The Writers’ & Indie Publishers’ Forum took place in Picton over the weekend of 8 – 10 July. Organiser Peter Thomas sends this report:
The Forum was very successful. Our first guest speaker Leon Jay gave us a new insight into independent book marketing by using the digital media, and was able to give us examples of how this is being achieved worldwide.
Our second speaker Iona Elwood-Smith runs a business in Wellington creating websites. As a result of the Forum she is doing a special ‘Forum deal’ and is creating a collective website for Marlborough writers, with individual links to writers and their books. Prisma Print, who sponsored the Forum, and Copy Press, who brought along a large array of locally-produced books, have both offered to assist in the original funding and the maintenance of this website. The new site is intended to introduce more writers into the group and to promote local authors' books in conjunction with Leon Jay's modern book marketing techniques.
Our third guest speaker Wendy Scott gave us a clear and concise description and evaluation of the potential for e-book publications. The interactive panel discussion on the Sunday ran overtime and addressed the question, ‘Where to from here.’ Most people went away with a clearer idea about how to promote New Zealand writing, and with new insights into book marketing.