Mak­ing waves on Ama­zon

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From the first mo­ment of want­ing to be­come a pub­lished au­thor, most writ­ers quickly re­alise that au­thor­ship and pub­lish­ing is a com­pli­cated process, and that you need the pa­tience of a saint.

As Mount Maun­ganui au­thor Kalou Koe­foed dis­cov­ered, things can truly take flight if you cut out themid­dle man.

In 2017, Koe­foed sat down and wrote her first book, The Wave, which is an epic ad­ven­ture for eight to 13 year olds. The story be­gins as Sim, an al­most 11 yearold boy from the Mount, wakes up in a tiny blue car­a­van in the mid­dle of the ocean along with his cat, Mr Black. How did he get there? And how will he get home?

With the as­sis­tance of a hot air bal­loon­ist and a some­what faulty prophet, Sim be­gins his long jour­ney back to New Zealand through ci­ties and deserts, on stormy seas and snowy moun­tains. Along the way, the truth of the wave is re­vealed and Sim finds him­self be­ing chased across the planet by the pow­er­ful Pres­i­dent King.

“Although it was writ­ten for chil­dren, it’s a fun read for adults too,” says Koe­foed, orig­i­nally from Den­mark. Shewrote the book for her (now) 12-year-old son. The de­ci­sion to self-pub­lish came af­ter send­ing the story out to agents, both in­New Zealand and over­seas, and get­ting po­litely re­jected time and again in the course of a year.

“There’s a lot of wait­ing around for lit­er­ary agents to turn you down and it got to the stage where it was ei­ther let the story sit on my hard drive for­ever and no one reads it, or cut out the mid­dle man and self-pub­lish it,” she says.

Now in to­tal con­trol of her own project, Koe­foed de­cided to add a few il­lus­tra­tions to make it ex­tra spe­cial for her read­ers. The il­lus­tra­tions also make up the bright yel­low cover, which was de­signed byHan­nah Wynn of Pablo Cre­ative.

As soon as The Wave be­came avail­able on Ama­zon, down­load­ing started. Since then, Koe­foed has re­ceived mes­sages from to­tal strangers to let her know how much they en­joyed the book, which she says is “quite spe­cial”.

“I gig­gled and gasped and ad­mit to shed­ding the oc­ca­sional tear. Con­grat­u­la­tions on such a su­perbly­writ­ten piece of hap­pi­ness, I shall sing your praises to all my book read­ing friends!

“Thanks, and I amea­gerly await­ing your next story,” wrote Shani Small, af­ter she fin­ished read­ing the Kin­dle ver­sion.

The Wave has a bit of ev­ery­thing— hu­mour, friend­ship, ad­ven­ture, sur­vival, magic… even a bit of cricket.

Lo­cal au­thor Kalou Koe­foed’s new book is avail­able on Ama­zon.

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