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Many of our members have works available aimed at helping you improve your writing skills. A few of these are listed here, and we will be building up a list over at a dedicated page of Non-Fiction Resources. Do you have a resource you’d like us to let others know about? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Write the Fight Right, by Alan Baxter
“The best way for a writer to learn what’s really involved in brawling, short of going down the pub and starting something.” – Pete, WA
“Based on my successful workshops, this is a short (~12,000 word) ebook all about writing convincing fight scenes. When I read a good book or story and then come across a fight scene written by an author who clearly knows nothing of fighting, it can really spoil an otherwise excellent experience. Most writers tend to regurgitate what they’ve seen on TV and in movies, converting that to text, which makes for a slow, unrealistic scene. We have the great advantage in prose that we can get into our characters’ heads, we can describe how things feel, smell and taste as well as the emotional content that film can never convey. We can also describe a far more realistic fight, with the kind of techniques and in-fighting that doesn’t show up on film, but is actually the real essence of a fight.” Alan Baxter.
At SpecFicNZ we’re committed to helping our emerging creatives develop their craft, so we are offering up to ten (10) free manuscript assessments to members on a first-come basis (as funds allow). If you are not a member and would like to become one, information for joining up can be found here. Submissions for this programme must be speculative and can be prose (short story, novella, novel, non-fiction), poetry, or screenplay. In a single attachment (Word, rtf) include up to 6000 words (or the section break falling closest to 6000 words), your synopsis, plus a maximum of two (2) specific questions pertaining to the project that you would like help with. SpecFicNZ will endeavour to pair you with an experienced writer or editor whose work closely aligns with your own. However, if there is a particular member who you would like to have assess your excerpt, feel free to name them and we will do our best to make that happen, although we cannot make any guarantees. The final appraisal will consist of a 2-3 page document (based on the excerpt and synopsis only) with suggestions for strengthening the work to bring it to a publishable standard and might include comment on the structure, character, plot, style, and commercial nature of the project. Depending on the assessor, it may or may not include a line edit. Please note that the assessor’s suggestions may not be exhaustive and may not result in the work achieving publication. In general, appraisals should be completed and returned to you within six weeks of receipt. All forwarded materials will remain the property of the author and will be kept confidential. Send your submission to email@example.com with Manuscript Assessment and your name in the subject line.
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…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
Some people seem to always know about cool open calls for submission or new markets. How to they do that? If you’re serious about sending short fiction to paying markets, you’ll want to look at sites like The Submission Grinder and Duotrope. They are both similar, but Duotrope has a few additional features (like sending…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
By Darian Smith Marketing is not something I’m good at. It’s not my interest and that’s okay. I love creating stories and writing them for others to enjoy and that should be enough. “If you build it, they will come.” Right? WRONG. A writer’s first job is to write a great book, this is true….The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
The SpecFicNZ website is the hub for members to get information, but it is also the way you can share your own writing news with your fellow members. Just log in to the site and start sharing! Your profile is the place to start: tell us about yourself, your work and your interests. If you want to find other…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
News for all you self-publishers of YA fiction: here’s something to add to your list of review outlets in New Zealand. The New Zealand Book Council Te Kaunihera Pukapuka o Aotearoa is in the process of expanding its communications to include reviews of YA and children’s books. The changes will include: moving the School Library newsletter from a quarterly to…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
And now in our series of guides for self-publishers: networking! From your friendly SpecFicNZ publicist. Networking can be a bit of a tricky one. As with all self-promotion, it takes us into that murky area where we’re not sure whether social norms or market norms apply, and that uncertainty can lead to crossed wires and…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
Earlier this year, I attended WORD, the Christchurch Writers Festival, where I saw Elizabeth Knox deliver the inaugural Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture. I was very struck by her observations about the natures of literary and of genre fiction and how these relate to her own writing. Knox’s lecture, An Unreal House Filled with Real Storms,…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
by Beaulah Pragg What do we do, as New Zealand Authors, when faced with the prospect of interacting with the US Tax department. Instinct tells us to run before they learn our names and can come looking. Truth is, it’s not so bad. In fact, it might be a lot easier than you’ve been led to believe. Disclaimer: I’m…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
Next up in our series on self-publishing in New Zealand Aotearoa: James Russell of Dragon Brothers Books decided to self-publish his illustrated children’s books here in NZ (he had them printed in China). Following his experience, he has written a guide to self-publishing in NZ. Some of it is specific to illustrated books and to…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
by Darusha Wehm Based on an article originally posted on my website Here are some technical tips on creating your own ebooks for self-publishing. Before we get into nuts and bolts, though, here are some things to think about before you worry about file formats and cover art: Take a moment to seriously think about about what you want…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
For all you self-pubbers out there doing DIY book promotion – an update. All book reviews for Fairfax Media now go through Michelle Hurley in Auckland. She is the National Books Editor for all of Fairfax’s newspapers, including The Dom Post, The Press, and The Sunday Star-Times, as well as several other regional papers. Please…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!
Asking people to part with their hard earned cash is never easy. Asking them to do it on the promise of an idea is a whole lot harder, but that is exactly what crowd funding is. There are hundreds of crowd funding platforms, such as Indiegogo, Pozible, Pledgme and more. Kickstarter, the largest crowd funding…The content on this page is for members only.Log In Not a member? Join!