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An illustrated children's book of suburban magic and found family.
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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 PersonRupettaThe Bone FluteThe 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.

REWARDS

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.

UPDATE: Stickers!!!

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

 UPDATE: Glassware!!!

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.

Titania's Flower Fairies, knitted with love by Alex, photographed by Lee
Titania's Flower Fairies, knitted with love by Alex, photographed by Lee

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.

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    Pledge AU$ 5 or more About $4

    Digital Winter

    Read the book before anyone else with this Kickstarter exclusive digital copy.

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    Winter Stickers!

    A set of 4 art stickers, based on the illustrations of Winter's Tale (designs to be revealed throughout the campaign).

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    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
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    Digital Avalanche

    Your exclusive early PDF of Winter's Tale, plus three snowy and/or holiday-themed e-novellas recently released from Twelfth Planet Press!

    Includes:
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
    • Icefall by Stephanie Gunn ebook (mobi/epub)
    • Merry Happy Valkyrie by Tansy Rayner Roberts ebook (mobi/epub)
    • Marry Me, Mischa McPhee by Kate Gordon ebook (mobi/epub)
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    Paperback Winter

    Winter's Tale in paperback with glorious full colour illustrations!

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    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
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    Hardback Winter

    Snuggle up by the fire with this gorgeous full colour hardback limited edition of Winter's Tale -- exclusive to Kickstarter supporters!

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    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
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    Pledge AU$ 50 or more About $34

    Gifting Winter II

    One copy of the limited edition hardback and one of the paperback -- one for you and one to gift to a friend, favourite child or your local library. Beautiful books are better shared.

    Shipping in time for Christmas.

    Includes:
    • Winter's Tale - limited edition hardback
    • Winter's Tale - paperback
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
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    Pledge AU$ 75 or more About $51

    Fairy Knit Winter

    Give yourself (or someone you love) the coziest gift package of all! A limited edition hardback of Winter's Tale along with a Twelfth Planet Press pin AND a hand-knitted flower fairy by Alex.

    There's only 10 of these and our crafty levels tend to sell fast, so pledge while you can!

    Includes:
    • Winter's Tale - limited edition hardback
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
    • Titania's Flower Fairy, hand-knitted with love
    • Twelfth Planet Press enamel pin
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    Pledge AU$ 85 or more About $58

    Drinking Glass Winter

    A glass drinking tumbler, etched by Terri with a design based on an illustration from Winter’s Tale. Comes with the limited edition hardback, and other goodies!

    Includes:
    • Winter's Tale - limited edition hardback
    • Winter's Tale - the drinking glass
    • Twelfth Planet Press enamel pin
    • Sticker Set (4 stickers)
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    Pledge AU$ 95 or more About $65

    Winter Holiday

    Do you love gifting books for the holidays? Be like the Icelanders and join the Book Flood!

    This level includes 2 limited edition hardbacks and 1 paperback of Winter's Tale, perfect to sort out your holiday shopping in advance.

    Shipping in time for Christmas.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Winter's Tale -- limited edition hardback.
    • Winter's Tale - paperback
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
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    Pledge AU$ 250 or more About $170

    Kaleidoscope of Delights

    Did we say Book Flood? Check out this pile of gorgeous goodies. The limited edition hardback of Winter's Tale OF COURSE, plus our entire Young Adult range of paperbacks -- the epic, award-winning YA anthology Kaleidoscope, and three Year's Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction collections. But wait, there's more -- did you miss the Twelve Planets? All 12 of these boutique single author collections will be added to your pile as ebooks. PLUS the Twelfth Planet Press Pin and a gleaming etched Twelfth Planet Press glass made by Terri.

    Treat yourself.

    Includes:
    • Winter's Tale - limited edition hardback
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
    • Twelfth Planet Press enamel pin
    • Kaleidoscope -- paperback
    • Year's Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013-15 - 3 x paperbacks
    • The 12 Planets: SFF short story collections - 12 x ebooks
    • Twelfth Planet Press: the drinking glass
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    Pledge AU$ 500 or more About $340

    Titania's Fancy Tea Party

    At this super special one-off level, you get a special one-of-a-kind glass carafe (26cm tall with silicon stopper) with 2 glass drinking tumblers, each etched by Terri with an illustration from Winter's Tale. Perfect for iced tea parties, teddy bear's picnics, and other special occasions.

    Also: 3 hardbacks of Winter's Tale (for gifting purposes), a hand-knitted flower fairy, the Twelfth Planet Press enamel pin AND tea & chocolate selected for you by Alisa.

    It's so fancy even we can't believe it.

    Includes:
    • Winter's Tale - the carafe & 2 glasses
    • 3 x Winter's Tale - limited edition hardback
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
    • Titania's Flower Fairy, hand-knitted with love
    • Twelfth Planet Press enamel pin
    • Sticker Set (4 stickers)
    • Tea and Chocolate chosen for you by Alisa
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    Gifting Winter

    Two copies of the limited edition hardback -- one for you and one to gift to a friend, favourite child or your local library. Beautiful books are better shared.

    Shipping in time for Christmas.

    Includes:
    • 2 x Winter's Tale -- limited edition hardback.
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
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    I Love Twelfth Planet Press

    This is a bonus level of joy and booty for those of you who have been supporting Twelfth Planet all these years through all our adventures in publishing and crowdfunding. Goodies rarely seen in the wild! Stock up now to show the world which publishing team you love best.

    Includes:
    • Winter's Tale - limited edition hardback
    • Winter's Tale - exclusive early PDF
    • Twelfth Planet Press enamel pin
    • Twelfth Planet Press Mug
    • Twelfth Planet Press Tote Bag
    • Tea and Chocolate chosen for you by Alisa
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