I have a huge unfair advantage over other struggling fantasy authors, because I've read Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle. Beagle gives a storytelling masterclass, and plants images in your head that you'll carry around for ages.
Genre publishing has taken some hard hits in recent years — but a slew of independent publishers is still out there, charting the unknown regions of book publishing and keeping your reading lists weird. Here are our favorite indy presses.
You've got all these smaller groups in the field that are no longer able to really talk to each other, so there's less of a central conversation... You can't just stick a rocketship on the cover of a book and expect it to sell. That'll work for the Hard SF readership, but that's not going to sell thousands of copies.…