Gone Writing


By Mark Lefebvre One of the things I most love about my job is when serendipity leads to an amazing opportunity for a talented writer to be put in front of new readers. Kobo recently launched an amazing promotion that has partially been a celebration of the new movie version of the bestselling thriller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and partially a way to celebrate the release of our new deluxe waterproof eReader, the Kobo Auro H20.  (I'm certain if you're familiar with the novel, you can … [Read more...]

Memories of Superstars Writing Seminars 2014

Michelle (center) with KWL's US Manager Christine Munroe and Director Mark Lefebvre.

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 … [Read more...]

The One Big Book Launch – Ensuring Good Books Get Read


has teamed up with Literally PR to offer authors the chance to launch their books at a highly publicized event on April 30th 2014. Sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, Scrivener and Moo.com, the One Big Book Launch will see ten authors launch ten different books at the same event in London, sharing publicity, readers and celebrations. The event is the first of its kind, and is currently accepting submissions from authors who have had a book published since 1st December 2013. Submissions … [Read more...]

KWL and NZ Society of Authors contest winners

photograph Fiona Sussman

Kobo Writing Life recently sponsored the New Zealand Society of Authors’ inaugural E-Publishing prize, and the winners are in! Two new authors from Auckland and Waikato have won the publishing chance of a lifetime, with the inaugural 2014 Kobo/NZ Authors E-Publishing Prize which will see their books professionally published by the Kobo Writing Life platform. The prize includes: Professional editing and formatting Professional cover design Aucklander Fiona Sussman is … [Read more...]

KWL supports the Spark Awards


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (the SCBWI) encourages the independent author and illustrator, holding an annual award called the Spark Awards, which recognizes excellence in a children’s book published through a non-traditional publishing route. SCBWI Executive Director, Lin Oliver, and President, Stephen Mooser, strongly believe that, “it is time that SCBWI recognize that there are new models for publishing. The Spark Award is one way we can reward those authors and … [Read more...]

Enter Kobo’s Social Savvy Author Contest


Are you trying to figure out the best way to make social media work for you as a self-published author? Have you always wondered how to market your ebooks on Facebook and Twitter? Don't worry! Just enter Kobo's Social Savvy Author contest for your chance to have all your questions answered! One lucky winner will enjoy a two-hour social media intensive with Kathy Meis, founder of the social book discovery platform, Bublish. The session will be customized to fit your individual skill level … [Read more...]

Enter the “Ask An Agent (almost) Anything” Contest!

Ask an Agent Almost Anything Contest

This month, we have an incredible opportunity lined up for one lucky winner: a Skype video call with prominent NYC agent Seth Fishman. This is your chance to get feedback on your novel’s pitch, ask all of your burning questions about the industry, and find out how to make your query letter stand out. As the author of the forthcoming young adult series THE WELL’S END (Putnam Juvenile, February 2014), Seth can also tell you all about the publishing process from a writer’s perspective. The … [Read more...]


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