Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life interviews Italian author Vieri Tommasi Candidi about his Who’s Jo Spatacchia? Series and the unique method by which he had released this in two languages with a regular and enhanced version for different audiences.


Vieri Tommasi Candidi

During the conversation, Camille and Vieri discuss:


  •  Developing projects along with talented artists
  •  The concept of Who Joe Spatacchia is and the inspiration and thoughts behind the creation of this characterWhosJoeSp
  •  How Vieri has mixed the story with drawings and music in this interactive eBook as well as how he chose the music and the drawings to accompany the story
  •  How music and images could give a choreography and elevated atmosphere to the story allowing people to enjoy it on many levels
  • The multiple episodes as well as the scheduled release plans of either 1 episode per month or even, perhaps 2 per month
  • The fact that there are two versions per episode – one with music and the other without music (for those devices and eReaders that don’t have a way to play audio)
  • The price point of those separate versions are 0.99 EUR for the version without music and 1.49 EUR for the version with music
  • Vieri’s smart move of releasing the eBook in both Italian and English and the international stradegy
  • The challenge of getting people to find your work as being something that supersedes the difficulty of actually writing and publishing your book
  • A perspective of publishing in Italy being on the pioneering edge
  • The managing of the rights for all of the markets this series of books are available in within both languages
  • How Vieri has managed the promotion for this series in both Italian and English
  • A wonderful compliment that Vieri received regarding his activities that have been moving the face of digital publishing forward


After the interview, KWL Director Mark Lefebvre then talks about the recently launched Opening Up To Indie Authors campaign and the book launch which took place at the Kobo Booth at London Book Fair 2014.  The concept behind the campaign is the fact that many independent self-publishing authors are producing work of proven value to readers. Literary organizations, events managers, book stores, libraries and reviewers must now find ways to include them. And Kobo Writing Life is proud to be supporting this campaign. Read more about the campaign and the launch in the links below.


“Selfie-Publishing” at the Kobo Booth at London Book Fair 2014: Debbie Young, Jessica Bell, Hugh Howey, Orna Ross, Diego Marano, Dan Holloway


Vieri’s Website (ENGLISH):  http://www.jospatacchia.com/

Vieri’s Website (ITALIAN): http://www.jospatacchia.it/

About Vieri (ENGLISH): http://www.jospatacchia.com/artisti.php


The Who’s Jo Spatacchia? Series on Kobo


Check out ISSUE ONE of Who’s Jo Spatacchia? for FREE (ENGLISH)

Check out ISSUE ONE of Who’s Jo Spattachia? for FREE (ENGLISH – With Music)

Get ISSUE ONE of Who’s Jo Spattachia in ITALIAN:  Chi e’ Jo Spatacchia? – Albo 01 – Strani incontri

Opening Up To Indie Authors (Kobo Writing Life)


Kobo Listing for Opening up To Indie Authors eBook:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/opening-up-to-indie-authors

The Open Up to Indie Authors Campaign:  http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/open-up-to-indie-authors/

The Launch – From ALLi’s website:  http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/alli-book-launch-opening-up-to-indie-authors/

The Speech Orna Ross gave at the launch at the Kobo Booth at LBF 2014: http://www.ornaross.com/2014/04/opening-up-to-indie-authors-book-launch/