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Newsletter May 2015


Newsletter – May 2015

A Word From The Editor

There is much to talk about since our last Newsletter, and so without wasting time, I will get to it:

We are proud to have released Robert Hood’s Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories – both in cloth bound format, as well as trade paperback. This collection is so large it exceeds 800 pages for the cloth bound version, which caused us to publish the trade paperback in two volumes (Volume 1 is out now, Volume 2 should be out within a few days after you read this editorial). The cloth bound version is extra special: it contains wonderful illustrations by the great artist, Nick Stathopoulos, and we are also making available a limited edition version. We had a mini-relese and book signing weekend recently (Supanova, Melbourne) and we are definitely having several others, including the official release, over coming months around Australia. It would be worth keeping an eye out for more details.

The cloth bound version of Peripheral Visions isn’t just published under IFWG Publishing Australia’s imprint – we added a new sub-imprint called Dark Phases, which is reserved for hardcover (and equivalent ebook) only, and will always be accompanied by a limited edition. This sub-imprint, with a fantastic symbol of phases of the moon, is reserved for outstanding novels and collections, by only the best writers. Our aim is to build this ‘series’ of books over the years, with no particular frequency. We are currently in negotiation stage for the second, which if it happens, will be published in 2016.

Earlier this year we published The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles, which was important, partly because it is a fantastic middle grade/young teen novel in itself, but also because our US Imprint didn’t have any novels targeting that age group in our catalog. Additionally, we love this Aztec-mythos oriented fantasy story because it is also particularly attractive to readers of Spanish speaking heritage. The diversity of our titles is something we are proud of.

By coincidence more than any other reason, we only published a few days ago Escape From The Psi Academy, another middle grade/young teen novel, this time a fantasy with a strong emphasis on mind super-powers. Vincent L Scarsella writes an exciting novel, and which we think, will be attractive to Harry Potter fans.

Finally, but not least, we published The Andromedans, book 3 in The Empire series, by Elizabeth Lang. We praised it in our February 2015 newsletter, and we will again—her best novel yet!

With regard to SQ Mag, we are again proud to release another of our annual special editions. This year we chose ‘Dark Legends of a New Age’ looking to modern takes on fairy tales, with more emphasis on dark, non-familiar pieces. We have a wonderful set of 8 authors, including commissioned pieces from Angela Slatter, Gary McMahon and Kirstyn McDermott. All 8 authors have done us proud. I encourage you to visit the edition, as it is is absolutely free.

Gerry Huntman
MD and Chief Editor, IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia
Publisher, SQ Mag

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Newsletter February 2015


Newsletter – Feb 2015

A Word From The Editor

Every publisher has moments in the company’s business which are defining. Often, it is when a book is published that has the magical combination of quality production and an interest to the general public – or a keen interest to a select reader group. In April, we will have the latter.

Last year IFWG Publishing Australia had the fortune to meet with internationally respected genre author, Robert Hood, and the conversation quickly turned to all matters horror – which he has a keen interest in, and has written extensively. He has a particular love for ghost and zombie stories.

As if our paths were meant to intersect, we got excited about the idea of publishing his complete catalogue of ghost stories, which spans nearly 30 years, as many of his tales are now inaccessible from earlier anthologies and magazines. To make a long story short, we agreed to carry out this project, and we are now at the ‘business end’ of the process. We announced a few days ago our intention to publish the 2-volume print and ebooks, titled Peripheral Visions, in April 2015, along with a massive single-volume hardcover. Additionally, we have also offered a great price for a limited edition, signed copy of the hardcover, with a bonus, and significant, chap-ebook.

Peripheral Visions is a special book – a defining product – for IFWG Publishing, and we intend to continue to produce this level of quality material in the future.

I am also pleased to announce that in the next few weeks we will be publishing The Andromedans, by Elizabeth Lang, the third in the 4-volume series, The Empire. This series is great space opera, with touches of romance, and has been one of our more successful lines since we began publishing. I can say, as editor of this latest instalment (and backed up by our proofreader), that this is clearly her best work yet. Having said this, a contributor to the impact of her novel is the accumulation of quality character development and world-building in the previous two novels, which are features of her work. I strongly advise you to read all three novels – it is well worth your time.

Gerry Huntman
Managing Director
IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia

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Newsletter January 2015


Newsletter – Jan 2015

A Word From The Editor

Welcome to 2015! Our batteries are recharged, and we have a lot of publishing scheduled for the year ahead. And all of it is exciting:

  • We have several children’s books slotted, the majority will be published in the first quarter of 2015. Similarly, we have some great middle grade and young adult titles forthcoming in all quarters.
  • We have a number of titles whose sequels or next in line in ongoing series, will be released throughout the year.
  • And finally, we have a good number of titles by new authors to IFWG.

All the details are available in the ‘Forthcoming Titles’ pages of our two sites: IFWG Publishing and IFWG Publishing Australia. You will see the list is quite impressive.

Of particular note is IFWG Publishing Australia’s publication of the complete ghost story short fiction of Robert Hood, titled Peripheral Visions. This represents thirty years of short stories, novelettes and novella’s by one of Australia’s great horror writers, and much respected by horror fans (and the industry) around the world. This work is immense – over 200k of ghost fiction. The work is so large we are publishing the trade paperback in two volumes (penciled in for April and May, respectively), as well as a single volume hardcover version, each chapter illustrated by the great artist, Nick Stathopoulos, multiple Archibald Award short listed artist. We will also be selling (mostly through pre-order facility) a limited number of the hardcover books with a number sequence and Robert Hood’s signature – this will be a much sought-after edition. I will be saying more about this book over coming weeks through social media, including the cover reveals, and notification when the ‘deluxe’ edition will be for sale.

SQ Mag is ever on the rise. In 2015 the eZine will continue to publish new talent, and stories from other underrepresented groups, in the speculative fiction fields, with the periodic injection of well-established writers – all work is original. We were very fortunate to be able to commission a novelette by Laird Barron for our January 2015 edition, and we will be announcing other top quality writers in the future. Our May edition will, as usual, be themed and announcements will be made shortly through the SQ Mag site and social media. We already have Angela Slatter slotted for that edition.

I hope that you join us in this great adventure in 2015.

Gerry Huntman
Managing Director
IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia


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Newsletter December 2014


Newsletter – Dec 2014

A Word From The Editor

Welcome to the festive season – I can honestly say that the year has just flashed by.

In the last newsletter I focused on what is in our 2015 catalog, so I will dwell on what is happening now.

Firstly, I want to talk about an indefinite ‘series’ that IFWG is running, and has run for a few years now. We call it the ‘IFWG Chap-eBook’ series, and it has two purposes (and consequently, constraints).

  • We want to showcase our authors in as many ways as possible, and one such mode is to provide them with the option of publishing a short work (typically less than 20k, often less than 10k). Sometimes it might be a novelette or small novella that is often hard to find an appropriate market, and on other occasions it might be a long short story, or a set of short stories. Sometimes these stories are set in the same world (and/or with the same characters), as the authors’ published novels with us. Either way, we are always delighted to publish these ‘virtual penny dreadfuls’, and offering them in ebook format only, and at very good prices.
  • Secondly, we are a small publisher and in some cases we cannot keep up with the demand of some of our authors. While only a token gesture, we see these chap-ebooks as a real opportunity to keep our authors active in IFWG’s catalogue.

As a result of the two purposes outlined above, we restrict our chap-ebook series to our current authors, and we are never open for submissions beyond our stable of writers.

A few weeks ago we published the 8th instalment of the chap-ebook series, a set of 6 haunting short stories by Biola Olatunde, our most distant writer – she lives in Nigeria. As is the case with her two novels, Numen Yeye and Blood Contract, Sunset Tales entertains readers with well-spun stories, and at the same time digs deep into Nigerian society and reveals the good and the ugly. It is always honest, and often tragic, and yet at there are also moments of mirth. What I particularly like about Biola’s stories is that her work is spun in the English idiom of her homeland. I would recommend this small collection to anyone who is interested in haunting tales, or would like an insight into modern Nigerian society. You can find Sunset Tales, and the other 7 chap-ebooks published so far, in our chap-ebook store.

I am over the moon with our newest title release, Buxacan Spicerunner, by Warren Goodwin – his debut novel, but not new to publishing short fiction. This publication has been long in the coming, and its sequel, Port Buxaca, will be released late in 2015 – I know that those who read the first book will want to get their hands on the second.

Buxacan Spicerunner has many endearing qualities, some of which are fairly unique. Warren’s knowledge of the the Age of Sail, and piracy in particular, is eloquently, and evocatively portrayed in this swashbuckling adventure, and yet he has chosen to set the story in a fictitious, fantasy world. This was a clever decision, as he was able to expand the presence of pirate society in a vast sea dotted with a myriad of islands and coastal ports, as well as various societies who resist the looting and pillaging. And yet, this is not a classical fantasy story – there are hints of sea monsters, but nothing by way of exotic races, magic, or the like. Power lies in cannon, cutlass and pistols, and the skills of sailing the tumultuous seas. The cover of this book is magical – perfectly capturing the spirit of the novel – I want to thank Jeffery Doherty for a sterling job, both in terms of the art as well as the cover design.

I would recommend to anyone who loves seafaring or pirate adventures, in the vein of Errol Flynn, Burt Lancaster, and Johnny Depp, to purchase Buxacan Spicerunner, and get lost in the Buxacan Sea.

I hope that you all have a joyous and safe holiday season and I look forward to giving you more exciting news in 2015.

Gerry Huntman
Managing Director IFWG Publishing
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Newsletter November 2014


Newsletter – Nov 2014

A Word From The Editor

With the New Year fast closing in, we in IFWG still have a number of titles coming out for 2014 and look forward to readers having the opportunity to purchase them for the festive season. Buxacan Spicerunner, by Warren Goodwin, is in final stages and should be published by mid November. Earlier newsletters outlined what other titles will be forthcoming this year. A notable exception is that we are publishing Sunset Tales, our latest chap-ebook by Biola Olatunde, which will contain a few of her wonderful short fiction pieces, in coming weeks.

The working lists of titles coming out next year are as follows (in no particular order):

IFWG Publishing International
Rose of Numen (sequel to Numen Yeye) by Biola Olatunde
Anatomy of a Humachine Book I: To Dream by Louis K Lowy
The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles
The Gate at Lake Drive by Shaun Meeks
Escape from Psi Academy (book 1 of Psi Wars) by Vincent L. Scarsella
A Reason to Kill by Geraldine Fitzsimmons
Camelot II (book 3 of We Were Legends) by Merle Burbaugh
Warriors of Light (book 2 of The Sixth Precept) by Larry Ivkovic

IFWG Publishing Australia
Robert Hood’s Ghost Story Collection (hardcover and 2 volume trade paperback)
Gravity’s Eye (sequel to The Infinity Trap) by Ian C. Douglas (UK edition)
Brave’s Journey by Jan M. Goldie (New Zealand edition)
Intimations of Evil (book 1 of Warriors of Vhast) by Cary Lenehan
Star Quake 3 (SQ Mag‘s best short fiction of 2014)

There are a few other works under discussion.

As you can see this is a good number of titles for a small publisher. We are pleased to have grown and have capable staff and partners in producing quality books.

You may have noticed in the Australian list a new signing—we heartily welcome Cary Lenehan to our family, who will publish the first of his epic fantasy series, Intimations of Evil, book 1 of Warriors of Vhast.

Gerry Huntman
Managing Director IFWG Publishing
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Newsletter October 2014


Newsletter – Oct 2014

A Word From The Editor We are already in the last quarter of 2014, with a lot accomplished, but a fair number of new titles still in the works. They are all on schedule. Along with our previously announced signing of ‘The Smoking Mirror‘ by Texas-based author, David Bowles, we have also signed on ‘Psi Wars: Escape From The Psi Academy’ by Vincent L. Scarsella, ‘The Gate at Lake Drive‘ by Shaun Meeks, and our Australian imprint signing, ‘Brave’s Journey‘ by New Zealander, Jan M Goldie. We have one or two signings for our Australian imprint to complete, but all in all, we have a wonderful, fresh and varied set of titles for both our imprints in 2015. Just a final administrative matter. Over the past 12 months both imprints of IFWG Publishing have been transitioned to a new headquarters in Melbourne, Australia. While most of the transition arrangements have been behind the scenes and completed early, such as the creation of the second imprint and the republishing of a few titles in the Australian/British vernacular, we have made two changes that will mildly impact some groups of people. Firstly, we have had to change all our email addresses – all our email, newsletters and other media platforms should already reflect them. If you have an interest in updating the addresses, the listing is in this newsletter, below. Secondly, a number of our print titles (US imprint), have had to be moved to a new printer account, forcing us to change their ISBNs. If you have recorded IFWG ISBNs for any reason (or have links to online bookstores), you might want to test them, and update them. No books have been withdrawn – some have simply been moved. I look forward to announcing new releases next month.   Gerry Huntman Managing Director IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia Publisher, SQ Mag

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Newsletter August 2014


Newsletter – Aug 2014

A Word From The Editor

After a lot of scrambling with restructuring and the related activities, we have three new releases for this month:

Esme Carpenter‘s Against The Elements has just been released in a UK Edition, and given the opportunity to improve the cover (stunning in fact – thanks to EL Designs), and some refining, including bringing it back to its intended form of English (UK), we decided to cease the International version. In all seriousness, I believe North American and Antipodean readers will love the story as much in the British idiom. The title is now published under IFWG Publishing Australia’s logo. The original cover design was by Laura Clements, a talented designer who did an excellent job with the cover. We decided to make a new cover for the UK release, which is appropriate when there is this level of change involved, and while the original prominent depiction of the four elements was vivid and attractive, we wanted a depiction of the main protagonist of the story in the new version. In respect to Laura’s great work, we have retained the elemental symbol in 3D form on the rear cover, and she deserves a place on IFWG Publishing Australia’s website as one of our designers.

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Newsletter – July 2014


Newsletter – July 2014

A Word From The Editor

We have finally arrived at that time of the year when we are seeking new material for 2015, and perhaps a little into 2016. What makes this year different from the past is that we have divided our call for submissions into two geographies, aligned with our two imprints: Australian, UK and New Zealand titles go to IFWG Publishing Australia, and US and other international submissions go to IFWG Publishing. This is simply aligning with the reason why we have the two imprints: we want to target Australian content (for example) to the Australian reading public. This requires the use and expert support of Australian English, and we want to make sure we have access to printers in Australia. The same goes for all geographies.

In line with our call for submissions, we have also been busy with our publishing schedules with what we have already committed to, including recent contracts. And we have quite a lot to look forward to over the next 18 months or so.

Probably the most exciting contract signing over recent weeks is with Robert Hood, ‘Australia’s Godfather of Horror’. Robert has written excellent horror fiction for a long time, and is considered an authority in zombie and ghost stories, amongst other specialties. With recognition that Robert’s catalogue of ghost stories is extensive and penetrating, we have agreed with him to publish his complete set in a collection in the first half of 2015. Our current idea is to publish a massive single-volume, hard cover book around March 2015, with a limited run and each signed by the author. Soon after we will release the same work over two volumes in trade paperback format. It’s that big. You can find out more about Robert at his website, and we will post more detailed information about this exciting set of titles soon.

Along with this big news, we are also publishing sequels to a number of existing series (The Empire, The Sixth Precept, Brumbies, The Infinity Trap, to name some), as well as some new stand-alones from our stable of authors. More on all these new titles will be detailed in a later newsletter. Amidst this busy schedule we are looking for a few titles for each imprint. The details can be found:

IFWG Publishing

IFWG Publishing Australia

Gerry Huntman
Managing Director
IFWG Publishing
IFWG Publishing Australia
Publisher, SQ Mag



IFWGP Australia

SQ Mag

And if all else fails, e-mail us at info@ifwgpublishing.com

The IFWGP Blog has moved

The IFWGP blog now lives at www.ifwgpublishing.com (US) and www.ifwgaustralia.com (UK and AUS).

Author bios, guest blogs, IFWG news and more contained in a regularly updated blog where readers can comment on our changes and thoughts and even add some of their own.

SQ Mag – Fifteenth Edition

SQ Mag 15 cover

New edition, featuring original science fiction, horror and fantasy fiction, and book reviews.

Visit our site at http://www.sqmag.com.

The IFWG Catalogue

 Browse our catalogue and buy any of our titles in hard copy or e-copy.

IFWG Publishing Print Store – https://ifwgpublishing.com/print-title-store/
IFWG Publishing eBook Store – https://ifwgpublishing.com/ebook-store/
IFWG Publishing Chap-eBook Store – https://ifwgpublishing.com/chap-ebook-store/

IFWG Australia Print Store – http://ifwgaustralia.com/print-title-shop/
IFWG Australia eBook Store – http://ifwgaustralia.com/ebook-store/

New Titles

Sealskin Coast Front Cover

Sealskin Coast by Rowena Evans, exciting children’s book!

ISBN-10: 1925148025


Brumbies in the Outback, the fourth in the series by Paula Boer

ISBN-10: 1925148319

ASIN: B00KH07Y16

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New chap e-book from Paula Boer, consisting of short tales about Australian fauna


New chap e-book from Paula Boer about the life cycle of a Barramundi fish.


Sea Lily Front Cover

Brilliant children’s book Sea Lily.

ISBN:  978-0-9923654-0-0


New Covers

IFWG Publishing is in the process of revamping the covers of previous titles. Here is this month’s run…

Sixth Precept cover smaller

Submission Notices

  1. IFWG Publishing is OPEN
  2. IFWG Publishing Australia OPEN
  3. SQ Mag opened for general submissions on 1 January 2014.

One Final Word…

We’re open for submissions! I’m having a great time reading some of the material already being sent. If you don’t send, I can’t enjoy it, so make sure to submit your manuscripts and short stories to us asap.

If you need anything, e-mail me at newsletter@ifwgpublishing.com.

 Good luck, fellow writers! See you in a month!

Esme Carpenter

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Newsletter – June 2014


Newsletter – June 2014

A Word From The Editor

May is now gone – nearly halfway through the year, and there is still much for IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia to do. The Pouakai by David Sperry is going well, and we expect it to be published in the next month or so. We are also starting to ramp up the Ursus the Bear children’s book – stay tuned on that beauty. Buxacan Spicerunner will continue in earnest. Sealskin Coast and Brumbies in the Outback, as promised, are now published, and we are very happy with both titles.

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Newsletter – May 2014


Newsletter – May 2014

A Word From The Editor

With a great number of back office tasks now completed, including sorting out our complex royalties regime, and migration to three critical new websites (ifwgpublishing, ifwgaustralia, and sqmag), we are now working hard on a number of projects in earnest. Sealskin Coast is literally a few days away from publishing, and Brumbies in the Outback (Book 4 of the Brumbies series), will follow very soon after. David Sperry’s The Pouakai is nearing proofreading stages, and Warren Goodwin’s Buxacan Spicerunner is in editing stage, and will be transferred to proofreading stage soon. Two children’s books, a fantasy and a science fiction. Not bad.

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