The David Gemmell
Awards for Fantasy



Note to aspiring writers
It’s always good to hear from you, and I’m more than happy to answer your questions about the craft of writing and the publishing business if I can.  What I can’t do is undertake to read/critique your manuscript.  Nor can I help you find a publisher or agent.  Sorry, but if I said yes to the many requests I get I’d spend all my time reading your work and never doing my own.  The best advice I can offer if you want to be a writer is … write.  A lot.  And read copiously too, to learn from the way others do it. 
Good luck!


I’ve mentioned in previous updates that, along with Anne Nicholls, I’ll be at Innominate, this year’s Eastercon.  I now know that I’ll be participating in two programme items.

The first is a panel:  SF Infrastructure and Engineering“Sun orbital flights, mag-lev high speed trains, undersea communities, floating cities ...  Pournelle, Heinlein, Harrison and Anderson are just some of the authors who have included big infrastructure in the backdrop to their stories.  Where is this infrastructure in reality?  In what ways may the lack of such developments have impacted upon authors today?”
The panel consists of Andrew Bannister, John Bray, Janet Edwards and myself, with Simon Morden moderating. 
It takes place 19:00 - 20:00 on Friday 14th April, in the Gladstone room at the Hilton NEC Metropole.

I’ll also be doing a signing on Sunday 16th April.  That’s at 16:00 - 16:45 in the Dealers Room (Palace room, Hilton NEC Metropole).

Innominate is the 68th British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon) which is being held over the Easter weekend 14 to 17 April 2017, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.  The guests of honour are author Pat Cadigan, artist Judith Clute and fan and convention runner Colin Harris.  Innominate’s website is here