Chimaera Publications announces new editors to Aurealis

The publishers of Aurealis are pleased to announce that Stephen Higgins and Stuart Mayne are the new editors of Aurealis.

Stephen Higgins needs little introduction. Co-founder of Aurealis magazine, with Dirk Strasser in 1990, Stephen has decided to return to the magazine he loves with a passion. Stephen is looking to return Aurealis to the forefront of Australian speculative fiction.

Stuart Mayne has been working with Chimaera Publications for the past three years, marketing the book list and editing aurealisXpress. He has worked as a book and magazine editor since 1991. He is an expert on Australian crime fiction author, Arthur Upfield, editing Upfield's last published novel.

New guidelines for Friday pitch at Arena/Allen & Unwin

    The following are a list of ammendments to the earlier news items on the Friday pitch to Louise Thurtell at Arena/Allen & Unwin.

  1. It is preferred that submissions be sent by email, not snailmail.
  2. Mailed material for Friday pitch will not be returned, even if accompanied with a SSAE.
  3. Adult fiction only, please. No children's fiction or adult non-fiction.
  4. All authors the publisher is interested in will be notified by the Thursday following submission.

Ms Thurtell said; "The concept of the Friday pitch has been a great success. But we just don't have the time to return mailed submissions given the volume of material we're receiving.

" I'm looking for any type of fiction – speculative novels thrillers, crime, chick-lit, espionage, general – that I think has a great story and is well-written."


Send submissions, only on a Friday to: 

Trudi Canavan signs with Orbit UK

Following the announcement of the launch of new imprints in the USA and Australia, Orbit concludes its first major World Rights deal.

Orbit, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Little, Brown Book Group announced that it has recently concluded a four-book World Rights agreement with Trudi Canavan. The seven-figure deal, negotiated with Canavan's Australian agent, will comprise a sequel trilogy and a stand-alone prequel to The Black Magician Trilogy.

All the team at Aurealis congratulate Trudi for this success. Well done and keep writing those great fantasies, Trudi!

Orbit to launch new genre imprints in Australia and US

Australia is about to have a major new SF/fantasy imprint.  Hachette Livre, the third largest publisher in the world, is launching two new SF and Fantasy imprints: Orbit Australia and Orbit USA. Hachette Livre purchased Orbit, the UK SF and fantasy imprint of the Little, Brown Book Group (formerly Time Warner Book Group) earlier this year. The new imprints will make Orbit a major player in the three largest English language markets in the world.

According to Malcolm Edwards, Managing Director of Hachette Livre Australia: "This is a very exciting development, both for Hachette Livre Australia and for the growing pool of very talented Science Fiction and Fantasy authors in both Australia and New Zealand.  It is rare for large publishers to combine, in such a single minded way, to nurture talent, with the express intention of giving authors the very real opportunity of being published globally, and we are very much looking forward to being part of this pioneering approach."

News from Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth has been writing a series of children's fantasy adventure books set in Cromwell's seventeenth century England. The series has been sold to Australia, the USA, United Kingdom, Germany and Russia for a large six figure advance. Book One, The Gypsy Crown is due out in Australia in September.