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 September 2014

Newsletter – Sep 2014

A Word From The Editor

September sees IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia making good inroads in their scheduled catalogues of new releases for 2014.

Already you all will know we have published Star Quake 2 (and boy, what a cover it has), Against The Elements (UK version – again, a great cover), and David Sperry’s debut scifi adventure, The Pouakai (why not, another wonderful cover). We are very pleased with our new titles, and look forward to the remainder of the year.

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Newsletter: A Word from the Editor (December 2013)

November was a hectic month for IFWG Publishing/IFWG Publishing Australia and has made up a lot of lost ground from the previous 12 months or so. I would like to share with you some highlights/trends:

Firstly, we fully established the IFWG Publishing Australia imprint, and thus far it has published six titles – the ‘reboot’ of the first two Brumbies books, and the third instalment of the five-book series; Kings of Under-Castle, Paper Magic, and the ‘best of’ anthology of SQ Mag’s 2012 publications, Star Quake 1 (an annual concern). All have been picked up with enthusiasm by readers, and the authors have been very good at assisting with marketing. We are hoping that we can slip in a seventh title before New Year – The Infinity Trap, by Ian C Douglas, a British work, and one that we view as having potential for sale in Australia as much as the UK. Keep your eyes peeled on the IFWG Publishing Australia site, as well as the social media outlets.

IFWG Publishing US is catching up as well, as reported in our last few Newsletters. Loria, The Bounty Hunter, Numen Yeye, Blood Sabers, and Unlikely Hero are highlights, and we are about to publish Sea Lily by Brooke Breazeale and illustrated by David I Faust. This last project has been long in coming, as is often the case when many quality illustrations are required, and when it coincides with our earlier hiatus. This book will be published in full colour – the second time we are doing this, as Constellation Station was our first, wonderful effort.

Perhaps an understated achievement over the last four weeks is the complete overhaul of the IFWG Publishing web site, as well as the blog site. It was clear that we needed to iron out the wrinkles, and wipe the cobwebs off of it. Since the Australian site appeared to be a more workable platform, we bit the bullet and made the move over the last few weeks. It was largely successful as a transition, and all reports are favourable about the end result. We like it. What’s more, we have dramatically improved the commerce functionality of the site, and it is easy to navigate, and pretty easy to purchase our titles on both sites.

The work we have put into our business over recent months has paid off, and we are very optimistic for the coming year. We have some more backlog titles to publish but they are small in number, and we have 2014-scheduled work ahead of us.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a joyous Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

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