My Writing Life: James Calbraith

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When did you first discover a love of writing? Is there a particular book that made you want to become a writer? I'd have to find my old notebooks to tell for sure, but I think I was about 10 when I started writing short stories. I never really stopped. I’ve wanted to be many things since then—a theoretical physicist, an archaeologist, a programmer, a lazy layabout—but it always comes back to writing stories. I read whatever I could get my hands on, and most of the names are now obscure to all but the most devoted fans: Robert Sheckley, Harry Harrison, Gordon Dickson. I didn't try to write a proper novel until I was much older, and the transition from short to long form took me ages. Where do you get your story ideas? For the past few years, almost all of my ideas come from … [Read more...]

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 This unique award was for an unpublished manuscript to be taken through to a published form and offered for sale in print form throughout New Zealand.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...]

The Role of an Editor – Interview with Lucy Cuthew

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Lucy Cuthew, an editor specialising in children’s and young adult fiction, became a freelancer in 2011 having spent several years as a commissioning editor at Meadowside Children’s Books. She edited the English translation of Andrea Atzori’s recently released fantasy YA novel, The Amulet of Sleep. We talked to her about the role of an editor, being a freelancer, and how self published authors can get ahead. Firstly, could you explain the role that a copyeditor has in preparing a manuscript for a book such as Andrea’s? What other types of editor are there and what do they do? When a book goes through the traditional route with a publisher, many eyes will see the text, critique it and work on it to polish it up before it is published. The usual editing stages are a substantive edit, … [Read more...]

The Special Thrill of Captivating Readers

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By Casey Kelleher I’ve just had the most amazing five days in New York. Christmas shopping with my kids in all the big stores (I had a bit of a love affair with Macy’s), watching the Knicks play, paying my respects at the 911 memorial, and being generally followed around by my royal stalkers Kate and William on their visit.  ;) On my last day there, I woke up to the most amazing news. Kobo had announced not only their “Best-Sellers list”, but also the most ‘Completed book of 2014”. They had collected data between January and November 2014 from more than 21m users, in countries including Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Kobo found that its most completed book of 2014 in the UK was not a Man Booker or Baileys prize winner. Instead, readers were most keen to … [Read more...]

Financial Freedom on the 8.15: How to Make the Most of the Writing Time You’ve Got

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By Mark Dawson You might be reading this on a train or a bus. If you are, have a look around. What do you see? People with their heads in newspapers. Some listening to music. Others reading books, asleep, staring out of the window, or watching something on their tablets. Of those with laptops, I’d bet a small number will be writing a novel. And some of them might be making pretty good money. I have a full time film industry job in London’s Soho and a young family in Wiltshire. Writing almost exclusively on the train, I have written and launched eight novels, novellas and collections this year. From an underwhelming beginning, those books are now downloaded, on average, more than 20,000 times a month. They will have made me nearly three times what I earned in my day job in the last … [Read more...]

Enter Kobo’s “Win Free ePub Creation for Illustrated Books with Aquafadas” Contest

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Do you have an amazing idea for an illustrated book (comics, children, travel guide, cook book, etc.), but need technical support to make it live? Are you looking for an easy way to publish your illustrated book into digital format and distribute it across tablets, smartphones and the Web? Here is your chance! Enter Kobo’s “Win Free ePub Creation for Illustrated Books with Aquafadas” Contest, for an amazing opportunity to get access to a turnkey tool that will help you create and publish your illustrated book digitally. TWENTY lucky winners will receive a free license for the Cloud Authoring tool from Aquafadas. Cloud Authoring is a content creation tool designed for anyone looking to publish an eBook easily by converting PDF files into digital format and distribute across tablets, … [Read more...]

Get published in both ebook and paperback with The Open Day Competition

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SilverWood Books and Kobo Writing Life are delighted to extend their Open Day Competition prize to include a paperback edition, printed by Berforts Information Press. The Winner of The Open Day Competition receives a copy-edit, professional cover design, and publication as an ebook and short-run paperback. The Runner Up prize receives a Kobo Aura H2O. The closing date is 31 December, and the SilverWood team are looking forward to reviewing the entries in detail and choosing a shortlist for the judging panel. SilverWood Books has worked with Berforts Information Press for several years, producing short run and lithographic paperback and hardback editions. Publishing Director Helen Hart says, "We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the Berforts team. To be able to offer an … [Read more...]

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