So, About That Cover: A Cover Artist Weighs in On Typography

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We've said it before and we'll say it again: Authors planning to self-publish should not make their own book covers. That's what professional cover artists are for! However, even if you're letting someone else take over the design and creation of your cover, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be well-informed about the process. Understanding how book covers are designed and why certain aesthetic choices are made can only help authors make the right choices when hiring a cover artist and … [Read more...]

Market In Ways That Work For You

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By Kate Larking When people hear that my marketing research revolves around marketing and promotion for fiction authors, the first question is usually akin to this: “Do I need to _______? I’ve been told I need to ________ to sell books.” What is the ______? It could be: Blog every day Keep a website Be on Twitter Have a Facebook Page Host giveaways Buy advertising on Google Manage an Instagram account for my cat I’ve heard all of these and more. But the main thing it … [Read more...]

The Open Day Writing Competition – Panel of Judges

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The Open Day Competition is looking for good writing, and an exciting voice…a born storyteller who can engage the reader from page one and build on that in the pages that follow. The 'hook' of the opening chapter is vital in today's competitive market, especially if a writer is focusing on digital publishing. An appealing synopsis is also more important than ever, especially when browsing on the Internet. Besides being the official presentation of your book, it is one of the most valuable … [Read more...]

Fright for your Write: Part 2 (The Horror Element)

By Craig Dilouie We're starting with the fun stuff: the horror element. Make people face the fantastic with high stakes, and you've got the setup for a thriller. Make the fantastic horrifying, and you've got horror. Make the horror impose a constant threat of death, and you've got survival horror. Make the element a ghost, demon, etc., and you've got supernatural horror. Make the horrifying element a global threat, and you've got apocalyptic horror. Make the horror something that's largely … [Read more...]

My Writing Life: Jen Minkman

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Jen Minkman writes paranormal romance, dystopian fiction and poetry. She is from the Netherlands and self-publishes her work in English. Her works are available in paperback & digital format. When did you first discover a love of writing? Is there a particular book that made you want to become a writer? I started writing when I was very young. I was always busy either reading a book or coming up with a story of my own. I can't remember reading one particular book that made me wanted … [Read more...]

Gone Writing

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By Mark Lefebvre One of the things I most love about my job is when serendipity leads to an amazing opportunity for a talented writer to be put in front of new readers. Kobo recently launched an amazing promotion that has partially been a celebration of the new movie version of the bestselling thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and partially a way to celebrate the release of our new deluxe waterproof eReader, the Kobo Auro H20.  (I'm certain if you're familiar with the novel, you can … [Read more...]

Fright for your Write: Part 1 (Why Do We Read/Write Horror?)

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By Craig Dilouie I recently had the opportunity to give a presentation at the When Words Collide writers' conference in Calgary, Alberta. The topic? How to scare people with words. Specifically, how to write a horror novel. When I tell people I write horror, I sometimes get a funny look. See, horror writers are the serial killers of the fiction world. People say, "He's such a nice, mild-mannered guy. I lived next to him for years. I never suspected he wrote horror." Why do I write … [Read more...]

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