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Snapshot: Amanda Rainey

headshot-arAmanda Rainey is a graphic designer from Perth who designs books for Twelfth Planet Press and FableCroft. When she’s not designing books she is either: working on a PhD looking at election campaigns, working as a freelance graphic designer for clients who have slightly more money than Australian small presses, or – most likely – talking nonsense on Twitter.

1. You designed the striking cover for Kaleidoscope, the brand new YA anthology about diverse characters that will shortly be released by Twelfth Planet Press after a crowdfunding campaign last year – what was your brief for the project, and how did you get to the final design?

Kaleidoscope was such an exciting/terrifying brief! It’s such an exciting book, and important too – a lot of people were (literally) invested in it so I really wanted to get it right. The brief was that they wanted something that would fit a truly diverse book, both in the sense of the characters, but also the themes and styles of each of the stories. So, quite a bit of (terrible) freedom…

KaleidoscopeCover-679x1024It needed to appeal to YA readers, and stand out on a bookshelf next to other anthologies, so there’s always that question of how similar and how different you should be from all the other books!

The first thing I did was rule out using faces or people. It was kind of a gut instinct, but using faces just creates so many problems when you’re making a book about diverse characters. There’s a danger that you just end up treating faces as “paint chips”, which would have absolutely not been giving proper respect to the book’s purpose.

Finally I just channelled my 16 year old self, and tried to make something she would like. I started playing with the idea of “sugar and spice”, and how just in that concept, which seems to imply that all girls are the same, when really – spices! – there’s so much variety there, right in the phrase.

I messed with the colours to give it more of an alien feel in keeping with the SF/Fantasy themes. Plus, hello, it’s Twelfth Planet Press. It always had to be pink! Then I just spent 1298 hours aimlessly changing the proportions and the patterns until I was happy/the print deadline arrived.

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Cold White, Ink Black, Romanpunk

romanpunk macaronsSome lovely announcements to do with my writing this week, from my two favourite publishers.

Tehani Wessely at Fablecroft has put up freebie copies of two Ditmar Award nominated stories: “Cold White Daughter” by me, and “Mah-Song” by Joanne Anderton. If you’re voting in the Ditmars this year (and even if you’re not), do download the stories and check them out.

I’m very proud of “Cold White Daughter,” which is my love letter to several favourite authors from my childhood: C.S. Lewis, E. Nesbit and Enid Blyton.

You can also download a sample of my Ditmar Award nominated novel, Ink Black Magic. For the month of May, to celebrate the nomination, the book itself is available half-price, so if the sample appeals to you, there’s never been a better time to buy it!

Twelfth Planet Press has also had a busy week! Not content with the frankly awesome Pinterest page devoted to the Twelve Planets macarons that Terri made for a recent cocktail party at Swancon, Alisa has announced that her award-winning series of female-authored collections is going to have a Thirteenth Planet by none other than Isobelle Carmody. I’m so excited about The Moth Cycle!

Here’s Alisa’s speech from Swancon about how the Twelve Planets have been received thus far.

As if that wasn’t enough, I’m also tickled pink (purple!) that my own collection, Love and Romanpunk, is having a second print run for sale during Worldcon in London. The book has been out of print in hardcopy for a while now, so it’s lovely to have it back. I hope to be spending some time at Alisa’s stall in the dealer’s room hand-selling them! The print run will be limited, so you can pre-order your copy here.

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Last Chance for Kaleidoscope Pledges!

kaleidoscopeIt’s down to the last few days of the Kaleidoscope Pozible campaign, for a book of contemporary YA fantasy (and a dash of science fiction) with diverse protagonists, edited by Alisa Krasnostein of Twelfth Planet Press, and Julia Rios of The Outer Alliance. They’ve raised nearly $8000 but have quite a few miles still to go if the project is going to fully fund.

There simply aren’t enough protagonists in YA fiction who are anything other than the straight, white, able default, and this is a book that aims to show how many different ways this can be achieved while still displaying great, crunchy speculative fiction (as opposed to an Issues Book that’s all about the Issues). As a pledge of the type of stuff they are looking for, they have accepted stories by Sofia Samatar, Vylar Kaftan, Jim C Hines, Ken Liu and Sean Williams).

This is an exciting and genuinely important book, and I really want it to happen. Not just because I’m writing a story for it right now, though I’ll admit that’s a teeny part of it… Most exciting for the writers out there, they opened to general submissions at the $7000 mark, so you can start writing *your* stories of teen diversity, magic and other hijinks right now!

Submission guidelines are HERE!

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Things To Be Excited About (Writing and Parenting Edition)

I missed out on the fun & professional inspiration of Genrecon this weekend, which would normally have been pretty depressing, but I got to hang out with my snuggly family and watch a bunch of black and white Doctor Who which was quite a major consolation.

In any case, without a convention to kickstart the last quarter of the year into gear, I have to find my own inspiration!

Firstly, I’m super excited by the first Twelfth Planet Press crowdfunded book, with Julia Rios joining Alisa as editor. This is Kaleidoscope, a book devoted to contemporary fantasy for YA readers which reflects the diversity of the world we live in. I’m writing a story to submit to that (as well as a bunch of other books) right now, with four deadlines between now and December. Eek!

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New Book Day! A Trifle Dead

Properly this celebration belongs to the delightful Livia, who does not live on this blog, but I don’t care because NEW BOOK DAY IS FOR EVERYONE!

Book booka book booka book, it’s so pretty and it’s all mine.

(the Vegas background is because it’s balanced against my screensaver)

author copy a trifle dead livia day

You can of course pre-order A Trifle Dead from Twelfth Planet Press, or come along to one of the two launches on Thursday to source your own copy: Perth or Hobart.

Check out Tamara’s post for an interview with me, and info about the Goodreads giveaway.

Random Alex has also interviewed me/Livia as has Angela Slatter. There’s another interview coming from Narrelle Harris later in the week. Squee!

New Cover for Livia Day’s “A Trifle Dead”

I’ll admit I was nervous when I heard there was ‘tweaking’ going on with the cover of my book, because I had just been showing it off to everyone I met at Genrecon and hearing so much positive feedback about how it worked for crime and mainstream readers (and even the occasional SF reader) – the thought of changing it was alarming!

But of course I should have trusted the amazing Amanda Rainey, who added a splash (literally) more criminal intent to the original design, which really brings the concept together.


A Trifle Dead will be launched on 28 March at the Hobart Bookshop – more details on that later. In the mean time, you can pre-order the book directly from Twelfth Planet Press.

Thanks to Sean the Blogonaut for scooping the author on this one & saying such nice things about the book based on only having read the first chapter. Someone get that man a review copy!


Elsewhere on the Internet: Mind Meld, TPP & Verity!

Over at the MindMeld, I answer the question of ‘what books do people expect you to like but don’t?’ If nothing else, head over to hear my spirited rant about the sinister work of Beatrix Potter.

The Twelfth Planet Press website has been updated for the new shiny year! Head over, admire its shinyness, and while you’re there you might want to consider pre-ordering the upcoming 2013 titles from Livia Day, Andrew Macrae, and the next in the Twelve Planets series: Asymmetry by Thoraiya Dyer.

All this, and the first “real” episode of Verity! was published today! We review The Snowmen, talk about Clara’s frocks, the new credits sequence, Vastra and Jenny’s marriage, the return of Strax, kissing in Doctor Who, plus Liz gets to bounce about the Great Intelligence. We start as we mean to go on!

Check out Deborah Stanish’s post on how she got the band together. You can subscribe to us at iTunes (Doctor Who: Verity Podcast), like us at VerityPodcast on Facebook, follow us on Twitter as @VerityPodcast or even all three!

EDIT: I forgot the other thing I meant to add to this post! My award-winning short story “The Patrician” has been reprinted in Apex Magazine, which is a lovely way to ring in the new year!

Let’s Talk About Livia Day

I’m feeling a bit bipolar at the moment, because I’ve spent the last day or two setting up a social media presence of sorts for my crime-writing alter-ego, Livia Day.

Oh. Have we not talked about her yet?

My first crime novel, A Trifle Dead, will be published early next year by Twelfth Planet Press, under the name of Livia Day. It’s a fun Hobart-based murder mystery featuring fashion, food and vintage film geekery.

I wanted to differentiate between my fantasy/SF writing and my crime writing, because while they have a lot of crossover appeal, they also have two distinct audiences. I still wish I’d done something with the Shimmaron book to separate my children’s writing from my adult writing, even if it was just slipping in a secret initial, or dropping off one of my surnames. For crime, it felt right to choose a new name, even if the risk is that I lose some of my current loyal readers who don’t realise it’s me.


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Friday Links Adds Frosting and Coconut

The awesome Terri started chronicling her crazy cupcake adventure from Continuum – she’s promised us a blog series about each Twelfth Planet Press book themed cupcake she made for the event, and starts here with Jason Nahrung’s creepy beach gothic novella Salvage, blue frosting and coconut.

Grant Watson aka the Angriest follows up on our Continuum panel “Where are all the wonder women?” by discussing Wonder Woman’s pants, and how it’s not actually the wardrobe that’s the problem.

A new Shortpacked comic addressing gender/feminist issues! This one is a mild but entertaining dig at the mansplainers of the world.

N.K. Jemisin takes on a topic dear to my heart, the over-regulation of magic in fantasy fiction. Considering how often things go wrong with technology and recipes in the real world, what makes people think that magic would always produce predictable results? (the answer of course is that like with creative writing, the methods that are easier to teach/communicate become prioritised over all the rest)

Hoyden About Town take on the idea of Shakespeare and the Bechdel test

The Mary Sue discusses a recent Kickstarter for Roominate, an inspiring toy/project designed to teach girls vital science/engineering skills.

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Galactic Suburbia 61: Craftonomicon

In which we report live and punchy (not enough sleep to be sassy) from Day 2 of Continuum 8: Craftonomicon, Natcon 2012 in Melbourne Australia. Download it IF YOU DARE

The Con so far: panels, parties, yarn and cupcakes…

What Culture Have we Consumed?
Alisa: Deadline by Mira Grant
Alex: Game of Thrones s1; Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Courier’s New Bicycle, Kim Westwood (YES ALRIGHT AT LAST)
Tansy: Timeless by Gail Carriger, Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan

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[Photo credit: Cat Sparks]