The Commuting Book

https://thecommutingbook.org/

The Commuting Book is a Christchurch based initiative that leaves tagged books at bus stops around the city. People can read them during their daily commute, then return the book to a bus stop for the next person to discover.

There’s a great opportunity for SpecFicNZ members to support this initiative by donating books and/or helping promote the concept.

If you would like to establish a Commuting Book library in your city, contact the team at the above link.

  | Read More...

Read More
Author: Door And Stone Wall by George Hodan Blog Trending Kiwi Writers SpecFicNZ 

The Sorcery of Building Doors

Author: Door And Stone Wall by George Hodan“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” ~  Milton Berle

This is a quote that resonates with me, not as a carpenter (I don’t know my slidey-cut-wood-tool from my bang-in-nails-thing) but as a writer.

We are cursed (in the Chinese sense) to live in Interesting Times. Now, more than any period in history, writers are able to communicate with a global audience. We can create stories and share them with anyone, the best part is; they give us money for them!

Wait, what? Money?

What sorcery is this??

Read More
Resources SpecFicNZ Writing Grants 

Creative NZ Book Sales Survey

SpecFicNZ is working with Creative NZ to survey the number of print books sold in New Zealand. Specifically we would like our members to reply to this email with information on the following questions for each title you have written or published: 1. Title of the book: 2. Genre of the book: 3. Number of PRINT copies sold in New Zealand during the calendar year 2015   This information will be collated and names and titles will not be used, we are only gathering statistics of sales volume by genre…. | Read More...

Read More

NZ Book Council – Genre Sales Data Gathering

Book-Council-logo-web-620x350-620x350On Tuesday 21 June, Paul Mannering and Lee Murray visited Stephanie Soper and Catriona Ferguson of the New Zealand Book Council. The meeting was convened to discuss a recent article in Booksellers website (9 June, 2016) which said the Book Council would be sampling New Zealand print book sales on behalf of Creative New Zealand:

“As part of the New Zealand Book Council’s funding contract with Creative New Zealand we are collecting data on the readership and sales of NZ books within New Zealand. It is anticipated that this information will support Creative New Zealand’s decision making processes around where best to prioritise their resources for literature in the future.” | Read More...

Read More

Au Contraire 3: Guest of Honour Speech AJ Fitzwater

Christchurch based author of short fiction and Clarion graduate, AJ Fitzwater was a Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3 over Queen’s Birthday weekend recently. 

AJ has kindly allowed us to publish a transcript of their GoH speech, delivered on 5th June 2016.

Kia ora koutou katoa. Thank you for joining me today, distinguished guests. I hope you’re all enjoying Au Contraire. Thanks to all the volunteers putting in the time and effort to celebrate what we love here this weekend. And thank you to the concom for inviting me as a guest of honour. It’s a privilege to be one of many women representing New Zealand speculative fiction here and overseas.

Trigger Warnings for difficult and sensitive subjects here within.

Not that long ago, in a galaxy not that far away…

An orphan stands on the precipice of reckoning, looking towards the sunset, hoping for a better life out there amongst the stars. This orphan has MAD SKILLZ. They know something about survival and rebellion. The orphan quests with a mysterious stranger who offers a glimpse of a better life, and the possibility of find

Read More