News: Printer Partnership in New Zealand

After some time, including negotiation, IFWG Publishing Australia is very pleased to announce forming a partnership with a New Zealand printer: Print House Ltd, based in Hamilton.

We have had a long association with excellent writers and editors in New Zealand, and have already published work by New Zealanders Jan Goldie (author) and Frances Hutt (artist/illustrator) over recent years. As we are doubling our number this year (adding authors Ali Foster and Barbara Howe), we knew it was time to build our business in New Zealand, and to offer our titles at sensible and competitive retail prices.

We are still working on a distributor, but we have now a solid, exclusive relationship with Print House Ltd, and very soon several print runs will be made (with special attention to get copy for Lexicon in less than a few months).

Stay tuned for more exciting news about our ventures in New Zealand.

News: The Rejects by Ali Foster

Ali Foster’s The Rejects (Book 1 of the Ginomees Trilogy) has been published and will be released for sale on 1 May 2017 through all good online print and ebook stores, worldwide. Additionally, IFWG Publishing is finalising a printing deal in New Zealand so that print copies can be distributed locally without prohibitive overseas printing/shipping/import taxes overheads. The Rejects will be officially launched at LexiCon (the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention) at Lake Taupō (2nd to 4th June 2017). Plenty of copies will be available for sale and signing.

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“We’re ginomees, it says so right here. Look! G-N-O-M-E-S spells ginomees!”

A group of discarded garden ginomees turn their backs on the boredom of a lifetime in the garden and set out in search of adventure. When a good deed goes wrong, Noname and his friend Flutey are forced to fly over the Tripletoe Mountains to win back the hats stolen by a band of wild ginomees.

The Rejects is a juvenile fantasy novel, perfect for 8 to 10 year olds, but nevertheless delightful for all ages beyond.

Event: Triple Header Children’s Book Launch

We are very happy to announce that three of our most recent titles, all children/young teen books, will have their formal book launch together at the marvellous Harry Hartog Bookstore in Westfield Woden, ACT, on 13 February 2016. It will be held from 1.30pm to 3.00pm and we hope that plenty of book-reading families take their children along. There will be readings, signings, music, colouring-in, sketching by artists, and drinks and nibbles. 4 of our authors, two of whom are fine artists, are represented, covering 10 titles published by IFWG Publishing Australia.

Come and enjoy the festivities!

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News: Successful Official Hobart Launch of Intimations of Evil

The official Hobart launch of Cary J. Lenehan’s epic fantasy novel, Intimations of Evil, was held on Thursday evening 2 December 2015 with a great turnout at  Amor Bar on Elizabeth Street. It would be easier for Cary to recount the event:

During the afternoon our house began to resemble a CWA kitchen as four trays of quartered sandwiches were assembled. It had started in earnest. The launch was happening. At 4.30 I realised that I had not yet picked up the business cards from Xerox. Why was I just sitting around answering queries on the Book of Face? Into the car, get those, to our son, Brenden’s place to get him and he is playing World of Warcraft (bloody geeks), to Woolworths to pick up some more nibbles – four trays of them and then to pick up my mother. To her, as to me, it is still not real. Her son is actually a real author and her friends want to buy books because they like the cover art (as do I – good choice of artist by Gerry at IFWG).

We arrive at Amor Bar at 5.45. We said 6pm, but there are already people moving around. Is everyone early? Is this all that will come? I set up the banner with the cover on it. It stands taller than I do and looks great. Marjorie and Alice already are setting up a sales table and people are buying books and wanting me to sign them. Out goes the first food. I know my customers. Quite a few are students or not far removed from it and so hunger is never far away. The serious bit of greeting people and thanking them begins. I get given a martinus (my first Manhattan for years). Coffee and drinks are being bought and it looks like the bar is adding people behind it. How Irish to launch a book in a bar. I am sure that James Joyce is smiling at me. I might even write a limerick.

It is 6.15 and I give a short speech. It may be hard to believe, but I am nervous and someone asks me to speak up. Because we hurried things to get the book out well before Christmas we ended up with only me to launch my own book. It was unusual, but it seems to have worked. At any rate the applause was a little louder than polite. Looking around some people I was expecting to see were not there and there are quite few that I have no idea about. The room seems fairly full.

Time to sit and start signing books. I apologise for the wobbly signatures, but it was a new experience for me and hard to think of something individual to put down to make it more memorable for people. The attendees vary from a person I have known since she was in pre-school with my daughter to people I have only ever met on Facebook. My favourite surprise was a chap who was dining with his wife next door and, looking for a drink after, wandered in. They heard the speech and decided that they wanted a book. A couple of people have bought it as a Kindle and already read it. They love it so much they want signed copies. To me, as someone that has been a fan most of their life, that is way cool. My first drink finished I have the rest of a martini and then something called a Monkey Wrench (I think). Once we account for pre-orders, we are out of books and need to order more. That has to be counted as a good night for a new author. Add in that we have been in the top 10% of Kindle sales on Amazon most of the time since the book came out and I thing that we may have done something right.

I sit and talk about the book with people and how it came to be. Drop hints about the series without revealing key plot details. Talk about gaming and my background as people ask questions. I could get used to this. We continued talking (and drinking) well into the night. All the food (8 large platters) is gone. There were still quite a number of younger ones looking to make a night of it. The bar has never had a book launch before (and the staff bought books) and they are not normally open on Thursdays. They already want us back next year for volume two.

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 Below are a sample of photographs taken at the event (permission granted from Wendy Calabria and Cary J. Lenehan).

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It started with receiving a few boxes of books…

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Banner at Amor Bar

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Getting to the books…

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The speech

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Book signing – very casual

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Happy fans!

News: Successful Official Release of Brave’s Journey by Jan Goldie

With over 200 people celebrating the launch of the new IFWG fantasy adventure Brave’s Journey, it’s safe to say New Zealanders are fans of a good read. Held alongside a children’s art exhibition focused on the themes within the book, the launch was overrun with enthusiastic kids ready to show off their artwork and talk about Brave’s Journey. The cross pollination of literature and art was a great success, with visitors coming from far and wide.

If you’d like to find out more about Jan Goldie or her new book go to www.jangoldie.com or read her author page on this site.

Brave’s Journey can be purchased direct from this site (print), and from our ebook store, or any online book stores, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iStore, and Kobo.

More about the event can be found in Jan’s extensive blog.

The following is a sample of photographs of the event:

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News: Successful Official Sydney Launch of Peripheral Visions

Sydney’s official launch of Robert Hood’s definitive ghost collection, Peripheral Visions, was held on Thursday evening 16 July 2015 with a great turnout at Kinokuniya Bookshop on George Street. It was slickly supported by the excellent staff and owner of the bookshop, nibbles and drinks abounded, and Garth Nix did a fantastic job introducing Robert and Nick Stathopoulos, the great illustrator of the cloth bound edition. The bookstore staff set up a screen and an upgraded version of the Peripheral Visions book trailer ran on a continuous loop in the background, and that impressed all who attended. They even had two door prizes which comprised of (to quote Robert), “Minion carry-bags, each with a copy of Daikaiju! 3, a packet of jelly dinosaurs, and a skull shotglass… yes, you heard right…” All in all it was a great success, including the signing of a heap of books and a convivial atmosphere.

Robert’s description of the event says it all:

It was a terrific night in every way, and one the publisher, IFWG Australia, its Managing Director and Chief Editor Gerry Huntman and Marketing Officer Stephen McCracken should be very happy about, seeing the book they put a lot of faith and effort into being greeted with such good-will, enthusiasm and classiness. The staff of Kinokuniya were accommodating and endlessly helpful, the set-up was fab, and the audience a wonderful mob of well-wishers — great people. I thank you all for braving the weather and Sydney traffic to get there — and then for so many of you buying the book. I hope you enjoyed the night and will, given time to read those 823 pages, enjoy the book!

Special thanks to Garth Nix, who did a great job of introducing the book and sending it into the world in style; to Nick Stathopoulos, who had the good taste to agree to illustrate the book and the skill and artistry to produce such spectacularly fine work to make it look so special; and the fantastic Catriona Sparks, without whom the event would not have gone nearly so well. Cat organised both the catering (which was superb) and me (who can be rather vague, forgetful and disorganised — it’s just one of the many reasons I love you so much. You’re the best, Cat!)

Finally, thanks again to IFWG Australia Publishing for all their effort and support, and for producing such an excellent book — one I am very proud of.

Once again, thanks to all!

And thank you, Robert, for accepting our offer to publishing your amazing and comprehensive collection of work, and Nick Stathopoulos for accepting the commission for his outstanding cover and internal artwork. We echo Robert’s nod to Garth Nix, Cat Sparks and the staff and owner of Kinokuniya in Sydney, who helped make the official launch a great success.

Kinokuniya can be contacted via their website, www.kinokuniya.com.au.

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 Below are a sample of photographs taken at the event (permission granted from Catriona Sparks).

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Robert Hood, Nick Stathopoulos and Garth Nix

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