Speculative Publishing for New Zealand Authors

We’re thrilled to announce a two-day virtual workshop exclusive to SpecFicNZ members! Lock in the dates–you won’t want to miss this one.

Speculative Publishing for New Zealand Authors
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2021

This virtual two-day event will provide networking and professional development opportunities around publishing for members of SpecFicNZ. The event aims to increase the visibility of New Zealand’s speculative writers overseas, and give New Zealand speculative authors opportunities to make personal connections that will lead to international success.

Day one will focus on the needs of indie-published authors, and will feature overseas experts in marketing and brand development. Day two will address the needs of authors interested in traditional publishing, and will include overseas agents and publishers who specialise in speculative fiction.

Events will be held on Zoom, and will be free for SpecFicNZ members.

Schedule

Day 1

10.30 am – noon: Panel discussion–Marketing for writers
This panel discussion will focus primarily on indie-publishing, and the marketing opportunities available online and overseas for NZ authors.

12.15 – 1.00 pm: Q&A sessions
Breakout Q&A sessions with each panellist will provide opportunity for in-depth discussion of specific topics.

1.00 – 2.00 pm: Informal Lunch/Dinner/Drinks
Grab a bite or a glass of something and sit down for an informal chat among panellists and participants.

Day 2

10.00 – 11.30 am: Panel discussion–Getting an overseas agent or publisher
This panel discussion will focus on authors interested in traditional publishing, looking at strategies for landing an agent or publisher.

11.45 am – 12.45 pm: Informal Lunch/Dinner/Drinks
Grab a bite or a glass of something and sit down for an informal chat among panellists and participants.

1.00 – 3.00 pm: Pitching sessions
Participants will have an opportunity to sign up for 10-minute one-on-one pitch sessions with panellists, in which they can pitch their latest manuscript.

This programme is supported by Creative New Zealand, through their Te Manu Ka Tau international visitor programme. This is aimed at developing international audiences and markets for New Zealand literature, developing and increasing networks and connectivity for New Zealand writers and building the skills and capability of writers to engage internationally. Every year, Creative New Zealand invites key agents, experts and publishers to New Zealand virtually and in person to meet with writers, programmers and our literary community.

We’ll let you know more details as things are finalised. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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