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New Zealand children's authors need to use schools and libraries to breed success - claim.


The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults has highlighted how small and fiercely competitive the book market in New Zealand is.

Most print runs are limited to around 3,000 copies earning their authors only NZD5,000.

Award judge Lorraine Orman has said that she can only think of four New Zealand authors that can make a living from writing, all of whom are well-established, extremely prolific, and award-winning.

Orman also pointed out that other markets produce many more books, making it hard for New Zealand authors to make an impact. In the UK alone 10,000 children's books were published in 2003.

One answer to the problem is to make use of schools and libraries to make children aware of what is available to them. The proof of this theory comes from the success of last year's children's choice winner 'Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?' by Dawn McMillan & Bert Signal. The book was voted for by school children directly and is still on top 10 lists in the country, reports the New Zealand Herald.
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Date:May 18, 2004
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