So, something very exciting came our way the other day – Sebastien de Castell, author of Traitor’s Blade, has created a quiz that allows you to build your very own Greatcoat seal! So far, almost everyone has had a different badge, which is fantastic, because it’s creating quite a good little collection on Twitter. Mine featured a bear, an axe, a cup and the colour indigo – and each stands for something different. Want to create your own? Head here and answer the questions to reveal your Greatcoat seal. Then, if you get a bit obsessed, like me, you can also work out your Greatcoat name – don’t forget to share your seal and name on Twitter with the hashtag #JoinTheGreatcoats and then head to our blog for you chance to winsome fantastic prizes – including the chance to get your name in upcoming books in the series. I want to enter! But I can’t … although perhaps I can sneak a suggestion into the edit notes …
Anyway, the whole thing connects quite nicely with this idea Andy and I have cooked up to mark the third birthday of Jo Fletcher books … something I can’t tell you about yet, but I will, in due course, I will. Suffice to say I spent a happy hour creating a spreadsheet for it the other day. ‘An editor?’ you say, ‘Spending a happy hour creating a spreadsheet? Specifically, an editor who gets a headache simply looking at numbers?’ Yes, dear reader, I can tell you categorically that it’s true. Although the spreadsheet was far less numbery than you might think – and I’m leaving Andy to work out all the technical details so, actually, that’s fine.
Now, must dash, I’ve still got to get Righteous Fury, Blood Will Follow, The Child Eater and Into the Fire ready from copyedit by the end of this month, and keep an eye on The Galaxy Game and Our Lady of the Streets, both moving to extremely tight deadlines, and do the AIs for the beginning of next year, and fill out that damn form for the launch meeting, and read the unsolicited and solicited submissions, and get the numbers together for a new acquisition, and argue with the new typesetter.