New Zealand Society of Authors – Contest Winner – Robin Sisley

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The New Zealand Society of Authors established a print publishing prize in order to create a great opportunity for a New Zealand writer. This unique award was for an unpublished manuscript to be taken through to a published form and offered for sale in print form throughout New Zealand. The NZ Authors were delighted to be able to offer the award again this year via a sponsorship from Kobo that helped to create a print book made available for sale in New Zealand and the e-book published to Kobo's global catalog through Kobo Writing Life platform. The award, administered by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZ Authors) aims to recognize excellence in creative writing and create a launching pad for writers’ careers. Kobo would like to congratulate all of the contestants on … [Read more...]

Star Reporter Kevin Donovan Publishes Murder Mystery

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Two murder cases I covered for the Toronto Star quite early in my career were the inspiration for the plot of The Dead Times, my new mystery thriller. There was heartbreak and mystery in both killings and I wondered: what if these crimes were linked? What would be a reason to commit these seemingly random murders? This is the mystery I charged my creation, Jack Temple, with solving. Temple is a homicide cop turned reporter, struggling to live a life on the other side of the yellow police tape. In my thirty years as an investigative reporter I have had my share of scrapes, failures and victories. I have been shot at, punched, yelled at and threatened with death. I have dined with killers and royalty, tracked an axe murderer and stray wolves through the bush. I have been woken up in the … [Read more...]

2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

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The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest of its kind in the world. Authors, agents, publishers, and industry professionals from all over the globe come together in Germany for talks, workshops, networking, and the celebration of books. Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life, spent time at the Kobo booth chairing talks with bestselling authors, meeting with aspiring writers or confirmed hybrid authors, and many more events. Here’s an overview of the busy days in Frankfurt: Self-Publishing in Germany: How To Get Started? Two of the most famous self-published authors in Germany, Emily Bold and Nika Lubitsch, shared views about the German market for independent authors: Digital publishing and self-publishing have grown a lot recently in Germany, but it might … [Read more...]

Shopping in a Literary Farmers’ Market

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By JJ Marsh There is a trend around the world these days to seek out the local, the eccentric, the home-made. It’s a natural reaction to globalisation and the drive for relentless uniformity. Those apples from the market garden down the road might be a bit misshapen, but they’re a variety the big growers no longer cultivate. Their cauliflower might occasionally harbour an alarming-looking caterpillar, but they were freshly harvested only a few hours ago. And it all tastes marvellous. That hand-made whatnot from the craft fair might have flaws no machine process would permit, but the craftsman will share their techniques and even encourage you to learn some of these skills for yourself. So, what if you could do the same thing with books? What if in one place you could find the … [Read more...]

2014 Author Walk of Fame

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For the second time, Kobo Writing Life awarded a star on Frankfurt Book Fair’s Walk of Fame to two bestselling authors: Joanna Penn and Matthias Matting, in the flurry of camera flashes. Check out the photos below and find out more about Matthias Matting and Joanna Penn in their interviews with KWL European Manager Camille Mofidi. Interview with Matthias Matting What is the situation of the German market in terms of eBooks and self-publishing in 2014? The German market has matured in the last year, even if it still lies 2 years behind the US and UK. But the German market also has its own specificities like the fixed price law: “Buchpreisbindungsgesetz.” This past year, there has been a boom in Germany’s self-publishing scene. Which strategy should indie authors be using … [Read more...]

National Novel Writing Month

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November 1st marks the start of the exciting National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. Kobo Writing Life is sponsoring this epic race for writers, and we have put together our own team who will be participating.   Introducing the Kobo Writing Life KoboWriMo Team: Mark Lefebvre, Director, Kobo Writing Life Kobo HQ: Toronto, Canada Preparation so far: I re-read Evasion, making notes about specific details that I need to ensure are consistent in the sequel. I wrote up about three pages of ideas and concepts that I’ll use to move the plot forward and also fill in details of questions and mysteries that are raised in the first book. But I also made a few notes to ensure that the book could stand alone as a self-contained thriller without having to rely on the reader … [Read more...]

Horror Selfies: Because Not Reading is Scary!

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The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has recently launched the Horror Selfies campaign, just in time for the Halloween season, in an effort to highlight the exceptional work, both literary and cinematic, produced by the horror genre. Inspired by the popular “Say it with a Sign” meme—used by everyone from Ellen DeGeneres and Jon Bon Jovi, to David Beckham and Princes William and Harry—the HWA is utilizing the vast reach of social media to provide a platform through which people can tell the world why they love horror. The HWA put out the call to authors and readers, actors and directors, fans and followers, to submit a selfie in which they hold a sign encouraging others to read horror/dark fantasy, to watch horror movies, or to write horror. Additionally, the HWA is also encouraging … [Read more...]

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