Bigwords-books – design, edit, promote your book https://bigwords-books.co.nz Professional publishing advice and services for authors. From editing and Proofreading to cover and interior design, print brokering and promotions Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:21:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 2017/18 Manuscript Competition shortlisted entries announced https://bigwords-books.co.nz/2017-18-manuscript-competition-shortlisted-entries/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 03:27:42 +0000 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/?p=521 The shortlisted entries for the 2017 NZ Book Festival Manuscript Competition has been decided! The range and calibre of entries exceeded all expectations, making the selection of a top 10 an exciting and challenging process for those involved. However, these 10 stood out for a number of reasons, including  things like originality of storyline, depth […]

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The shortlisted entries for the 2017 NZ Book Festival Manuscript Competition has been decided!Vintage telephone depicting announcement of shortlisted entries for manuscript competition

The range and calibre of entries exceeded all expectations, making the selection of a top 10 an exciting and challenging process for those involved.

However, these 10 stood out for a number of reasons, including  things like originality of storyline, depth of characters, how easy it was to visualise the settings and situations  portrayed, their appeal to a clearly defined audience and the skill in which the authors crafted the sample chapters to draw the reader in. All 10 of the shortlisted entries received the feedback from the selection panel that they wanted to keep reading.

Titles selected for the shortlist, in no particular order, are:

Sons of Orpheus

Aro Street Girls

Bright Moon Ridge

Wrens Under the Radar

Pockets of Gold

Frozen in a Flash

I Have Showed Thee All Things

Follow Me In

Meltwater

Mix Tape

Please note that the names of the authors will not be made public until the overall winner is decided at the start of July. This is to preserve the anonymity for judging.

Two people giving Thumbs up sign for shortlisted entries to manuscript competition

All shortlisted entries will receive:

  •  1-hour free telephone consult with follow-up list of recommendations with BigWords-Books director, editor and publishing project manager Fiona Cole
  • $100.00 voucher towards a professional manuscript edit with BigWords-Books
  • Mystery prize from our newest sponsor (soon to be announced)

Feedback for all competition entries

BigWords-Books would like to thank all authors who entered the competition in its inaugural year, and encourage you to keep writing, as there is clear potential in each and every one of you.

The purpose of the competition was to inspire more New Zealand writers to consider the indie-publishing route for their work. Submitting your stories was just the beginning: we want to help you to continue your journey in whatever way we can.

BigWords-Books will be sending each author who entered a collated document with feedback from the selection panel, and some professional recommendations for what to do next. You will also receive a special offer from  key sponsors, Book Print.

Please allow time for us to put together your feedback. This competition is run solely by volunteers with a passion for supporting independent publishing in New Zealand.

Competition details and winner’s prize package

 

 

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NZ Book Festival 2017 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/nz-book-festival-2017/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:16:17 +0000 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/?p=387 The NZ Book Festival 2017 is on 11 November and once again BigWords-Books will be there! The NZ Book Festival is an annual event showcasing New Zealand independently published authors and the businesses and organisations who support the local indie publishing scene. 2017 is the festival’s 4th year and each year it has grown to […]

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The NZ Book Festival 2017 is on 11 November and once again BigWords-Books will be there!

The NZ Book Festival is an annual event showcasing New Zealand independently published authors and the businesses and organisations who support the local indie publishing scene.

2017 is the festival’s 4th year and each year it has grown to become one of the top attractions for readers and writers on the Auckland events calendar.

Read more about this year’s exhibitors and attractions on the NZ Book Festival website.

The BigWords-Books stand at the NZ Book Festival 2017

This year BigWords-Books will be showcasing our professional services to authors who want to independently publishing their work to bookstore standards.

Fiona Cole will be there providing free 15 minute author consults for writers looking for guidance in how to edit, design or promote their books.

  • Deciding when a manuscript is ready to edit
  • What type of editor should you choose?
  • Creating a style sheet for your proof reader
  • How to interview your printer
  • Which font, paper stock, book size is best?
  • Commissioning a professional cover design
  • CiP, ISBN numbers and copyright
  • What sells books?

If you have questions about any of the above, be sure to come along and book a time slot. All who sign up will receive $20 off our new Brand You Club for authors, plus a $50 voucher to use on a range of services offered by BigWords-Books. This offer is only open on the day.

See you at the NZ Book Festival 2017!

Want to book your free 15 minute author consult in advance? Message us via the BigWords-Books Facebook page to arrange a time. Session times start from 10:00AM and finish at 3:30PM

Go to Facebook and send us a message – we will contact you to confirm the time you want is available.

What is the Brand You Club?

BigWords-Books Brand You Club Mascot image - shiny red figurine holding a megaphone

Brand You Club is a new initiative for indie and self published authors looking for ideas and help with marketing their book, from building up a following on social media and getting connected with online groups for writers, to creating your personal book marketing strategy.

Watch out for this little guy, who is the mascot for our Brand You Club!

More will be revealed in the lead up to the NZ Book Festival 2017, so be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.

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NZ Independent Book Festival 2015 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/nz-independent-book-festival-2015/ Wed, 14 Oct 2015 02:40:22 +0000 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/?p=241 BigWords-Books attended the second annual New Zealand Independent Book Festival held in Auckland on 04 -05 October at the North Shore Events Centre. The bigger venue was easily filled by the many authors, editors, printers and other service providers for the indie publishing industry. A big thank you to the organisers, especially Louise.

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BigWords-Books attended the second annual New Zealand Independent Book Festival held in Auckland on 04 -05 October at the North Shore Events Centre. The bigger venue was easily filled by the many authors, editors, printers and other service providers for the indie publishing industry. A big thank you to the organisers, especially Louise.

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BigWords-Books display at the 2015 NZ Independent Book Festival in Auckland

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Book Launch and boat tours https://bigwords-books.co.nz/book-launch-and-boat-tours/ Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:42:41 +0000 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/?p=223 Sea Legs – A Boat’s Story is having its book launch – with a twist Where: Whangarei Town Basin Marina – at the band rotunda When: Saturday 29 November 10:00AM t0 2:00PM Author Simon Bliss will be on-hand to sign books. The boat Rivale will also be there, with tours and talks on board on the hour every hour. […]

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Sea Legs – A Boat’s Story is having its book launch – with a twistBook Launch for FB Sea Legs

Where: Whangarei Town Basin Marina – at the band rotunda

When: Saturday 29 November 10:00AM t0 2:00PM

Author Simon Bliss will be on-hand to sign books. The boat Rivale will also be there, with tours and talks on board on the hour every hour. Come along for this unique opportunity to meet the man and the boat who journeyed together from the coast of England to the top of the North Island of New Zealand.

Elaine Bliss, who shared much of the journey with Simon and whose original sketches feature throughout the book, will also be there.

Postcards of her work will also be available to buy.

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Auckland Independent Book Fair https://bigwords-books.co.nz/auckland-independent-book-fair/ Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:22:15 +0000 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/?p=181 A big thank you to the organisers of the Auckland Independent Book Fair in Devonport on 16 August. A great day! The BigWords-Books contingent was blown away by the number of talented self-published authors, indie publishers and other support services that were present. A pleasure and a privilege to meet and talk with you!!   […]

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AIBF 2014 004A big thank you to the organisers of the Auckland Independent Book Fair in Devonport on 16 August.

A great day!

The BigWords-Books contingent was blown away by the number of talented self-published authors, indie publishers and other support services that were present.

A pleasure and a privilege to meet and talk with you!!

 

Fiona Cole

BigWords-Books

 

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Book Launch for A Handful of Diamonds – Helena Toren https://bigwords-books.co.nz/book-launch-handful-diamonds-helena-toren/ Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:17:28 +0000 https://bigwords-books.co.nz/?p=141 Helena Toren launches her first novel; A Handful of Diamonds on 15 December at Cafe Mozart in Whangarei at 11AM. Come to the book launch, meet the author, buy a book, enjoy a drink and tasty bite to eat at Cafe Mozart.  

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Front cover sml A Handful of DiamondsHelena Toren launches her first novel; A Handful of Diamonds on 15 December at Cafe Mozart in Whangarei at 11AM.

Come to the book launch, meet the author, buy a book, enjoy a drink and tasty bite to eat at Cafe Mozart.

 

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