KWL price scheduling tool now live

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You can now schedule price promotions and permanent prices in KWL.  Just set it and forget it! On the Set the Price screen, you’ll now see a Set promo price button (you can also set a permanent price for a future date with the Set regular price button): This will take you to the Set Promo Price screen, where you can set the price and the start and end dates of your promotion:   Once set, your KWL library will display a badge to show which books have a price change scheduled. If you’re a forward-thinking individual and like to plan things far enough in advance, you’ll receive a reminder email 2 days prior to when your book is scheduled for a price change.  Remember to add Kobo Writing Life to your email client’s white list so these important reminders don’t get caught in your … [Read more...]

A letter to our KWL authors and self-publishing partners

As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content policies. In order to address the situation Kobo is taking the following steps: We are removing titles in question from the Kobo platform. We are quarantining and reviewing titles to ensure that compliance to our policies is met by all authors and publishers. We will ensure that content meeting the policy is made available online as soon as possible. We are reviewing our policies and procedures to implement … [Read more...]

KWL new feature: free download tracking

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Kobo Writing Life is pleased to announce that as of a recent October 2013 update you can now track your free book downloads!  Up until now, all reports were sales reports, and free books downloads weren't captured in that data.  Now, however, you can also stay informed of which of your free books are being downloaded and where.  (Remember, with Kobo Writing Life, you can make your eBooks FREE whenever you wish for as long as you want - no strings attached) You can view total free downloads on your dashboard under Sales at a Glance: If you want to measure the number of times a particular title has been downloaded for free, you can drill down to the book level under Sales by Book: Or, to see where your eBooks are being downloaded for free, you can see a summary of total free … [Read more...]

Making sense of the KWL terms and conditions

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All KWL authors received an email recently regarding a small change to the terms & conditions of the KWL agreement which will be in effect Oct 17, 2013. Here’s a quick plain-English rundown of what those changes are and why we’ve made them. The Kobo Writing Life team is constantly on the lookout for ways to help you succeed, and that means keeping an eye on trends and valuable high-end data.  One of the trends we’ve noticed is the Dead Price Point as we recently posted about.  We are keen to pay attention to these types of purchasing trends and do what we can to encourage authors to think of price as a verb rather than as a noun, to experiment with pricing models for different territories and to be careful not to devalue their work. We’re still trying, for example, to … [Read more...]

Entering your payment information on KWL

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Before you publish your first book you’ll need to enter your payment information. Our royalty payments are sent via Electronic Fund Transfer. You may need to contact your bank to confirm the information you’ll need to receive this type of payment. There are two steps involved in entering your information, your Account Details and your Bank Branch Details. Under Account Details you must enter the name of the person the bank account is registered to and the bank account number. The tax registration number is optional. Underneath this you’ll find your Bank Branch Details. Here you can choose the currency in which you will be paid by selecting a currency from the drop down menu. You’ll also be required to enter the country and city that your account is registered in. Don’t worry about … [Read more...]

New KWL WYSIWYG editor is here!

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Now you can edit your existing eBooks or create new ones right on the KWL website with our WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. You can access the editor from the Add eBook Content screen on either a New eBook or existing eBook screen. Click the “Start Writing!” button to open the text editor:   The editor is divided into two main windows: the Chapter window and the Content window. The Chapter window is where you can create, delete, and rename chapters and sub-chapters. If you want the Table of Contents to work properly in your eBook, it’s important to define and name your Chapters. - Create new chapter - Create new sub-chapter - Delete selected chapter or sub-chapter - Rename selected chapter or sub-chapter “Create new chapter” and “Create new … [Read more...]

Avoid the meat-grinder! Creating a self-published book can be as easy as writing a blog

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by Emily Craven I always had it in my head that something like Smashwords would be my first e-book platform: the easiest, the largest distributor, the least work. Then I looked at the style guide, and read the tax information and realised I needed to buckle on my superhero suit for that gauntlet. I’d had enough trouble deciding how to format my YA novel to look like Facebook, now I had to figure out how to stop the meat-grinder from turning my work into something resembling a 52,000 word experimental poem. It was still in the cards, but I needed a new plan to keep the momentum rolling before I drowned in paperwork and coding. I have always been a keen advocate for self-education. In industries like writing and in particular e-publishing and internet marketing, things change too … [Read more...]

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