I know very little about the publishing industry - truly. I have no idea why some novels have such different covers and even titles when they move from country to country. I don't know why an author published by, say, Gollancz in the UK would be published by Orbit in the US - this seems distinctly odd to me.
For the purposes of this post, though, I'm going to talk about how mystified I am by those trans-Atlantic gems that never get picked up in the UK when loved in the US (and, I guess, vice versa - although I'll be relying on any US commenters to present their own view on this in the comments!)
I want to present to you three US authors whose books I have acquired at great expense to myself through importing them from the States or buying books from Forbidden Planet. I don't know if these authors have *ever* been published over in the UK, but I believe it's woeful that UK readers can't pick up their books and that readers seem to have either no interest or knowledge in them.
1) Sharon Shinn
I recently reviewed one of Shinn's books on this blog - Archangel - and tried to emphasise just how much I loved this book. Shinn has now written 20 novels and assorted short fiction. She has a stunning turn of phrase, and creates memorable and beloved characters. I think anyone who likes Jacqueline Carey and Mercedes Lackey would enjoy this author. Why hasn't she been picked up in the UK?
2) Ken Scholes
I have been jealous of the assorted bloggers I read from the States and Canada who have managed to pick up books by this author with ease. Recently I took the plunge at Forbidden Planet and brought the first novel in the series the Psalms of Isaak. Scholes is published by Tor Books in the States, and I am truly curious as to why Tor UK haven't picked him up. From what I've read in reviews, he seems to be a remarkably good fit with a stable of authors that contains Mark Charan Newton, Alan Campbell and Adrian Tchaikovsky. Why haven't Tor UK signed this author?
3) Charles de Lint
Here is the biggie for me! I think anyone who talks to me regularly on Twitter will know I have a love affair with these books. They are mystical and beautiful, truly some of the best fantasy prose you will ever read. The stories encompass other worlds, all the while grounded in an urban setting that rings true. The characters are vividly drawn and stay with you long after the last page has been turned. This author has now written over 30 novels, so there is a massive back catalogue to draw from. It is truly criminal that we can't read him in the UK. Someone bring this author here!
Now over to you! UK readers: which authors from the States do you want to see published here? And how about those in the US - any authors we have that you struggle to obtain the books of?