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Season’s greetings from the humans and animals at Ford Street Publishing and Creative Net Speakers’ Agency! merry xmascreate paul meredith gemma

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It’s a given that if you’re not in Victoria you’re unlikely to attend the launch. But if you would like to purchase either book they’re available from Ford Street at $19.95 each signed and posted free. Email us for payment details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would prefer e-versions, click here for The Beckoning and here for The Only Game in the Galaxy.

What a year 2013 has been! Ford Street has published twenty books and two 2014 titles are here ready for their release in March.

Some highlights: Trust Me Too, edited by Paul Collins with an introduction by Judith Ridge, was selected as one of the titles for The White Ravens 2013. This is an annual selection of the top 250 books from around the world prepared by the International Youth Library in Germany. The list is presented at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Thanks go to the 50+ contributors! 

Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes was shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards 2013. Isobelle Carmody’s Greylands is set to become a film. Ford Street recently acquired the book rights for Greylands and Scatterlings

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A nice surprise for those of you who loved Foz Meadows’ Solace and Grief: intern Daniela has produced a trailer for the sequel, The Key to Starveldt.  And here is Christina Booth's trailer for Welcome Home.

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We've hosted several book launches, notably George Ivanoff's Gamers' Rebellion at Watsonia Library and Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes' Gracie and Josh at Richmond Library.

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Creative Net ran several one-day literary festivals in Rockhampton and Emerald (in association with Morris Publishing) and one in both Bendigo and Craigieburn. Creative Net continues to grow and why wouldn’t it? We don’t charge schools, libraries or festival organisers a booking fee. If you haven’t looked at the site for a while you’ll be in for a surprise. We have had many authors and illustrators join us during 2013.

Speaking of which, we are considering holding another Keeping Books Alive (in association with the Children’s Charity Network) during 2014. It will be in Victoria. Expressions of interest are sought. Email your thoughts re presenters and preferred dates: 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.">Our digital book list continues to grow as well. We are now represented on many platforms including OverDrive, Amazon, iTunes, Wheelers (NZ), Kobo and Baen Books. Here is a sample of our digital publications: Dyson's Drop, Trust Me Too, Gamers' Challenge, Monster School.

Our other 2013 titles...

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Last but not least, here’s a sneak preview of some of the titles we’re publishing during 2014:

  • The Poppy by Andrew Plant
  • Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville
  • The Cuckoo by Gary Crew and Naomi Turvey
  • Jamie Brown Is Not Rich by Adam Wallace
  • Dead Dog in the Still of the Night by Archimede Fusillo
  • Butterfly and Oscar by Tricia Oktober
  • Elephants Have Wings by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro
  • I Wish My Mum Was An Octopus by Shona Keenan and Lee Burgemeestre
  • Celia and Nonna by Victoria Lane and Kayleen West
  • Found You! by Mardi Davies
  • The Monster Who Ate Australia by Michael Salmon
  • Check out our latest catalogue catalogue

     

    Expect to see these covers in your bookshop or library in March and April!

          POPPY      The Cukoo            CHASING      The Monster Who Ate Australia 

     

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    Ford Street Publishing Pty Ltd

    ABN 73 123 131 395

    2 Ford Street, Clifton Hill, VIC 3068, Australia

    Phone: +61 (3) 9481 1120 Fax: +61 (3) 9481 1123

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     We have some great new releases for young and middle readers!

    Monster School by DC Green

    PT, the Swamp Boy, is terrified. During his first class at Monster School, mafia goblins threaten to murder him. He is saved … by the meanest monsters in school –
    • A vampire with attitude!
    • A socially-challenged zombie!
    • A giant spider called Bruce!
    Now PT is really sweating. If the Dead Gang learns his secret, he’ll spin on a kebab stick before recess. Imagine what will happen if the dragon finds out!

     

    ISBN: 9781925000078
    Publication date: October 2013
    Format: B format paperback
    Price: AUD$18.95
    Category: Fantasy
    Age guide: 10+

    • ‘A wild, wise-cracking ride. I loved it.’ – Ian Irvine.
    • ‘A rollicking read, filled with snappy dialogue.’ – Jenny Mounfield, Amazon.com.
    • ‘I fell in love with the wonderful cast of monster characters. This is one book I wish I'd written … a classic.’ – Robyn Parnell, Goodreads.
    • ‘Fast moving, exciting and drops information at just the right rate... Altogether, great fun, with the usual DCG mix of big-hearted weirdness.’ – Sally Odgers.
    • ‘Jam-packed with action and adventure… From the first to the last page you'll be hooked in and barracking for PT and the Dead Gang.’ – Matt Porter, Goodreads.
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    DC Green 

    About the Author

    Surf journalist DC Green has won multiple big awards, had thousands of articles published in over forty countries and roamed the world’s greatest surf spots with the likes of eleven-times world champion Kelly Slater. Children’s author DC Green has won two very small awards, had five children’s novels published in one country and Kelly Slater no longer returns his calls. DC doesn’t mind. He loves motivating even the most reluctant of readers and writers. His school shows, that have toured through every Australian state, have been acclaimed as ‘bizarre, egotistical, enthralling, funny and not to be missed’, while DC’s humorous fantasy Erasmus James series has been hailed ‘the finest written in the history of English literature about mutants chooks and ninja horses’.

    Key selling points:

    • Monster School is high-paced adventure with action, fights and fun – from page one!
    • It’s Lord of the Rings in an overcrowded city
    • Laugh-out-loud, character-driven humour
    • The Pokemon of monsters – EVERY known monster type lives in the City of Monsters
    • This book/series won two awards, even before publication
    • Amazing covers AND internal art by The World of Grrym illustrator, Danny Willis
    • Local author willing to promote through signings,interviews, blogs, pretty much anything legal
    • Bookmarks, posters and stickers available (while stocks last)

     

    Welcome Home by Christina Booth

    Welcome Home is the story of a young boy and a whale as she swims into the river harbour seeking safety and a resolution to the violent past relationship between whales and man. This prosaic journey, accompanied with soft sketchy watercolour images, reveals how the past can impact our future. Can the boy make amends for the past? Can the whale forgive and return to what was once her ancestor’s home? Whaling is a horrific image to portray in any literature yet this story offers its history and consequences to children and adults in a gentle, safe way. This story does not avoid the facts but ends with hope and reconciliation, using history to show the consequences of our actions and choices.

     

    ISBN: 9781925000092 PB 9781925000085 HC
    Publication date:1 Oct 2013 HC, 1 Feb 2014 PB
    Extent: 32 pages
    Format: Portrait picture book
    Price: AUD$26.95 HC AUD $16.95 PB
    Category: Fiction
    Age guide: 7+

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     ChristinaBooth

    About the Author

    Christina Booth is an award winning Australian children’s author/illustrator. Four of her picture books have gained CBCAs Notable Children’s Book Awards. Her picture book, Kip, the story of a crowing rooster living in the city, was awarded a CBCA Honour Book in 2010. Two of Christina’s illustrated books (In The Deep Red Desert, Angie Lionetto- Civa; The Carrum Sailing Club, Claire Saxby), were selected to be read on ABC’s Playschool program in 2012.

    Key selling points:

    • How do you teach and show the effects of whaling to children? Through a story.
    • Welcome home is a gentle and safe introduction to the history of whaling and how it put whales at the risk of extinction.
    • An important message without preaching for all ages to consider.
    • A wonderful classroom book or a treasure for the family bookshelf.
    • Includes information pages at the conclusion of the story to assist in explaining about Southern Right Whales and whaling around Southern Australia
    • To complement the story, the last two pages of the book are filled with information about Southern Right Whales, a brief history of whaling and the event that inspired the story.
     

     

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    LATEST NEWS!

    Paul Collins's adult horror novel has hit #8 on Amazon's psychic thriller page -- just seven behind Stephen King's latest novel, and number 30 on their occult suspense page. A review can be read at Goodreads. Paul's young adult novel, The Only Game in the Galaxy, book #3 in The Maximus Black Files, is #97 on their spies page.

     

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     We are happy to announce the release of The Only Game in the Galaxy! Order it now or from your local bookseller.

    The Only Game in the Galaxy by Paul Collins

    In a galaxy of cutthroat companies, shadowy clans and a million agendas, spy agency RIM barely wields enough control to keep order. Maximus Black is RIM’s star cadet. But he has a problem. One of RIM’s best agents, Anneke Longshadow, knows there’s a mole in the organisation. And Maximus has a lot to hide.

    Also in this series: Mole Hunt and Dyson's Drop

     

    ISBN: 9781925000061
    Publication date: September 2013
    Extent: 333 pages
    Format: B format paperback
    Price: AUD $19.95
    Category: Science fiction (space opera)
    Age guide: 12+

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    PaulCollins 

    About the Author

    Together with Michael Pryor, Paul is the co-editor of the highly successful fantasy series, The Quentaris Chronicles; he has also contributed seven titles to the series as an author. Paul’s other works include The Jelindel Chronicles,The Earthborn Wars trilogy and The World of Grrym trilogy written in collaboration with Danny Willis. Paul has been the recipient of several awards, notably the inaugural Peter McNamara, the A Bertram Chandler, the Aurealis, and the William Atheling. He has been short-listed for many others, including the Speech Pathology Australia and Ditmar awards. Paul has worked as a pub bouncer, served time in the commandos, has a black belt in both tae kwon do and ju jitsu, was a kickboxer, and trained with the Los Angeles Hell Drivers.

    Key selling points:

    • Multiple award-winning Australian YA author.
    • Third book in a trilogy
    • Aimed at boys from 12+.
    • Strong male and female characters
    • Merchandise offered: bookmarks
    • Author touring schools and conferences
    • Book #1 received fantastic reviews. Fran Knight in Magpies said: “A quirky turn of phrase, combined with a large dose of humour will attract readers who like something extra with their SF”
    • Meredith Tate in Bookseller & Publisher had this to say: “Bitingly clever and imaginative, it’s like a cross between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Total Recall and Dexter”
    • Fran Atkinson chose Mole Hunt as Pick of the Week in The Sunday Age: “Don’t bother trying to acclimatise. There’s no meandering here, just a full throttle shove that leaves the reader in the calculating hands of 18-year-old Maximus Black, who comes from a long line of madmen, murderers and megalomaniacs”.

    Out now: Gamers' Rebellion

    Gamers’ Rebellion by George Ivanoff

    Tark and Zyra finally make it out into the real world ... but things are not quite what they expected. When Zyra is captured by the Designers, Tark finds himself among a group of teenage rebels. It seems like everyone has an agenda, and Tark and Zyra are to be the pawns in other people’s power games. They soon discover the sinister uses to which the game is being put and the shocking way it is all operated— with dozens of kidnapped children wired directly into the mainframe, their brains keeping the whole thing going. Will Tark and Zyra be able to free these children? Will they be able to save the characters within the game from the people who created them? Will they even be able to remain in the real world? Or will the Designers’ plans for world domination win out?

    Also in this series: Gamers' Quest and Gamers' Challenge

     

    ISBN: 978-1-921665-97-4
    Publication date: June 2013
    Extent: 246 pages
    Format: Portrait
    Price: AUD $16.95
    Format: B format paperback
    Age guide: 11+

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    About the Author

    George Ivanoff is an author and stay-at-home dad residing in Melbourne. He has written over 30 books for children and teenagers, two of which are on the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge booklist. George has also written for numerous magazines and anthologies, including Trust Me!and Doctor Who, Short Trips: Defining Patterns. 

    Key selling points:

    • George Ivanoff is willing to promote his work
    • Third title in the Gamers trilogy
    • Strong male and female characters
    • Set in a game environment. Perfect for reluctant readers
    • Experienced author who has written over 30 books for children and teenagers
    • A combination of popular genres — science fiction and fantasy

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    Newsletter #9

    Back to School and Work edition 

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    Hi everyone

    My apologies for the intrusion during this busy period, but some of this news is time-sensitive. 

    Ford Street’s latest books are the all-new Toocool and Marcy series by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday. They’re distributed by Macmillan Distribution Services for trade and INT Books for education.

    Teacher's notes are aimed at both the Australian and New Zealand curriculums.

    On this note, we have quite a few NZ librarians reading our newsletter this time. As an introduction to Ford Street, we are offering them a FREE Toocool or Marcy book to the first twenty librarians to email us with their postal address.

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    INTERSTATE AUTHORS VISITING YOUR STATE?

    Creative Net Speakers' Agency (www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet) has several authors visiting interstate this year. Here's your chance to have someone "different" without the cost of airfares/accommodation. As an aside, feel free to ask us if any of our other presenters would be interested in visiting you from interstate.

    DC Green

    Term 2

    * South Australia. June 3 - 7.

    Term 3

    * Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast. August 5 - 9.

    * Victoria. August 19 - 23.

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    Adam Wallace:

    • 17th of October and the 22nd of November.
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    Susanne Gervay

    • Susanne Gervay is in Melbourne to launch her picture book Gracie and Josh from March 5 – 9. Please get in touch asap if you would like her to visit your school or library (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The illustrator, Serena Geddes, is also available during this time (no airfares/accommodation fees are applicable).
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    Patricia Bernard

    • Patricia is looking for a week’s work in Qld schools some time during 2013. She’s open to offers and will pay her own airfares.

     

    Paul Collins

       • Paul will be in Tasmania March 11 -- 16th. Email us for available times.

    • Remember, Creative Net does not charge a booking fee.
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    Our Feb/March titles are:

    Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes (March)

    The Lost Tail by Patricia Bernard and Tricia Oktober (Feb)

    Pirate Gold by Michael Salmon

    Toocool/Marcy (all new titles!) by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday

     

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    Librarians and festival organisers

    Check out our speakers' agency at: www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet. We now represent over 100 Australian authors and illustrators, including Isobelle Carmody, Phil Kettle, Leigh Hobbs and Michael Salmon.

    The latest presenters to join us are: Melaina Feranda, DC Green, Paul Stafford and Gabrielle Wang.

    OUR LITERARY FESTIVALS


    This year we're organising one-day literary festivals in Rockhampton, Emerald, Yeppoon and Craigieburn. Give us a call if you would like us to organise one for you. They're not as expensive as you might think.

    We've also organised a few PD seminars for teachers, librarians and literacy co-ordinators. If you've been to our Keeping Books Alive seminars, you'll know how good they are.

    We have time to run one more during 2013 if anyone is interested.

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    We can run a PD session in either May or June. Please get in touch re your preferred date/s. Check out the Creative Net Speakers' Agency to see some of the presenters we have used at past seminars.

    Email Terrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're booking presenters for your event, or the PD seminar/s.

    LAUNCH INVITATIONS

    Hazel Edwards will launch Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes at the Richmond Library, 415 Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne on 9 March at 1 pm. RSVP Terrie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Feb 20. There will be some special guests present!

    Specific to anyone in Sydney on March 1, Grace Proust from Variety is also launching Gracie and Josh at 9:15 am for 9.45 am at The Children’s Bookshop, 6 Hannah Street, Beecroft, NSW ph (02) 9481 8811. RSVP 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..

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    Top to bottom: Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy, Isobelle Carmody, Michael Salmon, Phil Kettle and Leigh Hobbs.

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    Ford Street's upcoming titles:

    Toocool and Marcy boxed set of ten titles by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday

    Chasing Shadows by Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville

    The Cuckoo by Gary Crew and Naomi Turvey

    Gamers' Rebellion by George Ivanoff

    Welcome Home by Christina Booth

    Flora's War by Pamela Rushby

    Il Kedra (Final book in The Maximus Black Files) by Paul Collins

    Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo by Tania McCartney and Kieron Pratt

    Elephants Have Wings by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro.

    Our current catalogue can be viewed/downloaded at: http://fordstreetpublishing.com/ford/images/stories/promotions/ford_street_cataogue_8-2012.pdf

     

     

    Select Ford Street titles are now available at amazon or Readings' new ebook store: http://ebooks.readings.com.au/collection/ford-street-publishing 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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    A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  ~ Chinese Proverb

    Newsletter #8

    Season's greetings from all at Ford Street Publishing and Creative Net Speakers' Agency!

    (And from Harriet, Molly and Jack, threshold guardians!)

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    2012 has been generous to three facets of my career: the publishing company, speakers' agency and my writing.

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    2012 kicked off with the launch of Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro's Ships in the Field. What a great success this book has been for Ford Street. Susanne of course is the consummate promoter. She has travelled around the world promoting this title, so much so we're getting requests from both the UK and the US for copies.

    Other titles that have gone exceedingly well are Gary Crew and Den Scheer's In the Beech Forest. Gary, of course, is one of Australia's most awarded children's authors. I coupled him with first time illustrator, Den Sheer, whose art I first spotted at the Children's Charity Network award ceremonies. Trust Me Too edited by Paul Collins with a foreword by Judith Ridge has been similarly successful. Judith runs WestWords in Sydney, and also MCed our highly successful PD Reading Beyond 2012 seminar in Sydney. This anthology contains great original illustrations and stories from authors and illustrators such as Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs, Marc McBride and Oliver Phommavanh, Michael Gerard Bauer, Pat Flynn and James Roy. I asked Isobelle Carmody for a 1500 word story and she generously wrote a 9000 word novelette 'The Journey' is a prequel to Obernewtyn. What a collection!

    Sequels that keep on selling have been the action-packed thrill rides Gamers' Challenge by the effervesent George Ivanoff and Dyson's Drop by Paul Collins.

    For the first time ever one of our titles over-subscribed, which means booksellers ordered more copies than we printed. This was Michael Salmon's The Down-under 12 Days of Christmas. We also reprinted the delightful Isobelle Carmody's Greylands. Grant Gittus, designer extraordinaire and all-round nice guy came up with a stunning cover and Isobelle both revised the book and wrote a foreword on why she wrote the book. Ford Street also published first-timer Michelle Heeter's  Riggs Crossing, a gritty book that is receiving its fair share of critical acclaim.

    Both Ships in the Field and Trust Me Too sold into book clubs, which means thousands of copies sold before they were even printed.

    We also broke into ebooks – right now we have fifteen digital books available on both Kindle and in epub across the web. (See the list further down.)

    Here are some samples:

    Sean McMullen's Changing Yesterday: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006VXOL3W

    Paul Collins's Mole Hunt: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006VXXHB4

    Foz Meadows's The Key to Starveldt: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006VXONGC.

    Here are some links to reviews:

    Candida Baker gives In the Beech Forest a feature review in the SMH: http://tinyurl.com/7rv2hm4

    Dyson's Drop: http://tinyurl.com/d7n8zws

    Gamers' Challenge: http://narrellemharris.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/review-gamers-challenge-by-george-ivanoff/

    Trust Me Too: http://georgeivanoff.com.au/2012/08/05/in-the-news-with-trust-me-too/

    Riggs Crossing: http://tazziebookreviews.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/reviwe-by-tracey-of-riggs-crossing-by.html

    The Down-under 12 Days of Christmas: http://tazziebookreviews.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/review-by-tracey-of-down-under-12-days.html

    Greylands: http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2012/09/review-greylands.html

    Ships in the Field: http://tinyurl.com/8j8ggmk

    One of the advantages that major publishers have over small presses is that they have strong foreign rights sales. Our own agent, Mary Hare, managed to sell six books of ours during 2012. JE Fison's Hazard River series sold to The People's Oriental Publishing Company.

    Our new catalogue can be viewed on the website at www.fordstreetpublishing.com or at: http://tinyurl.com/d34qpbr

    2013 will see a huge jump in the number of books we're publishing. To kick off the year we have The Lost Tail by raconteur Patricia Bernard and Tricia Oktober, followed quickly by the ever popular Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday's Toocool/Marcy 10-book boxed set (two book clubs have pre-ordered thousands of copies), Gracie and Josh by our favourite Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes (Variety is getting behind this title!).

    We'll also publish Pirate Gold by the charming Michael Salmon, Chasing Shadows by newcomers to Ford Street, Corinne Fenton and Hannah Sommerville, Far From Gallipoli by another first-time Ford Street author, Pamela Rushby, Il Kedra by Paul Collins, Gamers' Rebellion by George Ivanoff, Riley and the Jumpy Roo by Tania McCartney and Welcome Home by Tasmanian Christina Booth.

    There will be one or two others! (As a taster, I think I've discovered another illustrator, who I've again coupled with Gary Crew --  and maybe a YA novel by Archie Fusillo. Stay tuned!)

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    The Following titles are now available as epubs or Kindle:

    Before the Storm (Sean McMullen)
    Changing Yesterday (Sean McMullen)
    Equen Queen (Alyssa Brugman)
    f2m (Hazel Edwards /Ryan Kennedy)
    Gamers' Quest (George Ivanoff)
    Gamers' Challenge (George Ivanoff)
    Gimlet Eye (James Roy)
    My Private Pectus (Shane Thamm)
    Shark Frenzy (JE Fison)
    Snake Surprise (JE Fison)
    Solace and Grief (Foz Meadows)
    The Key to Starveldt (Foz Meadows)
    Spell of Undoing (Paul Collins)
    Trust Me (edited by Paul Collins)
    Trust Me Too (edited by Paul Collins)

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    A special word of thanks to our two publishing assistants, Gemma Dean-Furlong and Gemma Watson. They started as interns for a few weeks and wound up here for a combined two years. Must be the invigorating atmosphere at Ford Street :-).

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    FREE OFFER!

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    The speakers' agency has really taken off this year – and why wouldn't it – we don't charge schools/libraries a booking fee. Our service to them is absolutely free. Quite apart from supplying numerous authors and illustrators to the Children's Charity Network organisation, our authors went across Australia into schools, libraries and festivals. Some of the more interesting places our presenters visited were the Bowen Basin in Qld and the Pilbara in WA.

    2013 is gearing up to be even busier with groups of ten authors and illustrators travelling to outback Australia and into indigenous communities. We also ran some highly successful personal development programs called Reading Beyond 2012 (http://pmbw.edublogs.org/2012/11/08/todays-seminar-in-pictures/) in Sydney and Keeping Books Alive in Melbourne (http://ozkids.com.au/cssKeepingBooksAlive.php). Notably our one-day festivals are becoming very popular. We were invited to several schools this year, including Ravenswood in Sydney and Scotch in Melbourne. We also provided around 60 authors and illustrators for a nation-wide Carpet Court promotion on children's literacy.

    Schools, teacher-librarian organisation, librarians or literacy coordinators interested in our PD or one-day literature events should contact Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We can only physically run half a dozen in a year and we have three already semi-confirmed. So please contact us sooner rather than later.

    Here are some pics from a few exciting events we ran during 2012.
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    Susanne Gervay, Deb Abela, Paul Collins, Judith Ridge and Sophie Masson mix it at Reading Beyond 2012 at the Penrith Panthers' Club, NSW. We had a fantastic launch at Princes Hill SC for Trust Me Too. Here we have Isobelle Carmody, who both launched and read from the book, Michael Pryor and Corinne Fenton (about 30 authors and illustrators were present -- BIG night!) Richard Harland and his fan club at Ravenswood School for Girls, a festival Creative Net organised.
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    Enthusiastic students at Scotch College lining up for autographs from Lucy Sussex, Marc McBride, David Miller and Kirsty Murray. Meredith Costain kept the proceedings well on track as our most excellent MC and keynote speaker at Keeping Books Alive. The next day some of us met up for lunch in Woollahra: Meredith Costain, Paul Collins, Cathie Tasker (who published my first ever book while at HarperCollins, as well as Susanne Gervay's as it so happens!), Louise Park, Susanne Gervay, Mo Johnson and Michelle Heeter.
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    A great shot of Isobelle Carmody holding up Greylands at its launch in Readings Carlton (VIC). Proactive delegates at Reading Beyond 2012 participating in my fantasy workshop. Jeni Mawter at our Ravenswood festival.
    Contact us if you'd like us to run a PD seminar or one-day festival for your school or library.

    Creative Net presenters Frane Lessac, Krista Bell, Hazel Edwards, Leigh Hobbs (with Snowy), Michael Salmon and Phil Kettle. We now represent authors and illustrators in every state and territory. We even represent a couple of comedians!

    Check out Creative Net, our new speakers' agency at: www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet. We now represent over 100 Australian authors and illustrators, including Isobelle Carmody, Marc McBride, Justin D'Ath and Maureen McCarthy. 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.

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    Keep an eye out for our 2013 releases! Here are some preview covers. Top to bottom: The Lost Tail by Patricia Bernard and Tricia Oktober, Pirate Gold by Michael Salmon, the new Marcy and Toocool series by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday, Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes.


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    Paul Collins - writing

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    I was commissioned to write six books for a major publisher's flagship series (all very hush hush so I can't say more). The series will be illustrated by a talented newcomer -- more on this later. Blake will be publishing a new book of mine called The Pranksters' Club. Book two in The Maximus Black Files, Dyson's Drop, received fantastic reviews. My favourite line from Viewpoint being: 'For someone who isn't a sci-fi fan, I found this easy to get into, largely thanks to the quality of the writing. Everything you could want from a gripping sci-fi adventure . . . an astute sense of humour'. The third and final book in the series, Il Kedra, will be published in 2013 – if I get a chance to write it.

    My essay, 'Stealing Fire From the Gods' (on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) is up at http://www.smartpopbooks.com/stealing-fire-from-the-gods/

    The book the essay appeared in, Demigods and Monsters, has become quite a best-seller :-).

    Another project I'm working on, albeit very slowly, is a collection of Jelindel stories. There will be very short stories, and at least one novella (roughly 25,000 words). My intention is to link these up with the four books comprising The Jelindel Chronicles: Dragonlinks, Dragonfang, Dragonsight and Wardragon – all still in print at www.fordstreetpublishing.com. Yes, I bought back the rights from Penguin! They're now jacketed as a series, rather than having disparate covers. The series also sold to Galivro in Portugal.

    The school circuit has been very busy, what with the festivals, seminars, libraries and school visits.

    Overall game plan for me: save up enough money to at least move into an office/warehouse situation rather than work from home. Alas, a rather long-term ambition, but one I will realise sooner than later.

     

     

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