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How to be an author, by guest writer David Guymer – Part Four


Alternative Realities

David Guymer, best selling author for the Black Library, the Godfather of Gotrek and Felix has kindly written a guest blog for us. This is part four.

Editors and why they’re better than you

What works in my own head doesn’t necessarily play in anyone else’s, and it’s important to note that the two examples above are finished versions that will have been through the editors and returned with suggestions. And because I’m a writer that wants very much to keep on writing, I do something very counter-intuitive and subversive here – I do exactly what the editor asks and incorporate their suggestions.

Crazy I realise, but the tales I hear suggests that not every would-be writer breaks the mould of the expected editor-author relationship quite like I do.

By all means talk over ideas or make alternative suggestions, but they’re the ones whose job it is to turn your…

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Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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