Good news from Penguin; Simoqin is being rejacketed, and the Manticore cover will be in the same design. Which means I have to dig up my original list of cover ideas, work on it a little, and send them my suggestions. If you have any blindingly good ideas for the cover, now is the time to send them over.
Am itching to start work on Book 3. Suppose it doesnt make that much sense until the final edit on Manticore is done. But its wonderful when you realize youve just had enough time apart from one book, and youre willing, eager, desperate to try and put another one together.
Also got the German agreement; itll also be done in hardback in German. To borrow a phrase from the Compulsive Confessor, yay me.