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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 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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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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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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My Writing Life: Winning the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2016

by Nicola R. White As a self-published author, many literary contests are not open to me, so when I first heard of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, I was thrilled to learn that I could enter. And even better, there was no entry fee! (When you pay all publishing and…

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Living the Dream: Writers of the Future – Part II

Matt Dovey, winner of the Golden Pen Grand Prize for Writers of the Future 32, shares, in this two-part series, his experiences leading up to and winning the coveted prize. Part II Chronicles Day 3 through to the WIN and beyond.  Click here to read Part I. Day 3: The…

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My Writing Life – Tony Bertauski

When did you first discover a love of writing?  I always wanted to write creatively. I just wasn’t good at it. I didn’t have a writer’s muscle, either: that ability to spend hours at the keyboard. I was a technical writer before fiction. I did a Master’s thesis and wrote…

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He Said, She Said: Comments on Dialogue in Fiction

By Nathan Dodge (A slightly different version of this article originally appeared in the eZine Reflection’s Edge) What makes a writer effective in writing fictional dialogue? Why is it that some authors can make a conversation come alive while others can’t seem to avoid a stilted, unrealistic cast to every…

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Red Door Reads and Joint Promotion for Authors

By Deborah Cooke One of the challenges faced by every author in this marketplace is visibility and discoverability. When there are so many titles available and so many authors publishing new books, it’s easy for an individual author or title to be lost in the crowd. We all have our…

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Successful Self-Publishing Advice From A Pro

Joanna Penn, one of the world’s leading authorities on indie publishing, proprietor of The Creative Penn Blog and Podcast (a place to learn all about writing, publishing and marketing your book) has provided yet another valuable gift to the publishing world in her new book Successful Self-Publishing: How to Self-Publish…

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Birth of a Novel

  By Sally Jenkins Two things happened in October 2013 which made that year’s NaNoWriMo particularly productive. I went on a weekend writing course, ‘How to Write the Mystery Novel’, and I discovered a free-to-enter novel competition where the only requirement was that the hero of the story be called…

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How Pinterest Helps Me Research That Next Book AND Build My Author Brand

Bestselling historical romance author Lucinda Brant has become an all-star Pinterest user. Over the last four years, she has gained almost 15,000 followers by pinning everything from 18th century fashion to “power paunches.” She also uses private boards to pin various photos and articles as she researches each novel, and…

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 040 – Bryan Cohen

While every author has heard the age old advice that it’s important to have a professional looking and beautiful cover that appeals to the book’s target audience, not as much attention has been paid to the blurb, description or “sales copy” that helps inspire the potential reader to click that…

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Need A Review? Just Ask!

By Mary Chris Escobar Recently, I was explaining to a fellow writer friend that I had reached out to a few pretty high profile authors about blurbing my novel, Neverending Beginnings, that I released in paperback earlier this summer. I was relaying the story, not to highlight what I had…

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The Hit List: Mark 3

By Joshua Essoe When November (National Novel Writing Month) is over, a writer’s “first draft done” mind often turns to editing. The is the 3rd in a series of 4 articles focusing on editing by a full-time freelance editor, continuing advice, insight and that editorial perspective. (Read the first article.…

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Write Away

By Kerrie L. Flanagan and Jenny Sundstedt WRITE AWAY: A Year of Musings and Motivations for Writers combines monthly insightful and humorous stories with tips, tools and interactions that encourage writers to reflect on where they are and where they want to be. From “Writing Naked” to “Writing an Effective Query…

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Introducing Red Door Reads and WHO’S BEN SKREWD?

Who is Ben Skrewd? Who is Red Door Reads for that matter, you might be wondering. The 21 bestselling authors who make up Red Door Reads offer romance in all flavors and genres – contemporary, historical, YA, western, sports, etc. – with new releases popping up and topping the charts…

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A Writer’s Conference for the Independently Minded

In just a couple of days, IndieReCon will return to the web and Kobo Writing Life is delighted to be a sponsor!  IndieReCon 2014, in its second year, is a free online writer’s conference dedicated to indie publishing. That’s right. It’s free. And you don’t even need to leave the…

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 014 with Melissa Yuan-Innes

Mark Lefebvre, KWL Director, interviews Melissa Yuan-Innes, author of the hot-selling Hope Sze Medical Mystery series about… Melissa’s role as an emergency physician and the role this plays in helping develop her fiction and the character of Hope Sze Melissa’s latest book, TERMINALLY ILL which is coming out February 1,…

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Holiday Reads from Kobo Writing Life – Part 3

Wonder: A Soul Savers Collection – Part 2 Christmas By Kristie Cook This second part of the Wonder collection of short stories brings three New Adult Paranormal tales to read by the fire with the Christmas tree lights twinkling. Presence What do you get the woman who needs nothing while…

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Book trailers – the next best thing since bookmarks?

by Tina Folsom When I first saw book trailers pop up on blogs and websites, I was frankly baffled. Why would anybody make a book trailer? Who would see it anyway? And would somebody really buy your book because they liked the trailer? After all, a book is not advertised…

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