While the publisher has been relocating (again – second move this year, but hopefully the last for a goodly long while!), there have been some cool things said about our books around the place. I’ve been putting links to reviews on our new FableCroft Books in Review page, and it’s been really exciting to see the books getting talked about in places like Locus Online, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, as well as by fantastic book bloggers and reviews website!
It was with great pleasure we published “Flower and Weed” by Margo Lanagan on Kindle a little while ago. This short story was first available in audio from Coeur de Lion, but this is the first time it’s seen “print”. It is set in Margo’s Sea Hearts (Brides of Rollrock Island) world, and gives you a taste of what was left out so the book could be classifed as YA! Just 99 cents from your Kindle store.
Another groovy thing that I saw last week was Rabia Gale and Joanne Anderton (writers of “Sand and Seawater” in One Small Step) blogging about collaboration – separately! If you’re interested in how they did it, their posts are worth a read (Rabia / Joanne). I wonder if Lisa Hannett and Angela Slatter would also like to blog about their OSS collaboration…
And while things have been delayed slightly by the intervention of the move, I promise the ebooks for One Small Step and The Bone Chime Song will both be available soon!
There’s nothing like having books printed a month in advance of release to make you feel like a good publisher! As it was a busy beginning to the year, and because we were trying out a new printing process, we made sure we got things ready well in advance of release, in case of problems. And then we didn’t have any problems! Which means we already have stock in hand for our two April releases, which is very exciting. The authors will be getting their copies early, and any pre-orders placed before March 31st will go out in the first week in April, as a special treat! (Pre-order special available here!)
The books will officially launch and go on sale on April 26 at Conflux!
So, you want to know what you’ll be getting in The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton? Check out this TOC!
Introduction — Kaaron Warren
The Bone Chime Song
Mah Song (original to the collection)
Shadow of Drought
From the Dry Heart to the Sea
Always a Price
Out Hunting for Teeth
Flowers in the shadow of the Garden
A Memory Trapped in Light
Trail of Dead
Fence Lines (original to the collection)
Tied to the Waste
Look good? You can pre-order it here!
The incredible Amanda Rainey has worked her magic once more, producing these amazing covers! Aren’t they gorgeous?
It is with great pleasure we announce the forthcoming debut short story collection from Joanne Anderton. The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories will be released in April 2013, making its first appearance at Conflux in Canberra.
The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, with an introduction by Australian horror luminary Kaaron Warren, collates Joanne’s best horror and science fiction themed stories, showcasing her career to date, and includes new stories original to the collection.
Joanne’s recent publications include the novels Debris and Suited, from Angry Robot Books, as well as many short stories across the speculative fiction genres. In The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, we examine many of Joanne’s darker stories, those which demonstrate her skill as a horror author, and her finesse at writing science fiction.
The table of contents and pre-order pricing will be announced soon.
I’ve invited a number of people who have published in indie press and gone on to become professionals in the field to write about their experiences. Today, Joanne Anderton, whose first novel, Debris (Angry Robot Books) was released just this week, shares her journey.
Indie press has been many things to me, and still is. It is opportunity, passion, and community. I also believe it’s the future, or at least a very big part of it.
Like so many writers, I started my publishing journey with Indies. My first fiction sale was flash fiction to an online horror publisher, and most of my short fiction has since found Indie homes. Opportunity, right? Opportunity to see my name in print, to cast my words out into the great story sea and help them swim. This in turn helped me create an identity as an author (being someone who can answer the inevitable ‘oh, what have you published?’ question at parties, rather than mumbling about novels tucked away in dusty drawers) and the all important publishing history. Indie publishing also offers opportunities to different kinds of stories, ones that don’t fit neatly into genre categories or marketing plans. I’ve always thought this puts them ahead of the trend, and parallel to the trend, and on a totally different but much more exciting planet than the trend, all at the same time. Indie publishers create this opportunity for writers like me by publishing short fiction in the first place, by opening their doors to unsolicited manuscripts and wading through the slush they get in response, and by working hard – damned hard – to promote their stories far and wide. And that’s where passion comes in.
It takes passion to be a publisher of any kind. Trust me, I spend my day job hours in an office across the hall to several publishers, I sit in meeting with them, I chat to them around the water cooler/coffee machine/packet of Tim Tams. Publishers live and breathe their books, they fight for them, they sing praises, and pick up the pieces of their nervous authors when necessary. Despite this, it still takes something special to be an Indie publisher. It not only involves a massive commitment of time, and energy, and emotional wellbeing, but more often than not it involves an injection of funds. You’ve got to love something a lot to volunteer so much of your life and yourself to it, and throughout my dealings with Indies I have found that love – that passion – to be inspiring and infectious. They love what they do, and when my stories have been fortunate enough to become what they do, I’ve seen them with different eyes. Indies have helped me see my words and worlds differently, they’ve helped me fall back in love with them, and be inspired to work to make them as good as they can be. This leads me to community.
All the Indies I’ve worked with have had a wonderful way of making me feel included. They are not distant, scary dictators controlling all your hopes and dreams from afar. I was also a part of the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Co-operative for a time, and there my sense of community grew. Reading slush was an invaluable learning experience for me as a writer (I can’t recommend this enough!), as was editing my own issue of the magazine. Both broadened my view of writing and publishing considerably. Just as important was the connections I made, the community I found, and that found me, of authors, editors, and publishers.
This combination of opportunity, passion and community have meant that Indie publishers have been an integral part of my writing career. But add these together and you realise that Indies have one other, seriously important, thing going for them: flexibility. We all know the publishing world is changing, big time. It’s hard, but Indies are in a good position. Passionate about their stories and eager to tell them to as many people as possible, they are quick to take advantage of the opportunities created by changes in technology, and truly establish themselves in the global community of readers.
See what I did there?
Honestly, though, Indie publishing has been vital to my past. I believe they will be key to all our futures.
Joanne Anderton lives in Sydney with her husband and too many pets. By day she is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator for an Australian book distributor. By night, weekends and lunchtimes she writes dark fantasy, horror and (according to some people) science fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in all sorts of Indie publications, but most recently in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, After the Rain and Dead Red Heart. She was a finalist for the 2009 Aurealis Award for best young adult short story.
Her debut novel, Debris (Book One the Veiled Worlds Series) will be published … well, right now … by Angry Robot Books, followed by Suited in 2012.
Visit her online at: http://joanneanderton.com and on Twitter @joanneanderton