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...]

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 opportunities for the author to engage with readers by expressing creativity and craftsmanship in writing. Books, just like people, are judged by the clothing. If the cover is the cut, the synopsis is the first touch of the fabric. The SilverWood reading team is on standby to dive in to the … [Read more...]

Gone Writing

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By Mark Lefebvre One of the things I most love about my job is when serendipity leads to an amazing opportunity for a talented writer to be put in front of new readers. Kobo recently launched an amazing promotion that has partially been a celebration of the new movie version of the bestselling thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and partially a way to celebrate the release of our new deluxe waterproof eReader, the Kobo Auro H20.  (I'm certain if you're familiar with the novel, you can understand the underlying connection involving water) The promo is called GOING, GOING, GONE and includes a chance for readers to win $5000 and a Kobo Aura H20 just for reading a series of stories. And here's where Kobo Writing Life and serendipity comes into this. When the marketing team … [Read more...]

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