Happy New Year everyone. I hope your personal Santa was good to you and gave you either lots of books or an e-reader for Christmas. I both gave and received books this year. Mine was an e-reader and I’ve downloaded heaps of books already.
Summer is a time for relaxing and taking stock. Books can take readers to places we’ve never been, in our imaginations they let us behave as we might never dare to in our 'real' lives. Books offer possibilities. Whether the book is non-fiction or fiction – simply a story – their impact can be significant. Even the most fictitious of stories have a tinge of reality to them. Characters have thoughts or feelings that could be similar to ours if we were in that position or place. Books offer the possible option that we too, could be like that person; that we too, could do what they did or go where they went and become who they wanted to become. Books can change our lives, if we let ourselves be captured by possibilities.
Books are celebrated in many places: through television programmes and films, bringing the written word to the active screen – removing our imagination, maybe – but speeding up our engagement. Books are written about in articles, on blog pages and in magazines and newspapers with reviews and news. Opinion pieces give us a different perspective about a character we have always loved or a story we didn’t completely understand and appreciate until someone else pointed out a motif we’d missed.
I am happy when I find a New Zealand perspective rather than an American viewpoint. So much advice for writers coming through online blogs and websites is American based. Authors can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the barrage of how to, and best ways and top tips, few of which relate to the New Zealand market. I’ve found a few worth investigating.
One of the latest news, views and reviews pages can be found the Stuff website - Reading is Bliss by Karen Tay is worth a look.
I find I can relate to the articles. Reading is Bliss is relatively new (only online in the last few months of 2012) and has a Facebook page looking for Likes.
Nicky Pellegrino also writes reviews and news for the NZ Herald. Nicky’s down-to-earth kiwi attitude (and her love of her horse, her dogs and cats) is refreshing. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nicky20pellegrino/search/results.cfm?kw1=nicky%20pellegrino&kw2=&st=gsa
But if you really want to know what is happening in the New Zealand book market then your best website is Beattie’s Blog. Seek and you will find: you will even find me, and my book Daniel, on there somewhere.