Suppose you were a first-time author and you managed to sell a book to a publisher. And the publisher did quite well with it. And it sold well in other countries too. Like, 200,000 copies in Germany. And 50,000 in the UK. Well, then you'd think it would be pretty automatic that everyone would welcome your second book, wouldn't you?
Of course you would. But that's not quite how it worked out for Canadian author James W. Nichol. Publishers Lunch reports that his debut mystery thriller The Midnight Cab sold the figures quoted in para one, but Nichol's Toronto agent, Bev Slopen, reports that Nichol's Canadian publisher, Knopf, took a pass on book number two, as did his British publisher, Canongate.