It’s March – New Zealand Book Month, and a chance to celebrate the rich variety of titles appearing in and about this fair country. I am increasingly delighted by the range of excellent books produced by our independent publishers working without the safety net of mainstream companies. With the advent of digital technology and international distribution channels, our authors and indie publishers can access a worldwide market, selling their books in print or as ebooks to anyone anywhere. The only barrier to fame and fortune is discoverability, and this relies on READERS.
Yes, you, gentle reader, hold the power to raise an author from obscurity to success.
When you find a book you enjoy, tell the world. Review, retweet, recommend! Post a link on Facebook. Write it up on Goodreads. Add a review on Amazon (no matter where you obtained the book) and it will slowly but steadily push the author upwards into being discovered by other readers.
It won’t cost you anything but time, and it will help an author you love to write more books for you to enjoy! Now that’s worth investing in, isn’t it?
Our group’s contribution to NZ Book Month is a seminar on March 18th, where three big names in NZ literature will be speaking at Browns Bay RSA from 9.30am – 12.30. Graeme Lay will talk about his new novel about the life of Captain Cook, Rae Roadley will speak about romance writing, and Roger Hall will admit to his failures – ‘the ones that got away’.
Everyone welcome - come and see some of the excellent titles from independent publishers that will be on display.