My new YA title

I find the decision by Whitcoulls to not stock my new YA title ‘Make a Hard Fist’ – as it’s possibly too confronting and therefore a hard sell – to be a disturbing trend for New Zealand publishing. So does this mean that Whitcoulls are actually dictating the terms of what we publish in New Zealand? If they don’t take a title because it’s a hard sell, then publishers here (as we’ve seen) will be selling books that are tending towards the bland end of the spectrum, the safe approach, presumably to sell less confrontational books more easily to Whitcoulls. So, what about Patrick Ness, as an example – will Whitcoulls not sell his books because they are confronting? No, because he is an overseas author, and thus accessing a larger market segment than boring old Whitcoulls. What can you do? Go into Whitcoulls and order my book!MAHF_cover

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2 Responses to My new YA title

  1. Penny MG says:

    Yes, it is confronting, and oh dear, empowering for young women too…
    Big giants dictating publications? How very ‘1984’ of them – I hope this ends for you soon Tina.

  2. Carole says:

    Hi Tina, I found this an interesting article to read. They also refused to stock my 2nd novel too. It was about a soldier with PTSD. I think it stinks that all the other books stores stock it except them. I won’t shop in their stores now. There is plenty of competition, so I’ll use that. Terrible that they dictate what their customers have access to.

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