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A publishing sort of year

Most people who read this would know I publish books via my boutique press FableCroft Publishing. In 2015, we’ve brought out two original anthologies, Cranky Ladies of History and Insert Title Here, Dirk Flinthart’s debut collection Striking Fire and the reprint ebook anthology Focus 2014: highlights of Australian short fiction (the third of an annual series) (and there may be a couple more things yet to come…).

What you might NOT know, is that this year I’ve also had several publications of my own! They are all non-fiction, and I’m rather chuffed about them, particularly when they have mostly been for paying markets!

Companion Piece cover

The first was an essay in the latest Mad Norwegian Press Doctor Who book, Companion PieceEdited by Liz Barr and LM Myles, Companion Piece focusses exclusively on the companions of Doctor Who – my essay is about Tegan, the Australian companion!

LetterstoTiptreeFollowing that, I have a letter in the Twelfth Planet Press tribute to James Tiptree Jr / Alice Sheldon / Raccoona Sheldon, Letters to TiptreeThis book is amazing and a powerful collection of work showcasing writers inspired by Sheldon’s story and her work.

Adding to these essays, I recently had an article published in the magazine Magpies, aimed at school libraries and librarians. I pitched the idea to the editors and was delighted to have it accepted, even though I only had about a week to then interview the authors and write the 1600 piece! The article is titled “Collaboration is the human superpower”, and is a feature focusing on the recent YA novel Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti within the broader context of the superhero popularity of today. It’s not online anywhere but I will probably blog the article when the exclusivity period ends.

And I was really pleased to do my first review for Books+Publishing this month! I think it’s the first time I’ve been paid to write a book review, and I’m hoping to be able to do some more. I reviewed Alison Goodman’s forthcoming novel Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club which is out early 2016, but the review is behind a paywall, sorry!

Oh, and just last week I was part of the latest SF Signal Mind Meld, on the topic “The books that made us love science fiction and fantasy” – this one WASN’T a paid piece, but I had a lot of fun writing it and check out the fantastic company I’m in!

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A very connish weekend

I had such a wonderful time in Melbourne over the weekend. Was fantastic to spend quality time with good friends and get to know some people some more. I could write a bunch of stuff, but there was a great back channel happening so I storified instead :)

Friday I attended #writingwhilefemale as part of the Emerging Writers Festival. The presentations were great, generally, and even better was the company (Alisa, Katharine, Helen & Jane, with bonus Alex at lunch!).

And once that was over, we had Continuum 11! Sold books, hung out, was on some panels. Excellent programming and more great company!

Thanks to the organisers of both events for a fab weekend, a and to all the tweeters I pulled into the Storifys above. Also Katharine for room sharing and top table duties, as always, and to anyone who brought me tea & snacks through the weekend :) Was a blast!

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Cranky Ladies of History: 7 days left!

cross-posted from FableCroft:

Cranky Ladies logoThis is it! The final week of the Cranky Ladies of History Pozible campaign is underway! We are at  $9900 (updated! $10,075!!) with an amazing 180 supporters on board the Cranky Ladies train, and Tansy and I are just delighted with the result so far. We have smashed our first stretch goal of more art by the brilliant Kathleen Jennings, and we’re aiming high — if we can hit $12,500, we can add another 25,000 words to our book! That’s more stories and more great authors to enjoy, which would help make the book even more awesome.

But what’s in it for you? Why back a crowdfunding campaign that is already funded? There are lots of good reasons (including the fact it makes us do a little dance!) and I wrote about some of them here – exclusive campaign rewards! Publisher dancing! All good things :)

In case you missed it on the weekend, we got some more mainstream media notice with Linda Morris from the Sydney Morning Herald writing a great article about the cranky ladies, which was published on Sunday. We’re so pleased to see that our Cranky Ladies are receiving such attention, and with the previous ABC News Online article and radio appearances and everything, have to say it’s pretty cool. Stay tuned for a few more interviews/articles to come!

I might sound a bit like a broken record, but I really can’t thank enough everyone who has pledged and signal-boosted the campaign over the past three weeks. You’re amazing. And thank you as well to the very excellent people who have taken part in our Cranky Ladies Blog Tour — it’s been such a fantastic response, and it’s still going! Check out the posts so far, and keep an eye out for more to come.

Cranky Ladies, storming the world!

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Continuum 9

I got home from Continuum 9 in Melbourne last night, after a short overnighter trip I only decided to make about a week and a half ago! I’ve been to Melbourne cons before, but not Continuum. I’ve managed to make two cons and the Aurealis Awards this year, which is a change (there has to be a silver lining for husband’s redundancy from work!), and I’m glad I got to go.

photo 1 (1)Before I even arrived, David, Tansy and I had won a Chronos Award for our Doctor Who review series! I was very excited, because the Chronos trophies are so very pretty. We let David keep it though, because to be fair, it IS an award for Victorians, and we wouldn’t qualify without him!

While it is the first convention I think I’ve been to that I wasn’t almost exclusively chained to the Dealer Room, I only went to a couple of programmed items. To be honest, I mostly hung out with friends, old and new. I did a very short duty on the table for Justin of Slow Glass Books, who is so generous to us small press folk. I have to say though, that NK (Nora) Jemisin’s Guest of Honour speech was a definite highlight and I’m very glad I attended. She has posted it online to share with the world, and I think the world should read it. Really enjoyed the John Richards and Ben Mackenzie program items – disappointed I had to leave before the end of both (once for noisy baby, once to get to the airport on time for my flight home!). If you aren’t listening to the Splendid Chaps podcast, I highly recommend it! And I also had to leave the Writer and Critic recording because of noisy grumpy bubs, but at least I can listen to that one later too :) I’m very sad I missed the launch of Caution: contains small parts, Kirstyn McDermott’s Twelve Planets collection, as I had already left to come home, but I was lucky enough to sneak my subscriber copy beforehand!
The Splendid Chaps recording: John, Ben, Petra, George, Kirstyn.

The Splendid Chaps recording: John, Ben, Petra, George, Kirstyn.

I was asleep by 8.30 on Saturday night – babies are both a blessing and a curse… And I enjoyed breakfast with Cat and Rob at the hotel both mornings – and everyone was rather tolerant of the grumpy tired baby I had in tow!

WA-ish fans were relatively prolific – spent time with Ju and Sarah, chatted with PRK and Elaine, saw Michael and a couple of others. As always, there were people there I only saw very briefly in passing, and didn’t even get a chance to say hello to – sorry!

The venue was a bit disappointing. The location was excellent – a nice walk from Southern Cross station (from Skybus drop off), and right in the thick of shopping/cafes etc, with a HAIGHS in the hotel foyer! However, inside was a bit different. My room was great (I was upgraded to a Superior King room!), the staff service excellent (as always, in Melbourne), but there was no lift access to the convention rooms level (except by the freight elevator) and one of the two hotel lifts to the upper floors (including the breakfast restaurant) was out of action. Tricky with a pram, can’t imagine how difficult for people with mobility issues. There was no tea/coffee within the hotel (a number of people who attended Conflux recalled the strategically placed hotel coffee cart there with much fondness!), and sure, it’s not far away to get some, but once you leave the hotel, you tend to wander off for a while, which means it’s not very cohesive. Interestingly, there were also no baby change facilities within the hotel, which I thought was really unusual. And the panel rooms were too small! A lot of the panels were overflowing and people couldn’t come in.

Bubs and I with Kirstyn and the first copy of Kirstyn's new book, personally inscribed!

Bubs and I with Kirstyn and the first copy of Kirstyn’s new book, personally inscribed! Photo courtesy of Cat Sparks.

All that said, it was a pleasant congoing experience in general – the committee seemed on the ball and were helpful and friendly at every turn.

Glad I went and have to say, BRILLIANT GUEST – Nora was excellent.


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FableCroft News

A quick post about FableCroft’s new books, two of which are being launched at Conflux in ONE MONTH but already here and ready to be posted out!

OneSmallStepCoverdraft1. Publishers Weekly reviewed both The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton and One Small Step, edited by me. FableCroft’s first reviews at PW, which is very exciting!

2. Pre-orders are available at the FableCroft website, and all orders placed now will be posted over the next week – that’s right, before the launch!

3. You can also try your luck to win a copy at Goodreads – details at the FableCroft website.

4. We re-released Tansy Rayner Roberts’ first novel, Splashdance Silver, in ebook a few weeks ago – it’s a fantastically fun read, and super cheap! The sequel novel, Liquid Gold, will also be out soon.

5. Not, strictly speaking, a FableCroft announcement, but I’m off to Hobart on Thursday to help launch Tansy’s newest book, A Trifle Dead (by Livia Day, Tansy’s alter ego). Join us if you can at the Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday 28 March, 2013!

6. And I’m merrily working on a couple of other projects that I will be announcing soon – fun!


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