They say that the busier you are, the quicker the time goes by. And don't we just know it. On the surface, things may seem fairly serene - the last few months has seen us announce joint winners for our Debut Novel Competition and publish Pocket Rocket, the autobiography of 1980s cycling star Steve Joughin, as an ebook. But other than that, there hasn't been a great deal to publicise.
Behind the scenes, it's a different story. We're preparing two books for publication (print and ebook) late this year - Dark Creatures by C.J. Fox and Salazar by Seth Lynch - and the two Debut Novel winners for publication in the first half of 2013. There are other manuscripts we're looking at with a view to ebook publication, either later this year or first half of next year, and an anthology from the talented members of the Litopia writers' colony, not to mention the anthology from Isle of Man writers which we've been working on for a while now. In among all that we've got numerous fulls to review and the usual raft of submissions to consider.
Demanding most of our time at the moment is finalising contract details and cover designs. Contracts being contracts, they don't carry a great deal of excitement. Book covers, on the other hand, are fascinating to watch as they take shape. When they're finished and in place in the artwork, you finally feel like the project is all but done and dusted. Of course, the truth is that it's only just beginning, because there's a whole load more work involved once the book is released into the big wild world.