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Reader reviews are BACK at Kobo! As authors know, reviews definitely help readers decide whether or not they are going to buy a book or download one of your free titles. Reviews add credibility because it means not only that someone actually read the book, but that they took the time to comment on it. Reviews appear below the Title and Series Title fields (as seen in the image below) And then, the details for the ratings and reviews appear below the Synopsis and the "People who read this also enjoyed" carousel. Reviews can be sorted by the following criteria: Most Helpful, Newest, Oldest, Highest Rated, Lowest Rated. Customers also have the option of denoting a review as helpful or not as well as reporting reviews that need to be double-checked.   TIPS FOR GETTING … [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...]

whitefox presents “The Amulet of Sleep”

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whitefox are pleased to announce UK publication of the first volume in Andrea Atzori‘s fantasy YA series: The Amulet of Sleep     The Amulet of Sleep is the opening book in the Iskìda of the Land of Nurak trilogy, a series of epic fantasy novels for YA readers. Already award-winning in Italy, Andrea Atzori’s home country, the books look set to join the booming market for genre fiction. Having found success after publishing traditionally in Italian, Atzori turned his sights internationally.   Andrea saw the UK’s ever-increasing appetite for magical fiction as the perfect fit for his venture into independent, foreign self-publishing. Set in an elaborately constructed world rendolent of The Lord of The Rings and The Hunger Games, The Amulet of Sleep will not … [Read more...]

Ann-Marie MacDonald On Writing Aspects Of Yourself Into Your Novel

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By Jenn Shenouda It’s hard to be a writer and not come across that old cliché “write what you know” at least once in your career. If you are strapped for time or looking for inspiration however, there may just be a bit of gold left to mine in that overused piece of advice. Look at it this way: your life history is already at your fingertips.  You are probably the most fleshed-out character that you’ll ever meet.  And because your research is mostly in your head, All you have to do to access it is to remember—to do a bit of snooping into your own psyche and see what’s there for the taking. Just ask, Ann-Marie MacDonald—author of the widely acclaimed new novel Adult Onset. More than a decade removed since her last novel The Way the Crow Flies, Adult Onset is just as much a … [Read more...]

Wattpad: A Powerful Tool for Book Marketing

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By Linda Poitevin If you’re a writer and you haven’t yet heard of Wattpad (or you’ve heard of it but dismissed it), you’re not alone...and you may be missing out on a fantastic marketing opportunity. What is this weirdly named Wattpad? Essentially it’s a social media platform for readers and writers. Based in Toronto, Canada, it began in 2009 and currently has 35 million users spanning the globe. Writers share their stories for free, and readers can vote for those stories and/or leave comments and feedback. The platform is hugely popular with the young adult and fanfic crowd, but its reach is growing rapidly, and such heavyweights as Margaret Atwood and bestsellers Scott Westerfeld, Julie Kenner, Colleen Hoover and others are now offering their works there. Sounds like a pretty … [Read more...]

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