How to Host a Platform Party

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How can authors target readers on a specific platform? What’s the best way to educate your audience about their book-buying and eReader options, to ensure they’re happy with their digital reading experience? … [Read more...]

I Have a Big Anniversary Coming Up.

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By Kate Hilton On May 7th, it will be exactly two years since I self-published The Hole in the Middle. I remember it vividly. I was excited and proud and absolutely terrified. Self-publishing took every bit of courage that I had, pushed me far beyond the limits of what was comfortable or familiar, and changed my life. Self-publishing was also the smartest career move I could have made to establish myself as a writer. Sometime around my 40th birthday, I decided that I wanted to write a novel. I wanted it badly enough to hire a babysitter and write on Sunday afternoons for a three hour block, for three years, until I had a book that was ready for a wider audience. And then I set about submitting it to agents. For a lot of my life, people (notably my mother, but others as well) have … [Read more...]

GMC: The Swiss Army Knife of Writing Tools

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by Chris Mandeville One of the best things I ever did for my fiction writing was determine what my main character wants, why she wants it, and what’s in the way of her getting it. Figuring this out helped me know my character better (obviously), but also helped me to plot more effectively, build tougher villains, raise the stakes, and increase tension in my story. And I accomplished all this through the use of one tiny but powerful tool, “GMC.” I guess you could say GMC is the Swiss Army Knife of writing tools—compact, multi-functional, indispensable, and fits neatly in your pocket. I never leave home without it. And now you can have one, too. But it’s not sold for a low, low price via a very special television offer that’s only good for the next ten minutes. No, it’s available in … [Read more...]

To Submit or Not to Submit: 5 Arguments for Entering Writing Contests

By Shayna Krishnasamy When I was a young creative writing student I used to keep track of all the writing contests. I'd bookmark the contest pages on the websites of all the literary magazines. I'd make lists of due dates, word count limitations, themes, restrictions. Sometimes I'd even print out the submission forms. But did I ever actually send in a submission? Well... If you're a new writer, a writing student, or just nervous about sharing your work for the first time, submitting your story or novel to a writing contest can be incredibly daunting. You might find yourself coming up with any excuse to avoid actually submitting your work. You'll convince yourself that your story isn't polished enough, your first chapter doesn't have enough of a hook, you don't know how to write a … [Read more...]

How To Get Difficult Books Into The Media

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In an increasingly commercial and competitive media-sphere, getting media coverage for ‘difficult books’—books not written by established authors and not published by well-known publishers—might strike independent authors as mission impossible. However, many creative ways can be found to reach your desired audience. … [Read more...]

Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do: An Author’s Explanation

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Most people who don’t write think they have a basic understanding of what it is to be a writer. A writer writes books. A writer toils over her manuscript. A writer tells stories. A writer uses her imagination. Though these things are true of writers, it hardly scrapes the surface of what being a writer really means. Given the long hours, possible misery, minimal praise, and general neurosis that comes of living the writing life, maybe it’s time we talk a little about what’s so fantastic about being a writer, and why we crazies are so intent on following this crooked and meandering path. We are Explorers As writers, we get to explore parts of the world others only dream about. From the safety of our desks we wander dripping jungle paths, sail around the world, fight in battles long … [Read more...]

Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It

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by Chris Mandeville Welcome to “Tools for Writers,” a new semi-regular feature of Kobo Writing Life. I begin this series by sharing a tool that can help in any stage of fiction writing. I’d like to say it’s my best-kept writing secret, but that would be a lie. The “secret” is a basic pattern found over centuries in narratives around the world that’s come to be known as “The Hero’s Journey.” It’s a structure so fundamental to fiction, it was embedded in my subconscious before I could read, when my dad told me bedtime stories. This structure was then cemented by the books I grew up on: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Wrinkle in Time, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games. (Okay, you caught me — I was already grown up for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.) When … [Read more...]

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