The list of fine authors I will be sharing the TOC are:
- Alan Baxter, “Shadows of the Lonely Dead” [Suspended in Dusk]
- James Bradley, “The Changeling” [Fearsome Magics]
- Imogen Cassidy, “Soul Partner” [Aurealis 74]
- David Conyers & David Kernot, “The Bullet & The Flesh” [World War Cthulhu]
- Terry Dowling, “The Corpse Rose” [Nightmare Carnival]
- Thoraiya Dyer, “The Oud” [Long Hidden Anthology]
- Jason Franks, “Metempsychosis” [SQ Mag]
- Michelle Goldsmith, “Of Gold and Dust” [Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Maga 60]
- Michael Grey, “1884” [Cthulhu Lives: An Eldrich Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft]
- Stephanie Gunn, “Escapement” [Kisses by Clockwork]
- Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter, “Vox” [The Female Factory]
- Gerry Huntman, “Of The Colour Tumeric, Climbing on Fingertips” [Night Terrors III]
- Rick Kennett, “Dolls for Another Day” [The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows: Vol 2]
- Charlotte Kieft, “Chiaroscuro” [Disquiet]
- SG Larner, “Kneaded” [Phantazein]
- Claire McKenna, “Yard” [Use Only As Directed]
- Andrew J. McKiernan, “A Prayer for Lazarus” [Last Year, When We Were Young]
- Faith Mudge, “Signature” [Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fi]
- Jason Nahrung, “The Preservation Society” [Dimension6]
- Emma Osbourne, “The Box Wife” [Shock Totem: Curious Tales of the Macabre & Twisted #9]
- Angela Rega, “Shedding Skin” [Crossed Genres]
- Tansy Rayner Roberts, “The Love Letters of Swans” [Phantazein]
- Angela Slatter, “The Badger Bride” [Strange Tales IV]
- Cat Sparks, “New Chronicles of Andras Thorn” [Dimension6 Annual Collection 2014]
- Anna Tambour, “The Walking-stick Forest” [Tor.com]
- Kyla Ward, “Necromancy” [Spectral Realms #1]
- Kaaron Warren, “Bridge of Sighs” [Fearful Symmetries: An Anthology of Horror]
- Janeen Webb, “Lady of the Swamp” [Death at the Blue Elephant]
This is scheduled to be released in January 2016. More news as we get closer to publication.
2014 has been a mixed bag for me, but on balance, good. In some areas of activity, very good. Let’s get into the reporting.
Until August 2014 I sold, on average, a story a month for about three years. I was proud of that statistic, and more importantly, the more recent the sale, the higher the market payment. The average has fallen below one month per sale, because I have been less aggressive in submitting and writing stories; instead, I have been focussing on quality. And it worked. 2014 has seen 8 sales, where there has been a tangible increase in semi-pro and professional publications. Also of note, is the higher percentage of sales per submissions - I have logged in 2014 a 1 in 10 success rate, which is significantly higher than previous years. I should add that I have also sold a collection of science fiction stories to Cohesion Press which includes, potentially, 9 original short pieces (one a novelette). If that was added to my short story sale statistics, I would be doing very well indeed (I am counting this as a single work).
Highlights of the year:
- 8 sales, a mix of speculative fiction genres
- 1 of these sales was the revised, Australian edition of my all-ages fantasy novel, Guardian of the Sky Realms. I am very pleased with the end product, thanks to Cohesion Press
- Another sale is a collection of science fiction short fiction to be published in 2015 by Cohesion Press. Potentially up to 19 stories, including a novelette, and more than half of the content will be original. A mix of literary scifi, and character/plot driven.
- Another sale is the horror short story, ‘The Crab Woman’, a professional sale to the Our World of Horror anthology by Eldritch Press
- A professional sale in 2013 was published in December 2014, ‘Of The Color Turmeric, Climbing On Fingertips’, in Night Terrors III anthology, by Blood Bound Books
- Another 2013 sale, ‘The Deluge’ was published in Black Beacon’s Subtropical Suspense anthology. While not pro, I’m proud of this, as it is in many ways quite original, and dovetails rather well into the Brisbane speculative fiction scene.
2014 was a very big year for the two publishing imprints I co-own, IFWG Publishing and IFWG Publishing Australia.
- I was appointed Managing Director, on top of Editor In Chief
- The two imprints were clearly differentiated, their specific areas of jurisdiction solidified, including the transfer of several title from the US/International imprint to the UK/Australia/NZ imprint (it was a very big job)
- Rationalisation of covers for older titles, improved royalty reporting and payments to existing authors, and many other ‘back office’ improvements
- Both imprints signed on new titles for 2015, both from existing authors and new talent, with a notable signing of Robert Hood for his complete collection of Ghost Stories - a significant achievement and one I am proud to be involved with
- The appointment of Stephen McCracken as dedicated Marketing Director, a critical step up as a publisher
- The setting up of strong alliances with other small speculative fiction publishers, as well as third party services
- Ramp up of SQ Mag, our international speculative fiction zine, to a token paying market, a higher humber of solicited original work by established authors, and commissioning of artwork. Sophie Yorkston has done a sterling job on this project, and without her, this would be a failure.
2015 is looking very good, mainly because the groundwork has occurred in 2014.
I don't comment much on my personal life, as it is, well, personal. What I can say is that I moved from one day job to another, and it was a highly disruptive process. It took a lot of work to move into the new job, and it did put a strain on my family’s lives. In April 2014 I lost my mother. It was a relatively sudden decline and it had a powerful effect on me, and my state of mind, for many months, and will no doubt have echoing effects for the remainder of my life. All’s good now, but that is more of a statement for 2015.
Click here to go to my title site, which outlines where you can currently purchase it, including my special, limited-time offer for a signed copy.
Also, my publisher has a giveaway offer through Goodreads, running until 18 January 2015.