Today I have a day out in London. Yippee! My publisher, Hachette, are having a party.
Most publisher parties are held in the evening: a bit tricky when you don't live in London. Either you spend twice as long travelling as you get partying, or you have the expense of accommodation as well as your train fare. But Hachette are great: their parties start at lunchtime.
So, this morning I took the train 'down south' and will travel back later this evening.
But I've worked with Hachette for many years now, so there will be loads of familiar faces to chat to. I should meet up some of my authors too: I know Susannah Corbett, who wrote Dragon's Dinner, will be there (we've chatted on the phone but have never met).
And I'll enjoy a chin-wag with Damian Harvey, author of the very funny Itch to Scratch and hopefully Julia Jarman too, as well as all the other author and illustrator friends I've made over the years, but generally only get to see once a year.