Monthly Archives: December 2012

The truth told slant: 5 tips for building a fantasy world your readers will love

by Paula Berinstein Great fantasy is like a chimera, the mythological beast that’s part lion, part goat, and part snake: it’s based on familiar components, but something is just a little off. Fantasy isn’t about making it all up. It’s about taking the known and tweaking it a bit. That’s because the best stories are the ones in which we

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Meet Kobo Writing Life author Scott Steinberg

Scott Steinberg wears a few hats. He’s the CEO of TechSavvy Global, a management consulting and market research firm, and serves as a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, universities and start-ups. Plus, he’s a bestselling author of books including The Business Expert’s Guidebook,  The Crowdfunding Bible, and The Modern Parents’ Guide, a series on how technology affects kids

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Getting it done — how to write your first novel

by Patricia McLinn Hands down, the top issue beginning novelists encounter is they don’t begin. This problem comes in two flavors: Not starting your writing session Not starting your novel. Take those in reverse order. Not starting your writing project. How should a writer start writing? With an outline/plan/synopsis? Or diving in with words? Countless would-be writers have spun writerly

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Milestone or millstone? How the first book gets written, part 2

Few would-be authors ever manage to complete that first book. Odd, though, once they have, few stop at just one. Clearly finishing your first book is a major milestone. But how do you get there? We asked several of our authors what wisdom they gained from the process of completing their first novel. Published many times over, authors Michelle Leighton, 

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Live Chat with KWL Authors via National Post

Following the National Post’s recent in-depth look at self-publishing via a reporter who has experienced it directly, Melissa Leong (AKA Wynne Channing), you can join a free live chat featuring three KWL authors. Melissa Leong (a.k.a. Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me), joins Mark Lefebvre, director of self-publishing and author relations at Kobo Inc., plus fellow self-published authors Steve

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Power Pricing: How should I price my eBooks?

Nathan Maharaj, Kobo’s own Director of Merchandising (otherwise known as Head Bookseller) put together some thoughts to answer the question he most often gets from publishers and authors: “How should I price my eBooks?” The answer: Price deliberately: Have a plan, and measure your results. Price responsively: Be prepared to react to the market. Price often: You don’t have to

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Enter the “Ask the Experts” Contest!

Feeling a little lost in the sea of digital self-publishing? Purchase The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by January 15th and you could win a 1-hour consultation with The Book Doctors, a team of publishing experts who are dedicated to helping authors get their titles successfully written, published and marketed. With years of experience in the industry behind

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The Mighty Pen – The Benefits of Writing Longhand

The Mighty Pen By Julianne MacLean If you’re a writer, you’ll probably agree that one of the biggest challenges facing authors these days is how to find the right balance between the business side of being published and the creative side—which involves the all-important task of plotting, writing, and finishing a book.  It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to

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