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.

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Rounding up all the things!

December 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 am (Books, Miscellaneous)

OneSmallStepCoverdraftFirstly, a link we should have posted a month ago and managed not to! We were very exciting to see (hear?) “Always Greener” by Michelle Marquardt podcast over at StarShip Sofa! “Always Greener” opens the One Small Step anthology and is the first story from FableCroft (that I know of) to be republished this way. Very cool! Check it out at the Hugo Award winning StarShip Sofa website or on iTunes!

Our Tansy has been busy in the past few weeks, guesting on several excellent blogs, such as Ambling along the Aqueduct, as part of the “Pleasures of Reading, Viewing and Listening in 2013″ series and Tor.com, with “The Main Character in Their Own Lives: Does Diversity Make YA SF/F Better?” – take a look at see some of the reasons she won the Best Fan Writer Hugo this year!

FableCroft got a lot of love from Marianne de Pierres when she mind-melded at SF Signal on the topic “What lesser known books deserve more attention?”, along with other great Australian small presses. 

In reviews news, Krista at Escape Club took a look at Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts, and is now a fan of comic fantasy!

Also at Escape Club, Joelene included One Small Step in her Top 5 Books of 2013 – very cool!

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People talking about One Small Step

October 30th, 2013 at 4:40 pm (One Small Step)

OneSmallStepCoverdraftTwo wonderful, comprehensive reviews of One Small Step have appeared in the past week, which is always delightful to see. Thank you so much to the people who take the time to review our work!

Just today, Foz Meadows shared a review of One Small Step at A Dribble of Ink. Among many other very kind words and insightful discussion of the stories, Foz says:

…I found this to be a highly enjoyable, moving anthology of works by Australian women; and particularly for me, as an Aussie expat, the regular touches of Australiana that creep into the stories – references to eucalyptus, kangaroos, wombats and other such Antipodean things – served as a pleasant reminder that my country of origin is ripe for SFFnal interpretation…

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…as a showcasing of Australian female talent, it’s both an important and extremely worthwhile anthology. Recommended reading for anyone interested in SFF with a feminist bent, and a strong incentive to keep an eye on Fablecroft Press’s output.

Foz looks at each story individually, and I particularly enjoyed these snippets:

…gorgeous writing, strong characterisation and powerful emotional angle…

…an honest, meaningful exploration of love and motherhood…

…an eerie, powerful story about the nature of pain and what it means to be human … the theme, setting and execution all work together to make something truly memorable…

…funny, poignant and breathtaking: a perfect, original story about humanity, agency, the end of the world and what comes after…

Thank you so much Foz!

Also in the past few days, Karen Burnham reviewed One Small Step in The Cascadia Subduction Zone literary journal, saying (again, among many other things focussing on individual stories!):

…There are many rewards inside for those approaching with a mind open to broadening…

…my expectations were blown wide open…

Many thanks, Karen!

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Lovely new reviews

October 6th, 2013 at 8:49 am (Books, One Small Step, Reviews, The Bone Chime Song, To Spin a Darker Stair)

OneSmallStepCoverdraftA couple of lovely new reviews around the ridges recently. 

Mieneke over at A Fantastical Librarian gave a comprehensive look at One Small Step, saying (among lots of other very nice things): “a very strong collection of stories showcasing the talents of eighteen very talented women.”

Tsana at Tsana Reads & Reviews took advantage of our super World Fantasy Awards discount on To Spin a Darker Stair (just $5 including postage anywhere in the world! Ends 31 October!) and very generously then reviewed the book, saying it “punches above its weight class.”

And although this is a little while ago, I wanted to point out Michelle E. Goldsmith’s glowing review of The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories at Vilutheril.Michelle is very definite about her recommendation: ”I urge anyone who loves dark, strange and beautifully written stories to read this collection.” Thanks Michelle!

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Cool stuff round up

May 13th, 2013 at 3:33 pm (Books, Reviews)

OneSmallStepCoverdraftWhile 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!

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Goodreads giveaways!

March 22nd, 2013 at 9:00 am (Books, Competitions)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton

The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories

by Joanne Anderton

Giveaway ends April 20, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

 

One Small Step by Tehani Wessely

 

One Small Step

 

by Tehani Wessely

 

Giveaway ends April 20, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

 

Enter to win

 

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New books!

March 19th, 2013 at 2:41 pm (Books, One Small Step)

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!

Books Books

 

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Cover reveals! The Bone Chime Song and One Small Step

February 18th, 2013 at 1:28 pm (Books, One Small Step)

The incredible Amanda Rainey has worked her magic once more, producing these amazing covers! Aren’t they gorgeous?

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One Small Step: addition to TOC

January 18th, 2013 at 4:13 pm (One Small Step)

I’m delighted to exercise my right as a boutique publisher (who has the flexibility to do these sort of things), and announce an excellent addition to the Table of Contents to One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries! We’re very pleased that One Small Step will include an original Cat Sparks story, “Daughters of Battendown”. The TOC now shapes up as:

“Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale

“Indigo Gold” by Deborah Biancotti

“Firefly Epilogue” by Jodi Cleghorn

“The Ways of the Wyrding Women” by Rowena Cory Daniells

“The ships of Culwinna” by Thoraiya Dyer

“Shadows” by Kate Gordon

“By Blood and Incantation” by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter

“Ella and the Flame” by Kathleen Jennings

“Original” by Penny Love

“Always Greener” by Michelle Marquardt

“Morning Star” by DK Mok

“Winter’s Heart” by Faith Mudge

“Cold White Daughter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

“Baby Steps” by Barbara Robson

“Number 73 Glad Avenue” by Suzanne J Willis

“Daughters of Battendown” by Cat Sparks

I look forward to sharing these stories with you!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Table of Contents for One Small Step

December 8th, 2012 at 8:51 pm (Books, One Small Step)

I am so very pleased to announce the draft table of contents of the forthcoming anthology One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries. I can’t wait to share these stories with you, as they are amazing!

“Sand and Seawater” by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale

“Indigo Gold” by Deborah Biancotti

“Firefly Epilogue” by Jodi Cleghorn

“The Ways of the Wyrding Women” by Rowena Cory Daniells

“The ships of Culwinna” by Thoraiya Dyer

“Shadows” by Kate Gordon

“By Blood and Incantation” by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter

“Ella and the Flame” by Kathleen Jennings

“Original” by Penny Love

“Always Greener” by Michelle Marquardt

“Morning Star” by DK Mok

“Winter’s Heart” by Faith Mudge

“Cold White Daughter” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

“Baby Steps” by Barbara Robson

“Number 73 Glad Avenue” by Suzanne J Willis

Look for the book in early 2013!

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