I'll begin with some really good news on a cold and damp day. Candy Nevill, my fourth title, is set to arrive at the end of this month (c. 30 November) and I'm really looking forward to posting out the pre-ordered copies. Republishing rare and interesting work keeps me happy and in business, but it's slightly more special to have found an unpublished manuscript and put it together. I feel relieved and grateful and ready to stuff padded envelopes. I've done my last duty and approved the cover proof. I'm really pleased with it - the novel's about cakes, strawberries and other edible delights, so a glossy picture of a triple-layered cake with strawberries sitting proudly on an elegant cake stand has really worked. The wonderful graphic designer's even managed to fit a single strawberry at the bottom of the spine for additional title identity.
One day, I'll frame up my cover proofs rather than leaving them neatly in a folder. I love the A3 prints that I'm sent and am keeping them safely for the time being. I don't have anywhere to hang them just for the moment, though I don't want them to go for recycling. They represent far too much work and decision-making for that!