Tuesday, July 25, 2006

書展後記

書展開幕前,心情真是低落得想死。

殺禪BOXSET趕不起,不是成本過高(當然,如果我願意出十倍價錢,印刷廠都可能會捱義氣死比我……),而是我們的印量太少,少得讓印刷廠很為難。要知道,眾多出版社都會搶著書展這個黃金檔期出書,所以每年七月開始全港(?)印刷廠都會忙得死去活來。他們不接殺禪BOXSET,我只能自怨未能早早計畫,不能怪責任何人。誠如喬靖夫在<殺禪八>的鳴謝裡,美亞印刷對我們是份外關照,我心裡其實感激也來不切。

鐵道館能夠在書展擺檔,也真要多謝發行商「全力圖書」鼎力支持。否則,喬靖夫可能要在BLOG內跟各位預約,躲在小食部裡簽名:)按大會規例,作者不能在本檔簽名,要申請在「簽名區」開檔。此例原意是避免那些「明星」引來長龍,在會場內打蛇餅,阻頭阻勢。但大會呀大會,你要知道,不是每個作者都是「明星」,有些是真正的「作家」!我們不能要求讀者千辛萬苦逼上來攤位,買本書,再萬苦千辛逼回去簽名檔找作者簽名。

另外SET UP的時候,也是諸事不順。原來的殺禪大海報,並不是貼在枱上,而是身後的隔板。豈料鄰檔的姐姐(!)弄來一張四眼哥哥的超弩級地鐵燈箱海報,可真把我殺個措手不及。由於我一心把海報貼牆,沒有裱在foam board,最後唯有寒寒酸酸、求求其其的貼在頭頂。後來覺得這樣效果也不壞,真的是錯有錯著。

直到書展開售,心情也是患得患失。看著灣仔地鐵站內巨大的「柱男柱女」大作家,心理總不是味兒。妒忌嗎?絕對不是。羨慕嗎?也許有點。窮嗎?全中。不服氣嗎?努力苦幹下去吧。殺禪套裝特價的idea,也不過是開幕前一晚想的事。一直以來,鐵道館出品在書展裡都是八折出售。但今年為了配合發行公司的「收銀制度」,改為七折。這下錯有錯著,卻成全了喬靖夫作品大促銷!最重要的,是<殺禪>的完結,釋放了一批「害怕爛尾而不買下去」的讀者群。好些讀者,一買便是四五六七八期,或五六七八、或六七八,或七八……看完<殺禪>,希望大家滿意,不枉等了十年……

<地獄鎮魂歌>出版原意,是配合當年<冥獸酷殺行>漫畫化推出的「入門書」,藉此吸納新讀者。今次照價七折,應售$22.4。一不做,二不休,索性來一個$20試閱價,反應相當好。有些讀者好奇地買本看,翌日便回來買下全套<吸血鬼獵人日誌>!賣下賣下,銷量遠超想像,存貨越來越少,連忙補貨、包套裝……這回可真折騰了「全力圖書」不少弟兄,在此再講一聲多謝。

本屆書展是我第一次日日出席。雖然累得要死,但看到喬靖夫讀者熱情的反應、短裙女FANS(幻想,我未親眼見過)、還有眾多新讀者,真是興奮。讀者們說得最多的,是喬靖夫的「年鑑式」寫法。另外便是投訴在大書局找不到喬靖夫的書。這個嘛……要解決,也不是沒辦法。勞煩各位,只要書局沒有喬生的書,便找店員、經理、CEO問他七八九次。日日問、時時問,哈哈!

今年的銷售成績是往年的三倍強!售了約百套<殺禪>、數以十計的<吸血鬼獵人>套裝。要跟暢銷作家比,當然無得比。但我深信只要鐵道館的出版能保持水準,讀者是不會離棄我們的。

還是那句,明年「創館十周年」見(如果未執既話)!

14 comments:

鄰檔的姐姐 said...

滔哥,真是對不起!因在set up前我問過全力郭生,我想這樣貼大海報可以嗎?他說沒有問題,陶生打電話給我,我對他說關於set up不如溝通吓,他說好呀!但又沒有再給我電話,抱歉今次令你帶來不便, 希望明年大家溝通後做得更好。我都是這句,如果未執既話,明年見!

祝你們銷量一年比一年好!越賺越多!

袁建滔 said...

大家咁話。

ledmirage said...

hmmm ... any channel to buy your books from oversears ? :p ... i am ok even if there is no discount :)

袁建滔 said...

我可以通過森記書局替你辦理郵購。
書價九折,另加運費。
一公斤的平郵運費約三點五美元,大約是四本書的重量。

請告訴我,你要甚麼書、寄到那裡(新加坡?)我給你報價,OK?
至於付款方法……未知。到時再算。

PS:其實我一直想辦海外郵購,就拿你作試驗品吧 :P

ledmirage said...

hey thx for the offer !

ya i am staying in singapore now. so ideally it will be great if you can ship to singapore.

I will be interested to get full set of Karma series. And i don't mind to be 試驗品 :p

If possible i will pefer to pay by credit card, think this is the easiest way. Do drop me a mail @ tseerh@gmail.com if you are into it :)

FYI. Kinokuiniya Bookstore here does have the Vampire Hunter series ... but not Karma :(

袁建滔 said...

經計算九折後加平郵費用,等如沒有折扣,即是55元一本。一套八本便是440元,或55美元(連郵費)。
最困難的是付款。我們未能安排信用咭付賬。
電匯/海外轉賬/香港親友/支票/PAYPAL……
所以說要找你當實驗品……讓我再想想。

PS:你是香港人嗎?

ledmirage said...

I will say I used to be HKer :p

Sort of settled down here 10+ years ago (2006-10= ... u should know :p), now converted to singaporean, coz i served NS (National Service). Yeah I played with M16, Light Machine Gun and 84MM Rocket Launcher ! :p

But I am the only singaporean in the family ... I still visit HK once in awhile. So if there is difficulty doing overseas shippment I can buy it next time when I am going back. It's alrite :)

袁建滔 said...

郵寄其實問題不大,最難是收錢……即是搞不成郵購……

我再想辦法。不是為了賺甚麼錢,重要是不能放過任何一個有心的讀者。

PS:你玩過既武器,基本上我都玩過,不過响PC GAME裡面……
火箭炮係肩托式果D?後座力勁唔勁?

ledmirage said...

I just found out that it might be possible for me to send cheque overseas, using my online banking service. But have to try to know if it works...

Anyway, talking about the rocket launcher, the back burst is no kidding. We are NOT suppose to stand behind the launcher during live firing, it's so strong ! Even if i stand beside it (not behind !) i can feel like someone slaps me from behind with great force. Yes it's shoulder supported.

i have some photos here click me
no live firing photo as we were afraid that the shock wave will kill the camera phone :p

袁建滔 said...

你地究竟服兵役定係打WAR GAME呀……
好鬼少爺兵。

ledmirage said...

haha, it was just my weapon handling course, so it's quite relax.

There were tough time that we need to go thru ... carry 16 over kg and walk 24km, dig trench over night, cannot sleep for 48+ hours etc.

But don't compare us with those from Israel, Iraq tho :p

ledmirage said...

hey, i managed to placed order in yesasia.com ... now waiting for the shippment ... let's see if it got thru.

袁建滔 said...

good.
thanks a lot.

ledmirage said...

the delivery is fast !
didn't expect they actually ship by DHL while the shippment is free !
unfortunately i was not at home, asked them to send again tomorrow night. Can't wait to lay my fingers on my full series of Karma !