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How does Magpie work?


We discover and commission exceptional books that matter, released into gorgeous collections around themes that are important to us and to our readers – such as Beauty, Truth, Environment, Change and Innocence (children's books). And, inspired by Magpie's origins, our first book will launch the Sisters, we got this! collection, books that celebrate and support strong women of action.


Together with our community of readers and booklovers, we fund these works via pre-sales from our website.


Once we've reached our funding target, printed books are beautifully produced and shipped to our eagerly waiting booklovers. Digital editions are prepared earlier, during the funding campaign, and sent out as soon as they are ready.


Royalties from profits are shared with our authors and a portion of the publisher's profits goes to charities or social projects dear to our authors' hearts.


We share our crowdpublished books with the world – for sale on and elsewhere.


We love our readers and they love us. And together we love the growing library of book collections we publish.



  • How do I buy a book?

    Published Magpie books can be purchased from this website for delivery worldwide or from bookstores in New Zealand.

    Magpie books are sold in two stages: during a crowdpublishing campaign, you can buy an ebook or pre-purchase a print copy of a book from; once a book is published, copies are sold worldwide from and through New Zealand bookstores.

    Our books need support at crowdpublishing stage in order to fly, though, so to incentivise crowdpublishing sales, the crowdpublishing price is lower than the post-publication price.

  • How do I read a Magpie ebook?

    We've made it easy to get ebooks up and running on all devices, so our digital editions will be accessible to anyone with a smartphone, tablet, computer or e-reader. We provide you with two ebook formats within a compressed .zip file. Double click the .zip file to open its contents, which include easy-to-follow instructions on which file to use for your device and how to read it.

    If you have any difficulties, you can contact us for support:

  • What formats do you offer?

    When We Remember to Breathe is available in ebook (.epub and .mobi) and print format. Future formats will include audiobooks and serialisations, as appropriate to the work in question. Please see 'How do I read a Magpie ebook?' for instructions on how to use our digital formats.

  • How do I give a book as a gift?

    Print books: When you check 'Send this cart as a gift' at checkout, a pop-up window allows you to customise a lovely eCard to send to your recipient. You enter your shipping details, but we then send them a card announcing they have been gifted a book; they are then asked to supply a shipping address before the book is sent. If we don't hear from them, the book is shipped to your address. If you are certain you have the correct address, you could instead add their address in shipping details.

    If you don't wish your recipient to be sent an eCard and wish the book to be sent directly to the lucky giftee, don't check 'Send this cart as a gift' – rather, simply put their details in as the shipping address.

    Each order can specify one delivery address only, though, so if you are ordering for both yourself and for someone else, we recommend you request delivery to your own address and forward the gift copy on yourself.

    Alternatively, you can process separate transactions, with separate delivery addresses and shipping charges if you wish.

    Ebooks: We will send you an email containing links to digital versions of the book. This is a single-use link, so if you wish to gift it you can forward on to the person of your choice.

  • Where can I get my book shipped to?

    Shipping rates are calculated at checkout and will display in the currency you select (top right of page). Rates may vary, but as a general indication these are as follows:
    New Zealand: 1-3 books, NZ $4
    New Zealand: 4-17 books, NZ $8

    Australia: 1 book, NZ $8
    Australia: 2 books, NZ $11
    Australia: 3 books, NZ $13

    North America, UK and EU: 1 book, NZ $8
    North America, UK and EU: 2 books, NZ $12
    North America, UK and EU: 3 books, NZ $16

    Please note: As a New Zealand publisher, we are initially focusing on distributing in New Zealand and Australia. We have, however, also provided shipping options to North America. the United Kingdom and EU – in time we will be developing fulfilment arrangements that mean books can be shipped to these countries at local rates, but for now shipping rates for these reflect international shipping charges. Do contact us at if you wish to arrange shipment to a region not listed above.

  • When will my purchased book arrive?

    When We Remember to Breathe is funded and publishing 1 May 2019 – so, from 1 May, print books purchased from our website will be despatched immediately. In New Zealand, this means delivery via courier within 1-3 working days. Internationaly, this means delivery withing 3-10 working days.

    Ebooks are ready now and are sent out via email as soon as they are purchased.

    Pre-sales of When We Remember to Breathe were sent out to supporters of our crowdpublishing campaign in April 2019.

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

    Our store provides easy shortcuts to use if you want to pay by Pay Pal or GPay, or you can fill in your details from scratch and pay with any a debit or credit card.

  • How secure is it to buy on

    Payments are processed through, which allows you to pay via Shopify Payments powered by Stripe, and via Pay Pal or G Pay, which have comprehensive buyer protection policies.

  • How does crowdpublishing work?

    To help get our books off the ground, we invite readers to purchase ebooks and pre-purchase advance print copies. This enables us to raise funds for print production costs. Money from these pre-sales is held, pending completion of the campaign. Once we have raised sufficient funds, the print book is produced and distributed to eagerly waiting booklovers. If the goal is not reached and a campaign is unsuccessful, we refund the full amount of the print pre-purchase immediately. In the case of ebooks, these remain our readers' to enjoy. For more about how Magpie works, please see 'How We Work' in our menu.

    Because it takes between four and six months to produce, print, ship and distribute a physical book, books purchased during a crowdpublilshing campaign will arrive within up to six months of their pre-sale funding campaign closing. We note that, as a publisher, we know the ins and outs of book production – so, unlike books purchased on crowdfunding platforms, where first-time booksellers can become unstuck when it comes to delivering their books, you can trust that our books will arrive when we say they will.

  • How else can I support a book?

    In addition to buying an ebook or pre-purchasing a print book, you can also choose the 'co-publisher' option, which makes an additional contribution towards helping us reach our crowdpublishing target. And we’d love it if you would share the word about Magpie with the booklovers in your life: by inviting them to join our Facebook community, sharing our website or simply telling them about us!

  • What are the collections?

    Our first book, When We Remember to Breathe, will kick off the Sisters, we got this! collection, celebrating and supporting strong women of action.

    Future titles will appear in evolving collections, with themes such as Beauty, Truth, Environment and Innocence (children’s books).

  • Are you accepting submissions?

    Yes. Fiction, non-fiction, photographic or illustrated: if it’s beautiful and matters, we want to see it! But please note: Magpie is as-yet fledgling and is focusing on launching and crowdpublishing its first book; as such, it may take a while for us to respond. But be assured we will get back to you – we know how much your work means to you.

  • How will I know whether the book I am supporting has successfully been funded?

    We will email you when the crowdpublishing campaign for your book has finished and let you know if the funding target has been reached and the book is going into production. We will also let you know when to expect your book.

  • What happens if the funding target is not reached in time?

    If we are close to our goal, and production schedules allow, we may be able to extend the time of our pre-sale funding campaign. But if the goal is not reached and a campaign is unsuccessful, you will be refunded the full amount of your print pre-purchase immediately. Your ebook remains yours to enjoy. If you have pre-purchased both a print and an ebook, then you will be refunded the print portion of your pre-purchase.

  • Can I cancel or change my pre-purchase before the goal is met?

    No, once you have purchased an advance copy you are unable to cancel your order. We will refund an order if the campaign is unsuccessful, however, or if your book arrives in unsatisfactory condition.

  • Can I pledge money to support a book as well as buying copies?

    Yes, by all means. In our store's pre-purchase options, you can select the $50 co-publisher option - this gives you ebook + pulp, makes an additional contribution towards helping us reach our crowdpublishing target, and your name will be printed in the imprint page like bona-fide co-publisher. Just select the co-publisher option at checkout, chose the quantities that reflect how much you'd like to contribute, then sit back and bask in our vast gratitude and admiration for your discerning taste in beautiful books.