Monthly Archives: December 2012

The truth told slant: 5 tips for building a fantasy world your readers will love

by Paula Berinstein Great fantasy is like a chimera, the mythological beast that’s part lion, part goat, and part snake: it’s based on familiar components, but something is just a little off. Fantasy isn’t about making it all up. It’s about taking the known and tweaking it a bit. That’s because the best stories are the ones in which we

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Meet Kobo Writing Life author Scott Steinberg

Scott Steinberg wears a few hats. He’s the CEO of TechSavvy Global, a management consulting and market research firm, and serves as a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, universities and start-ups. Plus, he’s a bestselling author of books including The Business Expert’s Guidebook,  The Crowdfunding Bible, and The Modern Parents’ Guide, a series on how technology affects kids

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Getting it done — how to write your first novel

by Patricia McLinn Hands down, the top issue beginning novelists encounter is they don’t begin. This problem comes in two flavors: Not starting your writing session Not starting your novel. Take those in reverse order. Not starting your writing project. How should a writer start writing? With an outline/plan/synopsis? Or diving in with words? Countless would-be writers have spun writerly

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Milestone or millstone? How the first book gets written, part 2

Few would-be authors ever manage to complete that first book. Odd, though, once they have, few stop at just one. Clearly finishing your first book is a major milestone. But how do you get there? We asked several of our authors what wisdom they gained from the process of completing their first novel. Published many times over, authors Michelle Leighton, 

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Live Chat with KWL Authors via National Post

Following the National Post’s recent in-depth look at self-publishing via a reporter who has experienced it directly, Melissa Leong (AKA Wynne Channing), you can join a free live chat featuring three KWL authors. Melissa Leong (a.k.a. Wynne Channing, author of What Kills Me), joins Mark Lefebvre, director of self-publishing and author relations at Kobo Inc., plus fellow self-published authors Steve

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