Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


New York Publisher Releases Debut Novel From NZ Author

Media release
14 January 2013

New York Publisher Releases Debut Novel From New Zealand’s Newest Historical Romance Author

The Loveswept imprint of Random House Inc., one of the top six US publishers, has published the debut novel of Auckland writer Wendy Vella.

It’s a dream come true for Vella, whose historical romance novel set in the Regency era, The Reluctant Countess, was released on 14 January 2013 in e-book format through Random House’s specialist romance digital book line.

“It’s a huge honour to be published with Loveswept, which published books from many hugely popular romance authors in the 1980s and ‘90s and was relaunched last year as a digital-only imprint,” says Vella.

Vella is the first New Zealander to be published with the new digital Loveswept line and the profile and reach of the ‘Romance and Random’ portal which includes Loveswept will be a key component in Vella establishing her career as an author.

Vella is delighted to join the growing ranks of digital authors because e-books sales continue to grow; partway through 2012, a report from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) showed that, for the first time, net sales revenue from e-books exceeded that of hardcover books in the first quarter of the year [Ref 1].

Romance readers are particularly voracious consumers of e-books, says Vella. “They like the convenience of being able to download books at any time of the day. It’s exciting to be part of this new horizon of publishing. Relative to the sheer scale of the US e-book business, we’re only just getting into it in New Zealand.”

Vella’s novel is set in the Regency era, one of the most popular genres of historical romantic fiction and one that Vella loves most.

“I started writing because I ran out of stories to read and it’s become a real labour of love. Now, after finishing more than ten manuscripts over the past nine years that I’ve been seriously writing, it’s also good to get some acknowledgement that what I’m writing is regarded as publishable by an editor of Sue Grimshaw’s calibre. Sue is the category specialist and editor at large for Random House’s subsidiary Ballantine Bantam Dell which includes Loveswept.”

Vella has worked hard at developing her craft, making the most of opportunities for learning afforded by being a member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ). In 2010 she won the top prize for unpublished romance writers in New Zealand, the Clendon Award.

“It really made me determined to get published.”

Grimshaw was seeking new authors for the Loveswept line and attended the RWNZ conference in Auckland in 2011; she loved Vella’s book and since then Vella has had plenty more new things to learn around the business of being an author.

“Sue accepted my book really quickly after the conference. It was a whirlwind ride. I had an editor and a publisher, and then found a US agent very quickly after that.”

Vella, who works full-time as an administrator for Barfoot and Thompson in Point Chevalier, says it’s taken a huge amount a determination to get where she is today.

“I write every night, and I’ve done that for the last nine years. My family is very supportive, they read all my books, and put up with me spending so much time at the computer.”

She is currently working on her next project – a series of three books, again in the historical romance genre. “It’s such a huge part of my life now, I can’t imagine not writing. My ultimate goal is to become a full-time writer, and I’m now one step closer to that dream.”

Click here to read: Wendy_Vella_Biography.pdf

Click here to read release on: The_Reluctant_Countess_14Jan2013.pdf

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Howard Davis: Get It On, Bang A Gong, Pt I

Several readers have recently inquired about the significance of the image that accompanies my by-line. While the man-bun is long gone, I still incorporate the sound of the gong in my Kundalini Yoga classes. More>>

ALSO:

Breaking The Ice: U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker Visits New Zealand

The United States has sought, and been granted, New Zealand’s permission for a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) POLAR STAR (WAGB-10), to make a port call at Lyttelton on its way home from Antarctica sometime later this month. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Trading Places

Greg Clydesdale, a lecturer in business at Lincoln University, has written a comprehensive account of global trade from the seventh century to modern times. More>>

Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news