Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, October 30, 2017
The NZ Book Festival’ Celebrating New Zealand Indie Books
Tips, tricks and a writing competition.
So, what’s your book about?
We’ve all been asked this question.
A lot of us have answered with “Ummm, well it’s, ah …” After this we’ll ramble on vaguely for far too long, leaving the person asking none the wiser for all the words we’ve just thrown at them. In my case, no two answers are ever the same.
However, this simple question is surprisingly difficult to answer. How much is too much? How little leaves your potential reader floundering? The idea is to sell the essence of the book; to give them enough to pique their interest and leave them wanting more.
Writing a book? New writing competition for NZ authors
The NZ Book Festival has launched a new writing competition for NZ authors who are writing a book and wish to publish it independently. Click herefor details.
The core sponsor for the competition is independent publishing business BigWords-Books. A long-time supporter of the NZ Book Festival, BigWords-Books owner Fiona Cole decided to run the competition as a way to give emerging indie authors the chance to get their dream of becoming a published author off to a great start, and to showcase the level of professionalism that can be achieved through the independent publishing route.
The winner receives an indie publishing prize pack of professional services required to turn their manuscript into a published book, valued at over $3,500 NZD. Click here for details.
Book Festival Tips for Indie Authors
Are you an Indie Author looking for tips before exhibiting at a book festival?