the translation I had worked so tirelessly on was as respectful and accurate a translation as they had seen. It was then I knew I had to release this version and continue the dreams that had so influenced my childhood when I first read this beautiful book.’ This is Alan’s second publication with us and, although published posthumously, Alan’s proceeds will be given to his estate and his charitable contribution will be donated to a charity that looks after the welfare of older members of the LGBT community in his beloved Soho.
And finally… Walt Pilcher’s excellent, hilarious and ground breaking collection ‘On Shallowed Ground’ or, to give it its full title, ‘On Shallowed Ground including Dr Barker’s Scientific Metamorphical Prostate Health Formula® and Other Stories, Poems, Comedy and Dark Matter from the Center of the Universe’. The collection is as side splitting as it is intelligent. It will be available the first week of 2016 as an ebook so prepare your ereaders for some excellent comedy. We’re very proud of this one and have been sitting on it like Smaug for many weeks. Please prepare your best corsets and neck braces for the incoming hilarity!
And so, as the leftovers from lunch beckon and you hopefully all settle down to a cozy, relaxing and restful evening it only remains for us to say a huge thanks to you all for being so Fantastic!
Happy holidays everybody!
The Fantastic Books Publishing team