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!


Another example of time flying by.  The first of these French re-packaged paperback editions of the first Orcs trilogy was published on 17th October 2018 (books two and three came out on 14th and 28th November respectively).  I’ve had a number of French editions of both trilogies with different covers, and these, although not my absolute favourites, seem to have proved quite popular.




I’ve always worked with books in one way or another, and before I took the plunge and became a full-time writer in 1980 I acted as manager in three London bookshops.  (We’re talking the 1970s here.  Time flying again.)  The first, Bookends, in Notting Hill, I co-owned with partners Richard Lawton and the late, much missed Steve Moore.  After that I managed Dark They Were and Golden Eyed, at that time Europe’s biggest sf/comics store, and finally I became Forbidden Planet’s first manager at what was then the sole branch, in Denmark Street.