Indies for indies: the latest news on KWL bookstore events

We can help self-published authors work with and support their local independent bookstore.  Through our partnership with the American Booksellers Association, authors can work with booksellers to sell their eBooks through the store’s website. Both parties benefit from the sales, and the authors can enjoy a real presence in–and an active relationship with–the bookstore and their local community.

The partnership between independent bookstores, independent authors, and Kobo Writing Life is an important one – the promotion of one helps the promotion of all, we believe, and by helping each other reach more readers, we make all three stronger. Your success is our success.

You may remember the announcement in September that Kobo Writing Life would be coordinating events bringing together local indie bookstores and authors, to make the most of our partnership with the American Booksellers Association. We absolutely love giving KWL authors this opportunity to promote their eBooks in bookstores, and spreading the word that you can support your local indie bookstore by buying books through kobo.com.

Following our inaugural event at Jan’s Paperbacks in November, KWL US Manager Christine Munroe has organized two more successful events, with many more to come, and we want to fill you in on all of the details!

In December, WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn hosted a packed crowd, eager to hear all about NYT bestselling author Barry Lyga’s experience as a hybrid author.

Barry reads from his first novel for adults, UNSOUL’D

Barry reads from his first novel for adults, UNSOUL’D

Following a reading of Barry’s first self-published book, UNSOUL’D, Christine joined him onstage for a Q&A session about self-publishing.

Barry and Christine celebrate what Barry described as a “terrific event.”

Barry and Christine celebrate what Barry described as a “terrific event.”

2014 got off to a great start with a huge KWL event at Housing Works Bookstore Café in NYC. Christine moderated a panel of local eBook and self-publishing experts: Miral Sattar from BiblioCrunch, Mary Cummings from Diversion Books, Oren Berman of Authoright, and indie author Nathaniel Kressen, who runs Second Skin Books.

Christine, Mary, Miral, Oren, and Nathaniel share tips about valuable resources available to self-published authors.

Christine, Mary, Miral, Oren, and Nathaniel share tips about valuable resources available to self-published authors.

A lively crowd of over 100 indie authors and publishing professionals learned about the vast array of options available to authors today.

Over 100 attendees gathered at Housing Works Bookstore Café.

Over 100 attendees gathered at Housing Works Bookstore Café.

NEXT ON THE CALENDAR

Each of these events will feature an eReader giveaway, free eBooks, and more, so please join us if you’re in the area:

Village Books

Bellingham, WA

Saturday, January 25, 12:00-3:00pm

Event details

 Tattered Cover

Colfax Ave, Denver, CO

Tuesday, February 4, 7:30pm

Event details

 More to come! Stay tuned…

Bookstores interested in hosting a KWL-sponsored event should contact Christine at cmunroe@kobo.com

Comments

  1. Reblogged this on YOURS IN STORYTELLING… and commented:
    This is something I’d LOVE to see in Halifax!

  2. I’d love to see something like this happening in Halifax – but I’m not sure if we’ve got a LARGE enough indie bookstore to accommodate any sort of a crowd.

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  1. […] on this partnership by bringing together local indie authors and bookstores. I blogged about it here and here, and the ABA wrote about it, too. I have several events planned throughout 2014, so keep […]

  2. […] Indies for indies: the latest news on KWL bookstore events […]

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