In­die au­thors to unite at DIY fest

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‘‘There is no mar­ket for in­de­pen­dent and self-pub­lished books.’’

Au­thors try­ing to get their books pub­lished are fac­ing ever in­creas­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Fed up with road blocks, au­thors are now turn­ing to DIY mea­sures and the grow­ing in­de­pen­dent book pub­lish­ing in­dus­try.

The NZ Book Fes­ti­val, hosted in Mt Eden, is a cel­e­bra­tion and con­gre­ga­tion of the na­tion’s in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ers and au­thors.

Bel­mont res­i­dent Louise de Varga founded the fair af­ter sev­eral failed at­tempts to get her book pub­lished.

‘‘There was a need for this,’’ De Varga says.

‘‘There is no mar­ket for in­de­pen­dent and self-pub­lished books.’’

‘‘In­die’’ is the con­tem­po­rary word for an in­de­pen­dent book au­thor.

In other words, an au­thor fed up of be­ing shut out of the pub­lish­ing busi­ness that seems to be only in­ter­ested in the next United States block­buster, De Varga says.

‘‘There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween indies and pub­lish­ers.’’

This year marks the third re­turn of the fair, which is grow­ing in size each year.

‘‘The fes­ti­val at­tracts au­thors from all over New Zealand, from as far away as Oa­maru.

‘‘The first year we had 90 ex­hibitors, the sec­ond we had 120,’’ she says.

Dubbed the world’s big­gest book-sign­ing event, the NZ Book Fes­ti­val is also a trea­sure trove for read­ers.

‘‘Read­ers de­serve to have the full range of books avail­able to them,’’ De Varga says.

‘‘If book­stores are not go­ing to sup­ply them, then peo­ple have to do it them­selves.’’

Kapowai the Drag­on­fly’s Birth­day is De Varga’s lat­est book, the first in a se­ries about the jour­ney a drag­on­fly goes through in life.

De Varga hopes the fair will en­cour­age more peo­ple and re­mind them not to get dis­il­lu­sioned with their writ­ing.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple have a story, but they don’t know what to do with it next.

‘‘The fair is how we move those peo­ple for­ward.’’

The NZ Book Fes­ti­val­runs Novem­ber 5, from 10am till 4.30pm at Mt Eden War Memo­rial Hall, Do­min­ion Rd.

A Gala Night also runs on Novem­ber 4 from 6pm at The Horse & Trap, 3 En­field St, Mt Eden. Visit nz­book­fes­ti­val.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

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