All posts by Editor-in-Chief

Samantha Tidy

Samantha Tidy
Samantha Tidy

Samantha Tidy is a writer of children’s, young adult and adult fiction. She has a Masters in Creative Writing and is the author of Cappuccino Diva, The Blue Polar Bear and The Flying Dream. Her most recent adult novel, The Happiness Jar, won the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction, among several other award nominations.

Samantha’s picture book, The Day We Built the Bridge, was published by MidnightSun in February 2019.

Vanishing

Vanishing cover
Vanishing cover
Written by Mike Lucas,
illustrated by Jennifer Harrison

HB 32 | 250 x 295
ISBN: 9781925227444 | $29.99
Picture book | November 2018
MidnightSun Publishing
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Once creatures of all shapes and sizes, from the magnificent and mighty, to the tiniest of marvels, wandered this empty land. They had horns and wings and survived in all kinds of lands, from desert plains to icy tundras. But where are they now? Continue reading Vanishing

New Submission Guidelines

We have recently updated our submission policy!

MidnightSun Books
MidnightSun Books

MidnightSun is always accepting submissions.

Please send a digital copy of your manuscript to submissions@midnightsunpublishing.com Please include a subject line stating your name, the title of your manuscript, and its genre (eg: Jane Doe, ‘High Tea’, Picture Book). Please attach your manuscript as a Word document titled, ‘Name: Manuscript Title’ (eg. Jane Doe: High Tea).

Send the first 20 pages only! If we are compelled to read more, we’ll ask for the rest. We want digital manuscripts with 1.5 or double line spacing. Choose Times New Roman or another easy-to-read font.

Please proof-read thoroughly and always Continue reading New Submission Guidelines

Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent
Heaven Sent
by S.J. Morgan

PB 336 | 198 x 128 | ISBN: 9781925227451
$19.99 | YA Fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | October 2018
Distributed by NewSouth Books

A story of love, loyalty and acceptance, where not everyone is the perfect fit.

Evie’s life is in tatters. She has a father she barely knows, a step-dad she’d rather she didn’t, and a best friend going off the rails. Then there’s the brace she has to wear for her crooked spine… Continue reading Heaven Sent

S. J. Morgan

S. J. Morgan
S. J. Morgan
S.J. Morgan grew up in the UK and arrived in Australia many years ago, via a twelve-month round-the-world air ticket. She lived in New Zealand for ten years before settling in South Australia. In her former life she was an Occupational Therapist, but she now writes full-time. She writes across several genres and has won prizes for short fiction as well as an Australian Society of Authors mentorship for her children’s writing.

In 2018, her debut YA novel, Heaven Sent was published by MidnightSun Publishing. Hide is her first adult novel and was published by MidnightSun in November 2019.

She lives in the Adelaide Hills with her family and two very slovenly greyhounds.

You can find more information at www.sjmorgan.com.au

Another Guest Post by Fern

Hi all, it’s Fern again, MidnightSun’s favourite intern. Also their only intern, but I digress. In my brief time at the company I’ve mostly worked with Heaven Sent, the YA novel by S.J. Morgan. My tasks have been to find reviewers and speaking with writers’ festivals to invite Sue along. But that cannot begin to compare to the work Sue has spent writing the novel, and the time Anna and Lauren have spent refining and preparing it for its debut. The moment of truth finally arrived and MidnightSun was proud to launch Heaven Sent this past Sunday.

Heaven Sent
Heaven Sent

The hall the launch was held in was deftly transformed from what looked like an office into a cosy reading room, made even better by the inclusion of wine and nibbles.

Wine
Wine
Continue reading Another Guest Post by Fern

Guest Post by Our Intern Fern

I’m Fern, the second intern to grace the halls of MidnightSun. I’m in my final year of studying Creative Writing at Adelaide University, and I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to look inside the world of publishing. I’m the sort of oddball who researches as much as they can about any given situation before heading into it, but the internet can only prepare you so much. Luckily, Anna has been a wise and gentle support in guiding me through this busy new world.

Beneath the Mother Tree
Beneath the Mother Tree
Continue reading Guest Post by Our Intern Fern

Beneath the Mother Tree

Beneath the Mother Tree cover
Beneath the Mother Tree cover
by D.M. Cameron

PB 336 | 154 x 233 | ISBN: 9781925227390 | $32.99 | Fiction
Also available as ebook | MidnightSun Publishing
August 2018 | Distributed by NewSouth Books

A spine-chilling mystery and contemporary love story, Beneath the Mother Tree plays out in a unique and wild Australian setting, interweaving Indigenous history and Irish mythology. Continue reading Beneath the Mother Tree

Message in a Sock

Message in a Sock
Message in a Sock cover
Written by Kaye Baillie,
Illustrated by Narelda Joy

HB 32 | 271 x 294 | ISBN: 9781925227383
$27.99 | Picture book
MidnightSun Publishing | April 2018
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Tammy is safe at home, but her heart is with her father at the warfront. While her mother knits socks for the soldiers, Tammy slips a message inside each pair. But will her one special message find her father, and bring him safely home? Continue reading Message in a Sock

Kaye Baillie

Kaye Baillie
Kaye Baillie
Kaye Baillie began writing stories and making books during the long, hot summer holidays on the orchard where she grew up in Victoria. With her sister, she sat at the kitchen table coming up with ideas and adding her own (not very good) illustrations. Now she writes stories at her kitchen table near the beach, where she lives with her family and their high-maintenance pets. Kaye has a strong interest in researching and writing stories about unique individuals and events.

Kaye’s picture book Message in a Sock with Narelda Joy was published in May 2018.

Narelda Joy

Narelda Joy
Narelda Joy
Narelda Joy grew up in a creative household with an inspired mum and a large sewing room, which contained a plethora of goodies with which she could use to create. She continues to create anything in two or three dimensions including puppets, models, creatures and illustrations. She considers herself fortunate to be able to create imaginary worlds anytime she wants to.

Narelda Joy lives surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna in the Blue Mountains, Australia. She has two dogs and a cat, as well as lots of native birds who visit her garden daily.

Narelda’s picture book Message in a Sock with Kaye Baillie was published in May 2018.

Exciting new acquisition

MidnightSun acquires debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree

MidnightSun has acquired world rights to playwright and radio dramatist D M Cameron’s debut novel Beneath the Mother Tree for publication in 2018.

D M Cameron
D M Cameron

Beneath the Mother Tree is a ‘fast-paced’ mystery and love story set in an Australian town similar to the one in which Cameron grew up, and uses Indigenous and Irish mythology to create a spiritual subtext.

‘We are thrilled to have won the rights to this exciting novel, which generated a great deal of interest as a manuscript,’ said MidnightSun publishing director Anna Solding. ‘There were several other publishing contracts on the table, and we had to fight for this book!’

Solding said she sees ‘potential’ for the novel in the international market. ‘We anticipate Beneath the Mother Tree will garner interest overseas, with its Australian setting, contemporary love story and universal themes,’ said Solding. ‘We will be taking it to both London and Frankfurt Book Fairs.’

Plane Tree Drive

Plane Tree Drive cover
Plane Tree Drive cover
by Lynette Washington

PB 256 | 198 x 128 | ISBN: 9781925227345
$26.99 | Fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | November 2017
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Peer through the windows and doors on Plane Tree Drive to find a streetscape that is humorous, heartbreaking, real and surreal. Here, the loneliness of domestic isolation and the joy of connection weave together to form an interlaced map of suburban life.

‘With each story in this complex fresco, layers are peeled away and others added, slowly revealing a delicate portrait of hurts and hopes, vulnerability and strength. Plane Tree Drive is a stunning and sensitive exploration of people, place and relationships.’
–Michelle Wright, author of Fine

Continue reading Plane Tree Drive

Crush

Crush cover
Crush cover

Edited by Simone Corletto, Amy T. Matthews, Jess M. Miller and Lynette Washington

PB 368 | 198 x 128 | ISBN: 9781925227307
$26.99 | Fiction | Also available as ebook
MidnightSun Publishing | September 2017
Distributed by NewSouth Books

Bursting with affection, wit, loss, sex and a whole lot of love, the authors in this collection face the burning beauty of love and write of both the blaze and the ashes left behind. Crush will quicken the pulses of cynics and believers alike as it reimagines everything that makes the heart leap.

‘A delicious and captivating look at love in all its wonderful and varied forms. I’d love to read more from these fresh voices!’
–Rachael Johns

Continue reading Crush