Thursday, 9 April 2009
It seems churlish to interupt all the recent (and well-deserved) celebrations with a really mundane post, but I have a problem. My second novel came out in August, Macmillan ran out of copies several months ago, Waterstones no longer have any on mail order, Amazon seem to be pretty well out of copies (with no ressuring 'more on the way'), and the paperback doestn't come out until November. I am asked - as are we all - to give talks at libraries, reading clubs etc, but have no copies to dispense (and people can't get hold of them themselves). I gather there are copies 'out there' in warehouses, but I don't have access to them. Has this happened to anyone else? Is it a common problem? It is as though my novel has died, to be resurrected in seven months' time. And yet it's supposed to be in print!