Cranky Ladies of History, the launch report

March 9th, 2015 at 7:54 pm (Cranky Ladies of History)

The launch got off to a slightly rocky start, as I was struck down with plague just prior to the arrival of co-editor Tansy Rayner Roberts (flying in from Tasmania) on the Saturday afternoon. Kaaron Warren (and her sidekick) swept in to the rescue, collecting and delivering Tansy to us, and hanging out with the family while I was in quarantine. Despite the shaky beginning, Sunday March 8 dawned fair and fine, the sun shining on International Women’s Day and treating our visitors to Canberra’s best behaviour.


Launch table


Tansy and I arrived nice and early (with Miss 9 as offsider) to set up at The Front Gallery and Cafe – a big thanks to the venue for a great space and a great price, and friendly and helpful service. Thanks also to my work colleague Alexis who was a huge help throughout the setup and launch, completely unexpectedly but most appreciated. Our special guest Karen Middleton joined us – next time I hope I can actually have a proper conversation with her, but I think others did get to chat more – and the attendees began to trickle in. The room filled up quickly and the poor airconditioner couldn’t quite keep up with the pressure, but the launch proceeded regardless of the warmth. Karen Middleton spoke passionately and thoughtfully about the book and the concept, to the point where I was nearly in tears – it’s so great when people really get what you were aiming to do, and we couldn’t be more grateful for Karen for her time and kindness in officially sending Cranky Ladies of History out into the world.


Karen Middleton talking Cranky Ladies

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Tansy, Karen and Tehani celebrating the book


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It’s LAUNCH MONTH for Cranky Ladies of History!

March 1st, 2015 at 8:00 am (Cranky Ladies of History)

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Welcome to Women’s History Month 2015, which has the theme “Weaving the stories of women’s lives”. This is pretty cool, as it fits perfectly with our Cranky Ladies of History anthology project! After 18 months of work, including our successful crowdfunding campaign in March last year, the anthology will be officially released into the world at 3pm on International Women’s Day (March 8) at The Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham, Canberra, with special guest Karen Middleton officiating! (You can find out more at the Facebook event page)

To celebrate, many of our wonderful authors have supplied blog posts related to their Cranky Lady, and we are delighted to share them here during the month of March. While most of these posts can be safely read in isolation of the story in the book they relate to, we’ve made sure to mark those posts which may be spoilery!

To get your own copy of Cranky Ladies of History, you can buy from our website, order your favourite real world bookshop, or purchase at all the major online booksellers (in print and ebook). We’re so proud of this book – the contributors have produced astonishing stories, and combined with amazing art by Kathleen Jennings and design by Amanda Rainey, it’s simply stunning.

Thank you to our contributors, the Pozible campaign backers, Arts Tasmania, and all those people who have supported us along the way on the Cranky Ladies journey – it’s been a heck of a ride and we’re looking forward to seeing where it goes next!

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Launching Cranky Ladies of History

February 16th, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Cranky Ladies of History)

It is with great pleasure we invite our readers to the official launch of the Cranky Ladies of History anthology on International Women’s Day. We are delighted to announce that author and journalist Karen Middleton will be our special guest and official launcher! Please join us if you can:

The Front Gallery and Cafe

1 Wattle Place, Lyneham, ACT

3pm Sunday 8 March, 2015

RSVP to or via the Facebook event page.

Launch InviteThroughout history, women from all walks of life have had good reason to be cranky. Some of our most memorable historical figures were outspoken, dramatic, brave, feisty, rebellious and downright ornery.

Cranky Ladies of History is a celebration of 22 women who challenged conventional wisdom about appropriate female behaviour, from the ancient world all the way through to the twentieth century. Some of our protagonists are infamous and iconic, while others have been all but forgotten under the heavy weight of history.


Remember, you can also enter to win a copy of the book on Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Cranky Ladies of History by Tehani Wessely

Cranky Ladies of History

by Tehani Wessely

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Cranky Ladies of History News

February 8th, 2015 at 9:00 am (Cranky Ladies of History)

So much Cranky Ladies news! First of all, Tansy and I just signed off on the internal layout this morning, so we are ready to go to print! For our Pozible backers, this means we hope to have your ebooks to you within a week, with the exclusive hardcover edition (for backers who chose one) on track to be with you by the end of February. For everyone else, the official release date is March 8, 2015 (International Women’s Day), and we have a launch event planned! We’re very excited that Tansy is coming up from Tasmania to celebrate, and if you are in the general Canberra vicinity, we’d love for you to join us. More information here.

We are also delighted to show you the official covers for the hardcover and trade paperback editions of the book. Amanda Rainey has worked her magic once more, and gorgeously enhanced Kathleen Jennings’ beautiful artwork to create stunning designs that showcase the amazing stories contained within. I’m not sure I can adequately express just how pleased I am with the covers – I actually gasped aloud when Amanda first sent the hardcover design to me!

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On top of all this, the ebook editions of the book are now available for pre-order from Kindle and Smashwords – Kobo pre-order link will also be live soon!

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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!


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


by Tehani Wessely

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Buzzing about Guardian

June 22nd, 2014 at 10:57 am (Guardian)

Two weeks ago we launched Jo Anderton’s third Veiled Worlds novel, Guardian, to a great audience at Continuum (photos by Cat Sparks), and there’s been some lovely buzz about the book around the traps too!

Jo shares her Big Idea over at John Scalzi’s Whatever.

At SF Signal, Jo discusses what finishing a trilogy taught her about the creative process.

And the story behind Guardian over at Upcoming4Me!

Donna Hanson interviews Jo here.

And Alan Baxter does so here.

Ventureadlaxre gives a great first review of the book here, saying:  “…strength and wit in the face of adversity…gives this novel the edge that makes you unable to stop reading…”

And even our amazing cover artist, Dion Hamill, has been spreading the word!

HUGEST thanks to the wonderful Tansy Rayner Roberts for doing such a fantastic job of launching the book into the world (loved the line “bibliophile search and rescue”!), as well as Alex and Katharine for being big help setting up and selling during the launch; to Justin from Slow Glass who has been a rock for convention sales and distribution; to Cat for the (as usual excellent) photos; to the brilliant Continuum X team for a great convention and a really awesome launch spot; and to the fabulous con-goers who came along and supported – you all rock!

And so we are out in the world. All pre-order copies have been sent, so if you have not yet received one, please let me know! Everyone else, please ask your local bookstore to order copies if they don’t have them on the shelf, or purchase from your favourite online bookseller (obviously we recommend Slow Glass Books for print copies!).




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Speaking of book launches…

May 31st, 2014 at 4:47 pm (Ink Black Magic, One Small Step, Path of Night, The Bone Chime Song)

It occurred to me recently, that given we have Jo Anderton’s launch next weekend, I probably should (finally) post about the OTHER book celebrations we’ve had recently. Well, in the past year. Hmmm, yes, it HAS been a busy 12 months! (more photos of events over at the FableCroft Facebook page)

First off the rank (gosh, was it really in APRIL last year?!) was the dual launch for The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton and One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries at Conflux, the 2013 Natcon in Canberra in October. We had a great spot in the thoroughfare, and a good time slot too, and it was lovely to see so many con-goers in attendance. Kaaron Warren acted as launcher (for both our books AND Thoraiya Dyer’s Twelfth Planet Press Twelve Planets Collection Asymmetry!), and Joanne, Thoraiya and I said a few words too. Lots of fun!

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Photo courtesy of Cat Sparks

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Photo courtesy of Cat Sparks

So we had an intimate but fun launch for Dirk Flinthart’s debut novel, Path of Night, way back in November 2013. It’s the first book of ours that has been launched by the local mayor, which was exciting, and the author and cover designer both attended in fine style. Was lovely to meet some of the good people of Scottsdale, and we had a great evening.

Author reading book shoppers

Earlier this year, we had a FableCroft Book Party, hosted by the great folks at The Hobart Bookshop. The wonderful Lian Tanner said lovely things about Ink Black Magic and Path of Night, and Tansy and Dirk both got to read some of their novels too. Was a good turnout, particularly for the Sunday afternoon of the long weekend, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

Photo by Helen Merrick

Photo by Helen Merrick

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Just a few weeks ago (okay, okay, it was nearly two months – goodness me, the year is flying!) we celebrated two wins at the Aurealis Awards, with The Bone Chime Song taking out Best Collection and One Small Step sharing the glory with The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2012 in the Best Anthology category. With several other FableCroft works on the shortlists, including Path of Night and Ink Black Magic, we had a brilliant night, and enjoyed being able to spend the evening with the best and brightest of Australian spec fic.

Photo by Cat Sparks

Photo courtesy of Cat Sparks

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Now we’re gearing up for next weekend’s celebration of Jo’s new book Guardian, and I’m still a bit boggled that it’s been over a year since the launch of The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories! Hopefully it won’t take me so long to blog about the fun we have there… All attendees of Continuum X are welcome to join us for the launch, 4pm on Saturday 7 June. Hope to see you there!


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


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