IFWG’s Spanish Language Line of Titles

A statement by Gerry Huntman, Managing Director of SQ Mag Pty Ltd, trading as IFWG Publishing Australia, IFWG Publishing International, and IPI Comics.

When IFWG was first conceptualised and built into a publishing house, it was assumed that it would exclusively cater for English speaking readers. To be honest, it wasn’t even a topic to consider – it was a given.

The first glimmer of opportunities beyond English titles came with the publication of The Smoking Mirror by the ultra-talented David Bowles, and while this middle grade book was written in English, its main targeted audience were teen readers from Spanish speaking backgrounds, largely in the United States. Spanish words, often in the younger generation vernacular, were used in the book, and there was even a glossary at its end to help readers understand. I should add that some Nahuatl words were also used (the language that is kin to the language of the Aztecs).

The Smoking Mirror has become a best-seller, gaining an American Library Association Honor, and many schools in the USA have it as required reading for relevant electives. The degree of success of this title, and its subsequent books in the Garza Twins series, begged the question, ‘what about publishing the series in the Spanish language?’ (as spoken in the Americas). The answer was a resounding, ‘yes, we should’.

In 2019 we announced the acquisition of World Spanish Language print and ebook rights to the Garza Twins, and it was our intention to release book 1 in 2020 – many things got in the way for that deadline, in particular the impact of COVID on the book industry. We are happy to announce that book 1, El espejo humeante, will be published in North America in June 2022, with a possible side distribution in Spain through our European distributor, Gazelle Book Services. This was our first effort at coordinating the publication of a Spanish-language title, and it could not have been possible without the hands-on effort of David Bowles, the translator Libia Brenda (outstanding writer and Spanish language scholar based in Mexico), and the editing expertise of IFWG’s Silvia Canton Rondoni.

Yesterday we announced the acquisition of the Spanish language rights to Lee Murray’s middle grade novel, Dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse (El Amanecer del Apocalipsis Zombi) – another exciting project that will be released in October 2022 – and which now commits IFWG to a total of 6 Spanish language books. This additional title was acquired for many reasons, but a critical factor at play is the comfort we have in actually producing quality Spanish language books, which in turn relies heavily on our staff and network of experts in the field. To get El Amanecer del Apocalipsis Zombi to the stage where it can be built into a book relied on the professionalism and dedication of its translator, Silvia Cantón Rondoni (IFWG editor and translator, as well as author and poet, based in Canberra, Australia), and the wonderful beta and proofreading carried out by David Bowles, Montserrat Molist Funottet, Leo Mejia, Piper Mejia, and Silvia Nieto.

Silvia Cantón Rondoni

A special mention should be made of Silvia Cantón Rondoni. What a talented and productive individual! We are so happy to have her in our team, and in many ways she represents the heart of our Spanish language line of titles. She is our translator and editor for various projects and will help navigate our books to release. Apart from being an extremely talented poet and poetry anthologist (her chapbook of poetry, Stark Naked, and her anthology Infectious Hope, are her recent and notable releases), she has shown clear expertise in editing Spanish language text and translating English literature to Spanish, including adapting to the nuances of the language in the Americas (as she is originally from Spain). It is important to us to list these accomplishments and to thank her for her dedication in this field.

We will fairly soon be posting updates on our upcoming Spanish language titles, as well as another announcement about various other lines of books by IFWG Publishing. Stay tuned.

New Release: Infectious Hope

IFWG is immensely proud to announce the world-wide release of our fourth instalment in our chapbook series, Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From The Pandemic, edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni. “IFWG didn’t hesitate to take on this project,” stated Gerry Huntman, Managing Director, “as COVID-19 permeated every aspect of all of our lives over the last few years – it made sense to contribute to some form of positive message through our publishing house. Silvia’s editing effort was immense and she was a pocket dynamo in terms of attracting some of the best poets in the world, and not just from the horror genre that she has close ties with. We are still gobsmacked by the table of contents.”

The inspiring cover art and design was also rendered by Silvia Cantón Rondoni.

Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From the Pandemic is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation. Editor and poet Silvia Cantón Rondoni has curated a poetry anthology that includes a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, and focuses on their insights and strength during the pandemic.

A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know. This anthology contains the creativity of 47 poets, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Landsdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, as well as an introduction by Lee Murray.

This chapbook is available now and can be found in all good print stores, online and bricks and mortar. This book is not available in ebook formats.

Preorder Offer: Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope & Resilience From the Pandemic

Infectious Hope will be released worldwide on 1 November 2021, and for those of you who are keen to get a copy, IFWG is offering world-wide preorders from now until 30 September 2021. Retail prices, but shipping will be free. The chapbook will be delivered on, or just prior to release, notwithstanding the postal systems, and how COVID affects them.

Infectious Hope is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation. Editor and poet Silvia Cantón Rondoni has curated a poetry anthology that includes a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, and focuses on their insights and strength during the pandemic.

A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know.This anthology contains the creativity of 47 poets, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Landsdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, as well as an introduction by Lee Murray.

The following poets have contributed to this chapbook:

Linda D. Addison
Crisosto Apache
Allen Ashley
Eugen Bacon
Esther Belin
Jenny Blackford
Isobelle Carmody
Jay Caselberg
Anne Casey
Kat Clay
Claire G. Coleman
PS Cottier
Cardinal Cox
Jack Dann
Sebastien Doubinsky
Nigel Ellis

Stephanie Ellis
Rebecca Fraser
Owl Goingback
Oz Hardwick
Dominique Hecq
Dominic Hoey
Robert Hood
Roz Kaveney
Joe R. Lansdale
Steph Lum
Alessandro Manzetti
Kirstyn Mcdermott
Donna McLeod
Fiona Murphy
Jason Nahrung
Biola Olatunde

Yenn Purkis
Dan Rabarts
Hester J. Rook
Sumiko Saulson
Angela Yuriko Smith
Ruby Smith
Christina Sng
Heather Truett
Kyla Lee Ward
Janeen Webb
Adam Wolfond
Tabatha Wood
Fiona Wright
Marty Young

THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED

Cover Reveal: Infectious Hope edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni

IFWG is very pleased to reveal the cover art and design of our upcoming chapbook, Infectious Hope: Poems of Hope and Resilience From the Pandemic. Silvia Cantón Rondoni has edited an amazing collection of poems by leading poets and writers from around the world, and has exhibited additional talent by actually creating the cover art to boot.

Infectious Hope is a call out for positivism and resilience during lockdown and isolation. Editor and poet Silvia Cantón Rondoni has curated a poetry anthology that includes a spectacular range of diverse poets from around the globe, and focuses on their insights and strength during the pandemic.

A poetic vaccination of the soul, and a reminder that we are in this together and are stronger than we know.This anthology contains the creativity of 47 poets, including luminaries Fiona Wright, Joe R. Landsdale, Isobelle Carmody, Roz Kaveney, and Linda D. Addison, as well as an introduction by Lee Murray.

The following is a complete TOC of the publication:

Foreword by Lee Murray

Preface  To Infectious Hope by the editor

Linda D. Addison… HERE/NOW

Ryka Aoki… HUNGRY ONCE AGAIN, IN AMERICA

Crisosto Apache… A PRAYER FOR US—Ik ł’dá beedaajindánde

Allen Ashley… SYMPTOMS MAY VARY

Eugen Bacon… WHAT THE MASK SAW

Esther Belin… WASHING DISHES IS GOOD MEDICINE

Jenny Blackford… THE DANCE

Isobelle Carmody… THE CHICKENS OF THE APOCALYPSE

Jay Caselberg… CHRYSALIS

Anne Casey… WHERE GULLS CRY

Kat Clay… SMALL CHOICES

Claire G. Coleman… I CANNOT SING WITH THE RIVER

PS  Cottier… PATTERNS

Cardinal Cox… BEFORE THE DAWN

Jack Dann… HOUSE ARREST

Sebastien Doubinsky… IS POETRY CONTAGIOUS?

Nigel Ellis… IN THE TIME OF BREATHING

Stephanie Ellis… ANOTHER EVE

Rebecca Fraser… #breathe

Owl Goingback… QUIET STARS

Oz Hardwick… THE TROCADERO SHOPPING MALL

Dominique Hecq… FIVE DAYS IN FOUR HUNDRED WORDS

Dominic Hoey… THEY ONLY BECOME DREAMS WHEN YOU WAKE

Robert Hood… THE BALLAD OF THE MONSTERS 2020

Roz Kaveney… PERSIST

Joe R. Lansdale… THE MOMENT PASSES

Steph Lum… RECREATE

Alessandro Manzetti… WHEN SHE LEFT

Kirstyn Mcdermott… UNTOUCHED

Donna McLeod… Ka whawhai tonu mātou

Fiona Murphy… PERPETUAL STASIS

Jason Nahrung… GROUNDED

Biola Olatunde… THE UNBUCKLING

Yenn Purkis… A HAPPY THOUGHT

Dan Rabarts… DISJOINTED

Hester J. Rook… the things that would not have happened, were it not for this

Sumiko Saulson … WITH DECEMBER COMES ELUNE

Angela Yuriko Smith… A NEW MATCH

Ruby Smith… HOME ALONE

Christina Sng… OUR BRIEF TIME IN THE SUN

Heather Truett… GHAZAL FOR THE GOOD IN 2020

Kyla Lee Ward… WARDROBE MALFUNCTION

Janeen Webb… HOTEL QUARANTINA

Adam Wolfond… IN THE HEART OF MUSIC OPENS HOPE

Tabatha Wood… OF TIME AND TIDE

Fiona Wright… & normal

Marty Young… AN ENDLESS BARRAGE

Infectious Hope will be released world wide on 1 November 2021, and preorders will be available in coming weeks.

Upcoming Release: Infectious Hope (ed. Silvia Cantón Rondoni)

IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce the upcoming release of a poetry anthology chapbook, titled Infectious Hope, edited by Silvia Cantón Rondoni. It incorporates themes of hope and resilience during COVID, bringing the writing community together during the pandemic. Silvia has curated an exceptional anthology filled with diverse poets from all over the world.

The chapbook will be released worldwide in late 2021 (date will be finalised in coming weeks), and will comprise the following poets:

Linda D. Addison

Ryka Aoki

Crisosto Apache

Allen Ashley

Eugen Bacon

Esther Belin

Jenny Blackford

Isobelle Carmody

Jay Caselberg

Anne Casey

Kat Clay

Claire G. Coleman

PS Cottier

Cardinal Cox

Jack Dann

Sebastien Doubinsky

Nigel Ellis

Stephanie Ellis

Rebecca Fraser

Owl Goingback

Oz Hardwick

Dominique Hecq

Dominic Hoey

Robert Hood

Joe R. Lansdale

Stephanie Lum

Alessandro Manzetti

Kirstyn McDermott

Donna McLeod

Fi Murphy

Jason Nahrung

Biola Olatunde

Yenn Purkis

Dan Rabarts

Hester J. Rook

Sumiko Saulson

Angela Yuriko Smith

Ruby Smith

Christina Sng

Heather Truet

Kyla Lee Ward

Janeen Webb

Adam Wolfond

Tabatha Wood

Fiona Wright

Marty Young

…and a Foreward by Lee Murray.

Stay tuned for cover reveal and specifics on release.

New Release: Stark Naked (illustrated poetry collection chapbook)

IFWG is very pleased to announce the UK/Australian release of Silvia Cantón Rondoni’s dark and intensely personal collection of poetry, Stark Naked.

“This is the third chapbook published by IFWG,” said Managing Director, Gerry Huntman, “and the first that has an exclusive focus on the poet’s personal life and journey. Silvia is a very talented poet, and is undeniably a new, notable talent in the Australian scene, and globally from the point of view of dark genres. Additionally, the injection of Silvia Nieto’s accomplished illustrations – both for the cover as well as internally – has made this project an enjoyable one indeed.”

Stark Naked is Silvia Cantón Rondoni’s intense personal journey. These reflections reveal her transition from childhood through grief and trauma, to the woman of resilience she is today. Illustrated by Silvia Nieto in close collaboration with the poet, her artwork adds visual soul and compliments a collection filled with raw emotion and brutal honesty.

Stark Naked is available now in all good print stores, bricks and mortar as well online. It is not available in ebook formats.

The chapbook will be released in North America on 14 June 2021.