Help us build a map!

We want to map all the real places in New Zealand mentioned in books. Rivers, mountains, towns and cities, famous buildings and monuments and any other spot we can add on a map.

To do so access the Great Map of New Zealand Stories and follow these very simple instructions. Before you start, make sure you have a high-resolution photo of the book cover.

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Photo: Upload a high-resolution picture of the cover (the smallest side must be at least 700px.)  If you don’t have a copy of the book at home, your Library will have it for sure.Screen 2

Title: Type the book title followed by the author’s name (Title by Author). See example in the image below. Avoid using all caps.                                                                                                Location: Enter the location/place (must be in NZ) and select the best option. You can drag the red point on the map if you need to refine the location. Play around until you are happy that the location is accurate.  Tip: add New Zealand on the search: e.g: Warkworth New ZealandScreen 3Tip: If you are looking for a place and can’t be found by searching it by name, enter the physical address and type the location’s name in the description. See example below:screen 7

Description: Add a brief description of the book (tip: search the book in your library catalogue and use their description). Include the writer’s blog/website if you know it.

At the end of the description add ‘SOURCE’ to indicate where did you get the words from, and ‘CONTRIBUTOR’ following your name. If you are using somebody else’s photo please credit them.Screen 5

Accept Terms and Conditions and submit. Entries are reviewed and will immediately show on the map.

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This is how it looks. Zoom in and out and check the changes on the right, it’s really cool.

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Have fun!

If you encounter any problems or if you don’t want to do this yourself, send us an email to thecommutingbook@gmail.com. Feedback and suggestions welcome.

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#meetawriter:::: Michele McConnochie

Michele is the author of The Strange Sagas of Sabrina Summers. She donated two copies of Saga 1 to our project, one book in a standard edition and the other one in Dyslexia-friendly version. And this caught our attention. We decided then, to talk to her about her work.

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