This week has been RUBBISH and ACK and BOBBINS. But I'll say one thing for it - it ended well. Two things happened within the space of 24 hours that did much to wash away the bobbinsness (bobbinity?) of the previous days:
1. I met Michael Rosen. And talked to him and everything! The man is a legend, pure and simple. Oh, and he's also a genius. Scarily clever.
So that was good, hanging with a former Children's Laureate. And then Friday happened. And an email appeared in my inbox. The email had an attachment, and the attachment was...
2. MY BOOK COVER! Well, an early version of my book cover. There will be more versions to see - there are almost always more verions to see. But this version is... beautiful! Can't say much more at the mo (sorry!), but I'm loving the way it's going. Yay Quercus!
I feel I must confess that I was very, very, VERY nervous about seeing the cover. Not because I thought that Quercus wouldn't do a good job, but because I know me. Not only am I picky when it comes to covers anyway, but in my day job I am an editor. This means that I spend a good deal of time looking at cover designs and commenting on them. And when I say 'commenting on them', this can mean 'trying to find a nice way of saying "Go back to the drawingboard"'. Of course the designers I work with are exceptionally talented, so this is a rare occurence. But still, it happens (sometimes due to a poor briefing from the editor... ahem).
I can't tell you how relieved I am that opening up that email attachment caused me to nod in appreciation and smile (then get a little bit shaky and emotional), rather than make me get all editorial and super-critical.
Seeing your name on a book cover (even though it's not final) is very, very special. I can't even begin to imagine how I'll feel when I have the actual, real book in my hands. In fact, I've come over all peculiar just thinking about it. Must go and have a cuppa.
Happy Saturday to you all!