Independent Publishing

May’s Independent Publishing newsletter

Welcome back to Books+Publishing‘s Independent Publishing newsletter.

After a brief hiatus, we are back with the first edition of the Independent Publishing newsletter for this year. This month’s newsletter includes a round-up of the latest publishing news relevant to indie authors, a feature from Books+Publishing on the state of print-on-demand technologies post-pandemic, and a piece from Bowker’s Mary Carlomagno, who explains the benefits of the company’s Book2Look widget for publishers and authors.

For more from Independent Publishing, visit the website to read previously published feature articles, interviews and tips. If you have any thoughts or questions in the meantime, you can reach out to me at brad@booksandpublishing.com.au.

Happy reading (and writing)!

Brad Jefferies

Editor, Independent Publishing

 

Latest publishing news

Self-published authors among award nominees

Several self-published authors have been recognised in Australian book awards over the past few months.

At the 2023 Aurealis Awards, Tansy Rayner Roberts won the award for best science fiction novel for the self-published Time of the Cat. Two other self-published titles were shortlisted for the awards: MEAT4BURGERS (Christof Bogacs & Beck Kubrick) was shortlisted in the category for best graphic novel/illustrated work; and Tansy Rayner Roberts was also shortlisted for the award for best fantasy novel for Of Knives and Night-Blooms.

Ian Broinowski is longlisted for the 2024 Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History, worth $25,000, for the book Dogs in Van Diemen’s Land: The adorable, the mischievous and the downright nasty (self-published). The illustrated title tells the story of the early colonial Tasmanian community’s love for dogs through newspaper articles, drawings, stories, and paintings. The winner of the award will be announced in June.

Author and illustrator Paridhi P Apte was longlisted in the picture book category for the inaugural DANZ (Diversity in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand) Children’s Book Award for Maharaja’s Quest. Apte’s self-published book follows Maharaja Vamana, the glorious yet selfish king of the Ananthi Kingdom, India, on his quest for a son.

SPN to pause operations, gauge ‘ongoing viability’

The board of the Small Press Network (SPN) has announced it will halt operations and social media for two months as it seeks to gauge the ongoing viability of the network, reported Books+Publishing earlier this month.

The board of the SPN, which runs the annual Independent Publishing Conference in Melbourne, said in a letter to supporters and members that although it had an increase in member numbers during the pandemic, membership had subsequently dropped and that since the pandemic SPN had ‘worked from a challenging financial position where the costs of operations have outstripped our revenue’. As well as a decline in membership, the board said the costs of delivering the annual conference via a hybrid live/online format had also eroded SPN’s financial position.

Former publishing executives launch profit-share venture

In the US, three former high-level staff from Penguin Random House (PRH) and Macmillan have launched a new publishing company, Authors Equity.

Authors Equity will ‘operate outside of traditional publishing business models, offering no advances but paying authors a high percentage of a book’s profits’, according to Publishers Weekly. Its stated core principles include ‘aligned incentives’, with the publisher stating that its profit-share model ‘rewards authors who want to bet on themselves’. As well as authors investing in their work, Authors Equity said that ‘profit participation is also an option for key members of the book team, so we’re in a position to win together’.

Former PRH US CEO Madeline McIntosh, former Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg, and former PRH US president and director of strategic development US Nina von Moltke are the co-founders of the company. Authors James Clear, Tim Ferriss and Louise Penny are among the five authors who are investors in the company, and an announcement from the publisher said Clear would publish future books with Authors Equity.

Inkitt secures funding for AI-powered publishing; HarperCollins partners with AI audio company

Self-described data-driven publishing company Inkitt has raised US$37 million (A$55.6m) to fund an expansion into AI-generated books, audiobooks, video, and games, reported Publishers Weekly.

Since launching in Berlin in 2013 as a platform for self-published writers, the company has attracted a total of US$117 million (A$176m) in investments, with the Financial Times naming it the eighth fastest-growing company in Europe and the number one fastest-growing company in Germany. In 2022, it opened a new headquarters in San Francisco.

Among the investors are Stefan von Holtzbrinck, the owner of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, which owns Macmillan, and former Penguin CEO Michael Lynton.

Like Wattpad, Inkitt takes in self-published authors and publishes user-generated content, with readers able to access free stories, subscribe to new content, and follow and create a community around an author, with much of the work falling into mass-market genres including crime, erotica, fantasy, romance, science fiction and thrillers. ‘Inkitt, then, crunching data and employing proprietary algorithms, determines which work has the most commercial potential,’ said PW. ‘That work is then promoted and sold on the company’s Galatea platform.’

Inkitt said it has 33 million users and, on its website, claimed that ‘one of every two authors published on Galatea go on to become bestsellers’. ‘The company does not reveal by what metric they determine a book to be a bestseller, though the publisher states that it has had titles that have generated more than $1 million in revenue’, said PW, which reported that the company plans to use its new financing to develop AI-generated and personalised fiction using large language models such as ChatGPT and Anthropic, and DeepL for machine translation, as well as to develop AI-generated audiobooks, videos, and games. It already offers AI-powered features, including a ‘Choose Your Own Narrator’ audiobook option, character chatbot, graphic novels generator, and summary tool.

Another AI-related story to come from overseas was the news that HarperCollins is partnering with US-based audio AI company ElevenLabs to create audiobooks for its non-English language business.

According to the Bookseller, ElevenLabs’ text-to-speech technology will be used to create audio versions of select ‘deep backlist’ series books. ElevenLabs claims that its AI-based tool makes it possible to ‘reflect the emotion, intonation, and pacing of the written word in audio, delivering a high-quality experience that sounds human’.

ElevenLabs was founded in 2002 by ex-Google machine learning engineer Piotr Dabkowski and former Palantir strategist Mati Staniszewski. The company said its Projects tool, designed for publishers and independent authors, can create an audiobook in around one hour, with creators able to ‘select or design the voices they want to use, easily assign specific text fragments to particular speakers, and adjust pause lengths between text segments’.

HarperCollins said it will ‘continue to devote time and resources to voice actor-led productions, which are intrinsic to its current audiobook creation strategy’. ‘Text to speech will be leveraged as a complementary tool to enable a broader number of audiobooks for backlist series books in non-English markets, leading to a more diverse selection of titles in the format and driving growth in the audiobook markets,’ the publisher said.

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Preserving your story with legal deposit at the National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia strives to collect and preserve Australia’s published heritage for future generations, and to make publications accessible to researchers, scholars, and the public to inform understanding of the Australian experience. Key to the National Library’s ambitious goal is legal deposit—a requirement of every publisher (including sole authors and community groups) to send a copy of their work to the National Library. The National Library is reaching out to independent authors and publishers to urge them to contribute their works that may be missing from its collection. 

About legal deposit

Legal deposit has been a requirement by law in Australia for more than 100 years. Under the legal deposit provision of the Australian Copyright Act (1968), publishers—whether that’s the author, a company or an organisation—are required to submit one copy of every publication to the National Library. This includes books, newspapers, electronic publications and any other work that has been made available to the public, for free or for sale.

Legal deposit has contributed towards the more than 10 million items in the national collection, with the goal to preserve Australia’s published heritage for future generations, and to make the publications accessible to researchers, scholars, and the public to help understand the Australian experience. Items are discoverable by the public through the National Library’s reading rooms, catalogue and digital portal Trove.

‘For publishers, legal deposit is the best way to ensure their publication will be preserved, discoverable and available to be viewed in the future,’ the National Library said. ‘For the broader community, it’s an invaluable resource to explore our history.’

‘We don’t always know at the time something is published what value it will have for future researchers or interested readers; the perspective of time is not yet with us,’ the National Library continued. ‘It’s often surprising what elements of the national collection prove to be crucial in informing research being done at the National Library. What do you think a researcher in 200 years might be able to learn from your publication?’

Publishers and authors can submit publicly available electronic versions of their work through the National edeposit service (NED), an online service that allows publishers to meet their legal deposit obligations to Australia’s national, state and territory libraries all at once. Publishers can choose the level of access when depositing to NED. Access ranges from openly on the internet to onsite only within the relevant state, territory and national library buildings—much like a print deposit would be accessed. If a publication is only available in print, then deposit of print is required.

Reaching indie publishers and authors

Independent publishers and authors can be ‘a little harder to reach’ than traditional publishers, according to the National Library’s legal deposit team, and their reasons for not contributing vary.

It’s difficult to know how many titles are published each year in Australia: figures from My Identifiers, the Australian ISBN agency, show there were 29,036 new titles issued with ISBNs in 2022. There’s also an unknown number of titles published without an ISBN. ‘We use a variety of reports to compare what we receive to what is being published and we know that we are not receiving a deposit copy of everything published,’ the National Library said.

‘A recent visit to Bookfair in Sydney showed less than 10% of exhibiting publishers were depositing their works with the National Library of Australia,’ the National Library continued. ‘We have found from our outreach that this is either because they are unaware of legal deposit, they are confused by the variety of administrative processes around publishing, or they don’t think legal deposit applies to their publications. This is a concern for us as the National Library aims to achieve its mandated role to preserve our published heritage, capturing what we are thinking, imagining, and writing about over time.’

The National Library said it prefers to ‘see legal deposit as a collaborative activity rather than pursue publishers for non-compliance.’ Along this line, it is trying to raise awareness among independent publishers and authors about their legal obligations: a recent blog explains the value and purpose of some of the administrative steps that exist around publishing, particularly as they relate to libraries. ‘We know we need to make information more accessible for independent publishers and we are working to simplify language when communicating about legal deposit. We have recently refreshed information on our website and added downloadable factsheet resources and a video,’ the National Library said. The National Library is also reaching out to authors and publishers at writer’s festivals, including the NT Writers festival in late June. If you are a member of the Australian Society of Authors, sign up for the information session for independently published and self-published authors on 26 June.

Growth in self-publishing

The number of self-publishers who have deposited their work electronically via NED is continuing to grow. More than 4,800 self-publishers have registered with the platform, and more than 34,000 publications by self-publishers have been deposited.

‘There has been sustained growth in independent publications received each year, as well as a notable bump during the pandemic,’ the National Library said. ‘Responses to the 2022 National Survey of Australian Book Authors from Creative Australia highlighted an increase in people who have self-published, and the Alliance of Independent Authors most recent data dump shows that indie publishing results in better outcomes for diverse authors. To continue to reflect the diversity of publishing in Australia, it is important that independent publishing is recorded and preserved through legal deposit,’ the National Library said.

Highlighting the growing popularity of self-publishing, and the importance of contributing titles to the National Library’s collection, is Michael Winkler, who was shortlisted for his 2021 novel Grimmish, which was originally self-published. ‘We recently had the pleasure of meeting Michael … and he reported to us that the very first thing he did when he received copies of his book was to put a copy in the post to the National Library – because then even if nobody ever read it, it felt like it was in the world, that his work was recorded and that it mattered,’ the National Library said. ‘There are three different editions of Grimmish in our collection including the first independently published edition.’

The value of the legal deposit scheme is not limited to literature, either. Self-published works by amateur historians and genealogists have been deposited electronically, and many of these authors who are not publishing for commercial reasons opt to deposit them with open access so that people around the world can benefit from their research. A recent example of this is Bingle Bay Botanist: The story of Norm Byrnes & his arboretum, published by the Mission Beach Historical Society.

‘Our shelves (both physical and digital) are filled with treasures,’ said the National Library. ‘In order to continue to build a collection that is inclusive, diverse, and reflective of all Australian experiences, we need to ensure that Australians know about the obligation and opportunity to have their published works preserved for future generations through legal deposit.’

More information about legal deposit is on the National Library’s website.

 

POD and the pandemic: How are publishers using print on demand now?

For many publishers around the world, the supply-chain chaos of the pandemic drove a move to print on demand (POD). Books+Publishing asks what role POD plays for publishers and booksellers now.

The coming-of-age of POD has been declared more than once. Improvements in the quality of the finished books have met praise (of the ‘I can’t believe it’s not butter!’ kind), as well as speculation that these advances meant it was finally POD’s moment. Ingram’s 2011 entry into the local market recognised and drove demand. But the pandemic brought POD into focus in a different way.

As the UK retail sector all but shut down, publisher activity in uploading lists for POD grew ‘exponentially’, according to Debbie Lee who was at that time a senior manager at Ingram Lightning Source (LS) and is now an independent publishing consultant. This was both so publishers could take advantage of global retail markets that were still ‘functional’, and so they could make their titles more immediately accessible in other parts of the world—the US and Australia—via POD, rather than shipping stock, when the cost of international freight to and from Australia was so exorbitant it was ‘repelling business’, as Lee then put it.

Locally, Lee described ‘a lot of frenetic activity’ in the early days of 2020. ‘I think publishers are really turning their attention to driving business in the downturn, and setting eyes on POD as the way out of the mess,’ she told Books+Publishing. ‘At the same time, this is laying foundations for a different model and way of doing business in the long term.’

As the dust settles and we enter mid-2024, lead times at local printers might have eased, but war is still affecting shipping in Europe and the Middle East. What role does POD play now?

‘An important part of the mix’
‘I think we should clarify what we mean by “POD”,’ said A&U publisher Elizabeth Weiss when sharing the publisher’s approach. ‘Sometimes it’s used to mean “short-run digital printing” (SRDP), meaning print runs [of approximately] 50 to 600 copies printed digitally, used to keep a book in print when a slowing rate of sales means a regular offset print run can no longer be justified.’ POD is also used to refer to single-copy printing in response to a customer order.

A&U has been using SRDP since the early 2000s, and has had a single-copy POD program since 2009. When the pandemic hit in 2020, A&U continued with both forms of printing. ‘SRDP enabled us to respond flexibly to the volatility in the market over the pandemic period. Now the lockdowns are over, we are continuing to use short-run printing to manage our stock holdings efficiently and respond to the market in a timely way,’ said Weiss, who added that while A&U is doing fewer short-run print jobs than at the height of the pandemic, ‘it remains an important part of the mix, and it will continue to be important’.

As for single-copy POD, Weiss noted that the pandemic prompted little change in A&U’s approach. ‘We only put titles into single-copy POD when we can no longer justify a short digital run, and this hasn’t changed in the years we have had a POD program,’ she said.

‘Over the years, we have found that market demand for POD titles has fallen a little,’ Weiss told Books+Publishing. ‘The long tail hasn’t lived up to the hopes of the early days of the internet: we are all spoiled for choice in books (ebooks, audiobooks), movies, music, media and podcasts, and the number of hours in the day hasn’t increased.’ However, she said, ‘there is certainly still demand for many backlist titles years after they were first published, and we think it’s important to keep them in print as long as we possibly can’.

While Lee said the pandemic meant ‘publishers of all shapes and sizes, locally and globally, were able to turn their attention to [single-order] POD and get their titles, both backlist and new release, into the system without the everyday “distractions” of office life’, at Simon & Schuster (S&S), it was the opposite—at least for a time.

‘POD was in its infancy for S&S, and with Griffin [Press] prior to Covid, but the challenges of the supply chain over the next few years (including Griffin cancelling their POD program) actually paused the process,’ S&S’s head of supply chain Penny Evershed told Books+Publishing.

Evershed went on to explain that S&S reviewed its order-to-order program monthly and that delays in getting order-to-order titles to Australia during Covid caused lost sales and unnecessary stock holding in the warehouse. ‘Once the dust settled, speed to market became a priority, and POD increased the number of titles we could make available,’ Evershed said. So, after Griffin POD closed, S&S transitioned to Ingram, giving it access to the publisher’s US Ingram POD catalogue. In late 2023, S&S had 4000 titles available via its POD program and was in the process of setting up an agreement with S&S UK and Ingram, which would expand this significantly.

Now, ‘we balance our order-to-order program using air, sea and POD where appropriate, but are always tweaking the list and processes to give the broadest availability in the fastest way,’ said Evershed. ‘If demand increases, warranting the need for ongoing stock on hand, then we will update the supply method.’

‘POD, which is a new strategy for S&S, is about refining availability, reintroducing title availability and supplying the customer as quickly as possible.’

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Book2Look: the publishers' choice

Mary Carlomagno, director of sales and business development at Bowker, writes: 

Bowker is extending its publisher service offerings with Book2Look, the ‘view inside’ widget featured on Bookshop.org.

Most publishers know the Bowker name through the ISBN agency, but today Bowker offers a suite of services that help with every function of the publishing process. Bowker general manager Beat Barblan explains: ‘It really comes down to discoverability; there are more books being published every year, so creating online marketing tools that can help a title stand out matters.’ As Book2Look has been adopted by more and more publishers, it is now considered the industry standard, moving it from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’, continues Barblan.

Book2Look (or ‘Biblets’) gives customers the option of previewing a few pages of a book while browsing, increasing the likelihood of purchase. Market research shows that the option to look inside a book before purchase is among the top deciding factors after a book’s author, the topic and/or genre, and the price. At Bookshop.org, which has featured the Biblets for a year, there has been success. According to Bookshop.org CEO Andy Hunter, books with Biblets are three times more likely to be purchased and have a 35% increase in cart value.

More than just an elegant flowable reader, Book2Look is offering publishers a deep analysis of where their books are being viewed online and even how long readers are engaging. Average view times range from four to six minutes. The research highlights that these statistics are promising: when a reader engages with a title, they are more likely to purchase.

After a very successful free trial period sponsored by Bowker, the exclusive US distributor of Book2Look, over 400 publishers now have Biblets in their marketing plans, including small and independent presses. Dr Kurt Brackob of Histria Books, an early adopter, says: ‘Book2Look has empowered our marketing team and our authors with the flexibility and usage data to better promote our books on social media, expand our digital footprint, and ultimately drive sales.’ The analytics component of the product is easy to access through a publisher dashboard, which provides key metrics like page views, click-throughs and time spent in Biblets.

With Book2Look, publishers can add their own ‘DNA’ onto their Biblets—adding video clips, audio clips and reviews, all of which enable the reader to experience the book in more depth before purchase. These features, which publishers can embed into their ecommerce sites, are showing increased engagement. Kelly Hannagan, senior digital manager for Johns Hopkins University Press, says: ‘Since integrating this functionality, we have seen a remarkable surge of 350% in the duration spent on our book pages. This innovative feature has not only enhanced our website, it’s also a huge win for our customers.’

In terms of affordability, Bowker has kept the price point low, offering promotions, such as a free backlist upload when new titles are purchased. This feature has been very popular with smaller presses, where marketing budgets are traditionally small and usually nonexistent for backlist titles. Independent publisher the Warbler Press engaged in the free trial last year and has now added all this year’s frontlist. ‘After creating and posting Biblets for my entire list, my sales increased by ten per cent in the first month,’ says publisher Mary Bahr.

Bowker offers Book2Look to self-publishers as well; it is featured on the company’s My Identifiers website. As with all Bowker products, US customer service reps are available to answer questions about any Bowker products from 9 to 5 EST on the phone and via email, isbn-san@bowker.com.

Future aims for Book2Look include continuing to grow, with a focus on adding more retailers in the US and Australia; solidifying more distribution channels; and continuing to sign up more social media savvy presses like Regal House, the 2021 Foreword Reviews Independent Publisher of the Year. Regal House editor-in-chief and publisher Jaynie Royal is looking forward to more engagement for her list. ‘We are seeing an expanded digital footprint for our catalogue, increased press brand awareness, and easily accessed quality content in a variety of formats for our readers and for booksellers interested in shelving our titles—all of which drives sales and furthers audience engagement,’ says Royal. ‘We could not be more excited about our partnership with Book2Look.’

 

Unmaking Angas Downs

Some stories dominate how we see and interpret a place, while others are obscured from view. Angas Downs is a pastoral station in Central Australia, but pastoralism is only a fraction of what has happened there. Like all places it has accrued people and stories, in multiple layers, over time. Listening to Tjuki Tjukanku Pumpjack and Sandra Armstrong, two Anangu with deep and abiding connections to Angas Downs, a very different kind of place emerges from that conjured in myths and histories of pioneers and pastoralists that have shaped understandings of the past in Australia, particularly in the Northern Territory. Unmaking Angas Downs traces a history of colonisation in Central Australia by tracking the rise and demise of a rural enterprise across half a century, as well as the complex and creative practices that transformed a cattle station into Country. It grapples with the question of how people experience profound dislocation and come to make a place for themselves in the wake of rupture. Angas Downs emerges as a place of dynamic interaction and social life—not only lived in, but also made by Anangu.

Unmaking Angas Downs by Shannyn Palmer

Publisher: Melbourne University Press
ISBN: 9780522878387
Price ($AUD RRP): $39.99
Distributor: Penguin Random House

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Reaper's Destiny

Stella Reaper, a girl with magical abilities must battle Mekredawn, a demon ruler who is on a vengeful journey to end her life.

Reaper’s Destiny by Sebastian Porta

Publisher: XlibrisAU
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / General
ISBN: 9781669889649
Price ($AUD RRP): $44.99
Available via Xlibris

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The Dark Man, By Referral and Less Pleasant Tales

Step into the world of the Dark Man. Please have your referral ready… In this collection of dark fiction by award-nominated author Chuck McKenzie, you’ll find tales of zombies, kaiju, and alien invaders; of visits to Hell, and to deceptively quiet suburban streets; of Lovecraftian entities and spectral terrors; of time-travellers witnessing The Crucifixion; and of monsters who hide in plain sight. And other, far less pleasant tales than these…

The Dark Man, By Referral and Less Pleasant Tales by Chuck McKenzie

Publisher: Daft Notions
Genre: Horror, Short Fiction
ISBN: 9780645894523
Price ($AUD RRP): $24.99
Website: www.daftnotions.com
Distributor: Amazon

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HANA: The audacity to be free

Hana Assafiri is a much loved and revered social activist and radical entrepreneur. Through the medium of food and dining in her now-renowned Moroccan Soup Bar, Hana has worked tirelessly to rectify the systemic and social barriers to women’s empowerment.
This is a searingly personal memoir, a call to arms to break free from the chains of conformity.
‘A powerful symbol of hope – Hana’s memoir beautifully conveys that healing and joy are achievable despite life’s ruptures.’—Amani Haydar
Publisher: Melbourne Books
ISBN: 9781922779182
Price ($AUD RRP): $34.95
Distributor: United Book Distributors
Website: Melbourne Books

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Making Shadows

Making Shadows spans the years 1941 to 1992. It focuses on a group of Australian veterans and their post-war struggles. Readers can expect an escalation of organised crime, mental illness, revenge and murder. Within adult fiction in Australia, very little has been published about PTSD affecting our war veterans, Gulf War veterans included. Indeed, the same is true concerning the professional achievements of First Nations people. Making Shadows addresses these issues in a considered social commentary.

Making Shadows by Tony McHugh

Publisher: Tony McHugh
Genre: Historical Fiction & Crime
ISBN: 9780646892924
Price ($AUD RRP): $24.99 (paperback)
Distributor: IngramSpark (paperback & ebook)
Available via: Abe Books (paperback), Amazon (ebook), Amazon (paperback), Bookshop.org (paperback)

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The Midnight Rose

Leo is an apprentice at the Alchemical Court when one night changes everything. When the castle is attacked and Leo is told to flee, he hurriedly draws a new portal using the strange runes found in his missing master’s notebook. Arriving in the forgotten Realm of the Fey, he befriends Lady Lisandre, a young faerie in need of his help, and together they begin a journey to find the long-lost Talismans of Atlantica, before the enigmatic Dark Alchemyst does.

The Midnight Rose by Catalina Paris

Publisher: Crimson Rose Publishing
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780645956306
Price ($AUD RRP): $32.95
Website: www.catalinaparis.com
Available via: Abbeys Bookshop, Amazon, lulu

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Imperial Harvest

Imperial Harvest is a timely book that speaks to the universal lessons of war. This fiction by bestselling Australian author Bruce Pascoe is set in 13th century Mongolia and addresses pertinent themes of dispossession, tracing imperialist tactics all the way back to the rise of the Khan empire.

‘This is one of the most profound and arresting novels I have ever read. The vast scope of Bruce Pascoe’s imagination is breath-taking. Imperial Harvest, rendered in lucid and poetic prose, is a meditation on the barbaric absurdity of war, while being, as readers would expect from this extraordinary writer, a poetic hymn to the planet itself.’
—Carmel Bird

‘I loved this bountiful sensuous book … from a writer who confronts, again, the contradictions of history, religion and race.’
—Hilary McPhee

Imperial Harvest by Bruce Pascoe

Publisher: Melbourne Books
Price: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922779229
Release: 4 June
Distributor: United Book Distributors
Website: Melbourne Books

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The Leaves

When his mother dies, Luke’s childhood is severed into a ‘before’ and ‘after’ and a chain of catastrophic events is unleashed that alters the course of his life. Navigating the upheaval of a broken foster system (that serves as a pipeline to poverty and incarceration in ‘juvie’), The Leaves is a meditation on loss, female friendship, and the role of the state. It reveals the cruelty and futility of the youth detention system, and the violence of the law itself.

The Leaves by Jacqueline Rule

Publisher: Spinifex Press
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 9781922964021
Distributor: Spinifex Press
Website: Spinifex Press

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Where Is the Green Sheep? Celebration Book

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the highly acclaimed, bestselling picture book, Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Penguin Random House Australia is delighted to announce the publication of a special gold-foiled collector’s edition, available in Australian stores from 30 April 2024.

First published in 2004, Where Is the Green Sheep? has sold more than two-and-a-half million copies worldwide. Twenty years on, Mem Fox and Judy Horacek’s wildly wonderful search for the green sheep remains a beloved story-time favourite, delighting readers of all ages with its clever rhyme and charming illustrations.

Celebrations for the iconic green sheep will continue throughout 2024 with exciting new formats to come in the Where Is the Green Sheep? publishing programme, including a limited edition Where Is the Green Sheep? Sticker Activity Book available 4 June, as well as a Where Is the Green Sheep? Cuddly Cloth Book launching 30 July and the Where Is the Green Sheep? Touch and Feel Book publishing on 5 November.

Where Is the Green Sheep? Celebration Book by Mem Fox & Judy Horacek

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 9781761347832
Distributor: United Book Distributors

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