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Newsletter #7

LAUNCH INVITATIONS

Ford Street invites you to the launch of its latest book, Trust Me Too. Edited by Paul Collins with an introduction by Judith Ridge, Trust Me Too has never-before-published stories and illustrations from 57 contributors including Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs, Oliver Phommavanh, James Roy, Michael Gerard Bauer, Gary Crew, David Miller, Michael Pryor and yes, many others.

Launch #1 is at Parramatta High School (Great Western Highway), NSW on July 20 at 10 am. Room is limited so please RSVP by July 16 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Attending authors include Oliver Phommavanh, Susanne Gervay, Meredith Costain, Paul Collins, Wendy Orr and others.

Congratulations to Princes Hill Secondary College, Carlton North, Vic, for winning the Trust Me Too launch!

Launch #2 will be held there at 6 pm on July 27. Isobelle Carmody will give a reading from her prequel to Obernewtyn. There's a stellar list of authors and illustrators attending, and you'll see among them: Marc McBride, Leigh Hobbs, Kirsty Murray, David Miller and ... the list goes on! We'll also have interstaters Janeen Brian and Jenny Mounfield attending.

It'll be a great night, and of course, it's free! We just need an RSVP before July 20 to the same address as per above.

 

 

TRUST ME TOO poster and other merchandise

Kids love posters and what better poster than one comprising 57 of Australia's leading authors, illustrators and poets? Go here for a free e-poster: http://tinyurl.com/6vgd2d9. It's a free download.

We also offer the print version to schools, municipal libraries and booksellers. Contact us for one at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don't forget to give us your address!

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR FORTHCOMING BOOKS in 2012 

Dyson's Drop by Paul Collins (August)

Riggs Crossing by Michelle Heeter (Sept)

The Down-under 12 Days of Christmas (Sept)

Greylands by Isobelle Carmody (October)

And also the next ten Toocool and Marcy books by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday. Contact us for more information on these titles. Phil and Susan are available for talks/workshops -- see Creative Net's site.

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, Leigh Hobbs, Phil Kettle, Marc McBride and Michael Salmon. Unlike other speakers' agencies, we don't charge a booking fee! Why would we when these authors help us promote our books? It's a win-win arrangement.

We've been sending presenters around Australia for the Carpet Court promotion, as well as to the Pilbara for Brockman Mines and Fortescue Metals, and to country towns compliments of various Lions Clubs. Municipal and school librarians are discovering they really can save money by booking their authors and illustrators via Creative Net.

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.

SPECIAL NOTE TO Teacher Librarians, educators and Literacy Coordinators: 

Last year Creative Net ran the highly successful Keeping Books Alive seminar for the Children's Charity Network. The CCN received fantastic feedback, including some from a TL at Rainbow SC (see below). We're running another seminar on October 22. This one will feature a keynote speech from isobelle Carmody and her revised book Greylands launched by Maureen McCarthy. Speakers including Maureen will be Justin D'Ath, Sue Lawson, Frane Lessac, Mark Greenwood, Sherryl Clark, Hazel Edwards, Scot Gardner, Kim Kane and others. Book now -- as per last year, there's only limited seating. Again, it's at the RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Registration for earlybirds is $198 GST incl. Email Rob Leonard for the brochure and further information:

Ph: 03 5282 8950 • Fax: 03 4206 7811

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be one $2000 book door prize. Also, a free three course dinner invitation to every delegate

Here's a quote from Leonie Clarke at Rainbow Secondary College:

Thank you so much for the wonderful day and night at the seminar.
I was so impressed with the standard of the seminar and thought that those who did not attend certainly missed out of a first class day and night. I travelled from Rainbow which is a 10 hour return trip but not once did I think "Why have I come today?"

I have attended many (name withheld) conferences in Melbourne but this was so much better. An intimate setting and a chance to speak with the authors was greatly appreciated.

Our suggestion: book early!!!!


 

 

Do you know that Ford Street in collaboration with the speakers agency Creative Net organises children's festivals and seminars for teacher-librarians? We're currently holding events at Ravenswood, Scotch, Princes Hill, Parramatta High and running seminars for Keeping Books Alive and Met West in NSW.

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..

And some words of wisdom:

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. ~Chinese Proverb

Reading is the gateway to all knowledge.” —Krista Bethke 

"Ask, and a teacher/librarian will tell you where to go"

C.S. Duncan 2006  

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”  C.S. Lewis 

Teacher/Librarians ... the original search engines!

We've had a great year at Ford Street, with much more to come. Books so far include Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro, In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew and Den Scheer, Trust Me Too edited by Paul Collins with a foreword by Judth Ridge (featuring an original novelette prequel to Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody). We have many interns to thank during 2012: Gemma Watson, Gemma Dean-Furlong, Terrie Saunders, Emma Ward, Cemil Bilici and Sue Jimenez. Thanks guys! 

Rod Hare from the Australian Licensing Corportation has sold the six Hazard River books by JE Fison to a Chinese publisher! More in the next newsletter.

Here's just a small sample of our reviews from 2012.

Email us if you would like to be put on the database to receive this information every week or so:

Den Scheer was 16 when she started work on Gary Crew's In the Beech Forest. The book was published in May: http://suebursztynski.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/in-beech-forest-gary-crew-illustrated.html

George Ivanoff has blogged about Trust Me Too on Literary Clutter and included the promo poster: http://content.boomerangbooks.com.au/literary-clutter-blog/anthology-preview/2012/04. Take a look at all those great authors and illustrators! And here’s his interview with the Second Fresh blog: http://secondfresh.com/?p=1314

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

Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro gets another great review from Kids Book Review at: http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2012/06/book-review-ships-in-field.html and also at Mindful Parenting: http://issuu.com/mindfulparentingmagazine/docs/mindfulparentingmagissue2/46

ReadPlus gives Trust Me Too the thumbs up at: http://www.readplus.com.au/

A nice plug for Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and Anna Pignataro at http://kristielamb.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/hello-world/

Jackie French gives Tania McCartney’s Riley and the Grumpy Wombat a great review: http://www.hercanberra.com.au/index.php/2012/02/13/jackie-loves-riley/

Sue Bursztynski's review of In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew and Den Scheer has been published in January Magazine: http://januarymagazine.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/childrens-books-in-beech-forest-by-gary.html

The Great Raven interviews Foz Meadows, author of The Rare series: http://suebursztynski.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/foz-meadows-and-world-of-rare.html

George Ivanoff reviews Gary Crew and Den Scheer's book In the Beech Forest at: 

http://content.boomerangbooks.com.au/literary-clutter-blog/gary-crew’s-beech-forest/2012/07 (You might need to cut-and-paste this URL into a browser.)  

 

Other interesting industry news:

Sue Bursztynski on writing the non-fiction title Crime Time -- 50 Australians behaving badly: http://tinyurl.com/7edwc9a

Isobelle Carmody blogs at insideadog and gives Ford Street's next anthology, Trust Me Too, a great plug: http://www.insideadog.com.au/blog/short-story-pt-1 (read a sneak preview of her prequel to The Obernewtyn Chronicles).

Dee White wrote: "As part of the National Year of Reading 2012, we're profiling the publishers - the people who put the books together. Today's profiled publisher at Kids' Book Capers is Ford Street Publishing. Paul Collins talks about what's happening at Ford Street in 2012. http://content.boomerangbooks.com.au/kids-book-capers-blog/?p=3805

Hazel Edwards, co-author of F2m, on digital publishing in Australia: http://digitalpublishingaustralia.org.au/2012/03/16/hazel-edwards-experiences-from-an-authorpreneur/

A new indie bookshop was launched last week. If you didn’t make it, here’s what you missed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab0CWz62Y0U. Ford Street had two authors interviewed: Sean McMullen and George Ivanoff.

Foz Meadows, author of Solace and Grief and The Key to Starveldt, explains to Lisa Lisa L Hannett 'What Happens Next": http://lisahannett.com/tag/ford-street-publishing/

Paul Collins on Tristan Banck’s Writers Studio blog: http://www.tristanbancks.com/2012/05/paul-collins-childrens-and-ya-author-in.html

Gary Crew, ambassador for The National Year of Reading, gets interviewed and plugs his Ford Street titles at: http://www.love2read.org.au/featured-ambassador-week17-gary.cfm

Isobelle Carmody’s e-book debate has been launched. Paul Collins's post Future Trends is at: http://greylands.theslipstream.com.au/2012/07/future-trends-paul-collins/#comments. Some eminent industry people will be leaving their thoughts on the site every day during July. Interesting stuff!

LIBRARIANS: Don't forget we have free book marks, stickers and a fantastic Trust Me Too poster on offer. If you haven't already received these items, send us your address and we'll post them out to you. Also available is a limited edition sampler booklet comprising three original stories (by Gary Crew, Mo Johnson and Justin D'Ath) from Trust Me Too. 

 

BOOKSELLERS: Do you want to increase sales? Why not take a look at Ford Street's books and choose an author or illustrator in your State to do a signing? We'll provide whatever we can to make it a worthwhile experience! 

Lastly, thanks to everyone who has supported Ford Street and Creative Net during 2012!

Paul Collins

www.paulcollins.com.au 

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Newsletter #6

Xmas greetings!

Ford Street hopes that during this festive season you'll be with close ones and have time to reflect on the good times that you've had during 2011. Paul and Meredith, along with the various interns (Terrie, Gemma, Lynne, Sherree, Beau, Emiko, Cemil, Dom, Matthew, Leanda, Tira, Lauren and Stephanie), wish you a safe Christmas period and look forward to hearing from you during 2012. Oh, and all the best from the pups, Jack (foreground), Molly, and Harriet the cat (there on the left). $4,000 Lover's Chair from the 1860s and it's gone to the dogs!

 

It's been another busy year for Ford Street. Highlights have included Michael Salmon's Bobo, Superdog and Trust Me! going into reprint -- always a bonus, especially for a small press. 

We released The Key to Starveldt, Foz Meadows' sequel to Solace & Grief, another Ford Street best-seller.

Other books that have done well for us were Tania McCartney's Riley and the Grumpy Wombat, JE Fison's Hazard River titles Toads' Revenge! and Blood Money!, George Ivanoff's sequel to Gamers' Quest, Gamers' Challenge, Sean McMullen's exciting sequel to Before the Storm, Changing Yesterday, with Mole Hunt by Paul Collins being Ford Street's best selling title for 2011. 

Here's the trailer for George Ivanoff's Gamers' Challengehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPQc32qn2_E










Literary Events!

One innovation that we started at Scotch College last year was our literary events. We provide through our sister company, Creative Net, a dozen or more authors, poets and illustrators to a host school. Participating students get to enjoy three workshops with some of Australia's leading authors, poets and illustrators, experience book signings, keynote speech, book launch, book sales and receive a show bag with a book, a copy of Ozkids magazine, and other goodies. Over thirty presenters at these events included Lorraine Marwood, Hazel Edwards, George Ivanoff, Phil Kettle, Michael Salmon, Susanne Gervay, Tania McCartney, Dianne Bates and Sean McMullen. Contact us if you would like us to organise an event at your school. You're welcome to invite other schools to join you! But a word of caution: we're already booked up to run two events during 2012. We can run two more at best. Contact Terrie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like more information.
 

Here are some of our presenters: (L-R Dee White, Claire Saxby, Judith Rossell, Michael Panckridge, Phil Kettle and Michael Hyde, Tania McCartney, Meredith Costain, Susanne Gervay, Dianne Bates, Paul Collins, Anna Pignataro, Susanne Gervay, Hazel Edwards, Sherryl Clark, David Miller, Marc McBride and Felicity Marshall).

A reminder for The National Year of Reading 2012:

Here's The National Year of Reading project team, working on behalf of the founder partners – Brenda Currie - 0406 575 321, Robyn Ellard - 0412 659 919, Karen Ward-Smith - 0408 051 740 and Sue McKerracher - 0404 456 749. Phone or email them at 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..

The next newsletter will be out in January. Let them know if there's a story you would like them to include. To subscribe to their e-newsletter, just add your details to the mailing list on their website: http://www.love2read.org.au/

Are your students or friends' kids interested in writing?

Look no further than Ozkids Magazine. This is an excellent magazine which publishes fiction, poetry and art from Australian kids. Check out the website at www.ozkids.com.au. Winners of the various competitions win a trophy plus dinner with their family or teacher at an awards ceremony. This year it was held at the RACV Club. 

 

Check out our speakers' agency, Creative Net, at: www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet.

We now represent over 80 Australian authors and illustrators around Australia, including Isobelle Carmody, Leigh Hobbs, Phil Kettle and Michael Salmon. Unlike other speakers' agencies, we don't charge a booking fee.

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

We also ran a highly successful PD session at the RACV Club called 'Keeping Books Alive'. Presenters included interstate guests Susanne Gervay and Dianne Bates, plus Victorians Michael Panckridge, Gabrielle Wang, Michael Hyde, Phil Kettle, Michael Salmon, Tony Thompson, Paul Collins, Meredith Costain and Jackie Kerin. Susan Halliday emceed. Opposite is what one delegate wrote: 

"Thank you so much for the wonderful day and night at the seminar. I was so impressed with the standard of the seminar and thought that those who did not attend certainly missed out of a first class day and night. I travelled from Rainbow which is a 10 hour return trip but not once did I think why have I come today? I have attended many [conference name withheld] conferences in Melbourne but this was so much better. An intimate setting and a chance to speak with the authors was greatly appreciated.

"The after conference story-teller [Jackie Kerin] was brilliant and the dinner was very interesting. I now have gained knowledge re what the dinner & awards were all about and will encourage students to enter the various sections. I do hope you will run this seminar again next year and look forward to coming once again"

Leonie Clarke [Rainbow Secondary College].


For more information on our children's books, or to view previous newsletters, visit our website at: www.fordstreetpublishing.com

 

Here are some snippets from 2011:

Mole Hunt by Paul Collins has received some great reviews, and this one at Burn Bright by Bec Stafford matches the best of them: http://www.burnbright.com.au/. Watch the Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S-eKDYqpEs. Paul was also presented with the A Bertram Chandler Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction and fantasy.

Hugo Award-nominated Sean McMullen discusses his latest steampunk novel, Changing Yesterday, at Literary Clutter: https://bitly.com/kaVLjv and Beauty and Lace: http://www.beautyandlace.com.au/bookgirl/author-interview-sean-mcmullen/

The sort of author Ford Street loves. George is Out There: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/stay-at-home-dads-battle-for-respect/story-fn6bfmgc-1226093352168

Riley and the Grumpy Wombat by Tania McCartney and Kieron Pratt hits the airwaves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MJqUlSnCNw

Michael Salmon's Bobo, My Superdog, gets reviewed at Kids' Book Review: http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2011/08/review-bobo-my-superdog.html

Ford Street's gateway guardian, Molly the red heeler, sings at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4tTn_WXCiw

Jenny Mounfield reviews JE Fison's latest Hazard River books at The Compulsive Reader: http://www.compulsivereader.com/html/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2874

Bug in the Book is obviously rapt in Foz Meadows's The Key to Starveldt: http://bugreviews.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/the-key-to-starveldt/

Tania McCartney, author of Riley and the Grumpy Wombat, interviewed at The Australian Literature Review: http://www.authorscompare.net/2011/09/tania-mccartney-author-interview.html and at http://www.needtoreadthis.com/featureblog.html

A very insightful article and review of Hazel Edwards and Ryan Ryan Scott Kennedy's book F2M at: https://narrellemharris.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/f2m-the-boy-within-the-book-that-scared-libraries/

Rufus the Numbat makes it to India – in the hands of the NSW Premier! http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article2641645.ece

Author of Ships in the Field, Susanne Gervay, interviewed at The Reading Room: http://www.thereadingroom.com/author-20-questions/susanne-gervay/278649

A review of Michael Salmon's Bobo My Superdog has been put up on the ReadPlus blog at http://www.readplus.com.au and can also be found at http://www.readplus.com.au/reviews/reviewsindex.html

Last but not least, if you're interested in Australian small press, check out www.spunc.com.au. There are around 120 members now!










 

We have a great line-up of books due in 2012. Some of the release dates haven't been set yet, but here's our list. You're the first to see it!

Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Anna Pignataro. Due February.

In the Beech Forest by Gary Crew and illustrated by Den Scheer. Due May

Trust Me Too (sequel to Trust Me!) edited by Paul Collins with an introduction by Judith Ridge. This book comprises 55 contributors, including Isobelle Carmody's novelette prequel to Obernewtyn, The Journey, James Roy, Oliver Phommavanh, Jack Heath, Michael Gerard Bauer, Hazel Edwards, Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs and many, many others! Due June.

TooCool/Marcy ten pack of chapter books by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday. Due August.

The Down-under Twelve Days of Christmas by Michael Salmon. Due October.

We're also expecting books from several other authors including Tania McCartney and Michelle Heeter.

Note: Some dates haven't been confirmed.

 

 

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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Newsletter #5

Book Week Approaching!

Librarians: Have you organised your illustrator/author for Book or Literacy Week? If not, we have presenters that you may not have thought about having at your school or library. Visit our own speakers' agency, Creative Net (www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet).

We represent over 50 authors and illustrators -- some aren't even listed on other agency sites. Remember, unlike other agencies, we don't charge a fee for our services. You only pay the presenter, not Creative Net. Email us for a quote before you book your next author and illustrator. You'll be surprised at how much you'll save.

(Below are a few of Creative Net's presenters: L-R Justin D'Ath, Mark Greenwood, George Ivanoff, Marc McBride, Frane Lessac, Isobelle Carmody, Meredith Costain, Krista Bell and Leigh Hobbs.) 

 

 

 

It's been a busy year for Ford Street. Luckily we've been aided by some great interns. These include Gemma, Cemil, Lauren, Emiko, Tira, Beau, Lynne, Sue, Stephanie and Sherree. We've also been ably assisted by editors extraordinaire, Saralinda Turner and Niki Horin and our over-the-top fantastic designer, Grant Gittus.

So far this team has published two new Hazard River books, Bat Attack! and Tiger Terror! by JE Fison, Bobo, My Superdog by Michael Salmon; Mole Hunt by Paul Collins; and Changing Yesterday by Sean McMullen.

We've also had considerable successes with past books. Reprints this year include: Trust Me! edited by Paul Collins; The Glasshouse by Paul Collins and illustrated by Jo Thompson and Rufus the Numbat by David Miller. 

Our latest trailers are up-and-running: Mole Hunt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S-eKDYqpEs. The Glasshouse trailer is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTZMfrk2_jU.

To keep up with the current Ford Street news do join us on Facebook and Twitter. Links are on our homepage at: www.fordstreetpublishing.com and listed below.

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 OUR LATEST FREE MERCHANDISE

 

We have 2kg post packs full of stickers and bookmarks for the first ten 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. Tell us which Australian authors and illustrators you would like to see in our new anthology, Trust Me Too.

 
Keep an eye out for the rest of our 2011 releases: two more Hazard River titles in August: Blood Money! and Toads' Revenge! by JE Fison, The Key to Starveldt by Foz Meadows in October, Gamers' Challenge by George Ivanoff and Riley and the Grumpy Wombat by Tania McCartney and illustrated by Kieron Pratt in September.

Librarians and festival organisers

Creative Net authors and illustrators at our Scotch College Literary Luncheon Festival in November. 
Presenters included David Miller, Sean McMullen, Justin D'Ath, Hazel Edwards, Michael Salmon, Dee White, Felicity Marshall, Doug MacLeod, Meredith Costain, Paul Collins, George Ivanoff, Foz Meadows, JE Fison, Liz Flaherty and Jo Thompson. Graham Davey was our emcee.
Awards 

Jo Thompson holds up her Crichton Award short-listed book, The Glasshouse (written by Paul Collins). The book was also chosen by International IBBY as an outstanding book. Only four Australian picture books were chosen.

David Miller's picture book Rufus the Numbat was short-listed for the Wilderness Society Award. A film option has also been taken out on David's picture book, Big and Me.

Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy's transgender book, F2m, has been nominated in the Rainbow Books Award:

http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/912

Congrats also to Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy on having f2m chosen for the White Ravens! Only 250 books from around the world are awarded this honour. For more on the White Ravens: http://www.ijb.de/

Congratulations to David Miller (Rufus the Numbat) and Felicity Marshall (The Star) for their Notable Books in the 2011 CBCA awards!

Sean McMullen, author of Before the Storm and the forthcoming sequel, Changing Yesterday, has just been short-listed in the Hugos for his novelette "Eight Miles" published in Analog. For a full list: http://www.renovationsf.org/hugo-intro.php

 
Kirstyn McDermott on behalf of the Australian SF Foundation presented Paul Collins with the A Bertram Chandler award at Continuum on June 10. The award is for lifetime achievement in Australian science fiction and fantasy. For a full list of Ditmar and other award winners: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/

Yarra Valley Grammar and Catholic College Bendigo will host a Ford Street Literary Luncheon event later this year. Students from surrounding schools will attend a lunch, workshops and talks with Creative Net authors and illustrators including Hazel Edwards, Phil Kettle, Meredith Costain, Lorraine Marwood and many others. Let us know if you'd like to host such an event at your school or library. Again, we don't actually charge to organise these events. Contact Terrie at 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.. Below are more of the authors and illustrators we represent: Lorraine Marwood, Meredith Costain and Paul Collins, Hazel Edwards (with collaborator, Ryan Kennedy), Michael Salmon and Phil Kettle.

The sort of author Ford Street loves. George is Out There: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/stay-at-home-dads-battle-for-respect/story-fn6bfmgc-1226093352168

 

Media: Please contact us if you would like to interview any of our authors and illustrators, review their books, or would like more information. 

AuthorsAny writers out there, check out the new writing workshop in Bali with award winning author Phillip Gwynne. www.facebook.com/WrestlingWithCrocs
It’s a must for anyone wanting to take their manuscript to the next level. Published.

Teachers: are you interested in getting your students not only to write but to get published? You can't go past Ozkids In Print. They publish students' work from around the country. At the end of the year they choose short-lists in art, poems, fiction, photography and hold an impressive awards ceremony to present the winners with trophies, etc. There's no entry fees. Perhaps take your aspiring writers, artists, poets and photographers to the website and see how easy it all is. This is a fantastic magazine and available to schools nationwide. Go to www.ozkids.com.au or email Rob Leonard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the editor, Carol Dick, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in small press? Take a look at SPUNC (Small Press Underground Networking Community): www.spunc.com.au. They have over 80 members who are well worth supporting. Our own latest catalogue can be downloaded from the Ford Street website.

Free teachers resource ebook at http://otherworlds.yolasite.com. It features a Ford Street title, Paul Collins's The Spell of Undoing.


Check out our revised website at: www.fordstreetpublishing.com. You might need to hit reload if you've been to the site before.

Here's some of the latest news. More is available on our website under the news icon.

A chance to win two copies of The Spell of Undoing by Paul Collins at Kids' Book Review: http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2011/07/win-spell-of-undoing-by-paul-collins.html

Mole Hunt by Paul Collins has received some great reviews, and this one at Burn Bright by Bec Stafford matches the best of them: http://www.burnbright.com.au/

Bobo, My Superdog by Michael Salmon and Mole Hunt by Paul Collins reviewed at ReadPlus: http://www.readplus.com.au/

Hugo Award-nominated Sean McMullen discusses his latest steampunk novel, Changing Yesterday, at Literary Clutter: https://bitly.com/kaVLjv and Beauty and Lace: http://www.beautyandlace.com.au/bookgirl/author-interview-sean-mcmullen/

George Ivanoff interviewed at Aust. Lit. Review: http://bit.ly/m4hmUe. George will also launch his book, Gamers' Challenge, at the Richmond Library, 415 Church Street, Richmond, Victoria on September 17 at 1 pm. Mark it on your calendar if you're in Victoria. These are great launches attended by many children's authors and illustrators.

Tania McCartney promoting Riley and the Grumpy Wombat: http://taniamccartney.blogspot.com/2011/06/grumpy-wombat-is-on-way.html

Foz Meadows, author of Solace & Giref, interviewed at The Tribe: http://www.thetribeonline.com/2011/05/foz-meadows-writer-of-solace-and-grief/

The Glasshouse by Paul Collins and Jo Thompson reviewed at: http://www.readplus.com.au/blog_detail.php?id=1747

F2m by Hazel Edwards and Ryan Kennedy get a great plug at: http://www.hazeledwards.com/page/f2mthe_boy_within.html

Bat Attack! gets reviewed at hittheroadjacq: http://tinyurl.com/6j63yx7

Great review of David Miller's Big and Me at: http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2011/03/review-big-and-me.html

Di Bates and Julie Fison get interviewed at Need to Read This: http://www.needtoreadthis.com/featureauthor.html and Julie Fison http://www.needtoreadthis.com/randomacts.html.

We're now looking forward to 2012 with books already commissioned from Susanne Gervay, Anna Pignataro, Guundie Kuchling, Paul Collins, Gary Crew and Den Scheer. One exciting project is an anthology to be edited by Paul Collins. This will be a sequel to our best-selling Trust Me! anthology. Trust Me Too will include stories and illustrations from 50 of Australia's leading authors and illustrators including Shaun Tan, Gary Crew, Leigh Hobbs, Phillip Gwynne, Kerry Greenwood, Ian Irvine, Alison Goodman, Mitch Vane, Sally Rippon and many more. 

Select Ford Street titles are now available at amazon or Readings' new ebook store: http://ebooks.readings.com.au/collection/ford-street-publishing

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"Libraries should be the beating heart of the school, not mausoleums for dusty books."

Stephanie Harvey

Having problems finding our books? Our full list is at: http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/index.php/ford-street-titles/bookshop. We don't charge postage/handling and in some cases can provide autographed books.

Dear Ford Street Friend

Thanks for reading. This will be our last newsletter for 2011. Happy reading and all the best from the team at Ford Street. 

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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!

 
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 FREE MERCHANDISE

 

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: www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet. 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: http://www.cybils.com/
2011 sees the release of our NEW website at: www.fordstreetpublishing.com
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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: www.louisbrailleaudio.com
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: http://wayrba.org.au/2011/01/17/older-readers-201

 

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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