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KWL Cover Contest Winners

Before we announce the runners up and winner of our 2020 KWL Indie Cover Contest, I want to thank everyone for participating in the contest this year, from the incredible submissions we received to the huge amount of folks who voted. It was so much fun watching the polls each…

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KWL 2020 Indie Cover Contest: The Finals

This is it folks: the final round of voting for our 2020 Indie Cover Contest! Our final eight covers accumulated a combined total of 7495 votes in the semi-finals! Take a look at the finalists below and vote for your favourite before January 10th; we’ll crown the winner and runners…

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KWL Indie Cover Contest Week Four: Fiction/NonFiction

It is the final week of semi-finals for our 2020 Indie Cover Contest! Take a look at the Fiction/Nonfiction covers below and vote before December 28th to send your favourite through to the finals!

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KWL Indie Cover Contest Week Three: Science Fiction & Fantasy

It is time for week three of our Indie Cover Contest! This week is all about Science Fiction and Fantasy. Take a look at the SFF finalists below and then vote for your favourite before December 21st to send it through to the finals!

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KWL Indie Cover Contest Week Two: Mystery & Thriller

Welcome to the second week of voting for the KWL Cover Contest! This week we’re looking at Mystery & Thriller covers. Take a look at the covers below and then vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom to send them through to the finals!

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KWL Indie Cover Contest Week One: Romance

Welcome to the first round of voting for the KWL Cover Contest! This week: Romance. Take a look at the covers below and then vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom to send them through to the finals!

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2020 KWL Indie Cover Contest

Hey writers! We are so excited to announce that it is time for the 2020 KWL Indie Cover Contest! This is an opportunity to showcase the most innovative, beautiful, and unique covers in the global KWL community. And we mean global community! We encourage authors to submit their covers in…

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The Best Indie Cover Contest Final Poll!

Thank you to everyone who submitted and voted! We are delighted to present the 10 finalists below in our best overall cover poll.

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KWL Cover Contest 2018: The Finalists!

It’s time for the finalists! The top three covers in every category have been placed into one final poll and we are asking YOU to vote for your overall favourite.

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The KWL Cover Contest 2018: Week 4––NON-FICTION

The final category is NON-FICTION! Please scroll thorugh, vote for your favourite, and share on social media! Good luck, non-fiction writers!      

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The KWL Cover Contest 2018: Week 3––MYSTERY/THRILLER

Week three, and our final fiction cover poll; with ten more beautiful book covers!

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The KWL Cover Contest 2018: Week 2––SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

By Joni Di Placido Week 2 of our 2018 cover contest, and it’s time to look at Fantasy and Science Fiction titles! Scroll through the covers, cast your vote, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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The KWL Cover Contest 2018: Week 1––ROMANCE

By Joni Di Placido   As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to celebrate some of the best covers of 2018! We’re going to be voting weekly for the best covers in four categories: Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Mystery/Thriller and Nonfiction. First prize is the fabulous Kobo Forma eReader,…

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The 2017 KWL Cover Contest: Vote for Your Favourite Science Fiction/Fantasy Cover!

The final category of the KWL Best 2017 Cover is here! Below are our favourite Fantasy and Science Fiction covers. Here’s your chance to vote for the finalists! Voting will be open until 5pm EST on Thursday December 7th. You must scroll down to the poll and click on the…

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The 2017 KWL Cover Contest: Vote for Your Favourite Mystery/Suspense Cover!

Time for round two of the 2017 KWL Best Cover contest! This week, we’re asking you to vote for your favourite mystery/suspense cover. The KWL team has picked ten of our favourites—now it’s up to you to vote for the covers you’d like to see in the final round of…

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Announcing The 2017 KWL Cover Contest! Vote For Your Favourite!

The KWL team is very excited to announce our first ever cover contest! Our team has chosen a list of our ten favourite covers in each of three genres.

Now it’s over to you!

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Meet the winner of Kobo’s Win an eBook Cover Contest: Melissa Yi

Earlier this year, KWL held a contest for those with a soon-to-be-released novel – the prize: a professionally-designed cover! The lucky winner is Melissa Yi, doctor, mother, and author of medical mysteries and more. Kobo caught up with her between hospital shifts, toddler tantrums, and editing sessions to ask a…

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The Best Indie Book Cover of 2019!

It’s here! Huge thanks to everyone who entered the contest. It was tough to narrow it down, but we have selected ten finalists in each category! Now it’s up to you to vote for your favourites. You can place one vote in each category and you have until 3pm EST…

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The Importance of a Professional Book Cover Design

Your book only gets one chance to make a first impression. And it only gets two seconds in which to make it. Looks shouldn’t count for as much as they do in the literary world, but the sooner an author recognizes their importance, the sooner they’ll be on the road to success.

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Kobo by FNAC: Discovering the Talents of Tomorrow

This past weekend, EUR Manager for Kobo Writing Life, Camille Mofidi, attended the Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre) to announce, in conjunction with Kobo’s retail partner in France, FNAC, the five finalists for the “Discovering the talents of tomorrow” contest (A la découverte des talents de demain) which was…

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New Zealand Society of Authors – Contest Winner – Robin Sisley

The New Zealand Society of Authors established a print publishing prize in order to create a great opportunity for a New Zealand writer. This unique award was for an unpublished manuscript to be taken through to a published form and offered for sale in print form throughout New Zealand. The…

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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 . . .

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KWL and NZ Society of Authors contest winners

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…

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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…

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Tips on how to get discovered

Want to escalate the traffic to your eBooks and increase sales? We know it’s difficult for self-published authors to get the exposure they need for their titles; competing for space against traditional publishers and big name authors. When it comes to self-publishing, we find that an author’s success often depends…

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More is more – banding together to boost “discoverability”

When it comes to being an indie author, there’s strength in numbers. That’s the paradoxical truth discovered by the twelve members of The Jewels of Historical Romance, a group of self-published writers who decided to pool their marketing ideas and resources and cross promote one another’s releases, all for the…

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Canada Reads, An Amazon Law Suit, and Too Much FanFic: This Week in Book News

Happy Friday, everyone! 2021 is off to quite the start, isn’t it? We are still excited for the new year however, and have been spending a lot of time this week planning how to make 2021 another great year for KWL and our wonderful authors. Before we get into the…

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A Cancelled Book Deal, A Phishing Scheme, and What to Read in 2021: This Week in Book News

Hello writers and Happy New Year! We did it! We made it to 2021! And while the woes of 2020 didn’t magically disappear at midnight on January 1st (unfortunately), the glimmer of hope that comes with this new year is extremely comforting. We hope you all managed to have a…

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Jay-Z’s Imprint, Obama’s Book Picks, and a Look Back at 2020: This Week in Book News

I can’t believe it’s here: the final round up of 2020! To say this year has been a roller coaster would be a wild understatement, but we made it! The holidays are almost here and 2021 is upon us. Speaking of the holidays, the Kobo office will be closed from…

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The Big Four, Diverse Comics, and Dr. Fauci’s Bookshelf: This Week in Book News

Hello, happy Friday, and happy second night of Hanukah to those celebrating! We hope everyone continues to stay safe, healthy, and, as winter looms closer, continues to stay warm. We are in our second week of the 2020 Cover Contest; make sure to get your votes in for your favourite…

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So Long Book Expo, A Possible Tolkien Museum, and the Finale of KoboWriMo 2020: This Week in Book News

Happy first Friday of December, everyone! We’ve done it! We’ve made it to the final month of the longest year in the history of everything, and the shining light of 2021 is finally within reach. While things won’t automatically go back to “normal” as soon as the ball drops on…

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Simon Schuster Penguin Random House, Words of 2020, and Romancing the Runoff

Happy Friday, everyone! And to our American friends, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you’ve been able to spend quality time with those you love, whether in person or virtually, and are completely stuffed full of delicious food. I for one am envious of any pumpkin pie that has been consumed (even…

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Literary Prizes, Presidential Memoirs, and New Tolkien: This Week in Book News

Hello and happy Friday everyone! We here at KWL have had a pretty busy week and are definitely looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend. Even if it is calling for snow. Aside from working diligently(ish) on our NaNoWriMo projects, we also announced our next Takeover event this week, and…

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Nanowrimo, Stan Lee, The Crimes of Grindelwald and more!

By Marina Ferreira Hello everyone! I have another quick literary round up for you today. Hope you’ve had a great and productive week working on your novels! Here at Kobo HQ we have been working hard towards our #Kobowrimo word counts! As of today, we sit at 201,037 words as…

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Are you a Writer of the Future?

Are you a new sci-fi or fantasy author that’s looking for some well earned recognition? Then you may want to consider entering the Writers of the Future contest! It’s free to enter your story and you can enter one each quarter. You’ll be competing with other new authors and your…

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Must Read Nonfiction: KWL Team Recommendations

The Kobo Writing Life team loves Nonfiction November! Check out the books we think everyone should read.

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Ep 160 — From Fan Fiction to Finalist with Kobo’s Winning Romance Author Julie Evelyn Joyce

Julie Evelyn Joyce talks to us about the inspiration for prize-winning novel Steeped in Love. Julie shares how writing Gilmore Girls fan fiction taught her about craft and how a chance meeting at RWA led her to entering and winning Kobo’s Emerging Writer Prize!

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How to Get Book Reviews and Generate Buzz as an Indie Author

KWL has compiled a list of budget-friendly book review platforms that will help get readers talking about your book.

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How to Do Everything

by Dr. Melissa Yi KWL: Hi, Melissa. How come you’re wearing a white coat? Melissa: Because I’m an emergency doctor. I also have one husband, two young children, and a big Rottweiler. Plus my sixth Hope Sze medical thriller, Death Flight, debuts on September 6th. So people often goggle at…

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The Best Audiobooks for your Labour Day Weekend

By Stephanie McGrath We recently spoke to an audiobook narrator Sean Pratt for an episode of the Kobo Writing Life podcast (listen here) and it got me wondering about what to listen to next! I enlisted the help of the KWL team for some recommendations and here is what they…

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Overcoming Writer’s Block with Automatic Transcription

Here’s the core idea: thinking out loud is often less arduous than writing. And it’s now easier than ever to combine the two, thanks to recent advances in speech recognition technology.

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Looking For Inspiration?

This week we’re announcing our upcoming takeover of the Reedsy short story contest!

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From Chaos to Success: My First Twelve Months as an Indie.

  Valentine’s Day celebrates love. For me, it also celebrates my first twelve months as an indie author. Some fifteen years after writing the first draft of The Stationmaster’s Cottage, I’d returned to it as a serious prospect for a traditional deal. It was ready. Edited. Proofed. Let’s go! I…

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You’ve Got One Chance

I made many mistakes with the original cover of my debut novel, The White Raven. This self-publishing journey has been a series of learning experiences. No matter how much research you do, you’re going to screw up along the way. And that’s okay.

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Five things I learned putting together bundles at Bundle Rabbit

By Barbara G. Tarn Have you heard this great marketing tip? Include your book in a multi-author bundle, so that readers can cross-pollinate among various authors. There are plenty of bundling services, such as StoryBundle, but personally, I never made it there, in spite of trying a couple of times.…

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Five Things I Learned as an ESL Writer

By Barbara G. Tarn   With the new millennium, I started going to book fairs and creative writing courses (which started only around 2001 in Italy, probably since the internet had informed us that in the US there was such a thing as “creative writing”). So I started to understand…

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The Day I Decided To Stop Chasing The Bestseller Lists

By Marie Force (Versions of this article originally appeared on Marie’s Facebook Page and her Blog) That Day I Decided to Stop Chasing the Bestsller Lists I’ll admit it. I’ve become a bit of a whore for it, and I’m not proud of that. After the first time it happens,…

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Third Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Announcement

THIRD ANNUAL KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS Award shines a spotlight on debut authors – includes monetary prize and marketing support for books across three genres Toronto – January 24, 2017 – Rakuten Kobo, one of the world’s most innovative eReading services, today announced it is now accepting…

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The Author Website: Not Just a Digital Business Card

by Chris Mandeville   An “official author website” is, like a business card, a tool for providing customers (readers) with information about you. But unlike a business card, your website gives a sense of who you are and what your books are about, which helps you engage with readers. Having…

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The Writer’s Conference: a drink from the fire hose

by Chris Mandeville I just returned home after spending a jam-packed three days at a writer’s conference. This was the 25th or so such event I’ve attended as a writer, and as I sit here totally exhausted I’m pondering why I continue to attend these conferences despite the cost in…

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