New Review

Our most recent release is Bala Mudaly’s autobiography, Colour-Coated Identity: A Memoir, it is a fascinating story of Bala’s journey from Apartheid South Africa to Australia and his search for an identity beyond racial lines. It is eloquently written and an engrossing tale, but don’t take our word for it. The book was recently reviewed in the Indianlink paper. You can read the review here:

https://www.indianlink.com.au/arts/books/review-a-colour-coated-identit

Gallery Worthy Writing

Congratulations go to two contributors, Sasha Buntman and Suya Lee, to the Unprecedented Times anthology Tale Publishing launched just before Easter. Their poems were selected to be displayed as well as recorded and played at intervals for the audience of the new Monash Gallery of Art exhibition STAGES: photography through the pandemic. They weren’t the only contributors to be involved in the exhibition though, as one of the other writers, Erica Tippett, will lend her voice to the recording of the poems.

The exhibition runs through to the end of August and copies of Unprecedented Times will be available for purchase through the gallery’s bookshop. It is also available online as an ebook. The paperback will be widely available from the first of July thanks to our distributor, Woodslane.

Additional congratulations go to Rainie Zenith whose story from the anthology, Ernie, won the Monash Wordfest 2020 Short Story Competition.

With such talented contributors, it’s easy to see why the Monash Writers Group consider Unprecedented Times to be their best anthology to date.

Amber Khan Article

Tale Publishing was wowed by this book when it was presented to us. It is a beautiful story and wonderfully illustrated. It may surprise some people to know Amber (and illustrator, Li Yang Lim) are both dentists and graduates of the University of Queensland. That fine institution has an article on them and their book.

https://stories.uq.edu.au/contact-magazine/2021/helping-children-remember-stories-of-kindness/index.html

About the book Amber Khan’s When the World Came Together.

When people stop visiting, three little ducks set out to find why. Across the world, they encounter wonderous people in everyday places who share their stories. Inspired by true events from the human response to the pandemic including the Great Teddy Bear Hunt, this beautifully illustrated book defines our time. A portion of the sale price will be donated to Covid-19 research. Available for pre-order from Dymocks or Amazon. Released February, 2021.

What’s on for 2021

Tale Publishing was founded with the goal of publishing two or three books a year. Over the last five years Tale Publishing has been running, we have published twenty-five books, far exceeding our aim. We are very proud of this and of the fourteen authors whose works these represent. Additionally, we have published many authors in anthologies for the Monash Writers Group, about half of whom this represented their first published story.

In 2021, we have several new releases. In the first quarter we have:

Amber Khan’s When the World Came Together.

When people stop visiting, three little ducks set out to find why. Across the world, they encounter wonderous people in everyday places who share their stories. Inspired by true events from the human response to the pandemic including the Great Teddy Bear Hunt, this beautifully illustrated book defines our time.

Monash Writers Group Unprecedented Times (Anthology)

The theme of this anthology is Unprecedented Times. Not all the stories relate to the events of 2020, some are historical and others futuristic. The contributors write in a variety of genres, so there is sure to be something in this collection for every reader.

Gordon JR Smith Come on Board

This memoir is a tale of two boat cruises in the 1950’s. Told in Gordon’s unique style, it recounts how one voyage was fabulous and the other was troubling.

In the later part of the year we have one or two books planned for release, which are by existing Tale Publishing authors. More details on those as they become available.

After these publications, Tale Publishing will be aiming to adhere to its original two books a year plan as our publisher has recently started a PhD.

 

Rapture Optioned for TV!

Tale Publishing are delighted to announce that one of our books, Rapture by Jeremy Stanford, has been optioned for a TV series by a major Australian production house. The novel tells the story of an atheist couple who have a child born with a halo. Many groups compete to control the child and his influence for themselves, leading to a dramatic, world-altering conclusion.

Intelligent Consent

Tale Publishing are very excited to announce the release of our latest book, Intelligent Consent by R. Andrew Russell.

Over the majority of his working life Andy Russell was involved with research into intelligent robotics and he was an Associate Professor at Monash University. Some of his robots communicated using puffs of air, licked the floor to follow chemical trails or burrowed through the ground searching for chemical leaks. It was not uncommon for reviewers of his research to complain it was too speculative, perhaps too much like science fiction? Now, in retirement, he has the freedom to explore robotics and science fiction more broadly without any requirement to demonstrate practical implementations, which has led to this debut novel.
About the book:

“What terrible disaster had occurred? Perhaps there’d been an accident while he was in the experimental brain scanner. Perhaps he’d suffered catastrophic nerve damage and that was why his muscles were failing to respond.”

Regaining consciousness after an accident, Robert Harper is devastated to find his mind has been copied into a robot named Rob.

As an intelligent machine, Rob feels that nobody believes he has the right to determine his own future. Worse, an arms manufacturer wants his technology for use in their weapons systems. Through many twists and turns he struggles to avoid capture, make sense of his very existence and overcome his own prejudices.

The paperback will be officially on sale in January, launched in February, and can be ordered now. Just ask at your bookshop for ISBN: 978-0-6486816-0-1

Pre-order at Dymocks, QBD, Booktopia.

The e-book is available (now) from Amazon US, UK, Australia or your country’s Amazon store.

Cloud 9

  

Ingrid Fry signing with Tale Publishing Publisher, Robert New

Tale Publishing is delighted to announce we’ve signed our ninth author. We welcome Ingrid Fry to our list for a four-book deal. Ingrid has written an urban fantasy series, Crystal Sphere. It’s our most ambitious signing to date, in that we’re going to launch all four books of the series at the same time!
Book 1: Descent into Darkness,
Book 2: Journey to Hell,
Book 3: Quest for Light,
Book 4: Search for Truth,

Ingrid has spent years writing the novels and we’re thrilled she submitted to us. It was an easy decision because we loved the quality of the writing, over-arching story, mystical elements, love-triangle, and humour throughout the books. We can’t wait to launch them in March next year.

The First Line Launch


Last week it was Tale Publishing’s privilege to launch the Monash Writers Group Anthology, The First line. This was their second anthology after last year’s View from the Hill. This time, fifteen authors contributed to the anthology and, for about a third of them, it was their first time having something published. Giving new authors the chance to be heard is something we love doing, and the enthusiasm for the publication was infectious on the night.

Helping launch the event was Monash Councillor Lynnette Saloumi. Pictured here with the Chair of the Monash Writers Group, Robert New and again with the contributors to the anthology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This anthology involved each writer taking the first line of a story they like and using it as the starting point for a new tale. Some lines are famous, others obscure, but the works they have inspired are original and entertaining. From historical fiction, drama, science fiction, mystery, adventure and literary there is a story in this collection for every reader.

Copies can be purchased from https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/0648327337/
https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-first-line-monash-writers-group/prod9780648327332.html

For stockist inquiries please contact Tale Publishing’s distributor, Woodslane, on +61 2 8445 2300 or email info@woodslane.com.au.

Launch for The First Line

On the 20th Feb, we have our publication, The First Line, being launched by the Mayor of Monash. This anthology was written by members of the Monash Writers Group and has contributions from fifteen authors. Some lucky people have been able to get their hands on a copy already, but by far our favourite has been Maggie, the pet of one of the contributors. As you can see she’s delighted by the book. We’re sure you will be too. You can order a copy at https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0648327337

New Author

We are delighted to announce that Peter Lingard has joined Tale Publishing.

Peter is the author of over a 150 published short stories, the novel Boswell’s Fairies and a placegetter in a dozen writing competitions. His debut with Tale Publishing has the working title The Book of Dave. The novel is a series of reminiscences of a bartender named Dave. Each chapter/story is triggered by scraps of paper and business cards as Dave transfers information from one diary to another. It’s an entertaining book and the novel is written with humour and an understanding of the spectrum of social interaction.

We look forward to bringing it to you mid 2019.