I got a lovely surprise in the mail today – actually a few days ago now, but I’ve been busy!
I can see into the letter box from my kitchen window and noticed there was a package in there. Usually packages mean my husband has ordered some sort of computer accessory on the internet, but this time the package was for me, all the way from my Irish publisher in Cork (“Corcaigh” in Irish). I opened it and was confused to find a random selection of my Penny books in Turkish: Penny the Pencil (translated as ‘The Adventures of Crazy Pencil Penna Against the Evil”), Penny in Space (The Space Adventure) and Penny on Safari (Safari).
When I looked closer, and read the accompanying letter from the publisher, I noticed little white rectangles on the covers with “5.baski” and “3.baski” written on them. These mean 5th edition and 3rd edition, which means they’ve sold out of 4 print runs of the first book and gone to a fifth, and 2 print runs of the others. Normally you only find this information on the publishing page, which is often page 2 of a book. But subsequent editions are such a big deal in Turkey they print it on the front cover!
Time to go celebrate with a slice of baklava!