Roundy Update

Time for a whistle-stop tour round the life of Gav and Dennis and associated miscreants.

First of all, a hearty congratulations to my pal and fellow author Graham McNeill, for winning the David Gemmell Legends award last Friday. I’d say it couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke, but I’ve met him… Only kidding, Big Man!

It is also appropriate that I give my much-delayed thanks for the organisers of Alt.Fiction, which I attended a couple of weekends ago. It was good to meet some of my fellow Angry Robot authors, plus numerous other folk from this business we call writing, including the (in)famous Ian Watson. All-in-all I had a great day, and wish everyone involved my best wishes for future events.

Also I should say thanks to the folks of GW Bristol for the signing last Saturday, and another hello to Chris Wraight. I hope the wolf-wrangling goes well, mate.

What have I been up to since the last update? Mostly, editing and writing. I received the copy-edit back for The Crown of the Blood, which thankfully picked up a few continuity gaffes I had allowed through. Much appreciated. A mix up of manuscript versions threatened to put a big spanner in the works, but the Compare Documents function of MSWord came to the rescue; along with two days of re-entering changes. As far as I know, that’s it for TCOTB for me, until I get my greasy little paws on some sample copies. With classic British understatement, let me just say that I’m looking forward to that moment.

I had my first Horus Heresy meeting with the Black Library last week. Now that I’ve learnt the secret handshakes and the codewords, I’ve been made privy to the great secrets of the 30th millennium. I can’t say too much at the moment (because I don’t know all that much and most of what I know is speculative and vague) but I can confirm that I will be joining the series with a novel. Whether or not that novel might follow-up on events of the Raven’s Flight audiobook, I shall leave to your rampant speculation for the moment. By the end of the day, I was buzzing with ideas and it is in a great part thanks to the other authors at the table – cheers Aaron, Dan, Graham and Jim (as well as the non-writers present). First tricky job: come up with a title for the book.

I’ve been chugging away through The Crown of the Conqueror since then (it’s weird to see books up on Amazon and the like that I’ve not even written yet!). It’s terribly behind schedule, but thanks to the break in the Angry Robot releases due to the reorganisation, I don’t think anyone has noticed yet. My routine has been turned around a bit recently, with most of the writing happening in the morning, leaving me free to watch the FIFA World Cup in the afternoon. Here’s hoping England actually turn up this afternoon…

I can’t get too slack though. After The Crown of the Conqueror I need to do some synopsis work (Path of the Seer and the third AR book, The Crown of the Usurper). No dallying around for me this summer, because I’ll be launching into Caledor after that. The Sundering has been gaining lots of fans, so I need to make sure this final installment is everything people are expecting and more. No pressure, then? And somewhere amongst that lot I’ll be getting the copy-edit of The Purging of Kadillus. Hopefully there’ll not be too much to do with that.

Right, time to resurrect an ancient, dead empire and raze a city. See you on the flip side.

Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 10:09 am  Comments (5)  

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  1. Glad your doing a HH book Gav, I’m sure whatever part you pick in the Heresy I’m sure it will be good.


  2. “Whether or not that novel might follow-up on events of the Raven’s Flight audiobook, I shall leave to your rampant speculation for the moment”..

    ..bloody well better do !

    (re)read Path of the Warrior this week, I would have to say I had my worries but you not only killed them but made me feel bad for having them in the first place. definitely one of, if not the, strongest of your works IMO, when I get a chance I’ll be posting up some reviews and general praise here and there, can’t wait for the sequel.


  3. Glad to hear youre on board for More HH. Ravens Flight was the first audiobook I’ve bought, loved it – really nicely paced action scenes!


  4. Path of the Warrior is on its way in the mail and I’m excited to hear that you’re going to write a HH book. Also I was trying to pick up Crown of the Blood on Amazon and it says limited/out of print so I may have to try ebay or something.


    • Hi,

      Due to reorganisation at Angry Robot, the release of The Crown of the Blood has been put back. That’s probably why you haven’t been able to lay your hands on it. Try again at the end of September…




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