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Commonly Miscategorized Genres and Subgenres: Why These Mistakes Matter

Incorrectly categorizing your books can keep them away from your target readership. Worse still, this could lead to bad reviews, when readers do not get what they expect. Are your novels in the right category?

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5 Steps to Standing Out and Selling More in Your Genre

So, you have a concept of the tale you want to tell. Is the story truly of your own design? Follow these five steps to creating an original story.

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Reflections: The Inner World of a Multi-Genre Author

By Barbara Avon Enter, if you will, the mind of a multi-genre author. Images, ideas and words swirl aimlessly in my mind. A 3 a.m. wake-up call is not uncommon, but necessary to jot those ideas down before they dissipate and forever escape me. Basically, it’s impossible to silence my…

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How to mix genres and make heroes

By Johnny B. Truant When people review my Fat Vampire books, they say two things. They say them so often and so consistently that I’m almost numb to how awesome they are. Almost, but not quite. The first goes something like this: “What a refreshing twist on a ‘done to…

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Toronto Event: Science-Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre Conference at McMaster University

  From Friday September 13 to Sunday September 15, join Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Leslie Lefebvre at McMaster University for the Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre conference, in honour of Robert J. Sawyer’s archival donation to the McMaster University Library Collections. Special guests at the conference include Robert J.…

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Ep #170 From Wedding Planner to Writer with Violet Howe

Violet Howe talks to us about her writing career and how feeling strongly about her story and characters led her to indie publishing. Violet discusses how writing two different series in the same town allows her to explore two genres. Violet also talks to us about how her past work experiences have influenced her writing but also how they have helped with other aspects of her writing business.

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Six Tips on How to Write Sizzling First Love Scenes

Prize-winning author, former BBC journalist, bookseller and magazine editor Helena Halme shares her wisdom on creating gripping, sexy, and heartfelt first romantic encounters.

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The Broken Union of Narrative Voice and Story (and how to bring them back together)

Narrative voice and story content are intricately bound together, and the two must be compatible for your novel to work. Recognize the four most common issues with narrative voice and how to overcome them.

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NaNoWriMo 2019: Beginning of the Trail

Our NaNoWriMo journey has begun! Check out Joanna Penn’s 5 tips to help you write a novel in one month. Plus an exclusive offer on The Writer’s Toolbox 2019 and The Successful Author Mindset.

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KWL Facebook Takeover with OverDrive’s Adam Sockel and Jill Grunenwald

The Kobo Writing Life team is excited to announce our latest Facebook Live Q&A on November 21st 2019. From 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST, our takeover hosts Jill and Adam, will be answering all your questions on the Kobo Writing Life Facebook page. If you can’t make the takeover, feel free to comment…

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The Book Scoop: October Edition and Horror Writing Playlist

Catch up on popular new releases across genres this October. Plus news on major book award winners and a spine-tingling horror writing playlist!

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War, Resistance, and Exile: Anne Allen on Writing The Guernsey Novels

Award-winning author Anne Allen discusses the fascinating history of the British island of Guernsey. The island’s turbulent past and its connection to the legendary Victor Hugo served as a backdrop of inspiration for The Guernsey Novels.

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#167 Relatability in Romance with Samantha Young

New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young talks to us about the life-changing success of her self-published novel On Dublin Street. Samantha examines the benefits of being a hybrid author, stepping out of her comfort zone with her forthcoming novel Outmatched and why relatable characters are the hallmark of all her novels. Plus an exclusive offer on Samantha’s audiobook, Into the Deep.

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#166 How to Craft a New Writing Persona with Piper Rayne

Writing duo, Piper Rayne, gives us insights on what it is like being a writing duo and they discuss the writing and revision process that works best for them. No two writing duos are alike! They discuss the prep work and strategy behind releasing a successful new persona and give their tips for new co-authors starting out. Plus an exclusive offer on Book #1 of The Baileys!

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5 Advantages of Writing in Multiple Perspectives

Have you ever considered telling a story in different points of view? Five key ways multiple narratives can benefit your novel, adding depth and meaning to your story.

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The Age of Audiobooks: Rising Popularity and Expert Perspectives

KWL recently launched an audiobook upload service for its authors! Whether you are considering creating an audiobook or just want to stay up to date with shifts in the publishing industry, read on for expert insight and interesting facts. For audiobook inquiries, email writinglife@kobo.com. Audiobooks Publisher’s Association The US-based Audiobooks…

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#164 – Learning the Habits of your Readers with Emma Chase

Emma Chase, NYT bestselling author, discusses the importance of learning the habits of your readers and setting reader expectations before the release of a new book. She discusses how she built up her newsletter audience and gives us hints about what to expect next from her Royally series.

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KWL Ep. 163 How to Stay Relevant with an Authentic Online Presence with Rachel Van Dyken

New York Times best-selling author, Rachel Van Dyken discusses how having an authentic online presence offers something tangible to readers and allows authors to stay relevant in the ever-changing publishing world. She talks to us why she decided to be a hybrid author and discusses her upcoming novel Fashion Jungle which she co-wrote with model Kathy Ireland.

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Facebook Live with Ryan from BookSweeps

The Kobo Writing Life team is excited to announce our latest Facebook Live Q&A on September 20th 2019. From 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST, our takeover host, Ryan Zee from Booksweeps will be answering all your questions on the Kobo Writing Life Facebook page. If you can’t make the takeover, feel free to comment on this post with your questions and we can ask them for you! Keep reading to learn more about Ryan and his experience in the indie world, and get your questions ready!

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Empowering Wisdom from Female Authors

A follow-up to our last infographic, which did not give women authors the love they deserve!

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KWL Ep 161: How to Sustain a Successful Writing Career with Jill Shalvis

With 20 years in the industry and over 100 novels under her belt, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis shares her tips for finding the right method of publication for you and how to sustain a lifelong publishing career.

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Characters Who Speak For Themselves: Chatting With KWL Authors

KWL authors share their experiences of how their characters came to life and took the story into their own hands.

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The Rise of Female-Centered Dystopias: KWL’s Recommended Reads

Margaret Atwood’s long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has arrived! Plus recommended reads featuring fierce females who overcome insurmountable odds.

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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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Podcast Ep 159 ⁠— Best Practices for Indie Writers with David Wind

This week, Steph and Joni sat down with David Wind, author of The Indie Writer’s Handbook. Wind has written 59 titles and started his author journey with a traditional publisher, before becoming a very early adopter of indie publishing in 2008.

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How to Immerse Readers in Setting + KWL Fantasy Writing Playlist

Creating a vivid and realistic setting for your readers is a complex process. KWL breaks down the nuances of setting, from its relation to characters, plot, and symbolism, writing with the five senses, and figurative language. Plus, some musical inspiration for setting: get lost in your fantasy world with our playlist of the month!

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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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Writing Tips From Famous Authors

When it comes to writing, people who learn this craft – both for professional or personal use – can benefit from advice. When this advice comes from notable authors, those that have produced some of the best books and stories ever written, their words are worth taking into account. Assignment Helper provides an inspiring infographic featuring advice from famous authors.

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Five Most Common Self-Publishing Mistakes

So you’ve written a book! Now what? Regardless of how long you’ve been writing, there’s a lot to learn about actually publishing your book. We’ve put together some of the most common blunders we see from indie authors. Some of these may seem like no brainers to you, others might spark a light bulb moment.

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Podcast Ep 156 ⁠— Diversity in Romance with Jackie Lau

Jackie Lau reflects on her first year of self-publishing and the steps she took to ensure success. She discusses the importance of diversity in romance and how she wanted her characters to fill a void that is missing in the romance community. She also talks about how Twitter and Instagram are the social media platforms that work for her.

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How Music Can Benefit Your Creative Process + KWL Romance Writing Playlist

Can listening to music help you write a better novel? Potentially. Here’s why you should consider incorporating instrumentals into your creative process.

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The Essential Storytelling Ingredient That Makes Your Story More Addictive

Simply put, stakes are the negative consequences of failure. If your protagonist fails, bad things will happen. Unlike an intriguing hook or compelling protagonist, stakes put readers under tension.

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How Dale Mayer Writes 9000 Words Before Breakfast

Dale Mayer, USA Today bestselling author, gives advice to listeners on how to develop a long and successful career in indie publishing. She also explains how dictating her books helped her become one of KWL’s most prolific authors.

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How Indie Publishing Changed Julie de Lestrange’s Life

Julie de Lestrange is a true KWL superstar in her native France. Her first independently published novel was such a success that she caught the attention of the traditional publishing world. She now works with traditional publishers on her print books, but retained all her digital rights and continues to…

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KWL Podcast EP 146: Carrie Ann Ryan

With 12 books releasing this year, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan, takes time out of her jam-packed schedule to talk to us about her writing technique, how the self-publishing landscape has changed since first starting out and why she wanted to branch out into a new genre. Carrie also gives listeners a sneak peek of her first YA novel, From Breath and Ruin.

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KWL EP 145 Adam Cushman on Book Trailers

Have you ever wondered if a book trailer would be right for your next novel? This week on the KWL podcast, Marina and Stephanie chatted with Adam Cushman, the founder of Film 14, about the benefits of creating a cinematic book trailer.

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KWL EP 139 – Damon Suede

Damon Suede, a chart-topping M/M romance author, will change the way you think about craft and characters.

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KWL EP 138 – Brenna Aubrey

Breakout star in France, Italy and Germany, Brenna Aubrey gives listeners tips on translations. Brenna also discusses how she fell into her niche (writing “geek romance”) and why ultimately, she decided on self-publishing rather than traditional.

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The 2019 KWL Reading Challenge

We’ve put together a challenge for anyone looking to embark on a reading journey and explore new genres and authors in 2019!

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KWL Ep 131 – Ricci Wolman

KWL EP 131 – Ricci Wolman In this episode, Chrissy chats to Ricci Wolman the founder and CEO of Written Word Media. Ricci talks about why she created Written Word Media, the services she offers authors and she tells listeners about her newest site, Reading Stacks. In this episode, Chrissy…

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The Best of the KWL Blog 2018

Happy New Year from us all at Kobo Writing Life! As we leave 2018 behind, let’s take a moment to celebrate and revisit some of the best blog posts published last year. Sarina Bowen on writing romance in 2018 Amid the furore of the #MeToo movement, Sarina Bowen wrote a fantastic piece…

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What We Read in 2018: Recommendations from the Book Lovers at Kobo

The Entire Kobo Staff 2018 has been a fantastic year for books and publishing. At the beginning of the year, we posted a KWL Reading Challenge with the aim of diversifying our own reading, trying new books and sparking great discussions around new favourites.  If there’s one thing that everyone…

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Update: New Categories for your Book

You’ll now have the option to browse through over 2,000 categories to find the ones that best suit your book and help tell your story.

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Global Reach: Indie Publishing in the UK

Our EU Manager, Camille Mofidi, sits down to chat with UK Content Lead, Nick Coveney about the state of indie publishing in Great Britain. Welcome, Nick! Could you give our readers a bit of background about yourself, and your experience in digital publishing? My journey into the world of digital…

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Setting Up a Multi-Author Bookstore Event

When my debut mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was published in 2015, one of the first things I did was set up a bookstore event at my local Chapters. Visions of eager customers lining up outside the door danced through my head.
The reality was considerably different.

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KWL Author Takeover #5: Chrishaun Keller-Hanna

The Kobo Writing Life team is excited to announce our latest Facebook takeover on November 29th 2018. From 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EST, our takeover host, Chrishaun Keller-Hanna will be answering all your questions on the Kobo Writing Life Facebook page. Each person who comments with a question and “likes” the Kobo Writing Life…

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To Swear or Not To Swear: Where Are Your Boundaries As An Author?

How do you feel about swearing in your books? Hard no, or appropriate when the narrative calls for it?

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KWL EP 124 – Eve Langlais

Kobo Writing Life Podcast Insights and inspiration for growing your self-publishing business, featuring interviews with bestselling authors and publishing experts. In this episode, Stephanie sits down with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eve Langlais. Eve talks to us about being a hybrid author, why she loves writing…

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What, Why, and How Readers Read: 10 Fun Facts

This one is for those stat-hungry authors among you! A KWL author conducted a reader survey: here are some of the take-home messages.

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