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It is our eighth birthday

Happy birthday to us!
On the 1st of October …
We made it to eight!!!

Thank you to our wonderful customers and supporters for being part of this idea to showcase the many amazing books created by authors and publishers in New Zealand.
We have been privileged to provide a place where these talented Kiwis are recognised.

To mark this milestone we are offering you: 25% off everything in the store from Thursday 28 September to Thursday 5 November 2023 The opportunity to go in the draw to win the book of your choice from the store up to the value of $30. How do I get this offer?

By using the coupon code 8thbirthday at checkout, you’ll get 25% off the total of your order. Every book, including fiction, non-fiction, books on sale, and even gift cards! In other words – everything in the shop!

Just make sure to use the coupon code 8thbirthday when you check out. Simple!
Using the code puts you in the draw – this will be announced on Friday October 20th.

Hop on in and view our books selections, and other products that can be purchased online at Writers Plot Bookshop.

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Postal costs and Payment methods

Postal Costs

These days it’s not so straight forward sending parcels nationwide, and every 1 July it seems NZ Post increase their costs. As a not-for-profit, and with the closed store, we are unable to carry those small extra costs.

Last year we chose only to increase the international postage costs, but this year we have also had to increased our nationwide and Australian costs at the absolute minimal level, effective from today.

Please note, if you live in a rural area and have rural delivery you need to select the rural delivery option, we are no longer covering the additional cost of this additional service.

We have not increased out costs based on the number or size of the books.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

We currently have the option of PayPal, this is quick and easy and you can use your credit card and don’t have to be an existing customer of PayPal.

Find out more about PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/nz/business

We have also been asked about using Stripe and Western Union, both are good options and we are asking our customers to let us know if you want these as a payment option at checkout.

Please note: With Western Union bank transfers from overseas to New Zealand. We will occur a $NZ 25 fee which will have to be passed on to the customer.

Find out more about Western Union: https://www.westernunion.com/nz/en/home.html

Find out more about Stripe: https://stripe.com/en-nz

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ANZAC Day and War Fiction on The Hutt Weekender – 22 April

On Tuesday 25th April we remember those that served and what they gave for our tomorrow.
In our online shop we have a selection of creative non-fiction, fiction and non-fiction covering various conflicts from the past to the recent, around the world.
ANZAC books – https://writersplot.org.nz/tag/anzac/
War fiction – https://writersplot.org.nz/tag/war-fiction/

Featured author – Dave Hayward

Dave Hayward joined the army aged sixteen years and remained a soldier for thirty-three years, seeing active service in Borneo during Indonesia’s ‘Confrontation’ with Malaysia and in South Vietnam. When Dave retired as Sergeant Major of the Army, he took up writing and using his experiences and the wealth of history at his fingertips, he has produced eight novels.
His first-hand knowledge of the world of the twentieth century Infantry soldier is recognised as unique — he is regularly invited to address students at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University.

Other books features were:

Ironic Cross by Bruce Meder – one family caught up in 2 wars The Napoleonic Wars and World War 1.

The Battle of Messines Road by JK & WJ Moloney – a coming of age story, a World War 1 diary and a family saga.

The Booktown Festival in Featherston is on 12 – 14 May 2023 – all information and scheduling of events can be found on their website Featherston Booktown. Booksellers (new, second hand, antique and specialist) will be in the ANZAC Hall.

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St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day 17 March promotion image for story and links below

We wish you the luck of the Irish for March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of Ireland.

We’ve a list of books from our authors that are either set or partially set in Ireland or the characters are Irish. A mixture of memories in fiction and non-fictional; accounts of coming to New Zealand as an immigrant; travels that took the author to Ireland and fun, feel good stories set in the country. As well, there is series or two based on authentic aspects of Irish mythology by Brian O’Sullivan (now a New Zealander) from Irish Imbas Books (http://irishimbasbooks.com/).

Just a selection of what can be found on our online store – https://writersplot.org.nz/tag/irish/

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International Women’s Day – March 8

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and we’ve put together a list of books from our authors that give a unique perspective on the strength of women.

They range from a fun an light hearted look at motherhood, to solo travels; from memories of growing up last century to conversations with creatives; from mentoring women in business to understanding women of other cultures.

A selection of what can be found on our online store on the International Women’s Day link – https://writersplot.org.nz/tag/international-womens-day/

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Reporting back from Featherston Booktown Festival 2022

Ian and Caro at Featherston Booktown

Once again, we had a fabulous time at this annual event, just over the Remutuka hill from our little shop in Upper Hutt. So many amazing authors, events and all workshops over an intense weekend.

Ian and Caro would like to thank the volunteers who look after us booksellers in the ANZAC Hall (especially Gary for the coffees). It is the little things that make the Booktown festival weekend so special.

It is always wonderful to meet and catch up with other booksellers; to chat with readers and authors, both regulars and newcomers alike. The events were outstanding, as usual.

Hope to see you in 2023 when Booktown will be back in May.

If you want to know more about Booktowns and in particular, the only Booktown in New Zealand (Featherston) – visit their website – https://www.booktown.org.nz/

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Listen to short stories from A Writers Plot

Three books of short stories by A Writers Plot

Wellington Access Radio FM 106.1 have been playing short stories from The Writers Plot books on Hutt Zone with John MacDonald – and we have them here for you to listen to. The books can be purchased from our online shop.

“Seat next to you” by Cat Connor; marking the virtual launch of the last Byte-Series book (#12) on Thursday 10 September 2020

Patrick Allan’s short story “Forbidden Fruit” from ‘C’est La Vie’ along with poems from David Smith and Dennis Glover.

A short tender story from Cyndi Miller ‘Without Maree’ from the Love Wounds compilation of short stories. Read by John MacDonald.

A short fictional tale from Patrick Allan ‘One Slipped Through’ from the C’est la Vie collection, read by John MacDonald for Hutt Zone.

A couple of short quirky stories by Cyndi Miller, read by John MacDonald for Hutt Zone.

Cat Connor’s short story ‘Melt my heart to stone’ – a story from the Byte series read by John MacDonald

In need of a little romance? Here’s John MacDonald’s reading of Caro Lankow’s short story ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’.

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Remembering & commemorating ANZAC Day

This year is unusual and for those of us who like to go to the parades and events, this year we got to do it from the safety of our own property.
Throughout the country, people put poppies in windows, on letterboxes and keeping apart, we came together to maintain the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel.

It is also a time to reflect on the emotional and physical costs of war, some of the books in our selection do that as they are written by those affected.
A poem by Dennis Hogan from ‘Billy-can Ballads’ (1962, Unity Writers) called ‘Driftwood’ also makes us stop and think again about the aftermath.

ANZAC themed reads can be purchased from our online shop.

A selection of Fiction and non-fiction stories around or about ANZAC.

Stories about or by soldiers, both fiction and non-fiction, with books about or prompted by personal experience.

A selection of books on our website that cover memoirs to fiction series.
Fiction & non-fiction World War 1.
Fiction & non-fiction World War 2.

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Earth Day – 50 years

Earth Day

Earth day celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on Wednesday 22 April, and we have several books that are about our environment.
With the global pandemic Earth Day was very much an online event but still managed to connect with people around the world digitally.

Read more about it on the Earth Day website.

We have many books that can assist children learn and appreciate the environment, and some great novels that have conservation or the environment as their main theme.

Links through to the books on our website:
Books about the environment and the natural world, include picture books, children’s fiction, creative non-fiction and adult fiction.
Also books with a conservation theme.

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Easter at Home

How is everyone in their bubble this Easter? We hope you are all staying safe, and staying at home at this time. With the fine weather, it’s wonderful to sit outside and read, or get some exercise but stay local. 
We are still taking online orders through our website, but will not be able to post them to you until we come out of Level-4 and the NZ Post shops open again.
As the daily numbers lower, it looks as if containment of Covid-19 is working and we anticipate some relaxation in the current restrictions as we move to Level-3, but we are still waiting to hear what that entails.
Meanwhile – Kia Kaha – stay home and let us know how your reading is going.
E-book Novels from NZ Authors and NZ Publishers
Rangitawa Publishing Facebook
Books on Amazon/Kindle 
Orphanage Boys
Between Two Worlds
Merely a Girl
A Distant Belonging
The Youngest Son

Cat Connor – Crime thriller author website
Where to buy the books and what not.Carne Maxwell Author Facebook

Carne Maxwell website for e-books

On Amazon/kindle – The ContestBAM Press Wellington Facebook
BAM Press website
Books on Amazon/kindle
Spiked
Go Gayle Go
Clipped Heels
No Wind
Through facebook we have found NZ author/publisher shares for their e-books and video readings
Just because we can’t send out physical books of these books, that shouldn’t stop you from reading these wonderful stories.

Spies Publishing – Ben reads his story in Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists 

Victoria University Press have a free ebook –  The VUP Home Reader download from FB or the webstore

Short Stories – on Amazon/kindle
Moonlotus Tea: A Science Fiction Short Story by Peril Lloyd 

Musings, Mournings, and Misadventures: A collection of short stories and poems by Stacey Broadbent

‘Morning Report: All Blacks Lose to Australia. Should We Panic?: A Zombie Story’ by Hamish Trolove.
Amazon/kindle or on Smashwords

Lost Angels (A Nettie’s Knit Shop Short Story) by CB Landy

Please note: The shop is currently closed due to Current COVID-19 Alert Level 4.
Books can be purchased online but will not be posted until the Alert Level lowers and NZ Post shops open again.