Making waves on Amazon
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.