Displaying impeccable timing (with Jennifer Government just six weeks away), Viking (USA) has decided to take Syrup out of print. They’ve even deleted it from their online catalog, so it’s like it never existed. This means unless a bookstore has Syrup on the shelf, they probably can’t get it.
Thanks to those people who have written in about their Herculean struggles to find a copy. It seems that Amazon are out, but Barnes & Noble.com has a few left; apart from that, your best bet is probably picking one up second-hand.
In the long-term, there are two possibilities: either I convince Viking to crank up the presses again, or I get the rights back and find a publisher who will. Since I’m now with Doubleday, this might even work out pretty well.
The Aus Readers Group, a new internet book club, is kicking off with Syrup. So if you’ve ever wanted to debate whether Scat is the quintessential modern man or just an idiot, now’s your chance.
It’s also your opportunity to harass me about how long Jennifer Government’s taking, because at some point I’ll be joining the chat room.