My Paperback Saga

Like many Australian authors, I was bemused to discover that Amazon will not post author copies of my books – or indeed, customer ordered paperbacks, to Australia.

Instead I, and every other customer, are obliged to purchase paperbacks through a Global Supplier. In the case of my newest book, A Hen Thief and Other Stories, the option was to order via Book Depository in the UK for over $21 per copy.

Amazon claims this is to do with Australian tax laws which came into effect from 1st July 2018. However, Createspace, a separate branch of Amazon since (unfortunately) absorbed, was able to send me my author copies for a couple of dollars plus postage, in August 2018 without any fuss, so I’m not wholly convinced…

Luckily, while I still have some handfuls of hair left, I discovered Lulu, which will print paperbacks to Australians via a Melbourne distributor. More expensive than Createspace but still cheaper than Amazon’s workaround alternative!!

Other writers, who expect to sell commercial quantities of paperbacks are using Ingram Sparks, also printing from Melbourne, but requiring a Registered Business Number and purchased ISBNs.


New Release: The Hen Thief (and other stories)

Julia was in a garden. A delicate perfume wafted from a bed of white roses, tickling her nose as she strolled along the grassy path and gentle sunlight warmed her back as she wandered through the garden. She smiled in her sleep and snuggled further under the quilt.

The machine attached to her head hummed almost inaudibly, lights glowing faintly on the monitor alongside.

In Vera Loy’s third collection of speculative fiction; dreams are sold by corporations; a starship encounters a strange anomaly; zombies take over London; and a hen is stolen. Twelve short stories.


The ebook version of my latest short story collection is now available on Amazon.

A paperback edition will follow shortly.