Twelfth Planet Press are publishing our first children's book! We're excited. Are you excited?
Winter's Tale by Nike Sulway & Shauna O'Meara is a gorgeous story of suburban magic, lost and found families, and the importance of being exactly who you are.
With Nike Sulway's words brought brilliantly to life by the vivid artwork of Shauna O'Meara, this story celebrates gender diversity, non-traditional families, and the importance of friendship.
Nike Sulway is the author of the novels Dying in the First Person, Rupetta, The Bone Flute, The True Green of Hope, and the children’s book What The Sky Knows. Her works have won or been shortlisted for various awards, including the Children's Book Council Awards, the Aurealis Awards, and the Queensland Premier's Literary Award. She was the first Australian to win the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for a work that explores and expands our understanding of gender. Nike lives in rural NSW with her wife, dog, cat, and four chickens.
Shauna O’Meara is a Ditmar Award winning illustrator and writer based in Australia. She has contributed cover and/or interior art to Lackington’s Magazine in Canada as well as several Australian anthologies including: A Hand of Knaves, Wide Brown Land, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Next, and The Never Never Land. She is currently working on her first graphic novel.
TWELFTH PLANET PRESS is an Australian independent publishing house, run by Alisa Krasnostein. Our objectives:
- to publish fresh, original, well-written work that seeks to interrogate, commentate, inspire or provoke thought
- to provide opportunities for underrepresented voices by publishing and showcasing new work
- to raise the awareness of underrepresented voices in genre fiction
- to showcase and demonstrate the depth and breadth of Australian fiction to a broader audience.
We're excited to be branching out into children's fiction with our new imprint, Titania Books. And you can join us! Winter's Tale is especially dear to our hearts because we believe it's so important to provide books for non-binary, agender and gender questioning young people who deserve to see characters like themselves in media. We also believe it's important for cisgender children to read about characters who are not like them, as this can help build empathy and raise questions that are relevant to current society.
We can't wait for you all to get to know Winter, the child protagonist of our story, through their magical journey to find a family who fits, thanks to Nike's beautiful words and Shauna's delightful artwork.
The book is middle grade fiction for younger readers, with full colour illustrations throughout the text.
We'll be shipping these books in October 2019, very shortly after the Kickstarter closes, which means you can be confident your rewards will arrive in time for holiday gifting.
Winter's Tale will be available in three versions, two of which are exclusive to the Kickstarter. We're not releasing an official ebook version at this time, but Kickstarter supporters will all receive an early PDF version which shows off all the full colour artwork, before the paper books start shipping.
Our paperback version is the same book that will be in the shops for general sale later in the year -- but again, you get it first by ordering it through Kickstarter! This is especially important if you want to give this as a holiday gift to the child, grandchild, godchild or nibling in your life!
The hardback version is a Kickstarter exclusive limited edition -- the page art will be the same as the paperback but this sturdier book is ideal to keep on your shelf for future generations to read, or to donate to your local library.
You'll notice a few Twelfth Planet Press pins dotted around the pledge levels -- these are only available in limited numbers right now as we aren't planning to do another print run soon. This is also the case for the tote bag and mugs.
Alexandra Pierce, who you might know as the co-editor of the marvellous book about Octavia Butler, Luminescent Threads, (or perhaps you know her as Alex in Melbourne from the Galactic Suburbia podcast) has knitted some darling flower fairies for the Fairy Knit Winter pledge level. These are based on the Titania's Flower Fairies design from Peargirl (© Lorna Pearman) and are a special gift for only 10 of you who choose that pledge level, so get in fast before all the knitting disappears.
Terri Sellen, whose job at Twelfth Planet Press is basically to be magical, has produced some marvellous etched glassware which we're also excited to share.
So many shinies! But for us, it's all about the book. BUY THE BOOK WE LOVE YOU.
We've added a new reward tier at $10 for a set of art stickers based on Shauna's fabulous illustrations. Which illustrations? We'll tell you as the campaign unfolds. This sticker set will also be added as a bonus reward to every tier at $75 and above.
Terri, one of the many talented crafty people here at Twelfth Planet Press, has been making some beautiful etched glassware including the TPP drinking glass (see Kaleidoscope of Delights) and she has created some beautiful glassware based on the Winter's Tale illustrations. Check out Drinking Glass Winter at $85 and the extra special Titania's Fancy Tea Party at $500.
Risks and challenges
We have run several successful crowdfunding campaigns across Kickstarter and other platforms, and are confident that with our experienced and enthusiastic team, we can anticipate, meet and address any challenges that come our way. These challenges might include: delays in production, printing, or delivery, and scaling up if we attract more backers than we anticipate.
Winter's Tale has fewer risks than our previous projects because the book is almost ready to go to print with the creative, editorial and design aspects of the publication process already completed.
We have been careful to limit the numbers of any pledge levels that might cause problems if funded in higher numbers. For the books themselves, our use of print on demand makes scaling up an achievable possibility if it comes to that.
We're working with Lightning Source and Backerkit for most of our printing and delivery needs, both services with excellent support networks, who are quick to respond to problems with helpful staff. Our policy at Twelfth Planet Press is always to keep the lines of communication open, so that our crowdfunding backers are informed quickly if any delays or problems arise during the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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