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An anthology of awesome speculative novellas from excellent Australian writers to mark Ticonderoga's 20th year in publishing.
An anthology of awesome speculative novellas from excellent Australian writers to mark Ticonderoga's 20th year in publishing.
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Thank you everyone who has backed us! We've made the first target. If you're thinking about backing us, please read below for our total budget and stretch goals.

Aurum

  • Joanne Anderton
  • Stephanie Gunn
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Angela Rega
  • Lucy Sussex
  • Susan Wardle
  • and watch this space!

Aurum is an anthology of awesome speculative novellas by some of Australia's biggest names and brightest talents. At this point we have locked in Joanne Anderton, Stephanie Gunn, Juliet Marillier, Angela Rega, Lucy Sussex, and Susan Wardle, and expect to have at least a couple more awesome names before we go to print.

Aurum will be approximately 90,000 words of exceptional original fiction, all novellas (more than 7500 words) giving the writers space to develop stories and write at a length not always considered commercially acceptable. We're giving the writers an opportunity to tell the stories they want to tell, and the space they want to tell them in.

Aurum will be edited by the A. Bertram Chandler Award-winning editor Russell B. Farr.

And I can tell you, the novellas by the six writers above are just incredible. You will want to read them.

Aurum

Aurum also celebrates the 20th year in publishing for Ticonderoga. We started way back in 1996, and since then have produced over 50 titles. Aurum was originally planned as our 50th title (hence the name) but a few other books came through and pushed it back a little. Numbers aside, Aurum will still be our golden book.

How you make Aurum real

Every dollar helps. In 20 years of publishing we've learnt that it is an upfront business - the publisher pays the writers, the printers, the artists before the book is produced, and then sends out books to reviewers and bookshops, all before any money comes in. As a small press we are sometimes limited in our ability to absorb these initial outlays.

We've priced our reward levels as good value pre-orders. You'll get the book for what you'd expect to pay in a store, we get a bit of a buffer, and everyone gets paid!

The writers

  • Joanne Anderton - http://joanneanderton.com/wordpress/
  • Joanne Anderton is an award-winning author of speculative fiction stories for adults, young adults, and anyone who likes their worlds a little different. She sprinkles a pinch of science fiction to spice up her fantasy, and thinks horror adds flavour to just about everything. Her science fiction/fantasy novels have been published by Angry Robot Books and Fablecroft Publishing. Her short story collection, The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, was published by Fablecroft Publishing. It won the Aurealis Award for best collection, and the Australian Shadows Award for best collected work.
  • Stephanie Gunn - http://stephaniegunn.com/
  • Stephanie Gunn was once a scientist, but now spends her time surrounded by words, both as a writer of speculative fiction and as a reviewer of the same. Her fiction has been nominated for Ditmar and Aurealis awards, and she has been a frequent contributor to Ticonderoga Publications anthologies, including the Aurealis Award winning Bloodlines. She is currently at work on several contemporary fantasy novels, and lives in Perth with her husband, son and requisite cat.
  • Juliet Marillier - http://www.julietmarillier.com/
  • Juliet Marillier is the best-selling author of 20 books, including the Sevenwaters, Shadowfell, and Blackthorn and Grim series. She has won numerous awards, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.
  • Angela Rega - http://angierega.webs.com/
  • Angie’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications including: Postscripts PS Publications, Crossed Genres, Ticonderoga Publications, Fablecroft Press, SQ Magazine, Scheherazade’s Bequest, Belladonna Publishing, The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild Anthology, Next and in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014). A graduate of Clarion South 2009, Angie spends her days as a Teacher Librarian encouraging teenagers to read and write . She is a lover of folklore, fairy tales and furry creatures and often falls in love with poetry. Fluent in three languages and one “dialect” she often struggles with syntax. She lives in Sydney, NSW.
  • Lucy Sussex - http://www.sussex.id.au/home/
  • Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand in 1957. She has degrees in English and Librarianship from Monash University, and is a freelance researcher, editor and writer. She has published widely, writing anything from literary criticism to horror and detective stories. In addition she is a literary archaeologist, rediscovering and republishing the nineteenth-century Australian crime writers Mary Fortune and Ellen Davitt. Her short story, "My Lady Tongue" won a Ditmar (Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award) in 1988. In 1994 she was a judge for the international Tiptree award, which honours speculative fiction exploring notions of gender. Her first adult novel, The Scarlet Rider, is about biography, Victorian detective fiction, voodoo and a ghost.
  • Susan Wardle
  • Susan’s short fiction has appeared in a range of publications including: Overland, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Shadowed Realms, TiconderogaOnline, Australian Dark Fantasy and Horror 2007 Edition, Macabre, Antipodean SF, Fables and Reflections, the small press anthology Scattered, Covered, Smothered and the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild Anthology, The Outcast. An attendee at Clarion South 2005, Susan spends her daylight hours working in public relations and her evening hours drinking wine, going for long walks and writing. Susan lives on the south coast of New South Wales.

More writers to be announced.

Timeline

  • April 2016 - Kickstarter ends
  • July 2016 - Table of contents announced
  • August 2016 - rewards copies shipped
  • September 2016 - anthology goes on sale worldwide

Budget $7,550 (AUD)

  • Author payments* $1,800
  • Editor payments $500
  • Layout (without commissioning artwork) $250
  • Printing (approx 300 copies) $3,000
  • Review copies $1,000
  • Shipping (rewards) $1,000

TOTAL $7,550

*if we make our target, this is where we start our stretch goals

We're aiming low with our target to cover the absolute basics: paying the writers, sending them copies, and covering your rewards (and the kickstarter fees).

Stretch Goals

  • $6,000 - Raise the CPW for authors to 4c/word
  • $9,000 - Raise the CPW for authors to 7c/word
  • $12,500 - Raise the CPW for authors to 10c/word

Risks and challenges

The risks are slim. We have a proven track record of making books happen on time. Most of the contents are contracted, have already been written, and just require editing. With your support we will make this happen.

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