Get published in both ebook and paperback with The Open Day Competition

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SilverWood Books and Kobo Writing Life are delighted to extend their Open Day Competition prize to include a paperback edition, printed by Berforts Information Press. The Winner of The Open Day Competition receives a copy-edit, professional cover design, and publication as an ebook and short-run paperback. The Runner Up prize receives a Kobo Aura H2O. The closing date is 31 December, and the SilverWood team are looking forward to reviewing the entries in detail and choosing a shortlist for the judging panel. SilverWood Books has worked with Berforts Information Press for several years, producing short run and lithographic paperback and hardback editions. Publishing Director Helen Hart says, "We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the Berforts team. To be able to offer an … [Read more...]

Gone Writing

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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 understand the underlying connection involving water) The promo is called GOING, GOING, GONE and includes a chance for readers to win $5000 and a Kobo Aura H20 just for reading a series of stories. And here's where Kobo Writing Life and serendipity comes into this. When the marketing team … [Read more...]

Kobo and Entreescritores Join Forces to Enhance the Self-Publishing Experience

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Kobo Writing Life is delighted to announce a new partnership in Spain with Entreescritores.com, a social network for Spanish readers to review new authors and books. Through this partnership, both platforms seek to encourage novice authors to improve their work through feedback from readers’ reviews, enabling them to take the next step in their literary careers by selling their books professionally. The best books published and reviewed on Entreescritores then get published and sold at Kobo.com via KWL, vetting quality content based on readers’ reviews. This process allows writers to receive feedback in order to improve their books before offering them for sale through KWL. The Kobo store thus hosts a specific Entreescritores page, presenting the best books from the Entreescritores … [Read more...]

READ HOPE, WIN A KOBO H2O AND $5000: Kobo’s Going Going Gone Contest, featuring Hope Sze

We are delighted to have worked with KWL author Melissa Yi on this exciting project, helping more readers discover her amazing Hope Sze character and a chance for someone to win $5000 and a Kobo Aura H2O . . . … [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...]

The One Big Book Launch – Ensuring Good Books Get Read

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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 close on 30th March – so get your entries in fast! Books are being judged on quality of writing and commercial potential by a team of judges from CompletelyNovel. All chosen authors will receive a table at the event to sign and sell books, a chance to talk about their book on stage, five reserved … [Read more...]

KWL and NZ Society of Authors contest winners

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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 fiction winner with Sentenced, a gritty novel about disaffected youth in the New Zealand urban underbelly. Judges described Sentenced as a gripping, thought provoking story about a tough subject. Waikato’s Robin Sisley wins the non-fiction category with Eat the Wind about rescuing stallions from … [Read more...]

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