From Writer’s Plot Readers Read, a NZ bookshop in Upper Hutt:Introducing Mark Brewer Sunday, February 28th from 2pm to 3.30pm Mark is a New Zealander living in the Hutt Valley, Science fiction author of the Regan’s Reach series. He enjoys exploring story lines and seeing where it all ends up. Reagan’s Reach (Book 1) Orbital Envy (Book 2) Confluence Point (Book 3) Avarice (Book 4) Meet the Author events held at Writers Plot Readers Read bookshop (opposite the Upper Hutt railway station, 2/893 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Bookshop specializing in NZ authors. These events are free – koha/donation for refreshments. Follow up on Facebook or www.writersplotreadersread.nz
It’s release day for Helen Lowe’s Daughter Of Blood — not just here NZ but in the US, UK, and Australia as well — and of course she is celebrating in style with a virtual party on her blog. To join in, just click on
There’ll be more happening soon with interviews, guest posts, including a Reddit Fantasy AMA, a number of interviews around the world and guest features coming up on the week on SF Signal, TOR.com and more. Keep checking Helen’s blog for details!
There are heaps of (mostly free!) events planned all around the country (see links above) by Kiwi authors and indie bookshops. It’s a great time to pop into your local bookshop, post pics of your favourite NZ books, tell everyone about your favourite Kiwi authors, and generally celebrate the vibrant culture of books and reading we have here in Aotearoa. You can even create an event of your own!
SpecFicNZ has taken a stall at this year’s Independent Book Festival, and we want to use it to sell and promote your books – but we need to hear from you asap!
The Festival will take place at the North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, on Saturday 3 October, 12-4pm, and Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm.
In order to make our stall happen, we need volunteers to help set up the stall beforehand, staff it during the festival period, and clean up afterwards. A couple of hours or a whole day – whatever you can spare would be very much appreciated. Don’t feel you have to have books to sell to help out; this would be a great chance to learn about the indie publishing world for anyone thinking about trying it out. To volunteer, please contact Mary Brock Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Darian Smith (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
SpecFicNZ has taken a stall at this year’s Independent Book Festival, and we want to use it to sell and promote your books! The Festival will take place at the North Shore Events Centre, Auckland, on Saturday 3 October, 12-4pm, and Sunday 4 October, 10am-4pm. In order to make our stall happen, we need volunteers to help set up the stall beforehand, staff it during the festival period, and clean up afterwards. A couple of hours or a whole day – whatever you can spare would be very much appreciated….
Our friends at White Cloud Worlds are running a Kickstarter campaign to finance volume three of their wonderful books of fantasy art from Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. If you missed volumes one and two, don’t worry: one of the rewards you can pledge for includes all three books!
Are you running a spec-fic-related crowdfunding campaign? Let us know!
Thank you to everyone who attended today’s AGM. The minutes will be forthcoming in due course, but in the meantime, here are the members of the new Core committee elected today:
President Marie Hodgkinson
Vice President Steph Soper
Treasurer Immi Paterson-Harkness
Secretary Jean Gilbert
Publicist Elizabeth Heritage
Many thanks to the outgoing members of the Core: Simon Petrie, Andi Buchanan, and Lee Murray.
With grateful thanks to our friends at The Realm, we have two new books to give away by Kiwi spec fic writers: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh (book 14 in the paranormal Psy/Changeling series), and The Pyre by David Hair (book 1 in the YA Return of Ravana series).
To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the book’s title in the subject line and your delivery address (NZ only) in the message body by 11 June 2015. By entering, you agree that, if you win, your address may be passed to Hachette NZ for the sole purpose of posting you your book. You may enter to win both titles but can only win a maximum of one. This competition is open to anyone with a NZ delivery address. Good luck!
Fantastica has put out a call for novella submissions “from all Australian and Kiwi writers who are as dedicated to boundary-pushing speculative fiction as we are. One writer par excellence will receive AU$500 and publication with Xoum’s Fantastica imprint. Runner-ups will be considered for publication.” Submissions open today and close on 1 October; twenty to fifty thousand words. More information here.