something new… (?)

Recently Tale Publishing was invited to meet with a local community writing group about a potential partnership. They’d heard about our work with the Monash Writers Group* (who have a new anthology being launched in February) and wondered if we could work together on a new project. The project is subject to a grant application so while we’d all like it to come to fruition, it’s not a certainty.

Similarly, at the book launch for Colours of Hope and Despair by Bala Mudaly, we were approached by an author who’d written over three hundred short stories and a novel. He had a new manuscript he thought we might be interested in. We exchanged details and have since received a manuscript which does indeed interest us. Again, it’s not locked in yet but we’re hopeful.

So why are we writing about uncertainties? To answer that we need to go back to Tale Publishing’s beginning.

Recently we had our third anniversary as a Small Press. When we started we set four simple goals:

  1. Publish 2 or 3 books per year.
  2. Publish stories that have something interesting about them regardless of genre or author experience.
  3. Form partnerships that enable our publications to reach the widest possible audience.
  4. Be a publisher of choice for authors, retailers and readers.

These anecdotes illustrate how we are meeting the latter two goals which is why we’re mentioning them. We’ve also formed the basic necessity partnerships too: Woodslane (Australia) & Gazelle (Europe and Asia) for distribution, the Small Press Network and Australian Publishers Association as industry groups and Ingram Spark for printing. Additionally, we’ve previously worked with the Krishnamurti Foundation to publish a translation of Beyond Violence, but things like potential community partnerships signify a degree of growth and recognition which is encouraging. As for the former two goals, they’re being met too. We’ve published four books a year, from a mix of previously published authors and first timers, who’ve written in genres including memoir, urban fantasy, satire, speculative fiction, literary and non-fiction.

We’re still young and still finding our place in the publishing world, but it’s nice to think we’re building some momentum and meeting the targets we set ourselves when we were founded. Here’s to the next three years!

* Tale Publishing was founded by members of this group and also published their previous anthology, The View from the Hill.

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Our Best Ever Launch

Tale Publishing was thrilled to launch Bala Mudaly’s new book, Colours of Hope and Despair last month. By a narrow margin, the launch was the most successful we’ve had in terms of sales in our short history. Part of the proceeds from the sales of the book went to Amnesty International, a cause close to the author’s heart.

The launch coincided with Bala’s 80th birthday so there was cake! And what a cake it was – made in the design of his book.

To publish a book is an achievement for anyone, but to publish your first at the age of eighty shows the only limits are those we place on ourselves. Congratulations Bala. We look forward to working with you on book number two.

Busy Times

Busy Times

When we started a couple of years ago we set a target of publishing two to three books a year. This has proven to be both easier and harder to achieve than we thought. Easier in the sense that we’ve been overwhelmed with the interest in us as a publisher and harder in the sense of the time demand to publish that amount of books. We’d love to say yes to more of the authors who’ve pitched us, but unfortunately, we couldn’t then deliver on the promise to publish.

So far this year we’ve launched Year of the Queen: The Making of the Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical and Rapture, both by Jeremy Stanford, and Robert New’s Movemind: Speculative Short Stories. Later this month we’ll be launching Bala Mudaly’s debut Colours of Hope and Despair. That’s four books already. Technically five if we also count Robert Sayegh’s translation of Beyond Violence, which while available last year, only had wider distribution from May.

We already have two titles for 2019. The first is our next Anthology – The First Line (due February, 2019), featuring stories by fifteen authors. They’ve taken the first line of a story they like and used it as the opening for a new story of their own. The second book is Robert New’s Colours of Death: Sergeant Thomas’ Casebook (due by Easter).

Several of our authors have been out and about recently too. Margaret Hepworth spoke at Monash Libraries “Stories from a Hat” evening. Jeremy Stanford has done a number of radio interviews (3AW, ABC Radio) and public speaking events. Christine Hoy gave a presentation on behalf of the University of the Third Age (U3A). Robert New was interviewed on 3SER and was on a panel at the Continuum Spec Fic Convention. Finally, Bala Mudaly will be speaking about his book at the Oakleigh Library later this month. Congratulations to everyone on proactively promoting their work.

Margaret Hepworth in action.

Books at MIFF (B@M)

Last month we reported we’d been to the Melbourne International Film Festival to promote the idea of adapting some of our books for the screen. The one-on-one meetings with movie producers was a fascinating experience. Pleasingly, there was active interest in the role of women in the books. Note to budding authors: Movie producers are no longer interested if women are just damsels in distress or define themselves by their relationship status. They wanted strong female characters.

One of our books, Rapture by Jeremy Stanford had been pre-selected for a special shortlist of titles whose rights were available. This meant it had an extra promotion to the hundred plus producers taking part. The pitch was delivered by Seph McKenna the CEO of Screenwest and followed by a QnA with Seph and Tale Publishing’s Publisher, Robert New. Seph did the pitch as the voice of God (appropriate for the book) and it was very well received, leading to several producers expressing interest in the one-on-one meetings. Who knows where it might lead?

Christine Hoy Public Talk in Spain

Christine Hoy will be giving a talk on behalf of the University of the Third Age at 4 pm on 5th April at the Hapimag Hotel, Marbella, Spain. She will be talking about the search for her biological family and her struggle with adoption which form the basis of her memoir, Secret Sibling. She will also be talking about her charity Good News Children’s Trust (UK) for which she works to bring health and education to under-privileged children. The profits from sales of Secret Sibling go directly to this charity. If you can’t make the talk you can still find out more about Christine by reading her memoir which can be purchased through your local bookshop (ISBN: 9780994439925) and online retailers including Amazon. The e-book version is discounted to 99p or 99c from the 4th until the 11th of April 2018.