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I’ve been a publisher today!

Day started with an interview with a journo from the local weekend paper (with a pro photographer no less!) – the article will apparently lead the Arts section of the paper this weekend! After that it was full on delivery mode for me – two boxes of mailing to the Post Office (where I bought the rest of the parcel bags I needed to send the rest off), followed by deliveries of Worlds Next Door books and launch posters that took me (with various children in tow) from Port Kennedy up to Greenwood! Was quite fun, although sadly didn’t catch up with a couple of the people I delivered to, which was a shame.

Am now in final organising mode for (semi-work, with side track for family visiting and Neil Gaiman!) trip to Sydney, while still trying to get a bunch of stuff done for launch, Worldcon and all that jazz – busy busy busy! 


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The official end-date for the Worlds Next Door pre-order special is supposed to be this Thursday. I realised yesterday though that I’d overcharged for postage. I’ve refunded the incorrect amount to all those lovely people who have already ordered, but to say sorry, I’m extending the offer for a further week. 

So, until Friday June 11, 2010, you can pre-order the awesome Worlds Next Door anthology for just $17.95 (RRP $19.95) plus $3.00 P&H. There will never be a better time to order!

ETA: Special price concluded June 11 – recommended retail of $19.95 now available through this link!

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In a few weeks, I will have copies of my first book from my new press in my hands. I’m more excited about this than I could have imagined, so I want to share the love! While the regular RRP on Worlds Next Door will be AUD$19.95, for three weeks only, I’m offering a pre-publication special! Order your copy of Worlds Next Door now, and pay only $17.95 plus postage. And there are so many reasons to buy…

1. It has fantastic stories, and lots of them! There are 25 stories in this book, and the contents are:
"The Best Dog in the World", Dirk Flinthart
"A Wizard in Trouble", Paul Collins
"Graffiti", Joanne Anderton
"Enid and the Prince", RJ Astruc
"Disobedience", Dave Luckett
"The Guardians", Geoffrey Hugh Miller
"Horror Movie", Michael Pryor
"The House on Juniper Road", Felicity Dowker
"Rocket and Sparky", Edwina Harvey
"Inksucker", Aidan Doyle
"Mega Wombats and Demon Ducks", Sue Bursztynski
"Philomena Plaitbinder", Angela Rega
"Moonchild", Bren MacDibble
"The New Rat in Town", Kaaron Warren
"Through the Break", Jen Banyard
"Nine Times", Kaia Landelius and Tansy Rayner Roberts
"Sir Pesky Poos-a-lot and the Pony" Thoraiya Dyer
"Old Saint Nick", Leith Daniel
"Slugs and Snails", Jenny Blackford
"The Trouble with Fifi", Launz Burch
"Tabitha", Rowena Cory Daniells
"Genevieve and the Dragon", Angela Slatter
"Nullarbor", Matthew Chrulew
"Ghost Town", Pamela Freeman
"Little Arkham", Martin Livings

2. It looks awesome! With a brilliant cover design by the very talented Amanda Rainey, Worlds Next Door will look very pretty on your bookshelf.

3. It has wonderful artwork! 
Each story is illustrated by one of our very clever artists, which makes it even nicer to read.

4. You can share it with kids! Offspring, nieces, nephews, godchildren, students, random children on the street … Worlds Next Door is suitable for the younger spec fic fan and our first test reader, 11 year old Alana says it is "Fun to read!"

5. You can get discounts! 
Aside from this pre-publication special, I can offer discounts for purchases of five or more books – great for gifts or let your local librarian know! Email fablecroft at gmail dot com for more information.

I can do combined postage discounts as well – if you would like multiple copies, please email me and I’ll work out the postage cost. My apologies, but this is only for Australian postage at this point – if you’re overseas and would like to pre-order, please email me!

ETA: Special now closed, sorry! But you can still order at the retail price of $19.95 + $3.00 P&H within Australia. And there are discounts for bulk purchases!


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Week 11

Ahem, I pretty much kept forgetting what day of the week it was all this week, what with the double sided long weekend, travelling, Swancon, and all that! So I’m posting this a day late with no excuse other than I forgot yesterday was Friday!

It’s been a busy week, with Master 7 racing off on his big adventure last Saturday. He’s had an absolute ball (all he did was go fishing all week – it was his aim, and he accomplished it!) He’s currently overnighting in Sydney with rellies – they’ve done the Easter Show and he apparently has the biggest grin on his face from that! Ferris Wheel and roller coaster big successes from the sound of it. He’ll arrive back here with my Mum tomorrow – little sister and brother really looking forward to seeing him (and yes, mummy might miss him a bit too).

Miss Four has had a fairly social week. Lots of time with best friend C, either at Fun Station, her place or here. She’s just come home from another afternoon at their place, during which I got all the washing, ironing and putting away COMPLETELY done for the first time since bub was born! I also watched Lesbian Vampire Killers which was quite a bit funnier than I expected. And caught up on some publishing paperwork, which was good. Yesterday was our one day we’d thought to stay home alone (and indeed, stay in our PJs!), but we had an unexpected (but pleasant!) surprise of   and assorted progeny arrive for a visit in the afternoon – luckily my friends don’t mind me having to get dressed before making them a cuppa! Was very nice – kids were good, got to meet L’s eldest, and Miss Four enjoyed playing with E immensely. Poor C was a bit disappointed that Master Seven wasn’t here to play with, although he covered it quite well by making lots of Ben 10 Alien Creation Chamber aliens 🙂

Bub is growing like a weed, and changing daily. He’s getting quite "talkative" and has also learned how to poke tongues! It’s quite funny to see him copying that action 🙂 He’s sleeping pretty well at night now, particularly if mummy gets him to bed fairly close to 7pm. Hopefully sleeping won’t get too messed up while Granna’s visiting. He’s also really enjoying nursery rhymes, and gets particularly excited if each song ends with wild clapping of his hands (by appropriate grown up) and cheers of "Yaaaaaay Maxie!!!" 🙂  This pic is of Miss Four’s friend’s mum doing exactly that.

In other news, I had to buy a new modem during the week, and I now have slower internet, which is most annoying. I also overspent my iPhone download quota between no ‘net at home for three days while I figured out what was wrong, and two days at Swancon. Will be interesting to see how much that costs.

And this week has been a bit slow on the publishing side. I’ve managed to finish a few books and write a couple of reviews. I also reorganised the bookcase again, as I’ve got a full shelf of old anthologies now that I need to read for Australis Imaginarium, and I also needed to tidy and re-evaluate my TBR shelf, particularly for outstanding review books! For Worlds Next Door I’ve been collecting author and artist bios, contracts and payment details, and waiting anxiously for news of cover art. Fingers crossed on that one still, but if it doesn’t work out, I have an awesome fallback, so I’m not really worried 🙂 Do really need to hook into the Australis Imaginarium stuff though. It’s weird that I have the (very awesome by a very special artist!) cover art for that one but only a few stories selected, whereas I’ve no cover for WND and it’s practically finished inside! Ah, the fun stuff of publishing 🙂

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Call for Recommendations: reprint anthology

Kolbe Catholic College


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In the past two years, I’ve read a number of works that made me decide to put together a collection of very Australian flavoured stories. The collection is titled Australis Imaginarium, and will be produced by my new press, FableCroft Publishing, which will also be printing my original anthology for kids, Worlds Next Door.


I’m looking for short story reprints by Australian authors that are strongly Australian, particularly those that “feel” like alternative Australian folklore or mythology. Please note, this does not mean they have to be Aboriginal or Dreaming in origin, although of course this type of story will be included. I am not looking for “ocker” stories that don’t contain a strong speculative element.


As a guide to what I’m seeking, the stories that inspired the project are Thoraiya Dyer’s “Night Heron’s Curse” (ASIM 37), “The Jacaranda Wife” by Angela Slatter (Dreaming Again), and “Once a month, on a Sunday” by Ian McHugh (ASIM 40). While these stories were the start of the project, they are not wholly representative of the type of stories I will consider, so don’t be afraid to suggest stories that don’t exactly feel like these.


I would love to hear from authors, publishers and fans who can suggest any stories that might fit this collection, which will be available for Worldcon in September. I know there’s been a rich history of speculative fiction in Australian settings published over the last few decades – I’m looking forward to discovering more of it!


Please comment below if you have recommendations, or email me (with e-text of stories attached if possible!) at fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com if you prefer! Publications will be paid.

I will also be seeking artwork for the anthology – reprint or original – not necessarily related to particular stories. Please email if you would like to submit any work (also paid publication).

Feel free to spread the word 🙂





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