My Speech at the SilverWood Books Open Day

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We loved sharing the stage with Debbie Young at the recent SilverWood Books Open House – here are her thoughts and the text of her amazing talk, right from Debbie’s blog.

Originally posted on Debbie Young's Writing Life:

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Shameless self-promotion of my handbook for authors, “Sell Your Books!” Photo copyright http://www.rebeccamillar.com

A post to follow up the recent Open Day at Foyles Bristol bookshop, organised by the author services company SilverWood Books

Last Saturday I was very pleased to be the opening speaker in SilverWood Books‘ autumn Open Day, which offered a great line-up of experts on writing and self-publishing. Thanks to the generous support of Foyles’ Bristol branch, SilverWood’s publishing director and her wonderful team were able to provide the event free of charge, creating a rare opportunity for a valuable learning experience affordable even to the most impoverished aspiring author.

This was a characteristically generous move from SilverWood, which not only helps authors self-publish beautiful books to a professional standard, but also offers lots of free information and advice on their website’s Learning Zone. They also publish, through their SilverWood Originals imprint, a range of…

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FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR SELF-PUBLISHING AND AUTHOR PROGRAM

Frankfurt LogoKobo Writing Life is delighted to take part in Frankfurt Book Fair and to support the Fair’s International Self-Publishing and Author program on this occasion.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR KWL AUTHORS

The program includes:

  • Tours through Hall 8.0, with stops at key self-publishing companies
  • Face-to-face meetings with publishing professionals, service providers and fellow authors
  • Industry discussions on global self-publishing trends
  • Seminars with how-to advice and best practices for authors
  • Networking receptions for authors, publishers, service providers and agents

KWL is thrilled to offer 10 free tickets for KWL authors. Tickets can be ordered on the website: http://www.buchmesse.de/en/Focus_on/more_topics/self-publishing/ by entering the promotional code SelfPublishing14Kobo before proceeding with registration.

Besides this offer, KWL authors can benefit from a 10% discount with the promo code Self-Publishing14Discount10.  Tickets are on sale at: www.book-fair.com/selfpublishing.

SESSION AND SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, 10 October at 1:40 pm: Industry Hard Talk: Authors Today and Where we are headed Tomorrow

Speakers include Michael Tamblyn (President and Chief Content Officer, Kobo Inc.), Gareth Howard (CEO, Authoright), Amanda Ridout (CEO, Head of Zeus)

Friday, 10 October at 2:40 pm: From Inspiration to Discovery: A Step-by-step Guide

Speakers include Colin Eustace (General Manager, Barnes & Noble S.A.R.L.), Patrick Brown (Director of Author Marketing, Goodreads)

Friday, 10 October at 3:40 pm: The Literary Agent’s Wish List: 10 Things we would like to say to every emerging Writer

Speakers include Cathryn Summerhayes (literary agents, William Morris Endeavor), Sophie Lambert (literary agent, Conville & Walsh)

Saturday, 11 October at 10:30 am: Self-Publishing Process: Step-By-Step Best Practices

A discussion with self-publishing expert Alison Baverstock that will address how authors can structure their publishing process in order to get the most out of their work.

Saturday, 11 October at 1:00 pm: Mini-Ignite! Session on Self-Publishing Start-ups

Moderated by Publishing Perspectives editor-in-chief, Edward Nawotka, this session will highlight up-and-coming start-ups working in self-publishing.

Saturday, 11 October at 1:30 pm: Self-Publishing Success with Kobo Writing Life: Tips & Tricks on Digital Self-Publishing

A presentation by Kobo Writing Life’s European Manager Camille Mofidi on the fundamentals of digital self-publishing and how to grow an international audience as an independent author.

For more information about the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, as well as the International Self-Publishing & Author Program, download the Authors Guide to the Frankfurt Book Fair: http://bit.ly/authorguide-FBF-09-2014

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Kobo Writing Life will also be hosting authors’ talks and workshops on the Kobo booth (Hall 8.0 – G39) during the fair.

Come and meet us on this occasion to talk about your books or learn more on self-publishing!

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Open Day Writing Competition

 

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To celebrate the 2014 Writing & Self-Publishing Open Day, Kobo Writing Life and SilverWood Books are delighted to announce an exciting new writing competition.

The Open Day Writing Competition is geared towards original, unpublished or self-published, fictional, English language manuscripts.  The manuscript submitted must be the entrant’s own work, and the entrant must own the copyright to all work in its entirety.

One Winner and one Runner Up will be selected by a dedicated review panel on the basis of the combined strength of the synopsis and the single chapter submitted.

The First Prize will be a SilverWood-produced ebook published with KWL. The Runner Up will receive a new Kobo Aura H2O as prize.

Entrants are to submit a single page synopsis (no longer than 500 words) of the plot of the book they would like to publish along with first chapter (no longer than 5,000 words). Entries must be submitted as a single Word document containing synopsis and first chapter with page 1 being the title page containing the entrant’s full contact details, title of work and author name.
 

To enter the competition and submit your manuscript please use this form

The deadline to enter the Open Day Writing Competition is on December 31st, 2014

Authors can read here the full Terms and Conditions of the Open Day Writing Competition

 

 

 

 About SilverWood Books 

SilverWood Books provides self-funding authors with professional publishing services – expertly produced print and ebooks, designed, formatted and finished to the highest publishing industry standards. SilverWood works with a range of individual authors and organisations, including poets, novelists, financial institutions, mainstream authors and charitable enterprises.

SilverWood’s ebook conversion service ensures that each book is carefully laid out and formatted by hand (taking care to preserve features which can be lost in auto-conversion, such as page breaks, indents, italic or bold text, and correct line spacing). Files can be passed directly to the author for upload to Kobo Writing Life. Hardback and paperback editions are prepared and published with the same care and expertise as they would be in a mainstream publishing house. For more information please visit www.silverwoodbooks.co.uk.

READ HOPE, WIN A KOBO H2O AND $5000: Kobo’s Going Going Gone Contest, featuring Hope Sze

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We are delighted to have worked with KWL author Melissa Yi on this exciting project, helping more readers discover her amazing Hope Sze character and a chance for someone to win $5000 and a Kobo Aura H2O . . .

Originally posted on Melissa Yuan-Innes, Writer:

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1. Do you like money?

2. Do you love to read? Like, all the time? At the beach, or in the bath, even?

3. Do you like my crime-fighting doctor, Hope Sze?

Well, now you can scoop up $5000 and read about Hope under the Atlantic Ocean, if you want to, through the generosity and creative engineering of Kobo!

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This is my Cinderella moment, so bear with me. I am so excited about this.

You could win five thousand dollars and a Kobo with Hope Sze, thanks to Kobo’s Going Going Gone contest!

Download three Hope Sze Gone Fishing mystery stories for free, solve one riddle per story, and you could win five thousand large and the world’s splashiest e-reader, the waterproof Kobo H2O!

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I love my readers, but I sometimes feel guilty taking your hard-earned money. Now Kobo is giving money to YOU!

Read it, solve it…

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Kevin J. Anderson visits Kobo HQ!

Kevin J. Anderson sat down for a chat with KWL Director Mark Lefebvre at the Kobo officeAward-winning and #1 international bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson was in Toronto last week and stopped by to visit the Kobo head office. Kevin is the author of more than 125 books, more than fifty of which have been national or international bestsellers. In addition to this, as the publishers of WordFire Press, Kevin and his wife Rebecca Moesta have released more than a hundred eBooks from over 25 authors. He also hosts the annual Superstars Writing Seminars, which teaches writers the business of being successful in the publishing industry.

Kevin sat down with KWL Director Mark Lefebvre to be our Writer in Residence for the evening. In the audience were local KWL authors and Anderson fans. Over drinks and snacks Kevin shared with us the story of his success and how he got to where he is today. Here are some of the main points:

  • Always write – Kevin discovered a love for creating stories at a very young age, writing his first ‘novel’ at 8 years old. Growing up he was always stealing moments to write before dedicating himself to it full time.
  • Be persistent – rejections go hand in hand with writing and shouldn’t discourage you. Kevin received over 80 rejection letters before his first story was published, proving that persistence pays off.
  • Write about what you love – being passionate about what you write is very important. Kevin found success in the genre he loved, sci-fi. The success of his original works led to him writing several novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes. As a huge Rush fan, their music influenced his writing which later paved the way for collaborations with Neil Peart himself.
  • Be open to change – the publishing industry is changing more than ever before. Rather than shying away, Kevin embraced the change and found success self publishing his back catalogue and becoming a publisher himself with WordFire Press.

We’re very grateful to Kevin for stopping by and sharing his story with us.

You can find Kevin’s books on Kobo here and if you’d like to explore more WordFire Press titles, you can find them here.

50% OFF Creative Writing eBooks!

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Maybe you could Teach Yourself!

The following creative writing titles from Hodder & Stoughton are all on sale.

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Learn the secrets to writing great comedy or get started on a bestselling thriller. Learn to unlock your creativity and how to write fantastic non-fiction. All these writing tips and more are available to you for a great price for a short time only.

Save on these great creative writing eBooks:

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Write A Play - And Get It Performed: Teach YourselfWrite a Bestselling Thriller: Teach YourselfHow to Craft a Great Story: Teach YourselfWriting Television Drama: Get Your Scripts Commissioned: Teach Yourself

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If you’re looking to share your writing journey with a creative writing community, check out Just Write:

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From today’s greats like Stephen King, JD Robb and Lauren Child through to Miranda Hart, Jodi Picoult and JK Rowling and for more than 175 years we’ve been working with authors to craft and finesse their writing and polish their books. Join Just Write, the online creative writing community and we will help you and your writing flourish. www.tyjustwrite.com

 

Joanna Penn visits Kobo HQ!

Last night, the Kobo Writing Life team was thrilled to welcome Joanna Penn to our Toronto office. Joanna is a bestselling author-entrepreneur and professional speaker, and she shares invaluable information with the self-publishing community on her blog and podcast, The Creative Penn.

Joanna Penn speaks to a crowd of local authors at Kobo's Toronto headquarters.

Joanna Penn speaks to local authors at Kobo’s Toronto headquarters.

A packed house of local authors chatted with Joanna over drinks and snacks, then she took the stage with KWL Director Mark Lefebvre to speak about self-publishing and answer questions from the audience. The advice she shared was incredibly helpful and inspiring, so we wanted to share a few key takeaways with you here.

  • Remember that this industry is global. You can build a platform from anywhere in the world and reach an audience in countries you may have never heard of before!
  • Book publishing and marketing are processes that take time. Set long-term goals—we’re talking years, not days. Don’t give up if you do not see a return on your investment immediately.

    Joanna signs Kobo's Author Wall of Fame.

    Joanna signs Kobo’s Author Wall of Fame.

  • It’s ok to fail. The Creative Penn is Joanna’s third blog effort.
  • Take your work and yourself seriously as a business.
  • Do a little bit every day.
  • Be true to yourself and what you love in terms of your writing and marketing.
  • Think about every opportunity for every book, including print on demand, audio, and translation. You can turn each book into multiple product streams, such that ten books multiply to become 50 potential income sources.
  • Publish directly wherever you can. Every platform—KWL, iBooks, KDP, Nook, etc.—is a potential business partnership and can bring you new opportunities for success.
  • The writing life does not have to be lonely. Get online and engage with other authors on social media, join ALLi, or go to a conference. Even if you’re introverted, don’t be afraid to join the author community.
Joanna with the KWL team, from left: Operations Manager Jodi White, Director Mark Lefebvre, Coordinator Tara Cremin, Content Specialist Christina Potter, and US Manager Christine Munroe.

Joanna with the KWL team, from left: Operations Manager Jodi White, Director Mark Lefebvre, Coordinator Tara Cremin, Content Specialist Christina Potter, and US Manager Christine Munroe.

We are so grateful to Joanna for sharing her time and knowledge with us.

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Grab J.F. Penn’s newest release, DELIRIUM!

If you haven’t listened in to our podcast interview with Joanna, you can do so here.

KWL is a proud sponsor of The Creative Penn Podcast, which we can’t recommend highly enough.

 

Joanna PennJoanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers on the edge, as well as non-fiction for authors. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.

Twitter: @thecreativepenn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JFPennAuthor and  http://www.facebook.com/TheCreativePenn

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