The Bookseller!

Hello!

Here is the poster Ben and I made for booksellers receiving proof copies of our new book!

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If you’d like to print your own copy, please follow this link, where you can download a hi-res version.

It wants to be on your staffroom wall! I can feel it! :)

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Fun fact: I originally drew a Gruffalo plush in her arms, before we realised that probably wasn’t allowed on the official poster! He was a big part of my bookselling experience so it just seemed natural to include him. But surely there’s no harm in showing him here? He’s so cute! (The Gruffalo is of course created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Other monster-based fluffy characters are available. As you can see, I settled on some sort of moomin-dragon hybrid thing. I like him).

 
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Meeting The Midnight Hour

Last week I held my debut novel in my hands for the first time!

I’m a bit camera shy, so it’s handy having a nice book to hide behind. My brother, James, thankfully makes a much better book model.

I’m a bit camera shy, so it’s handy having a nice book to hide behind. My brother, James, thankfully makes a much better book model.

My brother and I had an excellent day visiting CPI Books in Chatham. My Midnight Hour co-creator Benjamin Read was unable to attend, so I was very pleased when my bro was able to share the excitement with me. We were very warmly welcomed by Justin Manley (thanks, Justin!) and he patiently waited while I squealed with happiness at seeing it for the first time. There it was! Zooming by on the conveyor belt, literally hot off the press!

We loved seeing it all come together and learning about the different stages of production. The pages being bound, the cover being added, the edges being trimmed. We even saw them all wrapped up snugly and ready to ship out into the world.

(You can see videos I made of the books zooming around on my Midnight Hour instagram story.)

Book cover illustration by Hannah Peck.

Book cover illustration by Hannah Peck.

Then we followed a few other books on other parts of their journey, starting in the office where the digital files are processed, then seeing the pages being printed (where I very nearly triggered a kill switch sensor with my curious head. It would’ve cost £600 to reset the machine! Trust me to almost get blacklisted on my first visit). I also got to see how foils are added to covers and how colourful page edges are sprayed!

All in all, a day I’ll never forget.

Thank you SO MUCH to CPI for having James and I. We were so well looked after and loved every minute. Thanks also to Chicken House for arranging my visit, and for publishing the book of course!

You can find out more about The Midnight Hour on my BOOKS page.

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