NOW AVAILABLE – ‘The Wall Between the Worlds’ by Ruth Fox

The trilogies three covers

Australian author Ruth Fox’s The Bridges’ Trilogy comes to a final, triumphant conclusion with the release of book 3 in the series – The Wall Between the Worlds.

The Bridges’ Trilogy by Ruth Fox

‘On a night of frost and ice, Cari falls from the sky, cast out of her world and into ours – and Australia’s Cassidy Heights will never be the same. For the secrets Cari bears are more dangerous than Jake, Keira, and Mikhal could possibly imagine.’

Praise for previous books in the series

“ … beautifully written with intriguing world building …” Christina – Ensconced in Fiction

“I love … its delicious mix of genres; allegory, family story, fantasy, science fiction. …” Readalot

“I heartily recommend this book at any reader who enjoys something a bit out of the general line.” Sally Odgers, Children’s and Teen Fiction Author

“Recommended for any science fiction or fantasy reader of any age. The author has created a world that is captivating, beautiful and dangerous all at the same time.” Geneva Handleman – Amazon Reviewer

“Here we have a second book of great world building” MartyAnne – Goodreads Reviewer

 


All books are available from your favourite on-line store,
on order from your local bookshop,
or direct from the publisher.

The City of Silver Light – READ SAMPLE
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Across the Bridge of Ice – READ SAMPLE
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The Wall Between the Worlds – READ SAMPLE
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(The Bridges’ Trilogy)

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Book 1: The City of Silver Light
paperback (978-0-6485714-7-6)
eBook (978-0-9872652-0-3)

It’s an unusually cold winter, but 15-year-old Jake is more concerned with the ice forming in his dad’s new relationship and the fact the girl he likes is dating his best friend.

And now his elderly neighbour is acting even weirder than usual. Could life get any more confusing?

Then Jake finds Cari, lost and alone. Who is she? What has she got to do with the sudden frost, and the silver city that has appeared in the sky? And what does his elderly neighbour, Mrs Henders, know about it all?

But the secrets Cari bears are more dangerous than Jake can ever imagine. And the fate of our entire world – and that of the City of Silver Light – now rests in their hands.

Book 2: Across the Bridge of Ice
paperback (978-0-6485714-8-3)
eBook (978-0-9872652-9-6)

Keira Leichman spent the night of the wild snowstorm that struck Australia’s Cassidy Heights injured and alone. But what really happened that night? Not even Keira can be sure. What she does know is that she’s been having strange dreams since the accident, and she’s stuck with a broken ankle and the possibility of never playing soccer again. That is, until she finds Jake’s telescope, and is drawn across the bridge of ice to Shar.

Now Keira is marooned in the City of Silver Light with Daniel, Jake’s younger brother, with no way to get home. But that is the least of their worries, for the secrets they discover in Shar are more dangerous than Kiera could ever have imagined.

Cover of 'The Wall Between the Worlds' showing young man playing a guitar in a parkBook 3: The Wall Between the Worlds
paperback (978-0-6485714-9-0)
eBook (978-0-6485714-6-9)

Australia’s Cassidy Heights is still recovering from the freak snowstorm that wreaked so much havoc two months before, but Mikhal has his own problems. All he wants to do is play his guitar but he’s failing every subject at school, and he’s just punched his best friend. And now his friends, Jake and Keira, are hiding something from him.

When Sharna Devon is assigned to tutor him, he can’t think of anything worse – until his mother decides he needs to help out with her charity work. But soon he and Sharna are dragged into the mystery Jake and Keira are working so hard to hide. Cari is still trapped between the worlds, and Cassidy Heights is in terrible danger.

It’s not going to be easy, but they have to stop the boundaries between the worlds collapsing before it’s too late, and perhaps Mikhal’s music may offer the solution.

The City of Rockingham’s Short Fiction and Poetry Awards are now open

poster for competition showing typewriterHague Publishing is sponsoring the City of Rockingham’s Short Fiction and Poetry Awards. Entries are now open to all Western Australian residents and will close on 23 October. The 2020 theme is ‘Connection’ and the top entries will be published in the City’s first ever anthology. More details are available at: https://rockingham.wa.gov.au/events-culture-and-tourism/awards-and-competitions/literary-arts-program/short-fiction-and-poetry-awards

Our July Newsletter is now available

Our latest Newsletter is now available at: http://www.haguepublishing.com/newsletter/Newsletter2020-07.html

Previous newsletters can be found at: http://haguepublishing.com/newsletters.php

In Our Latest Newsletter

  • 15% storewide sale during WorldCon2020 (5 days only)
  • Recent Releases
    • Amethyst Pledge, Book One in a new fantasy series by Leonie Rogers
    • The Unforgotten by Shaune Lafferty Webb
    • Trouble on Teral by Andrew J Harvey
  • New Trilogy Paperback Packs
    • The Frontier Series by Leonie Rogers
    • The Safe Harbour Chronicle by Shaune Lafferty Webb
    • The Bridges Trilogy by Ruth Fox
  • Coming Soon
    • A Wall Between the Worlds by Ruth Fox
    • Dark Days by Leonie Rogers, book 2 in the Albatar Chronicles
    • Petrichor by Melanie Rees
    • Crisis at Calista Station by Andrew J Harvey
  • Author News
    • ‘Frontier Incursion’ ranked number one on Amazon.com.au for Science Fiction.
    • Leonie Rogers included in the 2020 AUSNZ Snapshot.
    • Janis Hill and the Auction for Firies.
    • Ruth Fox recently released the third book in her Monster Boy series.
    • New Hague Publishing author, Adrian Deans, has a new novel, Welcome to Ord City out in July/August.
  • Recent Signings
    • Adrian Deans – Asparagus Grass.
    • Alice Godwin – Slipstream.
    • Ruth Fox – The White Pavilion.
    • Shaune Lafferty Webb – The Journing Plague.

 

We’re now an official sponsor of the City of Rockingham’s 2020 Short Fiction and Poetry Awards

Its official, Hague Publishing is now an official sponsor of the City of Rockingham Short Fiction and Poetry Awards 2020. The sponsorship will include a one-on-one session with the Principal of Hague Publishing, as well as a $100 cash component.

Entries for the City of Rockingham Short Fiction and Poetry Awards 2020 open on Monday 7 September 2020 and close on Friday 23 October 2020. The theme for the 2020 Short Fiction and Poetry Award is ‘Connection’. This theme can be interpreted in any way the writer chooses. Further details are available here.

The awards are open to all Western Australian residents, and writers may enter into the following categories:

  • New Writer
  • Over 50s Writer
  • Word. (Youth category)

All entries will be considered for the Open Category and local residents who enter will automatically be included for the Local Resident Award.

Cover Reveal: ‘The Wall Between the Worlds’ by Ruth Fox

To lift everyone’s spirits on this very wet and windy Monday in Perth – the cover reveal for Ruth Fox’ ‘The Wall Between the Worlds’, the last in her ‘Bridges Trilogy’. Available mid-August.
Cover of 'The Wall Between the Worlds' showing young man playing a guitar in a park“Mikhal knows his friends, Jake and Keira, are hiding something from him. He’s got his own problems, though – he’s failing pretty much everything at school, he just punched his best friend, and all he wants to do is play his guitar.
When Sharna Devon is assigned to tutor him, he can’t think of anything worse. Until his mum decides he needs to help out with her charity work. But soon he and Sharna are dragged into the mystery Jake and Keira are working so hard to conceal. Cari is still trapped between the worlds, and Cassidy Heights is in terrible danger. It seems this unlikely group of friends are the only hope that balance between the worlds can be restored.
It’s not going to be easy. What exactly does Mikhal’s music teacher know about Shar, the City of Silver Light? And can they stop the boundaries between the worlds eroding before it’s too late?”
AND as a special bonus all three books will be reissued as paperbacks around the same time.

Leonie Roger’s ‘Amethyst Pledge’ now available for pre-order

Cover of 'Amethyst Pledge' - coming soon

 

Leonie Roger’s ‘Amethyst Pledge’ is now available for pre-order, from your preferred online ebook supplier, or your local bookshop.

Release date is 17 April

A sample is available at: http://haguepublishing.com/sample/AmethystPledge.html

‘The Unforgotten’ by Shaune Lafferty Webb

The Unforgotten by Shaune Lafferty Webb – NOW AVAILABLE.

“The final instalment is sensational! A thrilling narrative that does not disappoint.” Ashleigh Armstrong

“A great conclusion to the series” Brenda, Top Goodreads Reviewer.

A long time ago, Rab learned the secret of the planet he calls home. Now, after years of enslavement under the Feathers, Rab considers an escape with Cloud, hoping to find refuge with the few surviving Top-Siders who still live free in the west. But there have been dire warnings of a new breed of predator in the skies and the Kun, leader of the Feathers, has deployed his human captives to fortify the settlement’s defences.

When the child of Rab’s adopted son disappears and the Kun’s settlement comes under siege, an unlikely friend surfaces and events are set in motion that will shatter perceptions and radically shift the course of the future.

Cover of the Unforgotten

Vignettes and eBooks

noun 1.  a decorative design or small illustration used on the titlepage of a book, or at the beginning or end of a chapter. Macquarie Dictionary Publishers, 2019

I recently presented a session on The Well Crafted eBook as part of a workshop on How To Publish an eBook with Ken Vickery at the Bassendean Library. As part of my session I addressed the question of including Vignettes in an eBook. Vignettes can be obtained at a reasonable price from Shutterstock.com.

A sample of vignettes obtained from Shutterstock

Or make your own as we did for Leonie Rogers’ Frontier Defiant.

Shanna and her two starcats

The problem with including a picture in an eBook, however, is that it must be able to be viewed on a variety of screens: from phones, to tablets, to computers, as well as on eBook Readers.

As a result we have now standardised on the image required for the printed version (300 dpi) for the Title Page (which is 590 x 270 pixels). The image for Chapter Titles is half that size (ie 295 x 135). For printed books each image has to be separately set.

When including the vignette in an eBook the following specifications are used (unfortunately this is slightly more technical and requires a little more understanding of the html/css interface/. What we are defining however, is as follows:

  • Width – this is the percentage of the page that is to be taken up by the image.
  • Minimum Width – this overrides the width and sets the minimum number of pixels, as the picture may be unrecognisable if it is too small.
  • Maximum Width – this ensures that the image doesn’t pixelate by getting viewed beyond up its original size.

In summary:

Title PageChapter Page
Width40%25%
Minimum Width438 px200 px
Maximum Width590 px590 px

For an eBook the picture only has to be included the once, and then linked to its location below the chapter number on each chapter page.

What size paperback is best?

This is a question that I seem to come back to every couple of years. This time I decided to attack the problem properly.

The first paperback Hague Publishing put out was Barry Dean’s The Garden of Emily Washburn. This was sized at 5″ x 7 13/16″ (12.8 x 19.8cm), and from memory was based on a quick visit to our local bookshop to see what they were stocking. When it came time to put out our second book I thought I’d address it a little more scientifically and approached Google for advice on the most popular size for Trade Publications. The answer was a resounding 6″ x 9″, which is the size we’ve generally stuck to for the last couple of years. However, I have never understood why 6×9 is so popular, because it is really too large for comfortable reading, and particularly when a bookseller friend of mine has pointed out on multiple occasions that that format is not a popular size in Australia, and simply won’t fit on his shelves. So with the impending release of Leonie Roger’s Amethyst Pledge, the first book in a new trilogy, I thought I’d dig a little deeper.

The Book Printing Company states that: the most common (trim) sizes for Trade paperbacks  in Australia are:

  • 5 x 8 inches (203 x 127mm)
  • 5.5 x 8.5 inches (216 x 140mm)
  • 6 x 9 inches (229 x 152mm)

After a couple of minutes work I was able to locate examples of the three sizes in my own bookcase.

In my personal opinion, the 5 x 8″ looks by far the better, so why are people using 6 x 9″. Well, unsurprisingly, it all comes down to cost, and the fact that our books tend to have more words in them than they did 20 years ago.

Wikibooks points out that smaller books lose disproportionately more space to margins, increasing the cost. A 6″x 9″ book has nearly 20% more text space. But a 6″x 9″ book costs only about 5% more than a 5.5″ x 8.5″ book. The result is a 15% cost savings.

In reality the difference in printing costs are negligible. As on 5 Nov 2019 Ingram charges $89.20 AUS for 10 paperback books of 230 pages 5″ x 8″, and only $91.55 for a 6″ x 9″ book of the same number of pages. Taking into account that the 6×9 book can hold considerably more words and there you have it.

In Australia we are also restricted to ensuring that the printed book is less than 1.5 cm, to allow us to post it at the cheaper ‘paper rate’ of $5. If the envelope goes over 2cm it falls into the parcel rate of $11.

I’ve now done some preliminary formatting of Amethyst Pledge and it looks like using the same font size, spacing, and margins as we did for the Frontier Series the 5 x 8″ format will still only require 220 pages, and as we can go to 250 pages we can probably tweak the size of the type up a bit to improve readability.

Hague Publishing accepting submissions in June and July

Typewriter and the words 'Open call for submissions'Hague Publishing is seeking previously unpublished Science Fiction or Fantasy manuscripts by new or established Australian and New Zealand authors. This year we have amended our submission guidelines and ask all prospective authors to purchase a book from Hague Publishing before submission. This is partly to contribute a small amount to the hours of reading many submissions, partly so you are familiar with our list, and partly to support fellow Australian and New Zealand artists.

How to submit

Please read our submissions guideline (http://haguepublishing.com/submission.shtml).

Complete manuscripts are to be submitted via our online submissions system at http://haguepublishing.com/submit/index.php.

Further information about our publishing process (including a link to our standard contract) can be found at http://haguepublishing.com/publishing.shtml.

About Hague Publishing

Hague Publishing was established in 2011 as an independent Australian publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It is registered in Western Australia, and publishes original work by Australian and New Zealand authors.

Hague Publishing is not a vanity press, and adheres to the Independent Book Publishers Association Code of Ethics. We pay royalties to those authors whose work we accept for publication. Authors are not charged for any part of the publication process.

We publish both eBooks and paperbacks. Using Print on Demand our paperbacks are available to purchase from Amazon.com, our own online shop at https://www.shop.haguepublishing.com/, and throughout the world using Ingram’s Global Connect Program. Our eBooks are available through all major international eBook distributors.