Brief FableCroft update

April 11th, 2014 at 10:54 am (Miscellaneous)

My apologies for the radio silence around these parts since the end of March. It’s been a crazy few weeks, and I haven’t even had a chance to properly celebrate the end of the Cranky Ladies of History campaign (which I will do soon!). A couple of very quick updates:

1. Insert Title Here slush reading is over halfway done, but we’ve had a few delays due to other things getting in the way. Hope to have first round reading finished in the next two weeks. I’m very sorry for those still waiting to hear back from us.

2. Cranky Ladies surveys and early rewards will go out very soon — just need a chance to sit down with the Pozible site and get it sorted! (And again, THANK YOU to our supporters and signal-boosters — I don’t think I can say that enough!).

3. Aurealis Awards! They happened last weekend, and we WON! One Small Step and The Bone Chime Song both received awards, alongside a bunch of other fantastic work. A proper update about that (with photos), also pending.

Thanks for your patience everyone — I’ve had a five day judging conference for the Children’s Book Council of Australia and end of term (day job) kicking my butt, alongside preparation for an interstate move, but hope to be back on the publishing train really soon!

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Speaking of book launches…

February 23rd, 2014 at 1:49 pm (Miscellaneous, Mocklore, Path of Night)

It seems I’ve managed to neglect to blog about our forthcoming book party in Hobart, Sunday March 9 from 4.30. Celebrating the launch and recent shortlistings of Tansy and Dirk’s novels, and the other FableCroft Aurealis Awards nominations, we will be at The Hobart Bookshop to wine, chat and launch with special guest Lian Tanner! Come along if you’re in Tassie that weekend…



DK Mok book launch in Sydney

February 23rd, 2014 at 12:50 pm (Miscellaneous)

DK Mok, whose brilliant story “Morning Star” from One Small Step is shortlisted for an Aurealis Award this year, is officially launching her debut novel, The Other Tree (from Spence City), in Sydney next weekend. I was lucky enough to receive an advance review of the book (spoiler: I loved it!) and highly recommend it to you. If you are going to be around the area, why not check out the launch party – I reckon it will be great fun!

2-3pm, Sunday 2nd March 2014

Lvl 2 Meeting Room, Customs House Library, Sydney



Cover reveal for Kate Gordon’s new book

February 20th, 2014 at 6:28 pm (Miscellaneous)

Today is apparently all about the covers! Our friend Kate Gordon, who penned a dark little tale for One Small Stepwrites outside the speculative fiction field as well, and her new book, Writing Clementine, is out later this year from Allen & Unwin. Kate has revealed the cover on her blog, and we wanted to share it here too – it’s not spec fic, but Kate is one of ours, and it’s very pretty! For more information about Writing Clementine, visit Kate’s blog!



Aurealis Awards shortlists!

February 16th, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Awards, FOCUS, Mocklore, One Small Step, Path of Night, The Bone Chime Song)

AA logoWe’re very excited to see the Aurealis Awards shortlists announced last night! It’s always lovely to see all the marvellous talent on the lists, but it’s particularly nice when some of our own work is there too!

Huge congratulations to Joanne Anderton, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Dirk Flinthart and DK Mok for their individual shortlistings, and to all the contributors to One Small Step and Focus 2012! None of our books are made in a vacuum, and all our writers, artists, designers and proofers play a huge role – thanks to you all!

Congratulations to all the finalists for the 2013 Awards. Look forward to seeing everyone at the ceremony in April!

More information about the shortlists and the Awards ceremony can be found at the website.


2013 publication information/awards eligibility

February 15th, 2014 at 8:25 pm (Awards)

FableCroft Publishing

As the awards season for 2013 works gets underway, here’s a handy ready reference of FableCroft’s 2013 publications!


Path of Night by Dirk Flinthart

Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts


The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton


One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries edited by Tehani Wessely

Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction edited by Tehani Wessely

Short Stories (<7,500 words)

“Mah Song” by Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories)

“Fencelines” by Joanne Anderton (The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories)

“The Ships of Culwinna” by Thoraiya Dyer (One Small Step)

“Winter’s Heart” by Faith Mudge (One Small Step)

“Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale (One Small Step)

“Cold White Daughter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (One Small Step)

“Number 73 Glad Avenue” by Suzanne Willis (One Small Step)

“Firefly Epilogue” by Jodi Cleghorn (One Small Step)

“Shadows” by Kate Gordon (One Small Step)

“Indigo Gold” by Deborah Biancotti” (One Small Step)

“By Blood and Incantation” by Lisa L Hannett & Angela Slatter (One Small Step)

“Daughters of Battendown” by Cat Sparks (One Small Step)

Novelettes (7,500-17,500 words)

“Original” by Penny Love (One Small Step)

“Morning Star” by DK Mok (One Small Step)

“The Ways of the Wyrding Women” by Rowena Cory Daniells (One Small Step)

“Baby Steps” by Barbara Robson (One Small Step)

“Always Greener” by Michelle Marquardt (One Small Step)

Original Artwork

Cover art (and design) for Ink Black Magic by Tania Walker

Cover design for Path of Night by Adam Branch

Cover design for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Amanda Rainey

Cover design for One Small Step by Amanda Rainey


Faith Mudge is eligible for the Ditmar Best New Talent award

For the William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review, David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely, for the Reviewing New Who series.

Kathleen Jennings and Tania Walker are eligible for all professional AND fan art awards, locally and overseas, and we highly recommend them both!


Conflux Writers’ Day – Saturday April 5 2014

January 27th, 2014 at 8:45 pm (On writing)

9837-Conflux-writers_blkThe very clever Conflux team, headed most ably by Nicole Murphy, have decided to run the inaugural Conflux Writers’ Day on Saturday April 5 – that’s the day of the Aurealis Awards, which are of course now hosted by the Canberrans!


The inaugural Conflux Writers Day will take place at University House, Australian National University, Canberra. For one day, Australia’s speculative fiction writers will gather for hours of professional development.

The theme of the day is ‘The Writers Journey’, which will be covered by four sub-themes – ‘Writing Skills’, ‘Writing Processes’, ‘Submission and Publication’ and ‘Building a Career’.

Four plenary speakers will be addressing these themes. These speakers are:

Joanne Anderton
Kaaron Warren
Ian McHugh
Keri Arthur

There will also be concurrent presentations bringing great thoughts and ideas to writers at all stages of their career.

For more information, including the full program, head to the website!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the day as I have to be at the CBCA Judging Conference, but I’ll look forward to hearing all about it after the Aurealis Awards that night!


Badass Women of History article

January 23rd, 2014 at 12:34 pm (Miscellaneous)

Not sure whether it’s just because we’re working on the Cranky Ladies project, but we’re noticing new articles about awesome cranky ladies all the time! This one comes to us via Glenda Larke, and showcases a bunch of badass women of history:

What’s even cooler is we were pitched several of these badass women for the Cranky Ladies of History anthology, and have accepted the pitch for one of them!


Notes from Pozible information session

January 19th, 2014 at 10:44 am (Miscellaneous)

pozible-for-web-jpg_800x600fitBack in November last year I attended a really interesting Pozible crowdfunding information session in Launceston. I tweeted and made notes, but completely neglected to collate my notes, which I’m doing now for my own reference (and anyone who is interested!). While the session was specific to Pozible (and very well presented by the friendly, approachable and knowledgeable Reuben), much is also relevant for other crowdfunding platforms. So here it is (reminder, this is in reverse order of tweets – perhaps read from the bottom up!):


  • Undelivered rewards are surprisingly uncommon. #crowdfunding
  • Pozible charges 5% service fee on total raised IF project funds – no charge if it doesn’t. #crowdfunding
  • Pozible subscription #crowdfunding model now available – could be of interest in publishing!
  • As creative people, your traction is in how you tell stories; you have the advantage to involve people at a personal level. #crowdfunding
  • Success rate goes through the roof just by attending a Pozible information session. #crowdfunding
  • When the campaign is over, thank your supporters – a lot! #crowdfunding 
  • Hee! @reubenacciano played the @KaleidoscopeTPP Pozible video because I asked a related question – he said nice things! #crowdfunding

  • Research several projects similar to yours – 8-10 including a couple of unsuccessful ones (to consider what NOT to do). #crowdfunding
  • RT: @Krasnostein: interesting – lots of this stuff not true for my Pozible campaign – Twitter the best platform for publishing #crowdfunding
  • 90% of campaigns that reach 25-30% in the first week will fund – the “sheep” effect. #crowdfunding
  • Significantly more Pozible traffic via Facebook than from Twitter! #crowdfunding
  • Offline engagement: talk about project in the real world. Plan a live event halfway through. Have iPad there to demo Pozible! #crowdfunding
  • Reinvigorate campaign by adding special rewards AFTER target has been reached – stimulate interest again. #crowdfunding
  • Heh. “I’m special” is a really popular narrative in social media. Unique rewards can be very effective, even at high price. #crowdfunding
  • 90% of successful Pozible #crowdfunding projects have a video as part of the project page, and these raise more money.
  • … Creative rewards; strategic planning; offline engagement. #crowdfunding
  • How do you convince people to pledge to your #crowdfunding project? Be personal/transparent; use video; use social media (40% of traffic)
  • Most common pledge on Pozible is $100, then $25, then $50. #crowdfunding

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Got holiday writing time? Aussie press open submission calls!

December 26th, 2013 at 9:00 am (Books, Miscellaneous)


Image licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy of Flickr user Olivander.

Cranky Ladies of History (FableCroft Publishing – historical(ish) fiction, pitches only): closes to pitches December 31.

Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press – diverse YA fantasy and science fiction): closes December 31.

Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction (Twelfth Planet Press – 2013 reprints only): closes December 31.

Insert Title Here (FableCroft Publishing – unthemed speculative fiction): closes February 28.

Twelfth Planet Press novella series.

Ticonderoga Publications novels.

Satalyte Publishing – pretty much anything spec fic!

Dimension6 from Coeur de Lion: first reading period 12 Jan – 22 Feb 2014)

And lastly, though they aren’t Australian they HAVE published several great Australian books: Angry Robot’s open call for novels closes December 31!


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