Sunday, February 19, 2006

Havenstar makes money...



...the only trouble is that it is not making money for me!

On Amazon.co.uk the secondhand price is now a whopping big 163.07 pounds sterling for one copy. (Are they mad?) Never mind, someone has it on sale for a much cheaper at 33.32 . Not happy with those prices? Pop over to Amazon.com. You can get one for $US101.

For those not in the know - Havenstar was published (under my married name) in 1999 by an sff imprint for Virgin that quickly went under, just as my book was hitting the bestseller lists on Amazon. The day it hit 81 on the top 100 list, it became unavailable as the publisher had already remaindered it. I, alas, had only two copies myself. Although I had emailed the publisher, asking to buy 100 copies, they never answered. (I guess everyone had already abandoned the sinking ship.)

Another author who has suffered a similar fate is Marcus Herniman . His Arrandin trilogy was published by Earthlight, which has also ceased publication. Book One is selling for 58 pounds upwards.

In the publishing industry such stories are common enough and you've just got to pick yourself up and carry on...but, oh boy, how I wish there was a law that gave me a slice of the secondhand cake.

4 comments:

Bernita said...

Fantastic cover.

Glenda Larke said...

D'you know, I was never really that happy with it? I thought it a bit dark, and she had the oddest neck..lol. Anyway, the book sold, so who am I to complain.

Thanks for dropping by!

Anonymous said...

I loved the cover, Keris looks really colourful :)

Such a shame what happened with Havenstar, grrr don't know what law says you cannot have another publisher take up the work if your one goes down, but it really does suck as I thought Havenstar was amazing, and all those people who would also have loved it (who haven't already) have to pay a ton to get it! :(

Luckily I got a copy quite a few years back at the bookstore ^^ and Havenstar has been my favourite for a while. But its a shame more people cannot easily access it, it's so enjoyable.

Good luck Glenda, keep it up! :)

Hannah Clark said...

I feel seriously gutted...
My mum picked up Havenstar at a seaside shop thing for a couple of quid... she gave it to me and all those years ago its still my favourtie book... I lent it to a friend a while back and have never seen it since... so i try and look on amazon for a cheap copy to replace it... and the min amount is £35... I really want to read it again! gah!
I thought it was wonderful and I always want to re read it! So now I'm mad i lent it to someone! lol

Is it because of printing laws or something that you cannot get it reprinted? cause that really sucks! x3 All those years ago too!