Monday is here and that means we have another interview! The guest of honour on the blog today is Gav Thorpe, game designer and author extraordinaire. As he himself says in this in-depth interview, he has been with Games Workshop’s two settings for a long, long time and he has racked up a credits list like few others in that time.
He is most famous for his Last Chancers novels which star a remarkable Penal Legion regiment of the Imperial Guard, his Path of the Eldar novels which give some of the most in-depth look into this ancient elder race of the galaxy, his Slaves to Darkness trilogy which was written in the early days of the Old World and many, many others. He has also written rulesets and lore for a variety of factions in both settings, particularly the mid-generation rules.
He has enjoyed great success with his work over the years and the future looks bright for him. Let’s see what the man himself has to say.
It is no secret that in the last four-five years, digital publishing has literally exploded and has quickly become a dominant factor in the book publishing industry. Whether it is indie authors self-publishing their work or the various traditional publishers, both big and small, transferring their dead-tree versions to the digital medium. There has even been the entry of publishers who only put out digital products. Undeniably, Amazon has led this revolution with its Kindle Books, its Kindle eReader and its strong, often ruthless, practices where digital book formats are concerned. Amazon is currently the goliath of the publishing industry and it doesn’t look like that will be changing any time soon. However, Barnes & Noble is on the rise as well with its Nook eReader and Apple is also taking tentative steps towards it thanks to their iPad tablets and their recent iBooks Author publishing app.
So where does all of this leave an aspiring writer? Well, the answer is pretty complicated and unfortunately too extensive and contentious a topic to be discussed in depth on this blog. All, the same, I would like to offer some tips and strategies to all aspiring writers who, like me, wish to break into the industry as bona fide authors and want to do so successfully.
A new year is just around the corner and for a lot of people here on the Bolthole and a few on the other Games Workshop/Black Library fan forums, that means it is going to be time to start working on a new set of submissions, whether they be novels or short stories. Of course, some people like yours truly have already started on it.
Given that, I thought I would discuss something that I know is relevant to a lot of people out there. At the outset, I would like to say that my post here is only the tip of the iceberg and that there is more to it than just the words that are going to follow but I intend this post to be a somewhat introductory one. Hope you all enjoy!