Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 026 – Important Things To Know About eBook Publishing

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  Kobo and Kobo Writing Life have long been known for being open, social and collaborative. And this episode of the Kobo Writing Life podcast is no exception. In fact, to start 2015 off on the right foot, we thought it would be useful, in our ongoing communication with authors regarding the importance of making your work available on multiple platforms, and not just on Kindle, to help with that. This episode contains a collection of tips curated from the Author Marketing Podcast by Author Marketing Institute founder Jim Kukral covering tips and things you might not know about publishing a book to Kobo, Nook (Barnes & Noble), iBooks (Apple) and Google Play. Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre sets up the various clips from Jim's fantastic podcast. The tips that Jim … [Read more...]

My Writing Life: David Farland

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When did you first discover your love for writing? Is there any particular book that made you want to become a writer? When I was a teenager, my brother-in-law forced me to read Tolkien's LORD OF THE RINGS, and after that I went looking for fantasy titles. It would be impossible to describe all of the books that I fell in love with, but certainly some of the standouts would be works by Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen R. Donaldson, Carlos Castenada, and Frank Herbert. Later I picked up on Orson Scott Card and a host of newer writers. So at 16 I caught the reading bug, and by the time that I was seventeen I literally had a hard time finding new works of fantasy and science fiction to read . . . so I began to make up my own. My first novel that I began to write was called A WIZARD IN … [Read more...]

Subway Scribbles

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By Lydia Laceby “You have to make the time.” It’s something you hear writers utter when asked how they find the time to write a novel. Whether it’s at midnight with a glass of wine when the kids are in bed, or in the wee hours of the morning before they’re up demanding breakfast; whether you take one evening a week away from your spouse or one morning on a weekend and ignore the housework. You have to make the time. Your novel will never get written otherwise. And in my experience, I have found this to be true. You can always find thousands of reasons not to write, particularly in this age of social media. But you have to sacrifice something. Sleep, cleaning, sex, cooking, exercising, spending time with your mother — something has to give. For me, that sacrifice is in the … [Read more...]

The Sunburst Award – Literature of the Fantastic

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By Rebecca Simkin As great as it is that so many books are published every year, it can be difficult to choose what to read. We hope that one of the unintended side-benefits of the Sunburst Awards is that it makes these decisions easier—especially if you like your reading to be fantastic and written by Canadians. The Sunburst Awards showcase literature of the fantastic written by Canadians. Of course, as typical Canadians, we use the broadest definitions of Canadian and literature of the fantastic: If you are born in Canada—no matter where you currently live—then you are Canadian. Congratulations! It's a wonderful thing to be!  Literatures of the fantastic include fabulism, fantasy, magic realism, science fiction, speculative fiction, and supernatural horror. We list as many of … [Read more...]

KWL Blog from 2014 In Review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it. The top blog posts in 2014 were: 10 Winning Ways to Open Your Novel (Craft of Writing) This article, by Darcy Pattison, outlines tips from her book Start Your Novel and lists a number of ways to start novels, giving examples from the top 100 opening lines of all times. Twisting the Plot for a Great Mystery (Craft of Writing) Connie Shelton's article covers the elements of what makes a good mystery with a focus on great plot twists. Six Tips for Engaging Readers within two seconds: … [Read more...]

Most Read Titles

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Take a look at the following book covers and ask the question:  What do these ten books have in common?                           The answer:  They are ten of the most completed books from all of the better selling titles published through Kobo Writing Life. His Every Touch - Kelly Favor Conspiracy - Lindsay Buroker Charade - Nyrae Dawn Fragments - Monique Martin Dream of You - Kate Perry Up In Flames - Nicole Williams Tempt Me - Olivia Cunning Dead Heat - Kathleen Brooks The Tycoon's Vacation - Melody Anne Coming Out - Tracie Puckett   Based on analysis of reading activity for these titles, these books count among the most … [Read more...]

My Writing Life: James Calbraith

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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'd have to find my old notebooks to tell for sure, but I think I was about 10 when I started writing short stories. I never really stopped. I’ve wanted to be many things since then—a theoretical physicist, an archaeologist, a programmer, a lazy layabout—but it always comes back to writing stories. I read whatever I could get my hands on, and most of the names are now obscure to all but the most devoted fans: Robert Sheckley, Harry Harrison, Gordon Dickson. I didn't try to write a proper novel until I was much older, and the transition from short to long form took me ages. Where do you get your story ideas? For the past few years, almost all of my ideas come from … [Read more...]

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