Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The story of a Voyager Oz author...

Today's blog post is here.

It's all about how I got published in the first place, and why my first book was published in the UK, not Australia.

And to answer a question that keeps on cropping up: my next book (after the Stormlord trilogy is done with) will be a return to the Havenstar world - but no, it won't be a sequel. It will have different characters.


Jo said...

Woo hoo, I loved the Havenstar world. Way to go Glenda.

Jo said...

I just read your blog about Havenstar, you said "The imprint had folded, the books remaindered." could you explain what that means please?

glenda larke said...

A publisher is the large organization that publishes books. It may be owned by an even larger corporation. e.g. Harper Collins is owned by a Rupert Murdoch conglomerate.

A publisher often divides itself up into imprints, which have varying degrees of autonomy. They do this to make it easier for themselves and for readers and bookshops, - because an imprint deals with a particular type of book.

For example, Harper Collins has the Voyager imprint and that specialises in fantasy and science fiction. So anyone buying a Voyager book knows what they are getting. Some publishers have lots of imprints - romance, sf, literary, chuildren's, young adult etc.

So Havenstar was published by an imprint (Virgin Worlds) which specialised in sf/f, part of the larger Virgin Publishing. It must have had internal problems because there was a quick turnover of editors. Anyway it wasn't a success and lasted less than a year. They took their stock and sold them dirt cheap I don't know where. And that was that.The books were unobtainable. As I said, they were on the top bestselling 100 Amazon titles one day, and unobtainable the next.

Perhaps some obscure bookstore somewhere had a 100 copies, but who knows...
Remaindering can also mean that they were destroyed.

Jo said...

Thanks Glenda, I hadn't known that. Probably some of your other readers didn't either.