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Greetings from Escalator Press, July 2017
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L.J. Ritchie Nominated for NZCYA Award
Join Escalator Press at Poetry Day 2017
Publisher's Corner:
Mary-Jane Duffy
Like Nobody's Watching Nominated For NZCYA Award
Escalator Press have recently been celebrating the success of their author, L.J. Ritchie. His first novel, Like Nobody’s Watching, has been shortlisted for the Copyright Licensing NZ Award for Young Adult Fiction as well as the Best First Book Award in the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults (NZCYA). The winner of each award walks away with $7,500.

We caught up with L.J. Ritchie to see how he is taking the news. Currently hard at work on his second novel, Ritchie said it was ‘a big surprise’ to be told he was a finalist in the NZCYA, especially in such esteemed company as Maurice Gee in the Best Young Adult Fiction category. Ritchie hopes that the positive buzz around the prestigious awards will encourage readers to engage
 with his next Young Adult novel, an alternate-history thriller about eugenics in New Zealand during the Great Depression. 

Escalator Press publisher Adrienne Jansen expressed her delight at the nomination, saying she is ‘very proud of Like Nobody’s Watching’ as a ‘great read that also asks big questions’. As Ritchie’s first book, she thinks it is ‘just the start’ of a successful career.

The 2017 NZCYA winners will be announced on August 14th. We wish Ritchie, and all other finalists, the greatest of luck.
Poetry Day 2017
Win Dinner and a Cruise for Two! 
Cruise on in to the National Library on August 25th and help us celebrate National Poetry Day with Escalator Press author Rob Hack and new publisher Landing Press. Think of a word relating to the sea and drop it in the giant origami boat on display in the foyer. You’ll receive a poem and a biscuit straight away! You’ll also be in the draw to win a dinner for two on a boat in Mana. The origami boat will be on display from 10am to 4pm. Click here for more info. 
Publisher's Corner
An Interview with Escalator Press Publisher Mary-Jane Duffy
How does Escalator Press work? 
We’ve developed a cooperative press run by a small but very skilled group, with a new financial model that is working well. There is a very good relationship between Escalator Press and the Whitireia Publishing course that produces our books. We’ve been on a steep learning curve but we’re making gains all the time. I think it was an ambitious idea that we have made work very well.

How do you strive to make Escalator Press stand out from other publishing houses? 
We want to stand out as a publisher that produces really good reads, with high production values and excellent editing. But we also want to promote new voices and perspectives not well represented in the New Zealand writing landscape.
 
We have a broad view of New Zealand writing. Our authors are from England, USA, and Australia as well as New Zealand, and our books have been set in Iraq and England, New York and California, as well as locally.
 
We also want to support our authors well – by running a workshop on websites, providing tutorials on interview skills, meeting together once or twice a year to talk writing. And we pay them – regularly.

What publications and achievements are you most proud of? 
Of course we’re proud of Like Nobody’s Watching, shortlisted in this year’s New Zealand Children and Young Adult Book Awards. But every book has had successes. And we’re particularly proud of our authors. All of them not only write well, they also speak well. We think they’re a pretty remarkable bunch.
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Escalator Press was inspired by, and is an imprint of, the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme. It publishes work by new and established writers associated with Whitireia. 
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