Announcement: We’re growing up!

FableCroft Publishing has always been very lucky in the wonderful people who help make our books happen. In particular, people like our awesome designer, Amanda Rainey, proofer Elizabeth Disney, and other generous friends like Dirk Flinthart, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Jo Anderton and Alisa Krasnostein. Without them (and of course the authors and artists I love working with) it would be impossible to publish the books we do, and the books would be FAR poorer for the lack of their input.

But today we’re announcing a new big step for FableCroft – we’re completely over the moon to announce that we officially have an INTERN! Intern Katharine has been offering help and support to FableCroft (and me) for quite some time, as well as volunteering as a judge for the Aurealis Awards and supporting the wider community with excellent reviews of more books than even I can get to! She really knows her stuff, and I’m so grateful for her willingness to be part of our journey.

About Katharine:

KatharineBioPicKatharine Stubbs used to be mentor and municipal liaison for NaNoWriMo (2005-2012) and an ambassador for National Young Writers Month (2011), but has now retired to be a faithful book reviewer. She is currently in her fourth year of being a judge for the Aurealis Awards, and has recently completed a year as a judge of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Some day, Katharine would like to be a published author but until then she is happy rewriting her many manuscripts, reading as much as possible, and travelling. She is greatly looking forward to interning with FableCroft Publishing, and simply adores the Australian spec fic scene! 

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Worlds Next Door Book Launch

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE WORLDS NEXT DOOR BOOK LAUNCH!

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2010
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Location: Rockingham Community Library, Dixon Road, Rockingham

Worlds Next Door is an Australian anthology of speculative fiction stories for 9-13 year olds. Published by FableCroft Publishing and edited by Tehani Wessely, Worlds Next Door contains stories by 25 Australian authors, each illustrated by Australian artists. Many of the authors in the pages are award-winning and well-known writers of children’s fiction, and the anthology is compiled to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, with an accompanying website containing free teaching materials, story downloads, podcasts, guest blogs and more. worldsnextdoor.wordpress.com

Teachers, librarians, children, families, friends and interested persons are invited to celebrate the launch of Worlds Next Door, the flagship book from Rockingham publishing house FableCroft. Drinks and nibblies for all ages will be provided, and there will be lots of prizes to win!

Hosted by Perth author Simon Haynes (of Hal Spacejock fame) with participation by the editor/publisher and local authors. Come along and join the fun!

Australis Imaginarium revealed!

The very awesome Amanda Rainey has worked her magic once again, this time with artwork by illustrious Shaun Tan, creating the cover for Australis Imaginarium. It is beautiful and I love it.

Australis Imaginarium will go to print tomorrow, and, interestingly, because we’re using a different printer this time, will probably arrive the same week as Worlds Next Door! Will post a preorder special real soon!

Winner of the Liar competition!

Congratulations to Nikki, who told us that her favourite YA book was:

“Are you there God it’s me Margaret” by Judy Blume. This was banned from my school library when I was in Year Seven so became the book that everyone wanted to read. We had to sneak copies in from the ‘outside’ and on the quiet and eventually each girl in the two classes had read it. This was my first experience of censorship.

Nikki wins a brand new copy of Justine Larbalestier’s 2009 novel Liar, which is one of my favourite YA novels of the past couple of years!

There were some great comments which turn into a pretty decent reading list. If you’re interested in discovering some unusual YA favourites, check out the comments of the post!

Liar Giveaway

Welcome to the FableCroft blog! I’ve been working away on this for a while now and think this website is ready (enough) to share with the world. To celebrate, I’m giving away a book!

Liar by Justine Larbalestier

ISBN: 9781741758726

Published in Australia by Allen & Unwin

Secrets, lies, murder and betrayal.
Micah Wilkins is a liar. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Did they kiss? Did she see him the night he died? And is she really hiding a family secret? Where does the actual truth lie?
Liar is a breathtaking roller-coaster read that will have you up all night, desperately seeking for something true.

One of my favourite books of 2009, Liar is so cleverly written that it needs to be read at least twice! If you don’t already have a copy (or do, but would like to give one away as a gift, or to your local library!), now is your chance to get your hands on it, free!

THE RULES:

1. In the comments, tell us your favourite Young Adult book ever, and why you loved it so much. (I have a fairly broad definition of what is YA)

2. All eligible comments will be entered into the competition, which will be a random draw.

3. If we get more than 50 entries, I’ll throw a second (probably different) YA prize book on the table.

4. Open to individuals (of all ages) and libraries only.

5. Open internationally – we’ll post anywhere in the world.

6. Competition closes on Monday May 31, 2010.

Please feel free to link to the competition. And have a look around at FableCroft while you’re here! We have Twitter, a Facebook group and a baby website for our first book, the anthology Worlds Next Door (due out in June). Nice to meet you!