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Craig Leyenaar

Forbidden Planet Events and How We Run Them

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work for the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer? Last year I was lucky enough to secure a job working at Forbidden Planet’s head office.

I work closely with Danie Ware and together (with Danie in the lead), we run all the marketing and events for all nine Forbidden Planet stores and the website. We also represent Forbidden Planet at cons and other events. It’s a fantastic job, getting to work with books and merchandise that I love! But there’s a lot more to running the events than most people imagine. Here, I interview Danie about how we run our events…

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Beyond the Gatekeeper: The Road to Publication

You want to be published? Then you will need to brave the den of that mysterious beast—the publishing house—where chances are you will be facing down the Commissioning Editor. Gatekeepers of your dreams, they’re the Judge Dredd of the publishing industry. The numbers alone speak for their efficacy: hundreds, even thousands of manuscripts submitted a year; and only a few are judged worthy of publication.

This is how it appears to us on the outside, but is it really true?

We were lucky enough to convince one such gatekeeper to come up to the University of Warwick and talk to us about the publishing process from writing to agency submission to editing and publication.

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