FREE BOOKS FOR WORLDCON!

I’m a bit under the weather, and I’m watching jealously as so many friends are making their way to Loncon3, this year’s Worldcon, so I’ve decided to express my pique with FREE BOOKS!

For the duration of Worldcon, the following FableCroft ebooks are ABSOLUTELY FREE to all readers! Go! Fetch them! 

Worlds Next Door (anthology)

Focus 2012: highlights of Australian short fiction (reprint anthology)

Splashdance Silver (Mocklore Chronicles #1) by Tansy Rayner Roberts

The Aware (Isles of Glory #1) by Glenda Larke

“Flower and Weed” by Margo Lanagan

“Sanction” by Dirk Flinthart

Disclaimer: I’ve made the discounts on Smashwords only for the top four items (all formats available here!), but these will probably filter through to Amazon etc via price matching, if that’s your preference. “Flower and Weed” and “Sanction” are only available on Amazon, and the free pricing will kick in tomorrow for five days! 

 

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Class set price for Worlds Next Door

FableCroft Publishing is pleased to offer a huge discount to schools wishing to purchase class sets of Worlds Next Door, a collection of speculative short fiction stories for 9-13 year olds. Released in 2010, Worlds Next Door features stories from 25 of Australia’s best authors for children, including Jen Banyard, Sue Bursztynski, Paul Collins, Pamela Freeman and Michael Pryor.

Stories from Worlds Next Door have been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards and the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award, and the book has received consistently excellent reviews across Australia. With teaching materials, free story downloads and audio versions available, Worlds Next Door is a valuable addition to any school resources.

If you would like to take the opportunity to purchase a class set of Worlds Next Door, simply email fablecroft@gmail.com with purchase order details (orders received this way will be invoiced, 30 day terms), or, if you have access to Paypal, please feel free to use the button below.

Number of copies
25 $300.00 AUD 30 $320.00 AUD 35 $340.00 AUD

“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
“The Nullarbor Wave”, Matthew Chrulew
“Ghost Town”, Pamela Freeman
“Little Arkham”, Martin Livings

FableCroft at Aussiecon 4

From Wednesday September 1 to Monday September 6, I was in Melbourne for the fourth Australian Worldcon, Aussiecon 4. This was a great chance to meet authors and people in spec fic from all over the world, including long-time online friends and many others. FableCroft had a strong presence in the Dealer Room (thanks to Alisa over at Twelfth Planet Press who permitted us space on her beautifully presented table, as well as access to her EFTPOS machine!) and I got the chance to meet and catch up with almost a full quotient of FableCroft authors! Both Worlds Next Door and Australis Imaginarium sold well and it was lots of fun to talk to people about them and show them off.

Some highlights:

* Giving Shaun Tan his contributor copy of Australis Imaginarium and having him admire it very much! Well done Amanda Rainey for a cover design that really did his artwork justice.

* Getting authors to sign their stories in a special copy of Worlds Next Door.

* Hearing Dirk Flinthart recount how he read his Worlds Next Door story (“The Best Dog in the World”) to a very appreciative audience, only to end up in tears himself – twice! (A number of other people also said they may have choked up when reading it themselves – it’s a good story 🙂 )

* Being on a panel about writing the difference in Australian SF with Peter M Ball and Narrelle Harris and being able to recommend fantastic Australian short and long fiction to a mostly international audience.

It was such a busy but fabulous five days, and one I’m so glad I got to – hope to make it to another Worldcon one year! For now though, I’ll look forward to Swancon36/Natcon50 in Perth at Easter, the Aurealis Awards in Sydney sometime next year, and hopefully Conflux in Canberra late 2011!

Alisa and Tehani behind the TPP/FableCroft table
(this photo courtesy of George Ivanoff)

And now we are launched!

The book launch for Worlds Next Door took place on Thursday August 19, 2010 at the Rockingham Community Library. Hosted by Simon Haynes, author of the fantastic Hal Spacejock series, with readings by contributors Leith Daniel and Jen Banyard, more than 65 people came along and enjoyed the event.

I was delighted with the turn out, and enjoyed the launch very much, as did everyone who I’ve spoken to about it. Lee Battersby said some very kind things on his blog; I particularly liked his appreciation for the kid-friendliness of the event.

I was very fortunate to have a number of good friends offer catering assistance and other help with the launch; particular mention must be made of Terri Sellen who baked and gorgeously decorated eleventy million cupcakes and a beautiful bookshelf cake. Incredible!

I’ve posted a whole bunch of photos in an public Facebook album here – many taken by my friend Leanne Joyce, others on my camera by myself, my husband and anyone else who got a hold of the camera!

Worlds Next Door book launch tomorrow!

Things have been a bit quiet around here for a couple of weeks. There are many reasons for this, one of the primary ones being the preparations for the official launch of Worlds Next Door, which takes place tomorrow evening.

The book has been out in the wild for a couple of weeks now, with some very positive feedback being blogged, tweeted and Facebooked about, which is lovely to see. Check out the FableCroft twitter feed for some of the retweets (and sometime real soon I will start a Reviews page on the website!).

Simon Haynes, of Hal Spacejock fame, is hosting the launch for us, and there will be readings by at least two of the authors, giveaways, fun for the kids, and lots of food and drink!

The Rockingham Community Library is very kindly providing the venue, and we’ll have lots of photos to share in a day or two. Should be lots of fun!