Burst has discovered a great manuscript from a new author, C.G. Hickling. It has a (sort of) Christmas theme, with an assassination attempt on the man we call Santa, who is in fact Father Nikolai, the Lord of the North. So we have a dilemma. Do we wait until next year, and release the book at a sensible, pre-Christmas time? Or do we do something totally bonkers and get it released in 12 days?
You've probably guessed that I'm a bit bonkers already - having left a career as a primary teacher to launch an independent children's publishing company - so it will be no surprise that we are going to attempt the latter!
Can a manuscript be edited, a cover designed and an ebook launched in 12 days? I have no idea, but no-one (yet) has told me it is impossible, so I'm going to presume it can be done and go for it.
Today is Day 1. Contracts have been signed, a book cover commissioned, and editing has begun.
Toby Gentle and the Winter Assassin will be available as an ebook from Amazon on the 8th December.