Hello there, welcome to the blog-cum-website of the Gumbee Fantasy Writers’ Guild. We’re not quite sure what to do with it yet but for now, let’s re-iterate who we are and why we’re here.

The Gumbee Fantasy Writers Guild

The idea behind the Guild is that it should be a mark of quality. We like having fun. Whether or not we write funny books, we consider a sense of humour to be a sign of erudition and all round civilisation. Not all the members of the GFWG write funny books but we all write Fantasy of a decent standard, and we all like a joke.

  1. We aim to make membership to the GFWG a quality standard. Books tagged with the Guild label should be a fun or good read – or both. There’s a lot of dross out there. So, the idea is that you can look up books tagged ‘Gumbee Fantasy Writers Guild’ (Amazon won’t let us put the apostrophe after the s) and find some that are… well… not dross.
  2. Fantasy is a pretty broad category which stretches into Sci Fi and the fuzzy boundary area between
  3. We understand that our readers do not want to feel duped, ripped off or generally disrespected. We therefore pledge to behave honourably. Gumbee Fantasy authors will never use sock puppet accounts or big up our own or each others’ books with fake reviews or reviews that do not express our genuine opinions. Nor will we leave poor reviews of the work of other authors on purely personal grounds – those of us who write will endeavour to only write reviews that reflect our genuine opinion about the quality of the book; nothing else counts. We will not knowingly plug our books in the wrong places, unless we’re being ironic.

How do I get to be a member?

To be a member you must have the following for most of your books.
A four or five star review from an Amazon Top 1000 reviewer
An equivalent review from some other recognised reviewer.
Because these can take some time to get, an author whose work is considered suitable by three members named below

Jim Webster
MT McGuire
Will Macmillan Jones

Can be classed as an acting member until such time as the proper reviews happen.

A list of guild members can be found here



Filed under Gumbee Fantasy Writers' Guild

14 responses to “Welcome

  1. thesilentblade

    Hi all. As one of the original members of the guild I am very happy to see our new blog / web page up and running. This is very exciting, especially as I finally managed to find my way to it. Let’s make this a place a worthy site for both authors and our readers alike.

  2. David Staniforth

    As one of the newer members of the guild, still finding my feet in the world of e-publishing, I’d like to say a big thank you to all the guild members who have welcomed me into their writing community. Hope the sight is enjoyed by writers and readers alike.

    • thesilentblade

      Hi David, and welcome. I think the more we put on here the better, and hope that this gets out there to a much wider world than we are used to on the forums

  3. I agree with Davie. Hello and welcome to both of you! 😉



    • thesilentblade

      hello Maam… or do we call you Miss MTM. You are the boss, remember, so us underlings need to have a title for our leader… or will “Leader” do?
      Oh, and i see my winged horse avi is up there, thank you for that, Leader 🙂

      • Leader my arse! I’m just the lady with the plate, the spoon and the can of sardines trying to herd the cats. Davie you are incorrigable… hmm… have I spelled that right? Probably not. Phnark.

  4. Nice and shiny new website!! Thanks for including me.

  5. thesilentblade

    Hi Shirley, and welcome.
    MTM ( Maam ), i don’t really like sardines, can we have jelly babies too ?
    Also, are we allowed to post stuff about our books on here… links etc ?

    • Davie, people looking for our books are meant to be going to the addy on our members page at the moment… I’d like to get a books by us page going or possibly a gumbee guild recommends with our books and books we have enjoyed by other authors.



  6. thesilentblade

    Ah ok… told you i didn’t know much about these bloggy things

  7. MTM, you’re a star! This place is already starting to feel like home.

  8. marcuspailing

    Glad finally to be part of this blog! Hello, everyone.

  9. Right, how are we going to make this place a bit more lively now we’re here?

    • D’you want to contribute a fight scene to our series? I’ll e-mail you an invite so you can post it. I agree we need to have stuff going on though. Lots of it. Right now it’s two posts a week but two weeks ago, this wasn’t even here! So small beginnings I guess.



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