I’d Rather Not Be Talking to You but I’m Writing This Book: How a Shy Writer Tackles Research

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By Shayna Krishnasamy When I first started writing in high school I would often find myself restricting my stories to the only subjects I understood: family life, adolescent girl cliques, suburbia. I did this because the idea of pretending knowledge of a subject I didn’t understand inside and out—like, say, the police force, or scuba diving, or ballet school—made me terribly nervous, and the things I would have to do to research such topics seemed impossible. I was the girl who would … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Getting Press in a New Era of Publishing

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By Brian J. D’Souza Back when I attended a publishing program at a Toronto university, we had a class led by an agent and his assistant where they devoted an entire lecture to the subject of “handholding authors.” We went through a series of exercises where the assistant read through “real” (embellished) case studies involving difficult/emotionally fragile authors who needed to be rescued. Examples ranged from authors who struggled with public relations, doing media and having their writing … [Read more...]

Louise Penny on Silencing the Writer’s Inner Critic

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By Jennifer Shenouda For some, what begins as a case of writer’s block can quickly evolve into full-on writer’s paralysis, the inability to move forward with a project due to an author’s crippling self-doubt. Perhaps it’s a misguided form of self-protection to imagine the worst possible reaction to one’s work before it happens—if only to lessen the blow of not getting it right the first time (or second, or third, or fourth). Nevertheless, it is a feeling all too common for authors; an … [Read more...]

Kobo and Entreescritores Join Forces to Enhance the Self-Publishing Experience

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Kobo Writing Life is delighted to announce a new partnership in Spain with Entreescritores.com, a social network for Spanish readers to review new authors and books. Through this partnership, both platforms seek to encourage novice authors to improve their work through feedback from readers’ reviews, enabling them to take the next step in their literary careers by selling their books professionally. The best books published and reviewed on Entreescritores then get published and sold at … [Read more...]

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