We did the chit-chat and talked about how the roughs were going, but I could tell she was a bit anxious about telling me something. Authors out there will know the thoughts that whirl through your mind in these circumstances - is the book going to be held back a year? Has there been a major rethink that means starting afresh? Has the new management decided to dump the project altogether..?!
The first thing I had already anticipated: there will be no hardback edition - we're going straight to paperback. It seems this is becoming increasingly standard in these difficult times: all my recent Egmont titles, like A Lark in the Ark and Baby Goes Baaaaa! have been the same, so it's not a major issue.
Not ideal. I felt for my editor: it's not her fault, but its's her rubbish job to have to phone round all her illustrators-in-progress. However, I spent the rest of the day re-jigging things in Photoshop to fit the new shape and guess what? It turns out it's much better! Yay!! It's about 10% bigger and just slightly squarer, which has opened up a little more room around the central gutter - always handy. Phew!
So anyway, in the end today was not too bad at all and I remain very positive. I think my editor was as relieved as me!