One of the most common questions I get about my first novel, Déjà Vu, is, What was it like working with Denzel Washington? Ah, he was lovely. (In case my humour is lost on you, Déjà Vu the movie and Déjà Vu the book are two separate and unrelated entities.) The second most common question is, How much money do you make from it? Answer: not a penny. Though the book got some very positive reviews, it never had a presence in any of the high street shops, and the odds were pretty much stacked against it, despite my radio and TV (YorkTV — ah, what a morning) appearances…or perhaps because of.
Constant readers might recall, from a post earlier this year, that the original publisher of Déjà Vu, The UKA Press, were going to discontinue publishing the book because of cash flow problems. Well, that did indeed come to pass. Déjà Vu went out-of-print in March of this year. So is Déjà Vu dead in the water? Not quite.
But, Ian, where can I get a copy of Déjà Vu?
It looks like Amazon US has one copy left — held by International Books of Maryland, USA, who are asking $92 for it — despite the language being listed as Spanish. Over at Amazon UK, someone (from the US, bizarrely) is selling a used copy — repeat, used — for £248.71. Unless you’re a collector who thinks that the first edition will increase in value from this already-astronomical figure, you’d be much better off downloading the audio podcast, which is unabridged and free.
Look, will there be a new edition of Déjà Vu or not?
That’s a good question. John Jarrold, my agent, seems confident, but the wheels of publishing turn slow. Back in January, one publisher expressed an interest in bringing out a second edition…but that was January, and nothing has happened since. Meanwhile, I’m completing Flashback, so anybody who wants to find out what happened to Saskia at the end of the first book will soon have their curiosity satiated. Well, I say ‘soon’…