Battle Lines is out there – SPOILER THREAD!

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Department 19: Battle Lines is published today in the UK, in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and in English bookshops all over the world next month, and copies are already out there in a few places. IT'S FINALLY OUT! Which means people are already reading it. Which is incredibly exciting :) But also means we're heading into spoiler territory. So here's ...

World Book Day 2013

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It's World Book Day in the UK and Ireland! Whatever you're doing to celebrate it, whether it's dressing up at school or just going out to buy some books, have an awesome time... You can see the eight exclusive World Book Day books here - they should be available in your local bookshop for just £1 ...

The Department 19 Files are opened today!

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It's barely a month until Department 19: Battle Lines is published, and there's going to be a lot of cool stuff happening between now and then. I've also got some awesome World Book Day news to tell you as soon as all the details are finalised, and I'm about to start serious work on book ...

It’s done.

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This morning I sent the Battle Lines manuscript off to be copyedited. It's almost the end of the process - the (brilliant) copyeditor that HarperCollins uses worked on The Rising as well, so she will go through the whole text for consistency, continuity, repetitions, timing problems, and simple bad writing. When she's done, I accept or ...

Deserves got nothing to do with it

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Firstly, apologies if you're waiting for the second half of my New York Comic-Con post (you can read part one here) - the editing deadline for Department 19: Battle Lines got on top of me, and then I was on holiday for a week. It'll be up at the weekend, I promise... Anyway. Today sees the launch ...

Hope is a dangerous thing.

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Brilliant image by October Jones. I remember going to see The Phantom Menace. I remember my uncle and I heading home afterwards, trying to convince ourselves we'd enjoyed it, that it had been worth the wait and all the discussion and all the anticipation. Trying just to convince ourselves it was a decent film, rather than ...