Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 026 – Important Things To Know About eBook Publishing


  Kobo and Kobo Writing Life have long been known for being open, social and collaborative. And this episode of the Kobo Writing Life podcast is no exception. In fact, to start 2015 off on the right foot, we thought it would be useful, in our ongoing communication with authors regarding the importance of making your work available on multiple platforms, and not just on Kindle, to help with that. This episode contains a collection of tips curated from the Author Marketing Podcast by Author Marketing Institute founder Jim Kukral covering tips and things you might not know about publishing a book to Kobo, Nook (Barnes & Noble), iBooks (Apple) and Google Play. Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre sets up the various clips from Jim's fantastic podcast. The tips that Jim … [Read more...]

KWL Blog from 2014 In Review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it. The top blog posts in 2014 were: 10 Winning Ways to Open Your Novel (Craft of Writing) This article, by Darcy Pattison, outlines tips from her book Start Your Novel and lists a number of ways to start novels, giving examples from the top 100 opening lines of all times. Twisting the Plot for a Great Mystery (Craft of Writing) Connie Shelton's article covers the elements of what makes a good mystery with a focus on great plot twists. Six Tips for Engaging Readers within two seconds: … [Read more...]

Most Read Titles


Take a look at the following book covers and ask the question:  What do these ten books have in common?                           The answer:  They are ten of the most completed books from all of the better selling titles published through Kobo Writing Life. His Every Touch - Kelly Favor Conspiracy - Lindsay Buroker Charade - Nyrae Dawn Fragments - Monique Martin Dream of You - Kate Perry Up In Flames - Nicole Williams Tempt Me - Olivia Cunning Dead Heat - Kathleen Brooks The Tycoon's Vacation - Melody Anne Coming Out - Tracie Puckett   Based on analysis of reading activity for these titles, these books count among the most … [Read more...]

Why Exclusivity is Bad (Unless You’re Amazon)


We recently read, with significant interest, a series of articles that author Nick Stephenson began posting regarding experiments in pulling titles out of KDP Select (a program that Amazon runs which encourages authors to publish their titles to Kindle and make them unavailable anywhere else, whether that's another retailer or selling directly from the author's own website) In a post entitled Income Report: Why Exclusivity is Bad (Unless You're Amazon), Stephenson talks about how exclusivity can be a good thing, but then outlines an imaginary conversation between a breakfast cereal manufacturer and Walmart, in order to illustrate whether or not the supplier is getting a fair wholesale price and actual tangible benefits. He goes on to make a few conclusions regarding going all in with … [Read more...]

Simple Make-Up Tips For Authors


By Natalia Zurawska I have been a professional makeup artist for the last 10 years. I absolutely love my career as well as making people laugh and smile.  I also love to read and write. When I was starting out, I experienced many trials and tribulations and realized that there are so many problems that may be so easily resolved.  Whether it is beauty or production related, I have learned so much and love to share that wealth of knowledge with others. Everyone loves simplicity, easy problem solving, looking and feeling their best as well as saving time and money. For that reason I wanted to provide some tips about how you can look and feel your best whether it’s for an author photo shoot, an in-person reading or a book signing appearance. Often, author photos for the back or … [Read more...]

Reader Reviews


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


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...]


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