The craft and business of writing and self publishing

About Kobo Writing Life

Do you have a story to tell? Are you an author with a bestseller just waiting to be discovered? Want to reach out to millions of readers in over 190 countries? Do you own the digital rights to your work?

Then have we got the tool for you. Kobo Writing Life is the one-stop, do-it-yourself publishing portal.

This online community hosts articles about both the craft and business of writing.

37 Responses to “About Kobo Writing Life”

  1. Ronald FIschman

    Hi, guys, does the fact that I’m carried through Kobo from my Smashwords publication count for entering the contest? I’m really interested in learning more about Kobo.

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    • Kobo Writer

      Hi Ronald, and thanks for the great question! Sorry for the delay in reply; this question actually sparked off a rather lively debate here. The conclusion is that although we’re all about being open and having absolutely no exclusivity clauses for our KWL authors, the contests we host are designed to promote KWL membership. To enter, you really should sign up for KWL yourself, especially considering that it’s totally free, and easy to exclude Kobo from your Smashwords account if that’s what you decide to do.

      Plus, you really should sign up for KWL anyway, contests aside. We’re just that awesome.

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    • DL Bigelow

      I have been on Smashwords for a number of years and noticed something very soon after joining…Kobo was selling more of my book than anyone else! That fact couldn’t be ignored so here I am, Thanks Kobo!

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  2. LindaGHill

    Just a suggestion – it might be handy to have a “follow by email” widget on your sidebar for people without blogs.
    Cheers!

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  3. toye oladimeji

    I wish to sign up. My intention is to be a member of kobo right away and submit my manuscript, a true life personal love life experience spiced with a little fiction and random thoughts. It’s titled “ULTERIOR MOTIVES”. How do I go about it?

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    • Kobo Writing Life

      Hi Jana, a member of our team will follow up right away.

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  4. Gbenga Ezekiel Oladosu

    When is my royalties and payments details is it going to be report to me? Since over 11 months that I have self-published my eBooks.

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  5. evanatiello

    Hi, I have sent several emails to that address and have not received a reply. I tried to publish an e-book last week and it is still not published. If I have done something wrong/incomplete I’d like to rectify it immediately. Could someone please reply to help me out. Thank you.

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  6. Vesna

    Do you know some of Canada’s service for the promotion of books?
    Is there such a service, which prefers Kobo books?

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    • kobowritinglife

      Hi Vesna – afraid that about 95% of the sites that promote eBooks are run from either the US or the UK. We’re not aware of a particular one that focused on Canada. But we do know that sites like BookBub, EReader News Today and Bargainbooksy/Freebooksy include links to Kobo. (There are, of course, hundreds of other sites like those out there, but those are the ones we notice the most traffic from thus far)

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  7. Kate

    I sell the odd one on Kobo and just wonder how I could increase sales. I have no idea how to make my books more visible or what free self-promotional tools I can add to the ones I already use but I noticed I sold one in Turkey in December 🙂

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  8. Nick velli

    Navigation of your website in order to submit a text fpr publication is extraordinarily difficult. Please provide a link for submission. I am already registered Nick Velli dprx.nv@gmail.com

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  9. RB Roberts

    Hi!
    Does KOBO have a regular e-mail address?

    Well, since I’m here, the question I wanted to ask: What effect would KOBO conversion of my PDF e-book to e-Pub have on the hyperlinks it contains? (There are over 1,000 hyperlinks).

    Authoritative Reply from informed KOBO staff member required. Please, do not reply otherwise. Thanks.

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    • kobowritinglife

      Thanks for your query. Since Kobo Writing Life doesn’t offer PDF to ePub conversion via the free conversion tool built in to our platform, we can’t answer that question. There are, outside of Kobo, both free and paid PDF to ePub conversion options available, and, in our experience, a GOOD conversion should preserve all of the links. You can email your queries to writinglife@kobo.com.

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  10. Eileen

    Funny but true. Published first book on Kobo Writing Life last week. Now back with book two and cannot locate where to publish the book, all I see is information on how to purchase and read!

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    • kobowritinglife

      This is funny, but true, too: When you’re on http://www.kobowritinglife.com (this website), have a look over on the right hand side near the top and click on the YOUR KWL DASHBOARD box with the global map on it. If you’re using the same browser you logged in with before and cookies are enabled and you saved your password in the browser, it’ll take you straight to your dashboard. If not, it’ll bring you to http://www.kobo.com/writinglife where you have to click on the GET STARTED link to log in. Honest.

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    • kobowritinglife

      Hi Michelle! We only do eBooks here at Kobo. There are lots of print-on-demand services available if you would also like hard copies of your books, but that is not something we offer at this time.

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  11. Mark DeGange

    I was in awe yesterday when I uploaded my book, Be Still, Behold and Dance to the Divine. Despite some unusual formatting in it, Kobo popped it up quickly and presented me with what I had been hoping for from the other major book publishers but have not seen yet.
    I am sending readers here to buy it. I am impressed with you guys.
    Thanks
    Mark LeClair DeGange

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