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Holy Foreign Sales, Batgirl!

While looking up info for the new website, I came across a new German edition of Bewitching Kittens, the Halloween-themed Regency that contains my novella Charlotte's Kitten. (Side note: yes, Halloween and Regency England, I was as skeptical as you are when I was given the assignment.)

The English edition of the novella quickly earned out, and though Zebra didn't go back to press, they did sell German language rights. And the German language edition sold well. And kept selling. And they reissued it with new covers, and those editions kept selling. By my count they are on their fourth cover.

Other covers under the cut tag )

A good day

Jan. 13th, 2011 08:47 pm
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Today turned out to be a day of good news, for which I offer my thanks to the friend who bitchslapped 2011 and demanded that the New Year live up to its implied promise.

First, I heard from Madame l'Agent that the new proposal passed muster, so it's been sent on its way. ("Good-bye! Good luck! Call when you find work!")

And then I came home to an unexpected royalty check. Yes, the German language edition of the Bewitching Kittens anthology is indeed the gift that keeps on giving. Because, of course, an anthology of Halloween-themed stories set in Regency England is naturally what you expect to be a perennial seller in Germany. Based on my quick math it's still selling thousands of copies a year. As I've said before, never underestimate the power of a cute kitten on the cover.
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Cover art for Первое предательство by Патриция Брей, otherwise known as the Rusisan edition of THE FIRST BETRAYAL. Very cool.

There were several reviews out on a discussion board, but the Google assisted translation renders all comments hilarious, making it impossible to tell if they were originally meant as praise or scorn. Come to think of it, I ought to run an English to Russian and then reverse translation before reading my Amazon reviews.
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Yesterday brought a surprise-- a royalty check from Kensington Zebra for the German edition of Bewitching Kittens. Bewitching Kittens was a Halloween-themed Regency anthology published in 1998, and included my novella "Charlotte's Kitten" which, among other attributes, included allusions to both Monty Python and the British radio sketch on The Great Train Robbery.

The book sold very well in the US, and then Zebra went on to sell German language rights. Three editions were produced, including a separate Swiss edition. And, periodically, checks continue to arrive in the mail. It's not huge sums, but it's a round of drinks in Denver, and a testament to the power of a good cover.

And kittens. You've got to have kittens.

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Here's the cover for the Russian language edition of DEVLIN'S JUSTICE (Правосудие Девлина) which was released in July.
Cover for Russian edition of Devlin's Justice

Once again they've completely changed the style from the previous covers. But it's still pretty cool, and even cooler to find message boards discussing the works of Патриция Брей (Patricia Bray).

Click here to view the previous covers )

THE FIRST BETRAYAL will also be appearing in a Russian language edition. Will be interesting to see what they make of that one.
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In today's cool news department, the Russian language edition of DEVLIN'S HONOR (Честь Девлина) has been released:

Cover for Russian edition of Devlin's Honor

As you'll see, they've gone to the other extreme from the first book in the series, DEVLIN'S LUCK (Выбор Девлина), where he was practically naked.
<Cover for Russian edition of Devlin's Luck

And apparently transliterating Patricia Bray to Патриция Брей and then back again into the Roman alphabet yields Patriciya Brei, which is how I'm listed at some Russian language book sites. Pretty cool stuff.
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Bewitching Kittens was published in the US in 1998 and rapidly sold out its print run, but it continues to crop up in new places. In today's mail I received a copy of the Swiss edition, a lovely hardcover.

Briefly I was confused by the title, since I recognized "Auf weichen Tatzen ins Glück" as the title of the German edition published by Lübbe, however this cover didn't match, and further investigation revealed a new ISBN. A little web surfing and I found out that Weltbild is based in Switzerland, which also explains why their website sells books in francs.

Their online bookstore has both German language editions for sale, if you'd like to compare covers. Neither cover gives a shout out to "Halloween themed Regency set novellas featuring kittens" but they're nearly as cute as the original.
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Ego-googling turned up an unexpected boonus as I finally got to see the cover for the Russian language edition of DEVLIN'S LUCK otherwise known as Выбор Девлина.
Cover for Russian edition of Devlin's Luck.

"Hee!" sums things up nicely. And last year [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia sold the Russian language rights for the rest of the trilogy, so I have those covers to look forward to someday down the road.

There's something fascinating about seeing one of my stories translated into another language--especially when it's a language I don't understand.

For those who want to see the Regencies, I've put them behind the cut.

She's (in)famous in more than one language )

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