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...]

Interested in Taking your Writing to the Next Level?

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  Then why not let a host of industry experts guide you on your writing journey to help you shape your writing, sell more books and even reach a new international audience. IPR License, in association with The Writing Bank, has announced a new six-part course for writers. The course comprises of six modules hosted by some of the leading voices in the publishing world. For full details on each session, please click here. In addition, there will be a final one-on-one event with industry professionals to receive advice on your work and plans followed by networking and celebratory drinks for completing the course. Due to demand, IPR and The Writing Bank have opened up individual session bookings alongside the full six session course. An Early Bird 25% discount offer is available … [Read more...]

Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 023 with Michael Rank

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Listen in as KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews nonfiction author Michael Rank, whose titles include HISTORY'S WORST DICTATORS and FROM MUHAMMED TO BURJ KHALIFA: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History. Mark and Michael discuss Michael's podcast, History in Five Minutes, self-publishing from a nonfiction author's perspective, and the challenges and rewards of translating self-published titles. Michael shares his thoughts about: His History in Five Minutes podcast, where Michael works to share stories about things that challenge our assumptions about the past, and the people who "shouldn't be there" in a moment of history, according to our idea of that era of history. Utilizing the podcast to develop a readership, connect with fans, and promote his books. "Think … [Read more...]

Utilizing Self-Publishing to Thank Readers and Booksellers

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By Beth Revis I never thought I’d self-publish…but I’ve never been happier with the idea of doing it now. And the biggest reason for that is because I have been able to turn my words into a full novel of thanks to my readers. After years of going the traditional route, I had my dream come true: A great agent that got me a great book deal that landed me on bookshelves, the NYT Bestseller List, and more than twenty foreign language translations. But the next book I wrote didn’t quite fit my publisher’s list, and it was something that I feel needs to be on the market sooner rather than later, so after some careful thought, I decided to go hybrid. It was an easy decision, honestly, and in the end the only logical one for me. This new book, THE BODY ELECTRIC, is loosely linked to … [Read more...]

Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 020 with Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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In our latest podcast, KWL US Manager Christine Munroe interviews bestselling author and self-publishing expert Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Pamela has written the book on self-publishing, WHAT KIND OF LOSER INDIE PUBLISHES, AND HOW CAN I BE ONE, TOO? In the summer of 2013, she embarked on a 60-cities-in-60-days book tour, which she organized herself (with the help of her supportive family), so she has plenty of insights and advice for working successfully with bookstores. Listen in to Episode 20 as Pamela shares her thoughts on: Her mission to serve as an exemplary self-published author, in particular when working with bookstores, so they will open the door to fellow writers. Stories from the road during her 60-cities-in-60-days book tour, including the day when a book club showed … [Read more...]

Memories of Superstars Writing Seminars 2014

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C. Michelle Jefferies was the lucky winner of Kobo’s Superstars of Writing Seminars scholarship giveaway for 2014. She attended the conference in February, alongside KWL Director Mark Lefebvre and US Manager Christine Munroe. A few months post-Superstars, we asked Michelle to reflect on her experience, and here’s what she had to say! By C. Michelle Jefferies When I think of the three days at Superstars, several one-word descriptions and emotions come to mind. The first one is amazing. There was so much information and so many things to learn that I was, at times, completely overwhelmed with what was being presented. I took tons of notes. I have a stack that I still need to go through, again, to solidify the information in my head. The accommodations were great, the hotel was amazing. … [Read more...]

Write Away

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By Kerrie L. Flanagan and Jenny Sundstedt WRITE AWAY: A Year of Musings and Motivations for Writers combines monthly insightful and humorous stories with tips, tools and interactions that encourage writers to reflect on where they are and where they want to be. From "Writing Naked" to "Writing an Effective Query Letter," these essays remind readers of the unique nuances in the life of a writer and provide practical advice for strengthening skills and knowledge. Each month opens with a place to record goals and action plans. A back section provides resources and tools to help readers stay on track and stay informed. Inspirational quotes, reflective questions, and short exercises keep motivation and energy flowing. Here are a few excerpts: "Time to Get Rid of Excuses" By … [Read more...]

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