Newsletter #4

Bookseller Alert!

Ford Street has three best-selling titles. Has your shop stocked Trust Me!, edited by Paul Collins with a foreword by Isobelle Carmody; Solace & Grief by Foz Meadows; or Wardragon (Book #4 in The Jelindel Chronicles) by Paul Collins?

These titles keep on selling. Why not take a test drive with them? Ford Street will send one free copy to the first fifteen stores that email us with their preference (one book per shop). But we'd like you to promise to order in copies of that book from Macmillan Distribution Services if it sells within two weeks of being on your shelf. That's not a bad deal!




We have 3kg post packs full of stickers and bookmarks for the first twenty librarians, booksellers or festival organisers to email us their postal address. Contrary to the maxim "Nothing is for free", these actually are. However, to allay suspicions, let's at least give you something to work for. Please tell us why you want Ford Street's merchandise.

Keep an eye out for our March releases, Bat Attack! and Tiger Terror -- two more Hazard River books by JE Fison.  

Librarians and festival organisers







Check out our new speakers' agency at: We now represent 40 Australian authors and illustrators, including Isobelle Carmody, Phil Kettle and Michael Salmon. Unlike other speakers' agencies, we don't charge a fee.

Email Terrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interesting in booking a presenter for your school, library or festival.

From below clockwise: Jo Thompson, Meredith Costain, Doug MacLeod, Hazel Edwards, Ryan Kennedy, Isobelle Carmody, Michael Salmon and Phil Kettle.

Scotch College hosted a Ford Street Literary Luncheon event in November. Students from eight schools came to lunch with 16 authors and illustrators including Hazel Edwards, Doug MacLeod, Michael Salmon and Phil Kettle. Let us know if you'd like to host such an event at your school or library: Terrie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ford Street has just had its best year. For individual reasons, all our titles sold well.
In Lonnie's Shadow by Chrissie Michaels, The Star by Felicity Marshall and The Glasshouse by Paul Collins and illustrated by Jo Thompson, all sold to a book club. Solace and Grief by Foz Meadows became our 2010 best-seller; f2m by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy was a world-first transgender book co-written by a transgender and is still selling; Rufus the Numbat by David Miller and JE Fison's two Hazard River titles, Snake Surprise! and Shark Frenzy! have all gone into reprint.
The following titles were nominated for the Cybils (US):
Snake Surprise!
Gamers' Quest
Rufus the Numbat
The Star
f2m: The Boy Within
Solace & Grief.
For a list of the finalists, check out:
2011 sees the release of our NEW website at:
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We did well with foreign rights last year. Crossing the Line by Dianne Bates was published by Thienemann Verlag, Germany; Pool by Justin D'Ath was published by Actes Sud in France; The Jelindel Chronicles by Paul Collins was published in Portugal by Gailivro. Our first au

dio book was published by Louis Braille Audio. My Private Pectus audio can be purchased at:
Ten of our titles are now available via Kindle and e-pub. 


We have a great line-up for books during 2011. Most of the release dates haven't been set yet, but here's our list. You're the first to see it!
Bat Attack! by JE Fison (March)
Tiger Terror! by JE Fison (March)
Dragonlinks by Paul Collins (May)
The Star by Felicity Marshall (paperback, March)
Rufus the Numbat by David Miller (paperback March)
The Glasshouse by Paul Collins and illustrated by Jo Thompson (paperback March)
Maximus Black – Mole Hunt, book #1 of a trilogy by Paul Collins (June)
Changing Yesterday by Sean McMullen (sequel to Before the Storm)
The Key to Starveldt by Foz Meadows (sequel to Solace & Grief)
Gamers' Challenge by George Ivanoff (sequel to Gamers' Quest)
Two more Hazard River titles:
Toads' Revenge by JE Fison
Blood Money by JE Fison
Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Anna Pignataro
In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew and illustrated by Den Scheer
Bobo, My Superdog by Michael Salmon (June)

The Glasshouse by Paul Collins and illustrated by Jo Thompson is one of four Aust. books to be chosen by IBBY for their Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities project. The latter will be an International travelling exhibition :-). 50 "Outstanding Books 2011" will be launched at the Bologna International Children's Bookfair in March.

Solace & Grief by Foz Meadows has been short-listed for the WA Young Readers Award (older readers' category). Check out the list:


Select Ford Street titles are now available at amazon or Readings' new ebook store: Feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested in receiving future news from Ford Street. Let us know if you've received this from a third party and would like to be added to the database.
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