Not long ago IFWG had the misfortune of having its Australian distributor go into liquidation – the process of replacing them is still an ongoing concern. We are thriving with our North American distributor SPU/IPG.
When one door closes, often another opens – we have very good news.
We are pleased to announce that we have signed a partnership agreement with Gazelle Book Services, a distributor based in the UK, servicing UK, Continental Europe, inclusive of the Baltics and Eastern European Countries, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia – although the focus is UK and Continental Europe. We believe our ability to pick up an Australian distributor (and hopefully with ties to NZ) will now come easier.
The UK is a large market and Europe promises opportunities for us, and our authors. We look forward to growing in these geographies.
IFWG Publishing Australia is nearing completion of its full transition to its Australian distributor. The direct result, as foreshadowed, is the scaling down of our direct sales business, which has always been a significant overhead to us. This has always been part of our plan.
As of today, we will only be direct selling a very limited number of titles – mostly preorders, from time to time, and a few specialist books that are better to sell direct than go through distributors.
We have removed all relevant print shop pages for the majority of our titles, and links to them will be removed over coming days.
We are grateful to patrons who have purchased books through us in the past, and hope you all can encourage retailers and libraries to pick up our products through our distributors.
Without a doubt the most important milestone of IFWG Publishing Australia has just been achieved. We have just signed a distribution deal with a notable independent Australian distributor (Dennis Jones and Associates), that will enable our print books to be distributed effectively to retailers, libraries and other outlets, including online, as well as our ebooks to be distributed globally. Additionally, there are strong synergies with UK and New Zealand, which will mature in coming weeks – and we will keep you posted on that.
Most small, independent publishers understand that this step is the biggest that can be made, and it can’t happen unless the product is proven to be of excellent quality (the stuff will sell) and long-term, sound business practices are maintained (there is a strong financial commitment to working with distributors). We are now joining a small subset of Australian independent publishers who have taken this step, and we look forward to expanding this over the next year to global reach with other distribution partnerships.
Our new and best selling titles will be quite rapidly transitioned to the distributor, and our remaining back catalogue will move across in regular waves over the next 9 months or so. There will be some minor disruption at times, so please have patience with us if you are effected. Most of our print titles will rise in price, to match what is currently the norm in the retail world – and which we have little choice on the matter to make this a financially viable concern.
We are overjoyed and ecstatic at this achievement, and we look very much forward to increase our readership and contribute to the speculative fiction publishing industry in the geographies affected.
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.
We have recently created a number of new roles in our company and it is timely to give everybody an idea of who’s who.
Firstly, in terms of structure, IFWG Publishing is divided into two geographic imprints:
- IFWG Publishing Australia (Australian, UK and New Zealand reach)
- IFWG Publishing (International) (North America and other countries not previously covered)
IFWG Publishing Australia is also the publisher of SQ Mag, our international, free speculative ezine, and also is the publisher of the elite Dark Phases sub-imprint.
The following roles are at play in IFWG Publishing (both imprints):
- Managing Director and Chief Editor: Gerry Huntman (Australia)
- Marketing Director: Stephen McCracken (Australia)
- Publicist: Grace Chan (Canada – new position)
- Submissions and Content Editors (content editing roles are new):
- Esme Carpenter (UK – soon, USA)
- Warren Goodwin (USA)
- Copy Editors:
- Sophie Yorkston (Australia)
- Louise Zedda-Sampson (Australia)
- SQ Mag Editor in Chief: Sophie Yorkston (Australia)
We also have proofreaders, SQ Mag slush readers, designers and artists, and regular contributors to SQ Mag – all of whom we are grateful for their work.
We are also currently in the process of acquiring an international distributor to handle international print and ebook distribution for select titles, with the view to better outlet penetration (online, library, academic institution, and bricks and mortar retailers). More on this in coming months.