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SpecFicNewZ February 2018

SpecFicNewZ for Feburary, 2018.

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 Te Kōrero Ahi Kā

We’re delighted to announce that our members’ showcase anthology, Te Kōrero Ahi Kā is now available for pre-order, including gorgeous cover art by Eve Doyle, a foreword by best loved New Zealand fantasy author Juliet Mariller, and stories, poems, and interior art by our members.

Here, between the realms of the Sky Father and Earth Mother, hellhounds race, ghosts drift aimless, and the taniwha stalks. Home fires drive them back, at the same time sparking stories and poems that traverse seconds, eons, and parsecs. Tales of gatekeepers, cloak wearers, and secret keepers. Of pigs with AK-47s or ruby-hued eyes, of love-struck moa, and unruly reflections. Stark truths, and beautiful possibilities… | Read More...

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All the Goss – Members’ News for September, 2017

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Left: Southland writer, Mouse Diver-Dudfield won the Dan Davin Short Story Writing Award for her story The Vigil as well as runner-up for another story very aptly called Second. Mouse says she’s “feeling very chuffed indeed, especially as I only submitted two entries!” The award was part of the annual birthday celebration weekend for famous Southland/New Zealand author Dan Davin. Mouse also published her first novel Magenta Rising (available on Amazon), so it’s been a huge month for her. (If anyone would like to review it for us, please drop us a line). Congratulations, Mouse. | Read More...

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On Blogging & The Interrelationship With Writing

by Helen Lowe So here’s the thing: I don’t believe blogging is a marketing tool for writing—and certainly not on its own, i.e. without some other force driving readership to the blog. If anything, my view is that more often than not it is one’s writing that drives readers to the blog, rather than the other way about. The exception would be the person who is already a social media personality or an established identity in another field, whether it is entertainment, politics, or simply an ‘other life’ as a… | Read More...

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The Question of Whether to Blog

by Beaulah Pragg The question of whether to blog, as an author, is a big one and I’ll let people far more qualified than myself tackle it. I chose to have a blog because I wanted to update people on my book progress, share writing tips and interviews with other authors, and generally express who I am as a person. If you decide, for whatever reason, that having a blog is something you would like to do, then this article will help you chose between some of the best free…

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Articles on ‘Blogging’ sought for SpecFicNZ Voice

Are you a blogger and writer? What sets your soul on fire?

SpecFicNZ is seeking non-fiction articles about blogging for our newsletter, The SpecFicNZ Voice.

Articles should be no longer than 1,000 words and should be appropriate to the topic “Blogging″. Articles can be reprints or drawn from a blog post, but must be original work authored by you that you currently retain rights to. You may also resubmit articles that have been submitted to us before but weren’t selected at that time.

While the topic of blogging is varied, we’re looking for articles as it pertains to a writing focus. Maybe you’d like to tell us about: | Read More...

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Submissions, Kiwi Style

By A.J. Fitzwater While the general mechanics of submitting specfic short stories is mostly universal and easily Google-able (do read the submission guidelines for each venue!), submitting from New Zealand and finding a venue that appreciates a kiwi voice is a harder task. Firstly, the mechanics. While printing a physical manuscript and snail mailing it across thousands of miles of ocean may seem an obsolete task in the days of instant internet communication, there are still a few venues that don’t do electronic submissions. Thankfully these are a tiny minority,… | Read More...

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Submitting Your Work

By Stephen Minchin So your novel or short story collection is finished. You’ve written, rewritten, hidden it in the bottom of a drawer for a few months and then gone over it again. Your friends, family, and cat have all read it and offered feedback, and now you’re sick of it, and it’s as good as it’s going to get, and you’ve decided to send it out to a publisher to see if they’ll bite. What now, you ask. What indeed… Finding a suitable publisher Your first step is finding… | Read More...

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Articles on “the submissions experience” sought for SpecFicNZ Voice

Do you have experience submitting novels or short stories to professional or semi-pro markets? Do you have any tips to share? Or something you’re still learning?

SpecFicNZ is seeking non-fiction articles about submitting fiction for our newsletter, The SpecFicNZ Voice.

Articles should be no longer than 1,000 words and should be appropriate to the topic “Submissions″. Articles can be reprints or drawn from a blog post, but must be original work authored by you that you currently retain rights to. You may also resubmit articles that have been submitted to us before but weren’t selected at that time. | Read More...

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Watch Your Language: How to Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication

by Mike Reeves-McMillan Back in the mid-90s, I was an editor for what was then Hodder Moa Beckett Publishers. We got manuscripts of, let’s say, varying quality, and it was my job to fix them up to a professional standard. (Some of the worst ones came from journalists, by the way.) I developed a mantra for editing: “Always check everything, even the things you think are right.” I’m not naturally a detail-oriented person, but following that principle helped me to turn out consistent quality work. Even if you’re hiring an… | Read More...

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Making Friends with Revision

by Darian Smith Of all the inhabitants of the literary schoolyard, Revision is the writer’s best frenemy. When you finally type “the end” and lean back in your chair, relishing the rush of accomplishment that comes from a finished story, it’s Revision who smiles smugly and says: “That’s really good. Now we have to fix it.” And while you know that’s absolutely true, and that revising and rewriting will help turn your words into something beautiful and – ideally – sellable, there is a moment, when Revision first appears to… | Read More...

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The Beauty of Writing

by Fredrik Brounéus Most of the time when writing a book, it’s probably a good thing not knowing exactly how much work lies ahead. If someone had told me seven years ago “That’s a pretty good plot you have there, son. Keep at it and it’ll be published in 2012,” I’d have punched him. The basic plot element of The Prince of Soul and The Lighthouse – a lighthouse that guides human souls after death – came to me in 2005. At first it surfaced as a horror story in… | Read More...

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Ten Things to Weed from Your Writing

By Ripley Patton Writing is a lot like gardening. There are things that pop up that you want, and things that you don’t. There are plants that will feed you or provide beauty for your home. And there are weeds that must be yanked out by the roots to make room for the good stuff. But it isn’t always easy to recognize the weeds, especially when you’re the one that’s planted them in your own writing. Here is a list of things I have learned to weed out of my fiction. 1 – References to… | Read More...

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5 Ways Short Stories Can Improve Your Novel Writing

by Cassie Hart A novel is a big undertaking. In fact, the sheer size and word-count can seem daunting, not to mention the number of hours it takes to write the first draft, the second, the third, or however many you might need to get it ready for submission. However, it’s a worthwhile endeavour, and if you’ve been writing short stories for a while it is possible to make the transition to writing novels. Here are a few ways in which I’ve found a background of writing short stories can… | Read More...

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The Querying Quest

by Ripley Patton So, you’ve finished that novel and polished it up and now it’s time to start querying agents. Just as writing takes craft and skill, querying takes a different set of abilities and talents. It isn’t as easy as it first appears. Like novel writing, querying is a process. It is a quest. And like any heroic quest it helps to get some magical help from a mentor or wise-one before you set out on your adventure. I’m only at the beginning of the query quest myself, but… | Read More...

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The SpecFicNZ Voice

The new, revamped, SpecFicNZ e-newsletter, The SpecFicNZ Voice, launched yesterday (Monday, May 14th, 2012) and we hope you all enjoyed receiving it in your inbox and reading the four wonderful articles on Novel Writing 101.

If you are a member of SpecFicNZ and you did not receive the newsletter, please let us know and we will do our best to get it to you.

If you are a member of SpecFicNZ and prefer not to receive the newsletter or would like it to go to a different e-mail address, please contact us at and let us know. We’d can easily remove you from the mailing list or change where we send it. | Read More...

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