Writers' fates in readers' hands
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday 16 October
Writers' fates in readers' hands - on-line reader voting opens.
For the next month readers will have the unique opportunity to help decide which two books they'd most like to see published, thanks to the 2013 Kobo/NZ Authors E-Publishing Prize.
A shortlist of five fiction and five non-fiction titles have been selected from over 130 manuscripts submitted. Now readers can browse a sample chapter and a synopsis of each finalist and vote for their favourites simply by visiting the NZSA website - www.authors.org.nz.
The winning titles in each category will be professionally edited and designed before being published and marketed on the Kobo Writing Life Platform. Each prize is valued at over $10,000. The writers with the most votes will also win a Kobo Reader.
"Social Media have been buzzing since the shortlist was announced," according to NZSA President, Kyle Mewburn. "The prize offers all the finalists a chance to gain some much sought-after publicity for their titles. And for the two winners this will represent a significant boost to their writing career."
“Kobo Writing Life is all about removing barriers and providing authors with tools and resources to help get their best work into the market,” says Mark Lefebvre, Kobo’s Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations. “Collaborating with the New Zealand Society of Authors in this effort to recognize excellence in writing is a great way to provide New Zealand writers a fantastic and unique opportunity.”
Winners will be announced in November and their titles launched in March 2014.