Angels, Reporters and Awards!

The two big Australian SFF awards released their shortlists within a day of each other this year… and I’m on both!

First the Aurealis Awards, based on a selection of juries that cover each category.

I’m delighted to announce that I have work on four of the shortlists! Girl Reporter, my superhero novella from the Book Smugglers, is up for Best YA Short Story, and Best SF Novella.

My mini short story collection, Please Look After This Angel (and other winged stories) is up for Best Collection, and my story from that book, “The Curse Has Come Upon Me, Cried,” is up for Best Fantasy Short Story.

I’ve reduced the price of this book to 99cents on Amazon and Smashwords, if anyone wants to read it before the awards are announced at Easter!

Girl Reporter has also made an appearance on the Best Novella shortlist for the Ditmars, which is our fan-nominated and voted awards connected to the National SF Convention. Galactic Suburbia got nominated for a Ditmar too!

Over in the William Atheling Jr shortlist, one of my favourite awards (for a piece of SF criticism/review), Twelfth Planet Press has two nominations: for Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E Butler; and also for Ambelin Kwaymullina’s essay for Mother of Invention: “Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms and Artificial Intelligence.”

Fabulous February

The school holidays are almost over. And it’s not that I don’t love having my kids around (8 and 13 is so much easier to manage than… well, any smaller numbers have been) but I am looking forward to getting my workspace back.

Juggling so many projects right now! The big upcoming one is my Creature Court Kickstarter, bringing my trilogy back into print. More on that soon!

If you still don’t have a copy of Glass Slipper Scandal, you can grab it from this Fabulous February Fantasy Giveaway over at Instafreebie, along with a bunch of other fantasy books available for free.

One of my big tasks for January was republishing the Mocklore books, now that Fablecroft (sniff) is officially closed. The ebooks have made it up, mostly as far as Amazon, but I still have a few steps to go through before new print versions (20th anniversary editions, gasp!) are available.

If any of you had a chance to put reviews up for these, I would be highly grateful, as the Mocklore books all have great Goodreads review coverage but their Amazon pages look a little bare:

The Mocklore Omnibus (Splashdance Silver & Liquid Gold)
Ink Black Magic
Bounty

I have some upcoming other Mocklore stuff planned for this year because anniversary. Stay tuned for that too.

I also have a brand new edition of Pratchett’s Women, with text updated to reflect the passing of Terry Pratchett, and a cute new cover. Again, only at Amazon for now but I will be branching out to other ebook places too. At the moment the paperback is only available through the Amazon US store but while that’s a super easy service to use, I’m going to have to publish an Australian version I think, because the postage is a killer for such a slender book and having an Australian Amazon store apparently doesn’t extend to their book printing arm. Sigh.

What else? Sheep Might Fly continues with the serialisation of Let Sleeping Princes Lie, the third of my Castle Charming novellas. (So I’m finally going to get to release it in ebook form!!) When that’s done the podcast will go a few shades of superhero, with audio adaptations of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine. The next original serial will probably be another Fake Geek Girl story because I am determined to do at least ONE story in that magical university series where the characters actually attend classes instead of hanging out at the pub, fighting ice trolls and banging each other, even if it is completely authentic to the Australian university lifestyle.

Galactic Suburbia is back! We’ll be recording a new episode tomorrow. I have missed my peeps.

Let Sleeping Princes Lie – Part 15, Princesses Have Many Skills

Get the new episode here!

Previous Episodes of this story:
Part 1, Charming Dreaming

Part 2, The First Rule of Spinning Wheels

Part 3, Royal Coping Mechanisms 101

Part 4, You Spin Me Right Round, Baby

Part 5, Kiss the Quill

Part 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Part 7, Sometimes, Witches

Part 8, Monsters Under the Bed

Part 9, Gone To See A Witch About A Spinning Wheel

Part 10, Snakes in a Tower

Part 11, Read All About It

Part 12, Ablutions

Part 13, Sleeping With the Fishes
Part 14, The Wrong Question

My superhero novella Girl Reporter is available to buy now, as ebook and paperback.

Sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards, early ebooks and exclusive stories for a small monthly pledge.

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Special offers & giveaways this month.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Mocklore Omnibus by Tansy Rayner Roberts

The Mocklore Omnibus

by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Giveaway ends February 01, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Musketeer Space is at US $2.99 until the end of January (usually $5.99).

Unmagical Boy Story is US 0.99¢ until the end of January (usually $2.99).

There’s also a brand new edition of Pratchett’s Women, my collection of feminist Discworld essays.

Girl Reporter: the story so far.

So Girl Reporter was released on 19 December, which is not traditionally a great time to have a book released, but I was delighted with how many people bought it, read it and talked about it in that week.

If you haven’t heard about Girl Reporter yet, it’s this:

From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel

In a world of superheroes, supervillains, and a machine that can create them all, millennial vlogger and girl reporter Friday Valentina has no shortage of material to cover. Every lottery cycle, a new superhero is created and quite literally steps into the shoes of the hero before them–displacing the previous hero. While Fry may not be super-powered herself, she understands the power of legacy: her mother is none other than the infamous reporter Tina Valentina, renowned worldwide for her legendary interviews with the True Blue Aussie Beaut Superheroes and her tendency to go to extraordinary lengths to get her story.

This time, Tina Valentina has ventured too far.

Alongside Australia’s greatest superheroes–including the powerful Astra, dazzling Solar, and The Dark in his full brooding glory–Friday will go to another dimension in the hopes of finding her mother, saving the day, and getting the story of a lifetime out of the adventure. (And possibly a new girlfriend, too.)

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Let Sleeping Princes Lie Part 12

Let Sleeping Princes Lie – Part 12, Ablutions.


Previous Episodes of this story:
Part 1, Charming Dreaming


Part 2, The First Rule of Spinning Wheels
Part 3, Royal Coping Mechanisms 101
Part 4, You Spin Me Right Round, Baby
Part 5, Kiss the Quill
Part 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Part 7, Sometimes, Witches
Part 8, Monsters Under the Bed
Part 9, Gone To See A Witch About A Spinning Wheel
Part 10, Snakes in a Tower
Part 11, Read All About It

New book alert! My superhero novella Girl Reporter is available to buy now, as ebook and paperback.

Sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards, early ebooks and exclusive stories for a small monthly pledge.

See you next week!

The Truth Has Got Her Boots On (revised)

So this week I put up a revised edition of my Pratchett’s Women collection on Amazon, both Kindle & paperback. And it occurred to me as I was working through the essays that this particular one made a nice crossover with all the other “women & newspapers” themed essays I’ve been putting up to promote my new novella, Girl Reporter.

So here it is! Women who love men who love newspapers! (Who would have thought there were so many pop culture examples of threesome romances between two people and their newspaper?)


The Truth (2000)

I almost wasn’t going to write a Pratchett’s Women piece for The Truth. Like Night Watch, it’s a marvellous book, but I never thought of it as one that had much to say about women or gender. The Truth is a love letter to moveable type, and a fun take on the history of the printing press, with the usual Discworld layers of humour and cleverness, and a rich cast of characters. It’s easily forgiven it for the ensemble being so overwhelmingly male. This was the book that brought me back to the Discworld after losing interest somewhere in its middle years.

I wasn’t alone in that. The Truth was a huge success for Terry Pratchett, and is one of the books that helped to cement his ‘legend’ status among mainstream readers as well as diehard fans. He had previously written other novels with a similar formula (standalone male character deals with the Discworld’s crazy version of an industrial development borrowed from our own history, and chaos ensues) but there was something about this book, and its maturity, that made it special. This is also a story that features fewer overt fantasy elements than any previous Discworld novel—it’s certainly not a story about magic gone wrong and trying to kill you, which sets it apart from the series. Instead, this is a story of PEOPLE gone wrong and trying to kill you, and how societal change can be every bit as terrifying and dangerous as anything from the Dungeon Dimensions.

Did I mention? This novel is magnificent.

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Da Boss: Lynda Day and her Boy Reporter

Another essay on inspirations for my novella Girl Reporter. This one is about Press Gang, an essential TV show from my childhood, about teenagers running a newspaper.

KENNY: 8:30, I was trying to tell you.
LYNDA: Have we done three hours already? (Stands up for announcement) All right everyone, pack up and get out. It’s 8:30. Time for school.

I recently risked the wrath of the suck fairy by starting a rewatch of Press Gang along with my kids. I adored this show as a teenager. I imprinted on it like a baby duckling. I loved the banter, the friendship, the snark, the romance, and most of all, the work ethic.

Press Gang (1989-1993) written by then-newcomer Steven Moffat, is a show about teenagers given the chance to be treated like adults: to run their own newspaper, with the distant support and safety net of adult mentors. I was a thirteen year old writing novels in my bedroom: like Lynda and Sarah, I was getting a head start on the career that I wanted.

Lynda Day was my hero. She wasn’t nice to people (which to a teenage girl is a power fantasy and a half). She gave 150% and expected the same of everyone around her. She was smart, sharp-edged and sarcastic. She was a goddamned professional.

She was also heart-breakingly vulnerable and real — the same “dragon” who rages through the newsroom, breaking hearts and crushing souls, is also the sixteen-year-old girl who admits her insecurities to Chrissy, one of their mentors. “What do I know about editing a newspaper?

By the end of Season 2, Lynda and her team had not only lost their training wheels, they had set fire to them — the cliffhanger to that season was not her will-they-won’t-they relationship with Spike, it was whether or not the Junior Gazette would get the go-ahead to reinvent itself as a “real” newspaper instead of an educational program with an expiry date.

Along the way they learned hard lessons about journalistic ethics, financial pressure, and how to juggle the commitments of a full time job on top of schoolwork and exams. They fought for social justice issues, they fell in love, they solved mysteries and they dealt with overwhelming grief.

They didn’t always win.
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Let Sleeping Princes Lie – Part 11, Read All About It

Get the new episode here!


Previous Episodes of this story:
Part 1, Charming Dreaming
Part 2, The First Rule of Spinning Wheels
Part 3, Royal Coping Mechanisms 101
Part 4, You Spin Me Right Round, Baby
Part 5, Kiss the Quill
Part 6, Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Part 7, Sometimes, Witches
Part 8, Monsters Under the Bed
Part 9, Gone To See A Witch About A Spinning Wheel
Part 10, Snakes in a Tower

New book alert! My superhero novella Girl Reporter is available to buy now, as ebook and paperback.

Sign up to my author newsletter for updates, follow me on Twitter at @tansyrr or @sheepmightfly, find me on Facebook at TansyRRBooks, and if you like this podcast consider supporting me at Patreon where you can receive all kinds of cool rewards, early ebooks and exclusive stories for a small monthly pledge.

See you next week!

2017 in review

Wow, that was a year, wasn’t it? Like, the longest year in the history of everything.

I went through a month of radiotherapy in June, I saw my eldest kid through the first year of high school, and was team manager on my youngest kid’s soccer team. The Silent Producer and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary with a trip to the Continuum convention. (also in June, June was BUSY) I also got to go to Genrecon in November, sharing an apartment with Rivqa and Tehani which was so much fun.

I wrote 180,000 words of fiction, and nearly 50,000 words of non-fiction.

But what did I get DONE this year? Here’s some highlights.

1. Girl Reporter

This superhero novella about snarky millennial vlogger Friday Valentina and her quest to rescue her mother is my most recent release! Girl Reporter is available in paperback, on Kindle, on Kobo, on Smashwords and more.

Also check out the awesome Girl Reporter GoodReads page with so many reviews, ratings and lovely grab quotes. I particularly like the way one reviewer describes the book as being “a snarky eclair.” #goals

“Truly, the hashtag is the epic poem of the 21st century.”

2. Stories in Uncanny
I love Uncanny Magazine so much, they are publishing some of the crunchiest, most diverse & progressive SFF short fiction these days, so I was delighted to be in the rare position of having two stories published with them in 2017. “Some Cupids Kill With Arrows,” released for Valentine’s day, is a sexy, sarcastic tale of speed dating when Greek heroes and gods are the only men on offer.

More recently, “How to Survive An Epic Journey,” my Atalanta + Medea = BFFs story, is also about Greek heroes and the women who have to put up with them, but this one is more of a contemporary voiced retelling of the voyage of the Argonauts. I love it to bits.

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