Tuesday, October 25, 2005

First review of Hal Spacejock

This is the moment authors dread even more than opening envelopes with rejections in. The first review. Will they get the humour? Will they pick the plot to pieces?

See for yourself

Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)


M@ said...

I can't wait till this is available in Canada! It's listed in Amazon.ca as not yet released. Any idea when it'll be available?

Regards from, uh, up over!

Simon Haynes said...

That's something else authors dread: eager readers who can't actually buy the book! ISBS is the US distributor, and I assume they'll be supplying amazon.ca too. Even Walmart is showing 28th December as a US release date. The delay would be due to stocks being sent surface mail from Australia to the US distributor. That takes around 10 weeks.

If you really can't wait, the Australian Online Bookstore sells the book for AUD$14.96 (Overseas buyers price). I just checked on their site and economy air postage to Canada is AUD$13, but added together that's the same price most online shops charge to ship the book within Australia ($19.95 rrp + $6 or more p&p)
According to XE.com $27.95 Australian is $24.88 Canadian. I don't know what trade paperbacks sell for in your part of the world, so that might be way over the odds. (The AUD$19.95 cover price is $17.76 Canadian. Books aren't cheap in Australia - small print runs + high cost of freight.)

David Forbes said...

Congratulations! Great review! I will definitely be grabbing a copy once it's available stateside.

M@ said...

Hi Simon,

Well trade paperbacks go for about $20 Cdn here, which isn't too far off the mark.

Do you make any other arrangements? For fans and well-wishers? Who want signed copies? And are willing to send postal orders to cover cover price and postage?

Just sayin'. If arrangements can't be made, I'll see whether it's available as of the US release date and then I'll make my move.

Cheers, and congrats on the review!

Simon Haynes said...

I can't sell the book myself, but I have signed several copies at my local Dymocks (carousel at dymocks.com.au)
I don't know what they charge for international postage though.
Re: pricing. It took ages for books in this country to break through the $12.95 mark, but after that $19.95 was reached all too quickly.

Caryn said...

Congratulations! That's a fantastic review.