Friday, January 13, 2006

Penguins in space

I just happened to search Google with the ISBN for Hal Spacejock book 2, and what turned up but a new SF catalogue on the Penguin website?

It's a pretty cool design, and they have desktop wallpaper you can download for SF, Fantasy & Horror. And there's Hal Spacejock 2 on the 'Coming Soon' list ;-)

You might wonder what my books are doing in a Penguin catalogue when they're published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press (FACP for short). Well, FACP distribute within my home state (Western Australia) but the rest of the country is handled by Penguin Australia. Therefore, my books appear in the Penguin catalogues and are sold into bookstores by hundreds of Penguin reps. And a great job they're doing, too.

It's the best of both worlds: FACP is a highly regarded small publisher just 20 minutes drive from my house. The staff really get behind every title and you never feel like a widget on the production line. Penguin is a huge company with the resources to get books into just about any outlet across the huge Australian continent.

And if you do visit the Penguin site linked above be sure to check out Tom Holt's new book. Penguin distribute Orbit books in Australia too.

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

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