Enter Kobo’s “Win Free ePub Creation for Illustrated Books with Aquafadas” Contest

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Do you have an amazing idea for an illustrated book (comics, children, travel guide, cook book, etc.), but need technical support to make it live? Are you looking for an easy way to publish your illustrated book into digital format and distribute it across tablets, smartphones and the Web? Here is your chance! Enter Kobo’s “Win Free ePub Creation for Illustrated Books with Aquafadas” Contest, for an amazing opportunity to get access to a turnkey tool that will help you create and publish your illustrated book digitally. TWENTY lucky winners will receive a free license for the Cloud Authoring tool from Aquafadas. Cloud Authoring is a content creation tool designed for anyone looking to publish an eBook easily by converting PDF files into digital format and distribute across tablets, … [Read more...]

Get published in both ebook and paperback with The Open Day Competition

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SilverWood Books and Kobo Writing Life are delighted to extend their Open Day Competition prize to include a paperback edition, printed by Berforts Information Press. The Winner of The Open Day Competition receives a copy-edit, professional cover design, and publication as an ebook and short-run paperback. The Runner Up prize receives a Kobo Aura H2O. The closing date is 31 December, and the SilverWood team are looking forward to reviewing the entries in detail and choosing a shortlist for the judging panel. SilverWood Books has worked with Berforts Information Press for several years, producing short run and lithographic paperback and hardback editions. Publishing Director Helen Hart says, "We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the Berforts team. To be able to offer an … [Read more...]

whitefox presents “The Amulet of Sleep”

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whitefox are pleased to announce UK publication of the first volume in Andrea Atzori‘s fantasy YA series: The Amulet of Sleep     The Amulet of Sleep is the opening book in the Iskìda of the Land of Nurak trilogy, a series of epic fantasy novels for YA readers. Already award-winning in Italy, Andrea Atzori’s home country, the books look set to join the booming market for genre fiction. Having found success after publishing traditionally in Italian, Atzori turned his sights internationally.   Andrea saw the UK’s ever-increasing appetite for magical fiction as the perfect fit for his venture into independent, foreign self-publishing. Set in an elaborately constructed world rendolent of The Lord of The Rings and The Hunger Games, The Amulet of Sleep will not … [Read more...]

Ann-Marie MacDonald On Writing Aspects Of Yourself Into Your Novel

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By Jenn Shenouda It’s hard to be a writer and not come across that old cliché “write what you know” at least once in your career. If you are strapped for time or looking for inspiration however, there may just be a bit of gold left to mine in that overused piece of advice. Look at it this way: your life history is already at your fingertips.  You are probably the most fleshed-out character that you’ll ever meet.  And because your research is mostly in your head, All you have to do to access it is to remember—to do a bit of snooping into your own psyche and see what’s there for the taking. Just ask, Ann-Marie MacDonald—author of the widely acclaimed new novel Adult Onset. More than a decade removed since her last novel The Way the Crow Flies, Adult Onset is just as much a … [Read more...]

My Writing Life: Alison Morton

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When did you first discover a love of writing? Is there a particular book that made you want to become a writer? I've been writing all my life. I came to novel writing after seeing a particularly dire film. ‘I could do better that that,’ I whispered to my husband in the cinema theatre. ‘So why don’t you?’ he replied. Three months later, I'd written the first draft of Inceptio, my first book. A writing friend dragged me into the local writing group the evening I finished it. I survived the ordeal of reading the first chapter of my novel aloud, to strangers! I was in. Where do you get your story ideas? The whole concept of Roma Nova, a 21st century mini-state based on Roman values and run by women, has been forming in my head for the past 20 years. I'm consumed by a fascination of … [Read more...]

How to Turn “Real Life” into Bestselling Fiction: 7 Do’s and Don’ts

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by Ruth Harris  As I would find out when I wrote Decades, creating a novel based on “real life” is much more than simply recounting the story. Having no guidelines at the time I wrote Decades, I stumbled through the process, made many mistakes along the way, and, through trial and error, figured out some do’s and don'ts. Do be a good listener—and don’t gossip Decades is a story of a passionate triangle. Coincidentally, I knew all three people involved, two much better than the third. The three were:  a restless husband, the insecure rich girl he marries on his way up, and an attractive fashion editor, the younger "other woman.” Two of them told me “their” versions. Because they knew they could trust me not to gossip, they felt free to confide their innermost thoughts and … [Read more...]

Wattpad: A Powerful Tool for Book Marketing

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By Linda Poitevin If you’re a writer and you haven’t yet heard of Wattpad (or you’ve heard of it but dismissed it), you’re not alone...and you may be missing out on a fantastic marketing opportunity. What is this weirdly named Wattpad? Essentially it’s a social media platform for readers and writers. Based in Toronto, Canada, it began in 2009 and currently has 35 million users spanning the globe. Writers share their stories for free, and readers can vote for those stories and/or leave comments and feedback. The platform is hugely popular with the young adult and fanfic crowd, but its reach is growing rapidly, and such heavyweights as Margaret Atwood and bestsellers Scott Westerfeld, Julie Kenner, Colleen Hoover and others are now offering their works there. Sounds like a pretty … [Read more...]

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