Sneak Preview: The Rejects by Ali Foster

IFWG Publishing (Australia and International) prides itself for its juvenile and young teen titles, and recently we have won some significant adulation in this field – The Smoking Mirror‘s ALA Belpre Award honor title comes to mind, as well as the Brumbies series.

Keeping this in mind, and also adding our significant effort to have a strong presence in the New Zealand market, we want to share with you the beautiful cover for The Rejects by Ali Foster (Book 1 of the Ginomees Trilogy). New Zealand artist and designer Cheryl Smith created a wonderful cover capturing the characters in Ali’s book, and it also has vibrant colours – well suited to the 8-10 year old reader market (and all the way to adult, mind you).

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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 will be released on 1 May 2017 and will be available from all good bookstores, electronic and print.

New Signing: Shadows on the Wall collection by Steven Paulsen

It is with great pleasure that we announce the acquisition of publishing rights to Steven Paulsen’s dark and weird collection of short stories, Shadows on the Walls. The  collection contains stories from award winning anthologies, as well as original fiction. Original cover and internal art will be supplied by the Hugo and Oscar Award winning artist, Shaun Tan.

The collection is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2018.

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Photograph by Kirstyn McDermott

Steven Paulsen is an award-winning writer whose speculative fiction has appeared in publications around the world. His bestselling dark fantasy children’s book, The Stray Cat, illustrated by Shaun Tan, has seen publication in several English and foreign language editions. His short stories, which Jack Dann describes as rocket-fueled with narrative drive, have appeared in a variety of magazines and in anthologies such as Terror Australis, Strange Fruit, Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, Fantastic Worlds, The Cthulhu Cycle, and the World Fantasy Award winning Dreaming Down-Under.

Steven has also written extensively about Australian horror and fantasy for publications such as Eidolon, Interzone, Bloodsongs, Sirius, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, Fantasy Annual, The St James Guide to Horror, Ghost and Gothic Writers, and The Melbourne University Press Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. His interviews with Australian SF writers have been published in magazine and book form in Australia, UK, Europe and the USA.

Readers can find out more about Steven’s work at: www.stevenpaulsen.com

News: Refined Cover for Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole

With the advantage of time and the wonderful skills of artist and designer, Keely Van Order, we have refined the cover design for Kaaron Warren’s upcoming Dark Phases title, ‘The Grief Hole’. We have also received our first blurbs from a prominent writer, with praise that gobsmacked us all in IFWG Publishing Australia.

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The Grief Hole is dark exploration of grief, manipulation, malevolent ghosts, a monstrous, charismatic man and the woman who needs to venture deep into a place called The Grief Hole in order to stop him.

Cover Reveal: Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole

We can now reveal the wonderful front cover artwork and design of Kaaron Warren’s The Grief Hole.

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The artwork and design is by Keely Van Order, an artist based in Canberra. It beautifully captures the essence of the novel, and has the desired level of creepiness and tension we were looking for.

More news about release and launch dates, as well as the Dark Phases limited edition, will soon be made.

NB. The cover graphic above has been updated to the final, refined version prior to publication.

Sneak Preview: Olivia Stone and the Trouble With Trixies by Jeffery E. Doherty

Next month we will be releasing a new title, Olivia Stone and the Trouble With Trixies, by Jeffery E. Doherty, the first book in the young teen urban fantasy series, The Guardians of St. Giles. Jeffery is also a very talented artist, and we were happy indeed to leave the artwork and cover design to him. Here’s the latest version of the full cover wrap, and we suspect it won’t change much at release (it’s just too good!):

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Stay tuned for the announcement of its release date.