working from home
Kia ora readers, writers, publishers and booksellers
With book launches already being cancelled, and uncertain months ahead as we work hard to keep our communities well, I am going to open Poetry Shelf Lounge to host online launches of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. I could do children’s books on child-friendly Poetry Box.
I will post Poetry Shelf launches around 5 to 6 pm (wine and nibbles optional!)
I can post launch features with audio and/or texts of a launch speech, an author reading and thank-you speech. Photos. Videos. Whatever works for you and that I can do.
I like the idea of bridging communities and having the launches posted in more than one place if that works.
I am already at capacity with the time I devote to my blog and writing deadlines so this is in your hands. I don’t have time to write material or chase people. And I may have to limit myself to one or two a week! I do have time to assemble posts and spread the word.
Publishers and publicists feel free to get in touch with me – and gather the material for a Poetry Shelf Lounge launch.
My blog reaches more people than a book launch does but I can link to other significant sites.
This is a time to strengthen our book communities and invent new ways to celebrate our books without putting people at risk.
If you have ideas on how to help or make this idea even better let me know. Goodness knows if it will work but I want to give it a shot! Other ideas are simmering:
* host NZ poetry readings online if they are going to be cancelled (is the Pasifika reading in Te Atatu Library to be cancelled or the first Lounge reading?)
* host NZ book discussion podcasts
* host author interviews video or audio
* any other suggestions?
Maybe there is a better way and place to do this – but this a grassroots project so let’s see what we can do to boost books.
Love the sound of this. Those of us that live outside NZ can be at the ‘launch’ too.
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