Cool stuff round up

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!

New books!

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!

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One Small Step: addition to TOC

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!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Table of Contents for 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!

One Small Step: Submission Statistics

While I’m not going to be posting the final Table of Contents for a number of weeks yet, because of a turn the anthology has taken along the way, I can share some stats about the submissions I received for the forthcoming One Small Step anthology.

Total submissions received during open reading period = 86

Submissions by gender = 1 unknown, 58 female (60 in reality as two stories had female co-authors), 27 male. An interesting swing from the Epilogue open call last year – could be reflective of any number of factors, including that Epilogue was open internationally and a large proportion of the US submissions were from men.

While the anthology was only open to Australian authors, I received seven unsolicited submissions from non-Australian writers, including works from the UK, US, Canada and Italy. These were rejected unread.

9 stories were accepted in the first round of reading.

11 were held for second round reading. Of these, two were subsequently accepted.

66 were rejected in first round (including non-Australian submissions), for a total of 75 rejections and 11 acceptances.

Total approximate word count of submissions read: 368,591

New anthology! Call for submissions (July)

Submissions will soon open for the next FableCroft anthology, tentatively titled One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries

FableCroft Publishing is seeking speculative fiction stories on the theme “One Small Step”. You know the quote and where it comes from. The stories must in some way address the idea of discoveries, new beginnings, or literal or figurative “small steps”. The rest is limited only by your imagination.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 12,000 words. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.

We are seeking original stories only – no reprints.

No simultaneous submissions please.

For multiple submissions, please query first.

Submissions open: July 1, 2012

Submissions close: September 30, 2012

Anticipated publication date: April 2013

Electronic submissions only. Please send story as an rtf or doc attachment to fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: SUBMISSION: Title of Story

Please be cautious to only submit final, proofread copy – ensure you have checked all your edits and removed all track changes in your document.

The editor will respond with a submission received email within 48 hours, but story selection may not occur until up to one month after the deadline. This anthology is open to Australian contributors only.

Payment will be AUD$75.00 and one contributor copy of the print book. Further royalties will apply for e-book revenue.

Submission Guidelines:

E-mail to fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com as an attached RTF. We do not accept submissions via snail mail.

  • Please use a fixed width font (ie Courier New) Size 12, with margins of at least 2cm.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraphs by 0.5 (approx 1cm – do not use tabs), double-space lines, and indicate section breaks with a centered “#”.
  • Include name, address, phone number, email etc at the top of the document.