Writing The Stories Of Our Retirees – Would You Like Your Tales Typed Up?

Writing The Stories Of Our Retirees

Typing Your Tales Before They’re Gone

• Are you retired and full of stories?

• Want the tales of your life typed, polished and published? 

• Want to create a written keepsake before the words and memories are gone? 

Mike’s here to help. 

Often I’m called upon to capture and polish the words of people who have lived ordinary and extra-ordinary lives. I’ve helped people record stories about genealogy, family separation and reunion, war antics, careers, and lives in farming, letters and love. 

My job is to make it easy to get senior citizens’ stories written before they’re gone. 

Get in touch if you’d like me to sit with you or someone you care about and start writing. We can turn personal stories into:

 Printed books

 Electronic books (e-books)

 Websites and webpages

 Newsletters

 Social media profiles
http://www.Michaelboturwriter.com… / 021 299 0984 / mike@michaelboturwriter.com

Or book a time to see me at The Orchard Business Hub, 35 Walton Street, Whangarei

Thanks for the thanks – great clients I’ve helped with writing, proofreading, web pages and blogs

I’ve worked with lots of cool people over the past couple of years, helping Northland, Whangarei and Auckland clients to get writing jobs completed: search engine optimisation (SEO) on websites, newsletters, blogs, keywording, interviews and news media releases. 

I wanted to share some great reviews from some great clients who I’ve helped with writing services in Auckland, Whangarei, Dargaville, Kerikeri and around Northland. 


Penny Gambitsis, The Pond creative agency

I am a Senior Talent Agent for creative talent management agency, The Pond and we have had Michael on our books as a writer for several years. Mike is a very talented and versatile writer with skills spanning across marketing communications, journalism and advertising. We have booked Mike on many countless freelance opportunities over the past few years and he always does an exceptional job. Our clients enjoy working with Mike and he is a pleasure to have on our books as a creative! I couldn’t recommend him more.


Margaret Bishop, Dargaville councillor and SME owner

I recently engaged Michael Botur to help me write my 93yr old Father’s memoirs. Michael used his considerable skills, talents and compassion to create a fine collection of an amazing man’s life. Want to record your loved ones history for posterity? I highly recommend and wholeheartedly endorse Micheal Botur.


Keith Fenwick, Author

I engaged Michael to help me craft a press release for my latest novel The Colonists. Michael invested time and effort interviewing and then producing a fantastic press release for me to send off to a variety of news outlets around the country. I was extremely pleased with the result and the list of contacts that Michael supplied for me. I would recommend Michael for any writing project large or small.


Tim Baker, AgSpares

Mike has written a number of articles for us to post as blogs on our website. He provided a very quick turnaround and the research and accuracy of the articles was of a very high standard. Tim Baker, APS Group ,Whangarei.

Anne Lensink, Villa Chartered Accountants

Mike is a very talented writer who is fantastic to work with. I highly recommend Michael!

Writing journalism: still some skin in the game

I threw myself headlong studying and practising journalism in 2013-2014 (Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies through Massey University) and I published lots of solid news stories thanks to hard work. 

When I say I threw myself headlong, I mean editors asked me to jump and I would say ‘How high?’ I worked as hard as I possibly could and took every opportunity to impress the gatekeepers.

I got paid gigs doing shifts at NZME. throughout 2014, so that was cool, though the work was irregular. I experimented with trying to write news for publications outside NZME., and through a combination of bad luck and bad practice, I didn’t sink as many hoops as I wanted. In fact, I put together plenty of stories which were never published. 

There was also the problem of some people hiring me to write for them, and then those people running out of money after a couple of weeks…

Now, journalism for me was at a low ebb in 2015. It was only in 2016 that I secured an excellent job writing communications for Northland District Health Board, where I was given great challenges, the capacity to learn on the job, and I worked with big, serious, important topics and huge audiences. It was very rewarding. 

This year, I’ve come back to journalism with a passion. I set myself four goals and achieved three of those goals. 

1 – Get a story published on Noted.co.nz (Bauer Media) – achieved. 

2 – Get a long piece of journalism published on The Spinoff, and paid for it – achieved. 

3 – Publish a news story in North & South magazine, and be paid for top quality photos – achieved. 

4- Publish a news story in AA Magazine, which is one of the country’s largest mags – not achieved. D’oh! (that’s okay – the story is getting a big following on Neighbourly). 

So yeah, the point is, if you are truly passionate about an art form – such as journalism – even if you don’t achieve your goals on the first attempt, you can come back later and ace it. 


Do you need a media release written? Would you like an interview about yourself published? Get in touch with Mike – mike@michaelboturwriter.com / 021 299 0984. 

Putting out words for your business – five great free online tools you can write on

I’m a Whangarei writer offering content and copywriting services to Northland, Auckland and inbetween.

I’d like to share a few of my favourite online tools for putting your words into cyberspace completely free of charge. 

  • Eventfinda – Eventfinda is wonderful. You’ll need to have an event to list, of course, but whether one person attends or 1000, no one’s checking. Eventfinda listings go into Stuff, the Herald and Yahoo – free publicity. Awesome. 
  • Neighbourly – While we’re talking Stuff, we should discuss Neighbourly, which is owned by Stuff. As such, your Neighbourly listings, comments and photos can make it into Stuff newspapers. Free advertising, once again. We all find it a fraction annoying having to go through with the registration for Neighbourly, but it’s a great tool. And free. 
  • Google My Business – Simply awesome. This morning I’ve been writing lots of posts and tinkering with how those posts cement a business online. Pretty good for a content and copywriter in Northland to be able to put out free writing. Here’s how to get into Google My Business posts: https://business.google.com/posts. 
  • Facebook – It’s essential, and it neatly plugs into virtually any website. 
  • Your local council – Your council surely owns several media pages, including Facebook and a range of websites. Work with your council to spread word about any socially beneficial events involving your business. Give me a yell if you need a hand with the writing side of things. 

Entering the Ockham NZ Book Awards for 2019

The short story collection TRUE? by Michael Botur has been launched, and it will surely be longlisted for NZ’s premier book awards. 

Last year, after launching the short story collection Lowlife and the novel Moneyland in September and December, I was too poor to afford to enter the Ockham awards. I recall it really hurt. Lowlife would have kicked arse – surely this acclaimed short story collection would have been shortlisted or even have won an award. 

Still, though: I simply had no money, and I couldn’t bring myself to crowdfund to raise the $184 entry fee (plus twenty bucks to courier $80 worth of books to the awards organisers). 

This year, I’m coming back with a vengeance. 

I’m confident TRUE? is the most powerful and impressive short story collection of 2018 and will do well in the awards. I’ve just forked over my 184 bucks (urgh). 

Even if the literatti don’t embrace the book, every day readers and loads of supporters in Northland, Auckland, Christchurch and the UK have been massively supportive. That’s why the book is for them, firstly. Snobs come second.