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!


My wife Anne and myself were fortunate enough to realise an ambition in September/October when we got to spend a couple of weeks in Hong Kong and Macau.  I could turn out several thousand words relating what was an incredible adventure, and have been asked by an online literary blog to do just that.  If I find the time to fit it into my schedule I’ll post a link here.

For now, I’d like to say a few words about Hong Kong author Jin Yong.

Jin Yong is virtually unknown in the UK, though he’s one of the world’s best-selling fantasy novelists.  Writing in the Wuxia genre (martial arts, chivalry and magic) the 15 books he wrote between 1955 and 1972 alone have sold over 100 million copies, and the mythology he created is arguably on a par with Tolkien’s.

At 93 years old, Jin Yong is the biggest-selling living Chinese author.  His works have been adapted into films, TV series, newspaper strips, comicbooks, graphic novels and video games, and generated numerous merchandising items.  He was awarded an OBE and even has an asteroid named after him (10930 Jinyong)!

Some of his books have been published in the US, and a couple in the UK (Oxford University Press) but he seems to have made little impression in the West beyond a coterie of admirers.  British publishers tend to shy away from publishing translations, particularly from Chinese, but it might be worth one of them taking a look at this phenomenon.