Adrift on the Sea of Rains has gone to a second printing in paperback. Before you imagine the staff of Whippleshield Books (ie, me) chortling over a bank account balance of six digits, this means only that I’ve sold all of the first print run of 100 copies. So I’ve had to order more – meaning there will be copies available to buy at the Eastercon in Bradford. The limited edition hardback, of course, will not be reprinted – that’s what, er, limited edition means – and that too is only a couple of copies shy of going out of print.
The mention in the Guardian in January, and being shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award, did generate a spike in ebook sales, but the paperback has sold steadily since publication in April last year. Hopefully, it will continue to do so.
In related news, the second book of the Apollo Quartet, The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself, is also available, and has been doing quite well. Recent reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Science Fiction(365), upcoming4.me, Tony’s Thoughts and Glen Mehn’s blog have all been very positive. Review copies are still available for those who want one.
The third book of the quartet has now been plotted out – though that may change – and I’ve started on the research, but I won’t be starting on the writing until after the Eastercon. I’m hoping to have it available by the end of summer – late August or September. But I hoped the same for The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself, so we shall see. I am not the most prolific of writers, chiefly because I have stupidly chosen to write a form of science fiction which requires massive amounts of research. Sometimes, I wonder what it might be like to to be able to make things up as you go along…