Recent changes in the educational and children's book publishing industry is seeing Wellington emerge as the centre for this kind of publishing in New Zealand. A number of Auckland-based publishers of work for children have either merged or relocated to Australia.
Meanwhile, Learning Media and Mallinson Rendel in Wellington have recently been joined by Gecko, Gult Edge, South Pacific Press, and others. Of the 2,394 book titles published last year in New Zealand, 913 were educational and/or for children. Why not join the move?
For Wellington writers interested in developing careers as professional writers of children's books, taking the time to turn up to a lecture by Joy Cowley, New Zealand's most successful educational/children's book crossover writer, is highly recommended. On Monday, August 25, Joy is going to explain how to get into this field if you are not in it, already - and how to further develop your writing career, if you are. See her at the Upper Chamber, Toi Poneke, Wellington Arts Centre, 67-69 Abel Smith Street, at 7:30 pm. Entry $5 ($3 for NZSA/PEN members.)