A literary agent acts as a mediator between writer and publisher by managing a writer’s business affairs.
Agents operate on commission only due on sales actually made. Be very careful about people acting as agents who charge a fee for selling your book. This is not the normal practice. To find out if an agent is good we recommend you talk to other writers.
The New Zealand Association of Literary Agents (NZALA) was established to maintain professional standards. All NZALA members subscribe to a code of ethics. If in doubt, check our Writers Toolkit page.
For more information about Agents see our leaflet Getting help with your Manuscript (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information) or our booklet Getting Published, which is available from our Online Bookshop.
Self-publishing your first book? Digital marketing, especially through social media, can be an affordable and effective means of marketing your book and yourself.
Social media is an invaluable component of self-marketing. Among the countless social media networks, Twitter has become the most distinguished as a popular and effective promotional tool for writers.
- Twitter Marketing 101
- 9 Ways to Use Social Media to Launch a Book
- BookBaby free guides for writers – writing and publishing through to marketing
- A General Social Media Guide for Writers in all Genres
No matter what kind of writer you are – fiction, non-fiction, freelance, poet – you can benefit from having a website. A website can be a means of building a relationship with your readers, letting your readers learn about you, and providing a place to sell and promote your work.
A website doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. You can keep it simple. WordPress is often recommended as a hosting platform because it’s author friendly, easy to use and easy for people to find (good search capabilities). Other popular hosting platforms include Drupal, and Joomla. We recommend that you research and compare thoroughly (including set up costs and ongoing costs) before deciding on the type of website you want.
Amazon Author Central
Author Central allows authors to create their own profile pages within the digital marketplace and facilitates interaction with potential customers. In addition to a brief personal bio, Author Central can display information about your work, blog posts, and acts as a platform for feedback and interaction with readers.
- Introduction to Amazon’s Author Central
- 5 Concise Tips for Authors to Use Amazon to Their Advantage
- Why Join Author Central?
Are you an NZSA Member?
Your NZSA Membership opens up a range of marketing opportunities (click here for more on the benefits of NZSA members). Once your book has been assessed, edited, designed and is going to press you can market it through NZSA in the following ways:
- List your book in New Books Bulletin for month of release – this goes to all members, our media list and to all bookshops and library suppliers via Booksellers NZ.
- Read the first chapter or story for NZSA Writers Read YouTube channel
- Update your Writers Profile on the NZSA site with details of your book, website, social media links and any reviews.
- Send details of your LAUNCH EVENT to ‘office [at] nzauthors.org.nz’ to be loaded into our calendar of events.
- If you do not have distribution, submit details of your book to ‘director [at] nzauthors.org.nz’ for consideration for inclusion in the NZSA/PDL Distribution Service.
- Social Media: Load a picture of your book and any launch events onto Facebook and we will share on our social media. Do the same on your local branch facebook site. Use Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter to promote your book and any events. Keep your website up to date with your activity, with easy links to click and order.
- Literary Bulletin: Keep an eye out for the monthly call for submissions to Speaking Volumes, Nine to Noon on Radio NZ – and use the linked form to submit the title (you are only charged by Booksellers NZ is the book is one of the titles selected for radio review).