How to Host a Platform Party

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How can authors target readers on a specific platform? What’s the best way to educate your audience about their book-buying and eReader options, to ensure they’re happy with their digital reading experience? … [Read more...]

GMC: The Swiss Army Knife of Writing Tools

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by Chris Mandeville One of the best things I ever did for my fiction writing was determine what my main character wants, why she wants it, and what’s in the way of her getting it. Figuring this out helped me know my character better (obviously), but also helped me to plot more effectively, build tougher villains, raise the stakes, and increase tension in my story. And I accomplished all this through the use of one tiny but powerful tool, “GMC.” I guess you could say GMC is the Swiss Army Knife of writing tools—compact, multi-functional, indispensable, and fits neatly in your pocket. I never leave home without it. And now you can have one, too. But it’s not sold for a low, low price via a very special television offer that’s only good for the next ten minutes. No, it’s available in … [Read more...]

To Submit or Not to Submit: 5 Arguments for Entering Writing Contests

By Shayna Krishnasamy When I was a young creative writing student I used to keep track of all the writing contests. I'd bookmark the contest pages on the websites of all the literary magazines. I'd make lists of due dates, word count limitations, themes, restrictions. Sometimes I'd even print out the submission forms. But did I ever actually send in a submission? Well... If you're a new writer, a writing student, or just nervous about sharing your work for the first time, submitting your story or novel to a writing contest can be incredibly daunting. You might find yourself coming up with any excuse to avoid actually submitting your work. You'll convince yourself that your story isn't polished enough, your first chapter doesn't have enough of a hook, you don't know how to write a … [Read more...]

How To Get Difficult Books Into The Media

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In an increasingly commercial and competitive media-sphere, getting media coverage for ‘difficult books’—books not written by established authors and not published by well-known publishers—might strike independent authors as mission impossible. However, many creative ways can be found to reach your desired audience. … [Read more...]

Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It

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by Chris Mandeville Welcome to “Tools for Writers,” a new semi-regular feature of Kobo Writing Life. I begin this series by sharing a tool that can help in any stage of fiction writing. I’d like to say it’s my best-kept writing secret, but that would be a lie. The “secret” is a basic pattern found over centuries in narratives around the world that’s come to be known as “The Hero’s Journey.” It’s a structure so fundamental to fiction, it was embedded in my subconscious before I could read, when my dad told me bedtime stories. This structure was then cemented by the books I grew up on: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Wrinkle in Time, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games. (Okay, you caught me — I was already grown up for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.) When … [Read more...]

One Fictitious Moment: Writing Historical Fiction

As a huge fan of historical fiction, Angela Misri thoroughly enjoys writing about her detective Portia Adams as she strolls the streets of 1930s London. But there are some tricks to writing in a time period that are not your own. Check out this video for a few timely ideas: Watch for more writing videos on this blog, or you can subscribe to Angela's Youtube channel One Fictitious Moment. Angela Misri is a Toronto journalist, writer and mom who has spent most of her working life making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites. The latest book in her A Portia Adams Adventure series releases on March 24th, 2015. Check out Angela's website to learn more about the Portia Adams series. … [Read more...]

Can This Be Over Already?: Confronting the Truth about Endings

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By Shayna Krishnasamy You’ve done it. You’re embarking on the final chapter of your book. You’ve reached the denouement. You type out the word “Epilogue” with shaking fingers. You can’t really believe it. You’ve reached the end. This is the end. Terrifying, isn’t it? Well, terrifying might be a strong word, but many authors have mixed emotions when they come to the end of their book. Maybe the novel isn’t what they hoped it would be. Or maybe they don’t have their next writing project lined up, and the idea of all that free time is alarming. Maybe they enjoyed writing the book so much they’re sad to see it go. Or maybe they’re relieved to finally be done with a book they lost interest in writing a month ago. Whatever the author’s feelings about the ending of her book might … [Read more...]

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