Advice for Writers from Writers – Part Three

For our third collection of #gollanczfest authors providing suggestions and advice on how to be a writer, we welcome Elizabeth Bear, Stan Nicholls, Alex Lamb and Joanne Harris. If you missed the first two parts, click here and here.   Elizabeth Bear: The editor is actually rooting for you to pull it off. Don’t disappoint her. And don’t treat her as an adversary, because she’s not. Get up and stretch and walk around every 50 minutes. Make sure your desk is low enough not to cause wrist and shoulder damage. Hydrate. Back up daily to a new file and two…

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See you at Nineworlds GeekFest

This weekend sees the first Nineworlds GeekFest convention in Heathrow, and Gollancz authors – and staff – are there for the whole weekend. Nineworlds is a “large fan-run multi-genre geek event in London”, with strands dedicated to books, comics, gaming, Doctor Who, Tolkien, Steampunk, Game of Thrones and many many more. Here’s a breakdown of where and when you can find us (cheerfully stolen from the Nineworlds website at www.nineworlds.co.uk). Do come and say hello if you’re there, or tweet @gollancz with your thoughts on the programme, our contributions, or just in general! The Gollancz authors and staff are bolded below,…

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The David Gemmell Awards 2012

Last Friday evening the Science Fiction and Fantasy community assembled in the Magic Circle Headquarters, in magnificent attire, for the fourth David Gemmell Legend Award. The venue promised a magical evening, and magical it was. Publishers, authors and bloggers galore had gathered to celebrate fantasy literature and commemorate David Gemmell’s enduring contribution to the genre and, fortified with champagne, we did. The award ceremony kicked off with a reading from Waylander by Anne Nicholls and then smoothly moved on to a spirited auction for original artwork, limited edition books and a unique collection of fantasy and SF novelists signatures amongst…

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The Gemmell Awards 2012

Today we’re thrilled to have another guest blogger on the blog. Following the delightful Pornokitsch joining us to talk about the ethos behind their award, today we have Stan Nicholls, Chairman of the David Gemmell Legend Awards, with a little bit about how the award came about, and what it’s designed to do. And watch this space! The David Gemmell Legend Award Shortlists are announced on Sunday! When David Gemmell died on 28th July 2006, aged 57, his friends and colleagues sought a way to honour his life and work. The consensus was to create an award in Gemmell’s name;…

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Everything Unscrews

It’s obvious, isn’t it? Literature reflects events in the real world, and is influenced by them. Except for science fiction and fantasy, which have nothing to tell us about the human condition or the state of our culture. That’s the judgement of people who never read the stuff; the supercilious commentators, and the self-appointed arbiters of the dying Fourth Estate. Whereas those who do read and write in these genres know they are among the best interpreters, and always have been. Frankenstein, the point at which sf emerged as a discrete branch of fantasy, marked the beginning of the discord…

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