Pre-ordering PHANTAZEIN

September 29th, 2014 at 12:21 pm (Phantazein)

PhantazeinCoverWant to get your hands on a copy of Phantazein AS SOON AS it is released?

The print book is available as a pre-order special via our website, but if you couldn’t possibly wait for it to arrive in the mail, why not grab it in ebook at Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords.

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New release – FOCUS 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction

September 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am (FOCUS)

Focus2013-CoverFocus 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction hits the virtual shelves on October 1, 2014. The second of an annual series, Focus 2013 collects an elite selection of work which has received acclaim via national and international Awards shortlisting.

Focus 2013: highlights of Australian short fiction features work by…

D.K. Mok – “Morning Star”

Juliet Marillier – “By Bone-Light”

Joanne Anderton – “Mah Song”

Thoraiya Dyer – “Seven Days in Paris”

Tansy Rayner Roberts – “Cold White Daughter”

C.S. McMullen – “The Nest”

Cat Sparks – “Scarp”

Kaaron Warren – “Air, Water and the Grove”

Kirstyn McDermott – “The Home for Broken Dolls”

Kathleen Jennings – Illustrations and cover art

The book is officially on sale on October 1, and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords for US$4.99.

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Invitation: Phantazein book launch

September 27th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Phantazein)

PhantazeinCoverPlease join us to launch Phantazein, 5pm on Saturday 4 October, 2014 at Conflux, Rydges Capital Hill, Canberra. As usual, there will be prizes and giveaways and all going well, drinks!

Feel free to add yourself and invite friends at the Facebook Event page!

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PHANTAZEIN pre-order special!

September 27th, 2014 at 10:10 am (Phantazein)

PhantazeinCoverPhantazein launches at Conflux is just one week, but we’re running a very special pre-order offer for the next week only!


Phantazein pre-order offer



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Awards special! One Small Step on sale

September 27th, 2014 at 10:00 am (One Small Step)

OneSmallStepCoverdraftTo celebrate the WSFA Small Press Award shortlisting of D.K. Mok’s wonderful story “Morning Star”, we’ve got a special offer on the anthology it first appeared in, One Small Step! 

Save on the print anthology (included postage world-wide):


Awards Special “One Small Step” (inc. postage worldwide)



Save on the ebook anthology:

Purchase on Smashwords and use the coupon EL65E to save a whopping 50% on the RRP!

Offers end October 13, 2014.

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Phantazein news

September 21st, 2014 at 10:55 am (Phantazein)

Launch at Conflux: Phantazein will launch in grand style at 5pm on Saturday 4 October at Conflux in Canberra. Please join us to celebrate its release!

Pre-orders for both print and ebook will be available very soon, but in the meantime, try your luck to win one of two copies of Phantazein at Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Phantazein by Tehani Wessely

Phantazein

by Tehani Wessely

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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FableCroft excitement!

September 9th, 2014 at 10:18 am (One Small Step)

OneSmallStepCoverdraftWe woke up this morning (in Australia) to the very exciting news that DK Mok’s wonderful story “Morning Star” from One Small Step has been shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award! This is one of my absolute favourite awards, and I’m delighted to see DK’s story recognised, and amid fantastic company! FableCroft author David McDonald is also shortlisted, alongside another Aussie Sean McMullen — yay Aussies!

Pratchetts WomenIn other excitement, Tansy Rayner Roberts’ essay collection Pratchett’s Women is having a good week – first it appeared on the MetaFilter site amid some fantastic discussion, and then it got a mention at BoingBoing! This makes us very happy :)

 

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News and reviews

August 31st, 2014 at 2:44 pm (Reviews)

Congratulations to Joanne Anderton whose collection The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories is shortlisted for the Silver Falchion Best Single-Author Collection category. Also appearing on the shortlists is our friend “Livia Day” with her book A Trifle Dead from Twelfth Planet Press. Other Aussies on the list are Max Barry with Lexicon and Amie Kaufman (and Megan Spooner) for These Broken Stars. Well done all!

Speaking of Jo Anderton, she answers Three Questions over here at Maggie’s Blog.

I noticed this lovely review of “Flower and Weed” by Margo Lanagan on Goodreads – thanks Figgy!

To Spin a Darker StairAnd this comprehensive and wonderful review of To Spin a Darker Stair by Intellectus Speculativus, in which he says: To Spin A Darker Stair is an excellent example of how fairy stories can be told in a revisionist manner, and come out of the process truly fascinatingly. 

As Tansy and I are working away on Cranky Ladies behind the scenes, Alex Pierce proves it’s never too late to talk about favourite Cranky Ladies, blogging about Alexandra Kollontai this week! Don’t forget you can catch up on all the posts in the Cranky Ladies blog tour here.

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Cover teasing

August 7th, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Insert Title Here, Phantazein)

This is me, teasing you with snippets of the gorgeous covers we have coming up for Insert Title Here and Phantazein. Full cover reveals soon!

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Design by Amanda Rainey

Design by Amanda Rainey

Design by Amanda Rainey

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Art by Kathleen Jennings

Phantazein Unicorn

Art by Kathleen Jennings

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Insert Title Here vital statistics

July 12th, 2014 at 6:46 pm (Insert Title Here)

Image from Jeff Bullas

Image from Jeff Bullas

I’ve tried to record some statistics for my anthologies when I can, because I find it interesting myself, and I know that some people like to know this stuff! In the past six months or so, I’ve been reading for Insert Title Here, an unthemed speculative fiction anthology. While it takes a bit of extra time, I recorded (to the best of my ability) the vital statistics of the submissions, and here’s a bit of a breakdown about the slush. The usual disclaimer: I’m an editor/publisher, not a statistician! 

252 submissions from at least 16 countries, for a total of over 1,200,000 words.

Gender breakdown 1 unknown, 92 F, 2 M/F duo, 157 M.

Story submissions by country: 76 Australia, 2 Belgium, 9 Canada, 2 Greece, 2 Ireland, 1 Israel, 1 Italy, 1 N. Ireland, 7 New Zealand, 1 Norway, 1 Philippines, 2 Singapore, 1 Sweden, 1 Czech Republic, 33 UK, 106 US, 6 unknown.

19 stories were accepted for Insert Title Here (plus 11 for an alternative anthology that emerged from the slushpile. I also solicited two further works for ITH).

Of the 19 accepted stories for Insert Title Here, 9 female authors, 1 F/M combo, 9 male authors (2 additional stories both by female writers). All 11 for alternative anthology by female writers.

Of 19 acceptances for Insert Title Here, 13 Australian, 1 NZ, 2 UK, 3 US (2 additional both Australian). Of 11 for alternative anthology, 10 Australian, 1 Philippines (plus one solicited US and one solicited AU).

Other information:

  • I asked for two rewrites on submission and received one, but ended up being unable to make it fit.
  • Despite clear submission guidelines about multiple and simultaneous submissions, word count and the fact it is a speculative fiction anthology, I received several stories contravening the guidelines, including a number that were withdrawn on acceptance elsewhere. Stories outside of guidelines were rejected unread.
  • Several stories reached the very final round of reading, with quite a number being very hard to let go of – the reading for this book was the most challenging I have done, and the quality of the top 25% of stories the highest I’ve seen.

The slush was for an unthemed anthology, but as I was reading, it became clear that several stories themed themselves into the new book (to be titled Phantazein). I had sort of expected I might get a few stories on similar themes, but to have so many evoke a strong sense of connectedness really surprised me. To include them all in Insert Title Here would have unbalanced that book, so I exercised my right as a boutique publisher and decided to build an entirely new book for them! I call this the “Faith Mudge effect”, as it’s the same reason To Spin a Darker Stair evolved, and one of Faith’s stories was the catalyst for both books.

I’m hoping to launch both books at Conflux in Canberra in October! Lots of work to do between now and then…

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