One of the great joys of publishing is the discovery of a new writer. For the editor reading the submission, the growing feeling of excitement is like a happy virus that first infects the commissioning editor and then – in true evolutionary fashion – demands to be spread to others. Editorial colleagues, senior management, Sales, Marketing and Publicity all need to be won over, so that the entire company shares the excitement of the commissioning editor.
Only after all of those … More
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The King is dead. Long live the King.
Twenty years ago today, the man who was arguably the single greatest creative influence on modern comics (with apologies and a nod to Stan the Man), passed away in Thousand Oaks, California, at the age of 76.
Last year we published The City of Silk and Steel: a wonderful debut novel by an author with almost a dozen books to their name.
So here we are again. The new calendar is on the wall, clock has been re-set and a brand new year stretches before us like . . . a great big, stretchy yearie thing, as a certain former-Alaskan governor might well say. It’s a bit daunting to have a whole twelve months staring one down, so let’s make life a little easier by breaking it up into handy month-sized chunks and telling you what you can expect in … More
On the twelfth day of Christmas . . . oh, look: ‘twelfth’ has the word ‘elf’ in it! Hmm. Like a mountain made of mashed potato, this means something . . .
Or, you know, not. In any event, let’s not spend another post dwelling on numbers and travelling off on completely irrelevant, illogical tangents – let’s talk about important and serious things!
So: it turns out there’s this world, it’s completely flat, and … More