One Step at a Time – it’s Pozible!

We can’t believe that Easter is already upon us. At Midnight Sun headquarters we’ve been hard at work organising a crowdfunding campaign for the children’s picture book that we plan to publish next year. It is called One Step at a Time and it is about a Thai boy called Luk and his baby elephant Mali. One day Mali steps on a landmine and her friend Luk stays faithfully by her side as she recovers and is fitted with a prosthetic leg.

One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

Author Jane Jolly explains that the book is based on a true story. Illustrator Sally Heinrich has found the perfect balance between the dramatic event and the beautiful friendship between the boy and his elephant. We are so proud to be publishing this book and we hope that you can help us make it a reality by pledging to the campaign. You can read more about One Step at a Time and view sample illustrations here.

The jungle fell still and silent

The jungle fell still and silent

After only a week we have raised over $4,400 but we still need help to reach our goal of $10,000. Part of the proceeds will go to SafeGround, an organisation that works with victims of landmines. Please take a look at the Pozible crowdfunding project here, where you can pre-order the book or be extra generous and receive one of Sally’s original hand coloured prints. There are postcards and bookmarks on offer too.

The campaign ends on Friday 30 May 2014, so please don’t hesitate. Now is the time to show that you care about victims of landmines around the world – and that you think this beautiful book deserves to reach a wide audience.

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What will 2014 bring?

MidnightSun has been very busy behind the scenes lately, planning this year and beyond. Although we are currently snowed under with interesting manuscript and in the process of reading them all, we have decided on a couple of projects for this year.

We are going to step into children’s book publishing for the first time with Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich’s beautiful One Step at a Time about the relationship between a young boy and his elephant. This bright and moving picture book will be a gorgeous present for all the little ones.

We are also delighted to announce that we will be publishing an anthology of new stories from some of the best writers to come out of the writing programs at The University of Adelaide. Lynette Washington will be editing the volume, which is currently open for submissions. The theme is ‘beauty’. Anyone who has studied creative writing at The University of Adelaide is encouraged to send their work to lynette.washington@adelaide.edu.au by 21 March 2014.

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Announcing the BIG news!

The shortlist for the Most Underrated Book Award has just been announced and Anna Solding’s The Hum of Concrete is on it! This is such an amazing initiative by the Small Press Network, which gives the shortlisted entries new exposure. MidnightSun is so proud of Anna and honoured to be selected alongside other excellent small publishers. The other three shortlisted entries are: Fish-Hair Woman, Merlinda Bobis (Spinifex Press), Staunch, Ginger Briggs (Affirm Press) and Whiskey Charlie Foxtrot, Annabel Smith (Fremantle Press). We wish them all the best. The winner will be announced at a presentation on Friday 15 November at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Read more about the shortlist here.

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Catching up…

Although it may look like we haven’t done much the last few months, MidnightSun has actually been hard at work behind the scenes reading manuscripts and deciding on what to publish next year. We have submitted The Hum of Concrete to the Most Underrated Book Award. Both Kim and Anna have had speaking engagements. We have sponsored the Langhorne Creek Writers’ Festival. More about all of these exciting news in due course…

What is happening right now is this: Anna Solding is currently in Sydney and will head to Canberra tomorrow to participate in two events. One is organised by the ACT Writers’ Centre and one by Small Press Network, and both are facilitated by brilliant Charlotte Harper at Editia. The events take place at Gorman House, Wednesday 23 October, at 6pm and 7 for 7.30pm respectively. If you happen to be in Canberra, please come along and say hello.

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Book signing at Dillons Bookshop

The weather gods indulged us for this book signing, so being outside chatting with people was a real pleasure. Kim, true to form, was all smiles. And after seeing the book both on the counter and in the new releases section, who could blame her?

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Successfully launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to join us for the launch of Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks! It was a festive night full of smiles. Author Heather Taylor Johnson did a stellar job launching the book and the audience was wonderfully supportive.

Heather Taylor Johnson launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Heather Taylor Johnson launching Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Kim spoke beautifully about her journey to publication. Her Freudian slip, saying that she had a few people to ‘spank’ rather than to ‘thank’ lifted the already celebratory mood even further.

Kim's lovely speech

Kim’s lovely speech

 

 

The audience

The audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the speeches, Kim proceeded to sign copies of her book and talk to the many people who had come to support her, while the rest of us filled our glasses, mingled and danced…

 

 

Ready to sign!

Ready to sign!

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For a small publisher, events like this launch are so important because we want to connect with our readership. We want you to feel celebrated! We want you to feel that our success is due to your support. Without readers and book buyers like you, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you!

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Enjoying the launch!

Enjoying the launch!

Hannah, Harry and Chelsea raising their glasses

Raising a glass for Kim

Babies and toddlers celebrated too.

Babies and toddlers celebrated too.

Kim was all smiles.

Kim was all smiles.

It was great night! Now that the book has been officially launched in Adelaide, we have our sights set on the Darwin launch on Friday 10 May 2013. Kim’s schedule is packed for the coming months. Check out our Appearances page for further details.

If you love Kim’s book, please don’t forget to tell others about it. Word of mouth is a very powerful way to reach all the readers this book deserves. You could even write a review or simply give it a star rating on Goodreads or Amazon. We really appreciate our readers!

 

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Reviews are coming in – and they are brilliant!

We are so proud to announce the first six reviews of Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks and they are overwhelmingly positive.

Daystarz: 5 of 5

One word. LOVE. I love this book. It is warm, genuine and emotive. It is real. It is entirely believable…This is so much more than just a book about pregnancy – it’s also a story about a woman’s search for validation and empowerment.

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks is simply adorable. It definitely makes my best books of 2013 list. An excellent debut novel from a promising Australian author. I will be keeping a keen eye out for Ms Locks next literary venture.

Compulsive Reader: 

The novel’s strength is the very personal journey the reader takes alongside Amy as she weighs up conventional First World medical procedures with the almost Cavewoman-style natural homebirthing. It is a suspenseful ride with her as she battles conventions, the expectations of others as well as a category three tropical cyclone to boot.

Another feature is the brilliant imagery used to describe the setting of Darwin, Australia’s most northern capital. Sweaty, humid, monsoonal, oppressively hot complete with blood-sucking insects, Darwin seems to magnify the drama associated with the intricacies of the female reproductive process. An stirring story of a girl becoming an independent woman.

Sally from Oz: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.

I really don’t know where to start when it comes to saying how much I loved and related to PEACE, LOVE AND KHAKI SOCKS… I found myself laughing out loud at many of the events in the story…

This was one of those books that once you picked it up then it was not willingly getting put down until finished.  A very good debut, now officially waiting for book two.

This Charming Mum: 4 of 5 stars

It is a funny and entertaining story – not unlike some of the rural/’outsider’ romance novels so popular in contemporary Australian publishing – but it also has a very serious point to make about the way we treat pregnancy and birth in the hospital system.

Drawing parallels with a fierce cyclone that hits the city when Amy is nine months gone, the book suggests we could do with a bit more reverence towards Mother Nature.

The prose style is relaxed and friendly (for want of a better word!).  It left me feeling as though I’d been hearing a friend’s birth story over coffee… The final chapters, as Amy lurches from ecstasy to agony during a long labour and birth, are moving and joyful.  Keep the tissues handy!

The Raven’s Parlour Bookstore: 4 3/4 stars of 5

This is the debut novel from Lyndoch based author, Kim Lock … and it’s a cracker!

Full of humour, warmth, honesty and raw emotion, it’s a journey of Amy’s right to make the choices she feels best suit her and her baby.

1girl2manybooks: 7 of 10 stars

Amy and Dylan’s relationship is fantastic – from the way they both react to the surprise pregnancy to the way they are at odds over her decision to homebirth. Because it is Amy’s decision, she gives little regard to Dylan’s feelings whatsoever which I get. It’s her body, she has to do it.

Obviously I think this book will resonate with supporters of homebirthing and particularly those who have had one themselves.

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We are on a roll!

March has been and gone in the blink of an eye. As always, Adelaide Writers’ Week was a literary delight and the MidnightSun team spent most of the week getting inspired by brilliant writers from around the globe.

Adelaide Writers' Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week

Adelaide Writers' Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week

 

Adelaide Writers' Week

Adelaide Writers’ Week

We have been gearing up for the launch of Kim Lock’s Peace, Love and Khaki Socks and the book is selling like hotcakes through the website.

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Zanesh Catkin appeared on 891 ABC Adelaide on Tuesday 26 March 2013 to talk to Peter Goers about Pangamonium. You can hear an edited version here.

Author Kim Lock and author/editor/publisher Anna Solding were invited to speak about the editing process to an attentive audience at the SA Writers’ Centre on Thursday 28 March 2013. Thank you to the Writers’ Centre for inviting us.

SA Writers' Centre

SA Writers’ Centre

SA Writers' Centre Editing Event

SA Writers’ Centre Editing Event

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Teaser for Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

February is hot as always in Adelaide but that hasn’t stopped us from working hard. Peace, Love and Khaki Socks is at the printer and it will still be a while before you can see it. However, to keep you entertained while you’re waiting for the book itself, we have created this gorgeous little promo. Hope you enjoy it!

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Revealing the cover of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks!

Welcome back to a fresh new year!

MidnightSun has plenty of exciting things planned for 2013, but none more exciting than the publication of our next novel Peace, Love and Khaki Socks in time for Mother’s Day in May. Set in Darwin during cyclone season, this heartfelt novel gets under the skin of the army culture to the heart of how life can turn out for a young woman finding herself pregnant and unsure of how to handle it. With quirky dialogue and acute observations, Peace, Love and Khaki Socks will be guaranteed to draw you in from the first page.

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

One sultry October morning in Darwin, hemp-wearing army wife Amy Silva grips a trembling fist around two pink lines on a plastic stick. Struggling to come to terms with her rampant fertility, disillusioned with a haughty obstetrician, and infuriated by an inordinate amount of peeing, Amy finds solace in a decision to homebirth. After all, it worked for the cavewomen, right? But as a tropical cyclone threatens to whip down the main street, Amy finds herself facing more than biology.

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks explores what it is to be a woman, an expectant mother, a lover and a friend in a patriarchy. Sometimes horrifying, sometimes hilarious and always honest, this unforgettable story is one woman’s struggle to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

The book will be launched by Heather Taylor Johnson at the SA Writers’ Centre in Adelaide on Friday 26 April 2013, from 7pm. All welcome, but please RSVP to Anna at editor[@]midnightsunpublishing.com for catering purposes. It will be a night to remember so don’t miss it!

Peace, Love and Khaki Socks will be available in good bookshops from early May 2013. It’s a perfect Mother’s Day present for someone you care about, be it your own mother or a friend who is expecting her first baby, and make sure to grab yourself a copy too.

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