I won’t keep you long…
…but I can’t let the New Year arrive without saying:
I won’t pretend 2013 wasn’t a hard year, with the loss of so many dear friends, including some true greats of the fantasy world, but there were also some amazing moments too, not least the 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Brighton. WFC brought together so many fantasy authors, artists, agents, editors and publishers, not to mention reviewers, bloggers and Tweeters, and of course readers from all over the world, and that was a real thrill.
So thank you, WFC team, for all your hard work.
And I’ll take the moment to wish the team behind Loncon, this year’s World SF Convention, an equally successful event; I’m already looking forward to meeting you all again, this time by the side of the Thames rather than the English Channel.
I’d like to personally thank all my colleagues at Quercus, too many to name (and more importantly, I’m bound to forget someone, who will be incredibly hurt by my thoughtlessness), for everything from getting contracts out to physically producing the books, to marketing, publicising and selling books and rights, with extra-specially huge thanks to the much-missed Lucy and her very welcome replacement Andrew in publicity, and of course, to Nicola, my Girl Friday and Right-Hand Woman. This would be so much harder without you.
But even more than Q, even more than Lucy and Andrew and Nicola, I must thank our Beloved Authors, for not only would Jo Fletcher Books not be here without you, but we would all be much the poorer for your lack.
And without our Beloved Reader, these magical tales might as well be whistling in the wind.
So let me end by raising my glass to you and wishing you all the compliments of the season:
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year.