Whilst trawling the Internet the other day I came across this image:
This is, apparently, the cover to the Chinese edition of my and Brad Brooks' Essential Guide to World Comics. I say "apparently" because our UK publisher, Anova Books, has seemingly licensed the rights to the Chinese yet have failed to remark upon this in any royalty statements we've received.
In fact, I don't think I've received a royalty statement from them for almost a year now. It would be nice to at least receive a copy of the book as per my contract for my own files. So this might not be the final cover, for all I know.
In fact, I have another two books with them where the rights have reverted back to me, but I've heard nothing about this from them.
Nice to be kept in the loop. But then again, this is the publisher who went and remaindered a whole load of stock without informing us, or giving us the option to buy the stock at a discounted rate, as per the contract.
Perhaps I should have a word with them.
UPDATE: I've discovered that I could buy the Chinese version of my own book from an online retailer here, but they have a different looking cover:
So, either this is the more recent/final version of the cover, and they are both published by Joint Publishing in Hong Kong, OR (worse still) this is another edition licensed out to another publisher () in Taiwan! OR they are both pirate editions and Anova don't know about this (highly unlikely). Either way it's not looking good.
Any of my Chinese-speaking friends out there can help me solve this riddle and see if there's a way of getting some money and/or books out of this for Brad and I? Anyone fancy a letter writing campaign to Anova books? Let's kick that hornet's nest! :-)