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.

Rapture Launched


Last Thursday Jeremy Stanford’s debut novel, Rapture, was launched at Readings Bookshop in St Kilda. Rapture tells the tale of an atheist couple who give birth to a child with a halo. Over 70 people were entertained by the banter of Jeremy and the inimitable Brain Nankervis who hosted the evening. Jeremy spoke about the difficulties he experienced writing the novel and the ideas that were abandoned and added along the way. Several guests commented that it was the best book launch they’d been to. Jeremy kindly signed some extra copies for Readings, so if you hurry in you may still be able to pick up an autographed copy. Rapture is available from all Readings stores. The theme of the novel makes it perfect reading for the Easter break, so head in store or order your copy now.

Here is Jeremy introducing the story:


Experience Rapture

9780994439994 Cover

Jeremy Stanford will be launching his debut novel Rapture on Thursday the 1st of March at Readings Bookshop in St Kilda. The event will be hosted by Brian Nankervis. To be one of the first people to get your hands on this book that Eddie Perfect describes as “gripping and real,” be at Readings at 6.30pm.

About Rapture

First time parents Tim and Nicole give birth to a baby with a halo.

For a couple of atheists, it’s a bit of a shock.

In what should be the most auspicious moment of their lives, the couple find themselves scrambling for what to do next. When the child performs his first miracle, they realise they may well have the second coming on their hands.

As they go to ground to hatch a plan, their cover is blown, and the church is brought into the frame. But not before the leader of a fanatical religious sect catches wind of their story and vows to have the child for his own.

With the church, the fanatical fringe, and even their own family wanting a piece of the new messiah, can Tim and Nicole find a way to bring God to the world without turning the exercise into a circus?

In his gripping and darkly comic debut novel, Stanford explores the fight for the ownership of God, and tries to imagine what the world would do if there really were a second coming.