The Kobo Writing Life team is excited to announce our latest Live Q&A on Thursday December 17th 2020. From 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EST, our very own KWL European team, will be answering all your questions on the Kobo Writing Life Facebook and YouTube pages. If you can’t make the takeover, feel free to comment on this post with your questions and we can ask them for you!
Is there a question you’ve always wanted to ask Kobo? Are you interested in expanding your global reach? Do you have questions about translations? Well now is your chance to ask them! We’re going to leverage our in house experts, who can answer any questions you may have. Whether it’s Kobo specific or questions about the independent publishing industry, our team live and breathe publishing and will be able to offer their unique insights. Let’s learn more about the team:
Camille takes care of KWL in Europe, bringing her knowledge of self-publishing and international markets in the relations she’s built with indie authors throughout the years.
Camille began her publishing career as an editor within the Hachette Book Group in Paris for 10 years, before becoming the French Publishers’ Association Digital Counsellor. She has an MA in publishing from ESCP in Paris and her favourite book is Romain Gary’s La Promesse de l’Aube.
Ruth works on KWL and Kobo Originals in the Netherlands. She has a MA in Philosophy from the Radboud University in Nijmegen and worked as a sales representative for an Amsterdam based publishing house for four years before coming to Kobo. She is currently reading Rachel Cusk’s Kudos.
Lucia Zitelli is Catalogue Manager in Italy, she works on KWL and as vendor manager. Reading is her biggest passion since when she was a child, and it brought her to study Literature at University. After graduation, she has been working in digital publishing, taking care of both authors and publishers in their ebooks and audiobooks distribution journey. She loves listening to podcasts, stretching in the morning, and working out.
Tara is responsible for the overall author experience on Kobo Writing Life, from optimizing current features to looking for new avenues of growth. Her aim is to make KWL the greatest and most user-friendly self-publishing platform available.
Tara has an MA in American Literature and Film from University College Cork, Ireland and has worked for KWL since inception. She reads a lot of non-fiction but balances this out with a healthy love of bad reality tv. She also likes listening to audiobooks while cycling around Toronto, but should probably pay more attention to the road.
Do you have any plans to go into POD publication?
What genre , based on sales in kobo europe, is the most advantageous for a writer from the usa?
What are the top three languages not english, in terms of sales, in Kobo Europe?
I am a huge fan of Bande Dessinee, is the market for bande dessinee ebooks growing/stagnant/lessening?
Camille, what , if any, genres are popular in europe that are ,relatively, small or nonexistent in Europe?
Camille, many muslim countries border europe, can success in europe be a bridge to readers in the muslim world?
Ruth, I think Kobo plus first started in Holland, or the netherlands, do you know if any kobo author has generated more revenue from kobo plus than direct sales through kobo?
Ruth, what genre is the most popular in kobo plus in the netherlands? Lucia , do countries in Europe have different audio book reading preferences, based on sales?
Lucia, are audiobooks available on kobo plus?
Lucia,have you ever seen anyone utilize audiobooks to run a successful podcast in europe?
Tara… thanks as always:)