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It’s a busy year for this little micro publisher

It’s a busy year for this little micro publisher.

The Unfettered deadline is almost here (14 April), with stories coming in from Tassie to Dublin to Massachusetts for our first illustration-led book. We’ve had well over 7,000 visits to the website, which says quite a lot about Terry Whidborne’s gorgeous illustrations; and there are more stories to come.

Then it’s on to The Lane of Unusual Traders, a world-building project that begins in a lane in the world of Midlfell. Subs open in late May and there will be options for short stories, flash fiction and pitches. While Brisbane author Chris White has been working away on the short backstory Terry Whidborne (gracious as always) has turned Midlfell cartographer, and local artists, Simon Cottee and Lauren Carney, are working on some illustrations to help inspire stories.

Will You Be My Sweetheart, our first picture book, is in the capable designery hands of Liz Wiffen and Drew McGovern from Punch Bowl Design. It’s a small story, beautifully illustrated by David Parkinson (@jumblesailor on Twitter), about a knight who looks for a sweetheart in all the wrong places.

Love itself … the small book of love stories-with the longest production schedule-is still on its way, with Mish and Neisha from Creative Emporium having worked their design magic on the innards and cover.

Brisbane animator Simon Cottee and author Sam Maguire have also started working on Brambles, a graphic novella in three parts, while Kathleen Jennings has been drawing harpies and working on a small book project for 2014. Early days for both projects.

Before we know it Christmas will be here and, because we’re Tiny Owl, we can’t let that go by without shaking it up just a little. But, more about this another time.

And, if you’ve made it this far into the post, we’d like to say a warm and cuddly thanks to all the Twitter folk, Facebook friends (and fiends), the Queensland Writers Centre, Australian Writers Online and a host of cafes and kind hearts for helping us along the way and sharing the enthusiasm.



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