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Old 11-20-2012, 06:12 AM   #1
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Hi - another newbie coming up for air.

I'm a Kiwi and this is my first excursion into social media(?). A bit scary. I have completed two novels, one short listed to the final five of a major New Zealand writing competition( let's not get carried away - 508 entries. Not like your big comps over there). After a couple of unsuccessful queries to agents I gave it a major overhaul and send it out to the world. 25 reject later it was in for more major surgery. It was then taken by a local agent to the Frankfurt Book Fair. I now have three agents assessing the full manuscript.
We had a major earthquake here almost two years ago and felt like turning to something lighter to divert my mind from grim realities until my house undergoes major repairs. The result is a novel based experience,heresy and bullshit. I am interested to find if NZ humor 'travels' to overseas readers
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:20 PM   #11
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Smile IWIK

Thanks for the welcomes.

lastlittlebird - The competition was the 2010 Pinder Unpublished Writer Award.
I have been attempting to change my log in of Eric Smart to iwik (Kiwi backwards), but have had no luck. Any advice?
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Welcome, Eric! I like the sound of your novel and now I'm curious what NZ humor is like.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:54 AM   #18
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Hi pattycat,
Thanks for your welcome. NZ humor tends towards the ironic thought or comment and wry observations, - although some may consider a couple of my scenes a little over the top. Like I say mine is Chaplit humor as apposed to Chick Lit. My other novel is set in Rwanda, so in complete contrast it's pretty grim. I don't mind reading samples of members work to offer opinions and perhaps advice - as long as I'm not swamped.
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Sounds like my kind of humor. Any great NZ authors or books that you can recommend (besides yourself, of course)?

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Hi Unimportant,
I don't pretend my humor is anything like those samples shown - at least I hope not. I'd like to think my humor is a little more sophisticated than that.
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Hi pattycat,
You've caught me out here. I can't think of any current humorous NZ authors or books. Now there's a challenge - perhaps it's up to me.
A couple of high profile authors currently featuring internationally are Paul Cleave and Lloyd Jones.
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Sorry to put you on the spot! I've never read a book set in NZ before, so I will check out those authors. Thanks.
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