Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Tribute to Margaret Mahy


Margaret Mahy (Photo by: David Hallet)
NZ Society of Authors meeting:
A Tribute To Margaret Mahy
Guest speaker: 
Tessa Duder 
Friday 3rd August 2012, 6pm 

Cost: $5, plus $5 for a glass of wine

Tessa, a close friend of Margaret's wrote the first major portrait of New Zealand’s beloved children’s author titled; Margaret Mahy: a writers life. The book features extensive quotes from Mahy’s speeches, reviews, commentary on children’s literature, as well as previously unpublished poems and representative extracts from her works. 


Tessa has written eleven novels, eight books of non-fiction, one full length play, eight anthologies and collaborated on seven others. She has received many awards including the American Libraries Association notable book for Jellybean, NZ Children’s Book of the Year for Alex, the Margaret Mahy Medal for a distinguished contribution to Children’s literature and the NZ Post Senior Fiction Award for The Tiggie Tompson Show, to name a few. This is a special night to remember a special New Zealand literary figure.

Venue
The meeting room for the AUT Master of Creative Writing Course on level 4, Duthie Whyte Building, 120 Mayoral Drive, which is on the corner of Mayoral Drive and Wakefield St in
Auckland Central. Time 6pm. This is also the home of the NZSA’s office. 

There is street parking handy to the venue as well as parking buildings, including the Aotea Square car park. The venue is also nicely central for those using public transport.

New members or would-be members are particularly welcome. Come and have a wine and meet fellow writers. Please note: the outside door is locked at 6.30pm.  If anyone is trapped outside, please phone or text Tom Lodge on 02102868593 and someone will come down to let you in.

Friday 3rd August 2012, 6pm: Don't forget your $5 for the meeting and $5 for a glass of wine.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

How to promote yourself as a writer and indie publisher

Jocelyn Watkin recently spoke to the NZ Society of Authors, Auckland branch, about indie publishing and promotional opportunities for writers.

She began her speech with: "This is an exciting time to be a writer. For the first time in history technology has become available and at the right price for any writer to choose new paths to creativity and to publishing." 

She talked about the top 7 myths about the Internet and websites that writers need to be aware of and revealed the 2 key questions any writer needs to answer in order to sell a lot more books.  Click here for her presentation notes and to find out what these two questions are.

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