EDIT: If you're on my LJ friendslist, that's "reasonable connection". If you're on r.a.sf.c, definitely a reasonable connection.
EDIT 2: "Published" means "traditional publication" -- you were paid an advance, worked with an editor, your book is on Amazon as a paper book, and not as a self-published thingie.
2) As you know, I've just been informed that Grand Central Arena is to be translated and published in Japan. I'm wondering how common this is -- that is, how often in general do novels get picked up for that kind of treatment? For someone like (for instance) Charlie Stross I presume virtually all his books will, but for a lesser-known author? One in 2? One in 5? One in 10?