Saturday, November 25, 2017
Northland Author Urges Switch To Digital As Novel Launched
Whangarei author Michael Botur is urging authors nationwide to become more digitally savvy – especially short story writers.
Botur launched his first novel ‘Moneyland’ this week (free downloads available for one week at https://nzshortstories.com/moneyland-novel/ ). The novel is a dystopian sci-fi aimed at readers 15-25, and follows the decay of a community of high schoolers as they undertake a biodome experiment on a suburb where, without supermarkets, there is virtually nothing to eat. $3000 was raised to pay for the novel’s editing, cover design, formatting, proofreading and printing thanks to a Boosted.org.nz campaign.
Before the online campaign, Botur said he put his published short fiction in an online gallery at https://nzshortstories.com. He is urging other short fiction writers to do the same, so there is less reliance on literary journals and printed copies of books in libraries.
“Of the top 10 or 20 best-known NZ short fiction writers, virtually none offer their writing to read online,” Botur said. “I’m urging writers, once their material is of publishable quality, to host it online to make it easier for your audience to access your work.”
Botur, 33, began publishing short fiction in literary journals in 2005 and is today author of four collections of short stories and has won or placed in the top three of the Whangarei Libraries Flash Fiction competition, the Miles Hughes Award,
Head to www.NZShortStories.com to see a good example of how NZ short fiction can be presented online, easily enjoyed, shared and downloaded.
Order and read young adult sci-fi dystopian novel ‘Moneyland’ at https://nzshortstories.com/moneyland-novel/ .