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Thursday, 28 November 2013

ATTENTION! This site has now moved.

IFWG Publishing is happy to announce the creation of a new web site, which incorporates blog posts.

The consequence of this restructure is that this site is no longer used for IFWG blogs, but it will be retained for a number of years as an archive site.

We ask that all of you who enjoy following our blogs and sites visit the following:

http://ifwgpublishing.com  for US, International catalogues, news and blogs

http://ifwgaustralia.com  for Australian imprint specific catalogues, news and blogs

(or both!!!)

Thank you so much for being part of us in this blog site - we look forward to seeing you in the new, improved sites.

IFWG Publishing Team

Sunday, 10 November 2013

New Title: Blood Sabers by M F Burbaugh

We are extremely pleased to announce the publishing of M F Burbaugh's second instalment of his We Were Legends series, Blood Sabers.

We expect the book to be available in Amazon within the week, and to all good online stores over a period of weeks thereafter. The same goes for the ebook version.

Congratulations to Merle. He is our most prolific author and are proud to add to his collection in our imprint today.



Jake Spoonbill, once a NASA pilot, later King and savior of a planet called Camelot, has once again been called back to life through a rather bizarre set of circumstances. Joining him is his army of sword-wielding wives, including his first love, Aawasa, and the woman called the Bronze Goddess. He must once more battle against evil forces in the universe. 

This time he must first take over control of the corrupt government of the famed EMM (Earth, Moon, and Mars coalition) to provide the support needed for a war against the headhunting Blood Sabers who have but one mission, exterminate all humans when and where found to cleanse the universe of the plague called man, for their goddess. 

With his army Jake comes head to head with the murderous Sabers on their home worlds.

While you wait a week or so, consider reading M F Burbaugh's first book in the series, the classic We Were Legends:




Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Notes From the Editor November 2013

Taken from IFWG Publishing's November 2013 Newsletter.

Sorry about the late newsletter - have been very busy editing and publishing new titles - we in IFWG Publishing definitely have some momentum.

First, new titles.

From the previous newsletter we have published Paper Magic, a wonderful children's book with strong messages about overcoming disabilities, and friendship. Jeffery E Doherty, the writer and wonderful illustrator, had his formal Launch last month in his home town in Australia and it was extremely successful - it was in a school hall with general community attendance, including one of the local bookstores. Over 140 people attended. Well done, Jeffery! I truly wish I could have been there.



Brumbies in the Mist, the third of five books in the Brumbies series, was released in October with a new-look cover - spectacular work by Elizabeth Lang, who is a prolific author of ours, but also a book cover designer. Stay tuned, as we are going to 'retrofit' the first two books of the series (Brumbies and Brumbies in the Snow) into the same look and feel as Brumbies in the Mist. They will be released over the coming four or five weeks.



It is with great pleasure to announce that we have released Loria, book one of the Tower series, by Canadian author Jesse McMinn. This is a unique epic fantasy, with a parallel Earth backdrop, written by a young man who is still in College. One of the wonderful things about being a small, independent publisher, is the opportunity to give new writers leg-ups, and it is more pleasurable indeed when it is someone who is young and talented. The cover is spectacular, a great scene from the book by artist Jeffery Doherty.



Finally, I would like to put a good word in for SQ Mag. Since earlier this year it has become a paying market, and with a more attractive system in place for prospective writers, and a lot of very hard work by the SQ Mag team, the quality and production has been recently outstanding. The covers are out-and-out professional, as is the spread of fiction, book reviews, and smattering of articles. To top it all off, IFWG Publishing Australia released the first of SQ Mag's best fiction annuals, Star Quake 1, with great cover (yes, again Jeffery Doherty) and 19 outstanding work of short fiction.
I ask you all to put good words in for Star Quake and SQ Mag - it is a worthwhile journal that supports new talent, as well as a major marketing wing for IFWG Publishing's work, as it is the major sponsor. SQ Mag is free to the public, but relies heavily on donations, and on sales of Star Quake.





Stay tuned next month, because, yes, there will be further releases!

Gerry Huntman

Chief Editor IFWG 
Publishing Manager, IFWG Publishing Australia

Monday, 4 November 2013

News: Status of 2013 Story Quest Short Story Contest

We at IFWG Publishing and SQ Mag are ecstatic at the turnout of submissions for this year's contest. It settled on 114 submission, many of which were of very high quality...or better.

Round 1 is complete, which is in many ways the toughest - we culled the submissions to 29 - and it was tough. Real tough. I believe a number that were rejected would have been strong candidates for SQ Mag's general submission, but this is a contest. We have to remind ourselves every moment.

Round 2 and the final Round 3 are always handled in rapid succession - Round 2 we draw the field down to around 5 to 7, and Round 3 we choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

We should have the short list and winners published close to 15 November 2013.

The stories (without authors' names) that made Round 2 are as follows:



A Very Special Ride
Anomoly
Arabesque
Black Smoker Hero
Capuchin
Cremation
David's Muse
Exponential Growth
Fog
Good Luck Charm
Hand of Glory
Hand to Mouth
Inside Ferndale
It's Only Going to End Badly
Jun Nakamura's Dead Girlfriend
Keeping an Open Mind
Mother's Days
Prey
Semantikinetic
So Long, The Dark
The Baby
The Captain's Last Bath
The Color of Mars
The Dispatch Officer's Son
The Hoodoo Nigger
The Matchbox Sign
The Working Strife of Red O'Leary
Vermin
Webs

There were no double-ups of titles, so if your story is listed here, you know it is in Round 2. If you haven't received a rejection email and your story is not in this list, please double check your entry in Submittable. If there is still uncertainty, please contact us by emailing: submissions@ifwgpublishing.com.

Good luck to all!

Story Quest Contest Team

Monday, 28 October 2013

New Release: Loria by Jesse McMinn

It is with great pleasure to announce the release of Loria, book 1 of the Tower series. This exciting heroic fantasy novel is set in a strange, alternate Earth. We had great fun publishing this work and we are sure readers will enjoy this debut novel by Jesse McMinn.


Kyle’s life had reached a standstill. He had no job, no friends and no interest in acquiring either. All he wanted was an escape from his problems… to be alone. So it was on a whim that he bought his ticket aboard the SS Caribia, a small, cheap cruise ship headed nowhere. He never could have foreseen what would soon take place—the fierce storm, the accident that threw him to the waves. 

Now he finds himself in a strange new world, one he doesn’t understand. A world where inhuman creatures live and study the secrets of magic, and golden ships sail the skies. Where armor-clad adventurers travel the world and battle monsters in search of fortune and glory. 

Loria. 

With the help of his newfound friends, Kyle must come to terms with this fantastic world, unravelling the mystery surrounding his arrival and learning of his own newly awakened abilities. But he isn’t alone. There are others, powerful enemies who somehow know of his origin, and who are willing to do anything to capture him. He needs to find a way home—and fast. But does he even want to?

This book will be shortly available in all good online bookstores worldwide. Right now it is available at:


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Notes from the Editor: Sept 2013 IFWG Newsletter


Things are happening again in IFWG Publishing.

Firstly, on the Australian imprint front, Kings of Under-Castle (Michael B Fletcher) is only days away from print publishing, followed soon after by Paper Magic (Jeffery Doherty) and Brumbies in the Mist (Paula Boer and illustrator, Rowena Evans) - both in print and ebook formats. Moving forward, we will also be publishing The Adventures of Teddy and Karl (Rolf Svensen, illustrated by Jeffery Doherty) and Sealskin Coast (Rowena Evans). A busy period ahead for us down-under.

In the US we will very shortly be publishing Unlikely Hero in print format (Geraldine Fitzsimmons) and soon after M F Burbaugh's The Bounty Hunter in print format. While we have a long list of titles to catch up to after these two, we are expecting to work with Jennifer Resetar's Whirlwind series (including a name change), Ian Douglas' juvenile work, The Infinity Trap, and Jesse McMinn's Loria. There are others, and we'll see how this goes, but some patience is still required from our authors.

In the short fiction camp we are currently running the 2013 Story Quest Short Story Contest, and many submissions are coming in - this will be a great year, and we are fortunate to have the excellent Tonia Brown as guest judge (horror, weird western, steampunk author). We are expecting to publish the 'best of' SQ Mag 2012 very soon, probably through the Australian imprint.

SQ Mag is growing in readership in leaps and bounds, and is getting a reputation for excellence - we are grateful for editor Sophie Yorkston's wonderful leadership.

Yes, things are happening.

Gerry Huntman
Chief Editor IFWG Publishing

Monday, 15 July 2013

5-Star Review of Louis K. Lowy's Die Laughing

The following paragraphs are taken from a great review of Louis K Lowy's Die Laughing by Bex'n'Books.

Die Laughing is a dark comedy sci-fi story set in Las Vegas in 50s America and centres around a stand up comedian called Sam. E Lakeside. Sam has just got the break he's been waiting for, a chance to leave the seedy bars and comedy clubs behind for a booking on the Steve Allen Show. Finally, he's going make it big; that is until a mobster puts a contract out on him for messing with his girlfriend. Just as Sam is digging his own shallow grave in the Nevada desert with a gun aimed at him, the unimaginable happens. Sam, and the would be assassin, Francis, and his tough sexy girlfriend, Cricket, are all abducted by aliens...
Die Laughing is not normally the type of story I go for, but I'm so glad I did. The plot is very well written as are the characters. Each of them very individual and each with their own inner demons. The story moves at a fast pace and has many jokes and quips peppered all the way through it. There are many references to 50s American TV some of which I wasn't familiar with, but that aside, this was a very enjoyable book with underlying messages scattered throughout. Its not often that I comment on book covers, but this one is brilliant! Bright, eye catching and retro, it demands attention; it's one you cannot ignore.
I would definitely recommend Die Laughing; it's fresh and different and a fantastic change to my normal reading list. I was pleasantly surprised with it, and I look forward to reading more from Mr Lowy. I give Die Laughing 5 fantastic Bexstars! A job well done.



The eBook can be bought via our consolidated list of available ebook formats

The print version can be bought  via Amazon or Barnes and Noble (or many other online book stores).

Monday, 8 July 2013

Letter From The Editor (taken from the July 2013 Newsletter)

Another short and sweet editorial for this month, readers.

IFWG Publishing is pleased to announce, with effect immediately, the creation of an Australian imprint of IFWG Publishing. This doesn't really change much on the surface, for readers and authors, but there are a lot of good things that come out of this.

The reasons why we are doing this, and the benefits, can be outlined below:

  1. For non-US authors, sending shipments of books from the US to the country of destination places a large amount of overhead on the author and publisher (in terms of time and money). This new arrangement has printing and distribution centered in Australia for Australian books, but with the flexibility of printing and distributing overseas (same infrastructure company is used - Ingram/Lightning Source).
  2. A sizeable portion of our authors are Australian, and the majority of works are Australian in content. We really need to capture the local market as a priority, and see later if we want to 'internationalise' it. This means we want Australian printed books written in Australian English, for Australian audiences. This makes a lot of sense to us.
So in the coming months, we will carry out the following, in rough order of priority:

  • Publish Kings of Under-Castle in the Australian imprint, instead of the International (and convert to Australian English). The ebook is already published, but an Australian English version will also be published.
  • Publish Paper Magic in the Australian Imprint, instead of the International.
  • Publish the third Brumbies novel in the Australian imprint.
  • Adjust printer and distribution locations for the first two Brumbies books.
  • Re-publish A Magpie Called Will in Australian English in the Australian Imprint.
  • Publish Sealskin Coast in the Australian Imprint.
  • Publish The Adventures of Teddy and Karl in the Australian Imprint.
No doubt there will be more, but this is plenty of work for our new imprint.

Gerry Huntman
Chief Editor
IFWG Publishing

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Letter From The Editor (taken from IFWG Publishing Newsletter June 2013)

It isn't breaking news that IFWG Publishing has been in a bit of a hiatus over recent months. This is the classic issue that any small publisher faces - when there are a few critical people, if they are out of action, then, well, nothing much happens. The good news is that all key personnel are back on deck, and the ship is being rounded to its designated course. Sail ho!

We have some important tasks to take care of first, related to better reporting and royalty payment infrastructure - stay tuned on this. Immediately following that we are tackling our very significant backlog of titles. First cab off that rank is getting our ebooks that don't have print versions, onto trade paperback. Some are long overdue. Following that we have some fantastic titles that are eagerly awaiting release. We will shortly do a bit of pre-publishing marketing as they deserve it. Finally, we will catch up on the remainder of 2013's releases.

Needless to say we will be busy. Good busy, however.

Gerry Huntman
Chief Editor
IFWG Publishing

Friday, 31 May 2013

Great Review of Biola Olatunde's Numen Yeye

Clara Freeman provided a complimentary review of Biola Olatunde's Numen Yeye, a novel that bridges between the spirit world and terra firma reflected in a village in Nigeria. It is a fantasy story but it is ringed in truth about superstition and deep-centered truth. It preserves, in this Western edition of the novel, as much of the Nigerian English idiom as possible, which adds to the color and texture of the narrative.

Visit Clara's site a few times, because Biola will soon have an interview posted in the blog.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Notes from the Editor (taken from May 2013 IFWG Newsletter)

For a change, instead of discussing what we are publishing, I want to spend a little time on SQ Mag, the ezine that we publish, but we don't manage.

Let me explain.

IFWG Publishing has always had an ethos of helping new authors. We do this by publishing many such writers, but we also established some years ago a print magazine called "SQ Magazine". It was an experiment, and in fact it succeeded in producing 3 large editions, with a lot of very good fiction. However, we realized it was following a business model that was not in line with what the market is currently operating under. We chose last year to take the plunge.

In March 2012 we ceased production of 'SQ Magazine' and replaced it with 'SQ Mag', a 6 per year ezine, with an annual 'best of' anthology. We also decided we would start off free, to show to the world that we were serious about making it work, and more importantly, that we still want to publish new talent. Sophie Yorkston agreed to continue her excellent Editor In Chief role.

To make SQ Mag work, we decided that it needed to have its own financial arrangements, and not be reliant on funding from IFWG Publishing, nor to muddy accounting. The end result was an agreement with IFWG Publishing that the company would support the ezine with 'intangible assets', such as web infrastructure, and IFWG would publish the 'best of' anthology, but only recoup publication costs. This is very generous. The net result is that any donations, or after-cost profits of the anthology (and aside from royalty sharing with contributors), SQ Mag has a source of income. They are also considering merchandizing. This is why SQ Mag is independently managed. This is also why they are are able to continue to support new writers.

As of 2nd May 2013, SQ Mag has decided to elevate its market status to 'token', which means that they now pay a small sum to all authors whose work are published. This is, in the scheme of things, a small step, but it is a critical step to progress to the next level of payment to authors. For SQ Mag, and for IFWG Publishing, this is in fact a big deal. Very big. It elevates SQ Mag into a PAID market, and the industry notices this. Authors notice this. This is an opportunity to get a stronger reader base, and attract more author submissions. Hopefully we get more donations.

I ask you to spread the word that SQ Mag is now a paying market. I would also urge you to ask your friends, family and acquaintances to go to www.sqmag.com and read Issue 8, which is second to none. They will immediately see what SQ Mag can produce.

I would like to close this editorial with an observation. Edition 8 of SQ Mag is something special. Not only is it the largest and most talent-filled edition yet, it is also devoted entirely to short fiction by women writers. This is a bold move and makes a strong statement about how much talent and skill exists in the female strata of the speculative fiction writing community, as well commentary on the lingering discrimination in areas of the industry. Well done, Sophie Yorkston!

Gerry Huntman
Chief Editor
IFWG Publishing