The perfect Christmas gift - if you can find it.
I'd like to urge you all to go to Amazon and buy Hops and Glory for Christmas. I'd like to urge you to do that, but I can't. Because there are no copies left at Amazon. And I've just discovered there are no copies left at the publisher's warehouse either.
Hops and Glory has sold out. Macmillan have sold 4550 copies, and there are no more left.
Of course, you might ask why they don't simply do a reprint? The thing is, with the set-up costs for this, you'd have to print about 2000 to make it worthwhile. And with the paperback edition coming out in June 2010, bookshops simply would not take enough stock of the hardback to make such a reprint economically viable.
One the one hand I'm upset because we underestimated how many we needed, and are now forfeiting sales as a result - and some beer fans are going to be less happy on Christmas Day than they otherwise would be. On the other, this has happened because the book totally exceeded publisher's expectations, which I'm delighted by.
There are still copies floating around - check out your local Waterstones or indie bookshop, and have a look on the new and used section at Amazon. I have a few copies left, which I'll be using for competitions.
The paperback will be out in June - and that will be the edition that gets reprinted as long as there is demand for it.
Thanks to everyone who's bought a copy! As it's Be Nice Month, I'm choosing to revel in the positive side of this rather than wail and grind my teeth at the negative.