August 16th, 2010


Bad influence

So I got the proofs for the two big hitters for TPP this year on Friday. Worked with Amanda on tweaking a few things. And by Sunday I had started work on one of my bigger 2011 projects. So much for the brain needing a couple of weeks! I love the work cycle of publishing. And editing. I really do. The beginning of the next project is exactly what you need just as you get spat out from the end of the last one - contacting authors, tracking down source material, setting up the plan forward, opening a new spreadsheet, reading work without the pressure of a deadline.

So I've gone from really really questioning publishing last week (there might have been tears, sorry Twitter, it was ugly) to LOVING it again this week! Crunchtime hurts and there's got to be a better way of managing that - some books I think we've done that better than others and the challenge for 2011, especially with the 15 books I definitely have on the schedule, is to perfect that down to an art. If we can do that, I think we can do this [whole thing].


WSFA Nomination

I forgot to post here that Siren Beat by Tansy Rayner Roberts has been shortlisted in the Washington Science Fiction Association's Small Press Award.

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2009). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association ( and will be presented at their annual convention, Capclave (, held this year on October 22-24th in Rockville, Maryland.

I'm so delighted to see a story by Twelfth Planet Press on a shortlist with so many markets and editors I greatly respect and admire.


Twelfth Planet Press at Worldcon

Today I took a day of annual leave to be home to accept the delivery of the TPP eftpos machine. And Tehani came up to do some prep for Worldcon with me. Typically, the eftpos machine arrived and was declared a dud but not before we'd had a good chat with the technician about all things young adult fiction. It should be arriving first thing tomorrow morning.

We then sat down for some organising of things still needed for Worldcon including sorting our Worldcon deals. Tehani helped me work through the pricing structure for the Twelve Planets series which was what was stopping me from making subscriptions available until now. Subscriptions can now be reserved via the Twelfth Planet Press website and will be available at the Twelfth Planet Press table in the dealer's room at Aussiecon 4 - look for the hot pink!

Twelve Planets - 12 collections, 12 authors, 12 months.
$180 inc postage in Australia/ $215 inc postage internationally

Individual collections will be available with postage for $20(Aus)/$23(Int'l).

The complete series list will be announced soon!