On Friday 7 November 2014 from 6.30pm we’ll be launching the fabulous collection Breaking Beauty, which contains stories about beauty in all its disguises. Established and emerging writers appear side by side on these pages and they all have something unique to say about beauty. Why don’t you join us at the SA Writers’ Centre, 187 Rundle Mall in Adelaide for a fantastic night to celebrate the beauty of the short story form. All welcome!
Here is another lovely quote from Breaking Beauty. Great to see that so many people are coming to the launch of this exquisite collection. Looking forward to catching up with you all soon. Until then, enjoy the teaser.
Here is this week’s teaser for Breaking Beauty. I hope you have booked your spot at the Adelaide launch as it’s getting pretty close to capacity. Book now to avoid disappointment! Email RSVPs to anna@midnightsunpublishing
The countdown to the launch of Breaking Beauty has begun! To give you a taste of the beautiful stories to come, we have created a small sample per week to be posted on our Facebook page until the big day on Friday 7 November. Don’t forget to book your spot at the Adelaide party: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our amazing designer Kim Lock has been working very hard to deliver this stunning cover for MidnightSun’s upcoming short story collection Breaking Beauty.
Lynette Washington has expertly edited the project and now we can look forward to the fabulous Adelaide launch of this brilliant collection. It’ll all be happening at the SA Writers’ Centre from 6.30pm on Friday 7 November 2014. Hope to see you there!
Every now and then, out of the massive MidnightSun pile of unsolicited manuscripts, appears a story that really grabs us by the throat and shakes us around. Because we actually read every single one of those manuscripts, we come across a mixed bunch of stories, from children’s picture books to self-help manuals. But mainly the pile consists of fiction for an adult audience, just the way we like it. Lately, we have been fortunate enough to find one such throat-grabbing gem in our pile and we thought it was time to introduce this writer to you.
The MidnightSun Publishing team is very proud to announce that in May 2015 we will be publishing Amanda Hickie’s novel about an epidemic in contemporary Sydney. Nail biting stuff, people. It’s an as yet unnamed, unusual book, balancing on the verge between literary and speculative fiction. We simply can’t wait to share it with you.
In the meantime, introducing Amanda Hickie:
Amanda Hickie has always been interested in science, literature and ethical questions -annoying her scripture teacher at the age of ten by asking if it was immoral to lie to a murderer. Despite a passion for writing, she studied Computer Science (but quickly recovered).
A change of lifestyle saw her move with her family to Canada. She found herself living down the road from the SARS outbreak, which provided the seed for her forthcoming novel, to be published by MidnightSun in May 2015.
Amanda lives a pleasant stroll from Coogee Beach in Sydney with her two computer oriented sons and husband and two non-computer oriented cats.
MidnightSun has been lucky enough to secure the ebook publication of Kristin Weidenbach’s fascinating and entertaining book Rock Star. The story of Reg Sprigg – an outback legend. It was first published in paperback in 2008 by East Street Publications but has not previously been published as an ebook. You can now buy it as an ebook from MidnightSun in EPUB format here and as a Mobi (Kindle) file here.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have been writing full time for about 10 years. Prior to becoming an author I was a scientist and then a science writer. I have published two biographies, a commissioned history of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, and a children’s picture book, which is the current Children’s Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award winner for non-fiction for children. My most recent work, Blue Flames, Black Gold, the history of multinational oil and gas company Santos, will be released into the general book trade in May. My new picture book, Meet Banjo Patterson, published by Random House, will be released in February 2015.
2. Why are you keen to publish Rock Star as an ebook?
The paperback edition of Rock Star: the story of Reg Sprigg, has sold greater than 10,000 copies, however it was produced by a rather small publisher in South Australia, and distribution to national and international readers can be challenging. The new ebook version of Rock Star produced by MidnightSun will allow Reg’s story to be shared with a much larger audience, no matter where they live.
3. What are the projects you are currently working on?
My latest adult non-fiction book goes to the printer this week. I am looking forward to working on some new children’s picture book ideas, and also continuing work on a family history/memoir based in the South Australian coastal town of Moonta.
4. Your book Tom the Mailman became a huge bestseller. What does it feel like to become a bestselling writer?
Mailman of the Birdsville Track: the story of Tom Kruse, was published in 2003 and has been continuously in print since, selling greater than 100,000 copies. Mailman was the first book I had ever written, so I had no idea that its success was so unusual. Tom Kruse was a family friend and I feel very lucky that serendipity put me in the right place at the right time to write the book. It was an honour to tell his story.
5. What are some of the major differences between writing for children and writing for adults?
Obviously the page length of a typical picture book leaves you very few works to work with. Words are traded for illustrations, which can convey so much to a young reader. Condensing Tom Kruse’s story, for instance, into a 32-page picture book, meant I had to focus on one facet of Tom’s life and distill the essence of that person into a handful of words. In Tom’s story I used the Cooper Creek flood to illustrate how reliant the people of the Birdsville Track were on the mailman. For the isolated residents of central Australia he was a lifeline to the outside world.
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.
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.
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.