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Build Your Global Sales with Kobo Writing Life

NOTE: This piece originally appeared on The Book Designer. By Christine Munroe Why should self-published authors and small publishers distribute directly to Kobo? And how can you grow your global sales? Here are detailed tips on maximizing your potential with the Kobo Writing Life (KWL) platform, featuring advice from some…

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Go Global with Kobo Writing Life

Did you know that when you publish with Kobo Writing Life your books are not just available for sale at Kobo, but are also available in our many partner sites? If you provide us with the rights to distribute your content Worldwide, your eBooks can be made available in a number of…

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How My Sales on Kobo Topped All Other Vendors

SALES ON KOBO TOPPED ALL OTHER VENDORS DURING MY FIRST GLOBAL DISCOUNT-PRICE PROMOTION By Diana Deverell This result surprised me. I’m an ex-pat American living in Denmark and I own a Kobo Mini eReader and a Kobo tablet. I love Kobo. The only eBooks I buy elsewhere are ones sold…

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How I Doubled My Annual Kobo Sales in 2015

NYT bestselling author Cristin Harber recently blogged about her efforts over the last year to expand retailer market share at Kobo. We loved the story and her helpful tips, and were thrilled when she agreed to let us share the post here. To read more posts by Cristin outlining “Actionable…

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10 Things Top Kobo Authors Have in Common

Christine will be hosting a free Bublish webinar on Wednesday, March 21 to talk about what’s new and exciting at KWL and what’s driving book sales at Kobo today.

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 093 – Interviews from When Words Collide

Episode 93 includes a series of short interviews that KWL Director, Mark Lefebvre conducted at the 2017 When Words Collide conference in Calgary, Alberta. Mark speaks with authors Robert J. Sawyer and C.C. Humphreys as well as marketing consultant Mickey Mikkelson about digital publishing, global eBook pricing, author promotion strategies…

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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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Five Things I Learned in the Age of the Typewriter

By Barbara G. Tarn Next year I’ll celebrate 40 years of stories. I stopped counting before the indie revolution and I was already over 500 titles, with less than 10 unfinished. Before you ask: yes, they suck. No, I will never publish most of those stories, although I did throw…

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KWL at RWA 2017

Kobo Writing Life will be at the 37th Annual RWA Conference July 26th through July 29th. KWL Director Mark Lefebvre will be at RWA meeting with authors and industry folks (and doing his best not to sweat on everyone). On Friday July 28th, Mark is hosting public office hours in…

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FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR 2015 INTERNATIONAL SELF-PUBLISHING AND AUTHOR PROGRAM

Kobo Writing Life is delighted to take part in Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 and to support the Fair’s International Self-Publishing and Author program on this occasion. Self-publishing has grown around the world to become a strong and vibrant community. For the past three years, the Frankfurt Book Fair has offered…

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How I Make a Six-Figure Income From My Writing

I’m in this business for the long term, so I’m always looking to the future and keeping an eye on the volatility of markets. The publishing industry can and does change on a dime, sometimes without notice

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“I can’t imagine giving up the control I now have over my books and career.”

Some might consider money to be too puerile a reason to choose one option over another (as opposed to the illusive concept of prestige), but we were struggling financially. Really struggling. I’d wake up in cold sweats at night. Writers have to eat; writers’ children need clothes, and school supplies.

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Go Wide, Go Big—Go For It!

KWL is a team of 7 strong women running a major pillar of Kobo’s content catalogue. We LOVE hearing stories about how self-publishing empowers female writers to build booming independent publishing businesses, making enough money through writing to quit their day jobs, and even hire their partners, family members, or friends to support them. Here Julia Kent shares her tips for success.

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TCK Publishing Podcast Interview with Kobo Writing Life’s Mark Lefebvre

Tom Corson-Knowles, Founder of TCK Publishing, recently interviewed KWL Director Mark Lefebvre on the TCK Publishing Podcast. In the interview, Tom and Mark discuss a wide range of topics. They talk about traditional publishing and self-publishing and the true value of both. They discuss emerging global markets for eBooks and…

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Top 25 Bestselling KWL Titles from 2016

Self-Published titles at Kobo represent nearly 1 in every 4 books sold in the English language for 2016. To spotlight some of the highest selling titles by UNIT for 2016, we present the top-selling 25 titles published through Kobo Writing Life by UNIT sales. Mystery/Thriller/Suspense titles led the way in…

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Kismet And Creation: Some Books Are Meant To Be

Kobo Writing Life is a platform used by indie authors and independent publishers. These publishers, who typically comprise of smaller teams, are nimble and quick, experiment, provide key titles to niche markets, and bring new voices and books into the world in exciting and bold new ways. This guest post…

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 068 – Ethan Jones

In Episode 68, we check in with Ethan Jones, a spy thriller author who decided to go wide with his novels and focus on growing his Kobo sales. His 2015 sales were up 260% over 2014, and every month has broken his sales record from the preceding month. Kobo is…

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 058 – Insights from Kobo Merchandisers

Episode 58 features an interview with Kobo Merchandisers Liz Hilborn (Manager of Merchandising) and Sarah Smith-Eivemark (Canadian Merchandiser) conducted by Mark Lefebvre, KWL Director. In the interview, Mark, Liz and Sarah discuss: What a merchandiser is and what they do at Kobo How merchandisers work with publisher sales reps to…

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KWL Author Service Introduces ISBN Purchase

By Hufsa Tahir If you’ve checked out the Author Services tab on your KWL Dashboard, you will have seen the array of services we hope to offer (and some that we already do). We’ve been launching them one service at a time. If you click on the “Request Details” button…

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Going wide? Absolutely!

By Ethan Jones You have heard the old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” It is cliché, but it is also true. Every financial advisor worth his commission will tell you never to invest all your money in one single stock. Whatever services or goods you are…

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 042 – Kelley Armstrong

New York Times Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong is interviewed by Kobo’s Nora Parker about the hot serialized summer release CITY OF THE LOST. Nora and Kelley discuss: How Kelley has always enjoyed the serialized format and how the project came about at the request of her Canadian publisher The changes…

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Recommended Reading

We at Kobo Writing Life read a lot about what’s going on in the indie author community and thought we’d share some of our favourite blogs (in no particular order) for self-publishing tips, writing advice, industry news and more. It might be worth your while bookmarking some of these. This list is…

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2014 Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest of its kind in the world. Authors, agents, publishers, and industry professionals from all over the globe come together in Germany for talks, workshops, networking, and the celebration of books. Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life, spent time at the Kobo…

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 023 with Michael Rank

Listen in as KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews nonfiction author Michael Rank, whose titles include HISTORY’S WORST DICTATORS and FROM MUHAMMED TO BURJ KHALIFA: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History. Mark and Michael discuss Michael’s podcast, History in Five Minutes, self-publishing from a nonfiction author’s perspective,…

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Infinite Shades of Grey: The Promise and Peril of Self-Publishing in the UK

The following is a visual and audio presentation (with full text included) of a talk that Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer at Kobo gave at FutureBook Conference. Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer, Kobo November 21, 2013 FutureBook Conference, London, UK “You learn what kind of bookseller you are when confronted…

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KWL new feature: free download tracking

Kobo Writing Life is pleased to announce that as of a recent October 2013 update you can now track your free book downloads!  Up until now, all reports were sales reports, and free books downloads weren’t captured in that data.  Now, however, you can also stay informed of which of…

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast – Episode 005 with Douglas Smith

Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Douglas Smith, an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror and supernatural fiction with over 100 short story sales in 30 countries and two dozen languages. Doug and Mark discuss the following: Doug’s start to writing in 1995 stemming from a “mid-life” crisis…

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Aspiring children/YA authors can go indie too

Our guest lecturer says self-publishing isn’t just for grown-ups By Karen Inglis As a successful self-published children’s author I was delighted when Kobo invited me to give a talk on self-publishing at a course being run by Curtis Brown Creative on Writing for Children and Young Adults. The 15-strong class…

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Whose English is it, Anyway? Spelling for an International Audience

by M. A. Demers When publishers distribute a book internationally they will often change the text to meet regional spelling conventions; thus one will find, for example, that the U.S.-published Harry Potter uses American spelling while the British and Canadian versions use British spelling. For the self-publisher distributing a single…

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Muse vs Market – The Best Path to Indie Success

Indie superstar turned publishing house darling Amanda Hocking was highly tactical when she set out to be successful at writing books. She did field research – studying bookstore shelves. She did industry research, and studied sales data. She read the competition. According to a New York Times Magazine profile, she…

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Resources for Writers

  Kobo Writing Life Community, Help & FAQ. Learn more about answers to specific questions by doing a search of the online FAQ and help documents available in the KWL community. Network and connect with other authors and publishing people in the online community forum. No matter what your Grandma…

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5 Tips for Self-Published Authors

Embarking on a writing career can have you feeling like you’re staring up at a steep mountain with an almost unnavigable path. We’ve all heard the success stories of authors who have sold millions through self-publishing and landed themselves a movie deal, but how did they get there? The Kobo…

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