The Penguin Pericles

Look what I've got!






Coming to Australian bookstores real soon now.

Yay!

Update: the Oz release date is officially Tuesday, 4th January.



19 comments:

Sarah W said...

I like that cover, too. Is that going to be the visual theme (is that the term?) of the Australian editions?

I do have to admit, though, that the first thing that came to mind when I read the title of this post was a penguin wearing an exomis(?), which is difficult to imagine, as penguins are not known for their shoulder development.

Sorry---it's been a long day.

Peter Cooper said...

I second that 'Yay'!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Woohoo! Very exciting, Gary. Soon you'll be able to walk into your local bookstore and see your book on the shelf. I hope you have several more author events in the works!

Sean said...

swoite moit :)

Gary Corby said...

Hi Sarah,

Yes, subsequent books in the Oz series will follow this style. The same is true of the US editions.

Your trivia for the day: the penguin logo of the Linux operating system was inspired by the fairy penguins at Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne is also the HQ of Penguin Australia.

Gary Corby said...

Peter and Sean, thanks!

You're both in South Australia, aren't you? Hmmm, must keep that in mind.

Sean said...

Until further notice. Yes

Toyed with the idea of a bed and breakfast or writers retreat. But it gets a bit noisy round harvest time.

Gary Corby said...

Hi Stephanie,

As it happens, Penguin's clever marketing department contacted me 2 hours ago, with a delightfully proactive list of ideas. I can already tell this is going to be fun.

What'll be really fascinating is when the people in our street have read the book (which they will). Then they're going to know what's in the brain of their apparently normal neighbour.

Gary Corby said...

Sean, I have this image of the writers screaming as you harvest them.

Sean said...

Hey I dibs that idea.

Christina Auret said...

So which of the two covers are we going to go to South Africa? I am never sure where we fall in. Is your book even coming to South Africa? I hope so, otherwise I will have to get someone to smuggle me a copy. So I guess I would be glad if either of the covers make it here.

L. T. Host said...

YAY!

That seemed quick! I don't know or remember when you said you sold in Australia but how awesome that it will be local so soon :)

I'm so jealous you guys have fairy penguins at your zoo. I always wanted to see one in person-- they are the smallest species, you know!

Gary Corby said...

Christina,

It depends on which country you order it from. If you order from an Australian store, you'll get the Oz cover. Otherwise you'll see the US cover.

I would love love love a local South African publisher to pick up the book, in which case there'd be a unique South African cover. This requires the local publisher to fork over some rand for the rights, which hasn't happened (yet).

Foreign rights can be confusing. I really must do a post about it some time, to the small extent I understand it myself.

Gary Corby said...

Hi LT, San Diego Zoo is not exactly slack. You've got pandas! And giant rodents! And...this is weird...wallabies.

Peter Cooper said...

yes, from Adelaide, Gary. And we have pandas too :-)

Amalia T. said...

That is another absolutely beautiful cover. You've really lucked out across the board so far!

Christina Auret said...

I think South African rights sometimes go as a package deal, but I might be wrong. I see a lot of 'printed and bound in Great Britain' books so I have to assume it is some type of Common Wealth grouping.
Which is a pity, the US cover is really growing on me in a I-really-need-to-buy-this-just-for-the-prettiness way (I'm sure the book is great too), but the Australian cover is probably more likely to turn up.

Gary Corby said...

Amalia, yes, no doubt about it, I've been enormously lucky so far.

Gary Corby said...

Christina,

There's a delightful little thing called British & Commonwealth rights, which can sell as a job lot. Someone who actually understands this might need to correct me, but I think in that case everyone in the Commonwealth gets the UK cover.

In my case, the Commonwealth rights have been split because Penguin Australia put their hands up very early in the game and got first dibs.

As far as I know, of the online stores, borders.com.au sells the Oz cover and all the others sell the US cover. But it's easy enough to check, just look at their book description page.