Support A Northland Author One Book At A Time

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Support a fiction writer to keep literature alive in Northland. I'm asking for help to get 16 Tai Tokerau tales into print.


Yo! Mike the Writer here.

I give plenty to the Northland creative arts community, putting on poetry shows, creative writing workshops and improvisation theatre fundraisers.

Now I'm wondering if you can support me to keep literature alive in Northland. I'm asking for help to pay for the printing of one of the best short story collections you'll ever read, at just ten bucks per book.

TRUE? is a brand new collection of sixteen short stories. They're tales of people working through shame to make their lives better, set in the milieu of Kiwi millennials. I'm one of the few people out there giving up hours each month to capture realistic stories of true blue Kiwis you'll recognise. Previous book reviews have said I'm apparently one of the most original short story writers of my generation (Takahe #86) and my last short story set was a "remarkably satisfying collection" (North & South January 2018).

So can you support me to raise $1000 to help some Tai Tokerau tales into print? The goal is pretty modest. Put in ten bucks and you get a presale book, AND you get thanked in the acknowledgements.

Copies which aren't pre-sold can be given to younger Northland writers to inspire them to write fiction.

What to expect when you're expecting a copy of TRUE? short stories:

- 216x140mm printed book with 350gsm silk art cover and 90gsm white offset pages printed at JOP in Whangarei

304 page book. Cover = gloss laminated

COST: $920 ex GST, or $9.20 per book for 100 copies.

Love and thanks

Mike Botur

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All funds go directly into printing 100 copies of the books. Your donation earns you a book with your name in the acknowledgements.

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Sept 25: What's been up  25 September 2018

Everybody, thanks again so much for your support. Here's a whole list of reasons why your pre-sale donations are simply awesome:

1. You get the book, so the mission of keeping readers happy is achieved

2. Because the printing bill is largely covered, I'm not left with a lot of expenses

3. We contribute to Northland literature and bring a piece of art into the world

4. You inspire me to keep writing with every pre-sale donation

5. We build hype for the book, reminding people that literature is an art form to get excited about

6. It's a good excuse to get people engaged in conversation about literature as an art form

7. It gets the book completed more quickly (having a launch date really lights a fire under Mike's ass)

8. The money raised means I can print the book locally. The bill is more expensive than getting $3 books made at a printery somewhere remote like Nelson or Hong Kong, but it means a local Whangarei printery is supported and the quality of the paper and cover is outstanding

9. All the encouragement smooths out Mike's moods so Mike gets to sleep at night

10. You end up reading some powerful stories.

Everyone's happy.

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Nicola and Ryan
Nicola and Ryan on 28 Sep 2018
Keep it up, buddy!!
Bill Ruys
Bill Ruys on 25 Sep 2018
Good luck with your book, Mike.
Ravi on 24 Sep 2018
All the best Mike
Andrew "Dagwood" Black
Andrew "Dagwood" Black on 24 Sep 2018
I expect results
Abraham Botur
Abraham Botur on 24 Sep 2018
I love you, daddy.

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