gerryhuntman
For those of you who are in Melbourne on 11 April 2015, you might want to consider tagging along to Supanova. I will be at the Cohesion Press table for a few book signing windows, with pen poised, and happy indeed to sign your copy of Guardian of the Sky Realms!

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gerryhuntman
Very pleased to see my odd fantasy piece, 'Snatching The Lute', accepted by Bards and Sages Quarterly. This story is set in my Evyntyde universe, and it is always a pleasure to add stories into the marketplace from that milieu - the 10th in fact. It will be published in June 2015.
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gerryhuntman
02 January 2015 @ 08:17 pm

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.

Writing
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.

Publishing
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.

Personal
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.

 
 
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Extremely pleased to be included in the pro anthology, 'Night Terrors III' by Blood Bound Books, with my story, 'Of The Color Turmeric, Climbing On Fingertips' published alongside short fiction by luminaries such as Jack Ketchum, Steve Rasnic Tem, Eric J Guignard, and many others. This is particularly satisfying as it is a story with Australian protagonists set in an extremely unusual Australian setting. I will say no more. This anthology is a must buy. Purchases can, at this stage, be made in Amazon.

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gerryhuntman
Pleased to see my new novel now available as trade paperback. It will be available soon through all good online stores, worldwide.

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.

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gerryhuntman
01 December 2014 @ 09:05 pm
I'm very pleased to announce that Guardian of the Sky Realms is now published (ebook - print coming in a week or so), and I have a deal for readers to receive signed print copies.

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eBook Published. Now available through Amazon (Kindle).

I have opened a new blog site devoted to Guardian of the Sky Realms.

In this site, I have announced the fantastic chance to get a signed edition of Guardian of the Sky Realms, direct from me. Support authors and small presses!

I am very excited by these recent events, and I look forward to my formal release, and my planned signing of copies for readers at the next Melbourne Supanova.
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gerryhuntman
The release of my all-ages fantasy novel, Guardian of the Sky Realms, has been set for 30 November 2014 - only a few weeks away. In the meantime, the Kindle version can now be preordered at Amazon, DRM free.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P9ZETGM

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gerryhuntman
Pleased to announce that 'The Cutpurse From Mulberry Bend' is now published in The Best of Penny Dread Tales, by Wordfire Press. This is a rather sad, Weird Western Steampunk tale, originally publishing in Penny Dread Tales: Volume III: In Darkness Clockwork Shine (back in March 2013). I have been fortunate to contribute to all 4 volumes of Penny Dread Tales, so it was interesting to see which of the 4 tales I wrote was considered the best (and chuffed to be picked at all).

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It has just been formally released, and is available in all good online stores, in ebook and print formats - here's just one, at Amazon.
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gerryhuntman
I am over the moon with the news that a large selection of my reprint and original science fiction short fiction, spanning about 6 years, will be collected in a book by Cohesion Press (the same publishers of my young teen fantasy novel, Guardian of the Sky Realms). A lot of details are still to be sorted out, but a great wad of short stories and a novelette are in the publisher's hands, and the lights are green for next year. Stay tuned, folks.
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gerryhuntman
I have a good track record with Westerns, be they horror, weird, steampunk, or a strange fusion of two or three. In this case I am pleased to have a weird/horror piece, 'The Past Catching Up'. in Dead Guns Press' anthology, Badlands. It is available in print at the moment, and presumably ebook soon. Come on over and read a quality Western Horror book, by a very good specialist independent publisher.

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