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Who We Are: The People Behind KWL

Christine, Toronto – KWL Director

“Book nerd ’til I die”

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Has the coolest job ever. She leads the KWL business team, helping authors successfully reach millions of Kobo readers around the world.

She has a BA and MA in English Literature from McGill University and worked as a literary agent and international book scout in New York before joining Kobo. Her favourite part of her job is helping independent writers achieve great results and make a living from their writing, as well as working with her fabulous colleagues on the KWL team!

Christine plays several musical instruments, and has a terrible tendency to buy guitars on a whim. She had a scholarship lined up to do a degree in jazz (baritone sax) but went the English major route instead. Her favourite genre is literary fiction.

 

 Sandra, France

sandra-duchampManages the Italian and French KWL with Camille Mofidi. She studied literature in Strasbourg, and communication and publishing at the Sorbonne in Paris. She loves thinking of new strategies for developing the KWL brand in Europe; setting up events and working directly with European authors. She is an obsessive gourmet and loves reading thrillers.

 

 

 

Camille, France

cami2Runs Kobo Writing Life, Europe. Whether it’s answering author questions about the dashboard, or helping authors promote their books, Camille and Sandra are there to help authors make their publishing journey a success.

She has an MA in publishing from ESCP in Paris and her favourite book is Romain Gary’s La Promesse de l’Aube.

She loves the variety of working with Kobo: from communication to editorial activities, data analysis to project management and meeting with authors and speaking at conferences—it’s everything a book and publishing nerd could dream of!

 

Laura, Toronto

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Laura answers many of the author care questions, runs our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and works with Shayna on various promotions. She has a BA in English from York University in Canada and a post-grad certificate in book, magazine and electronic publishing from Centennial College. Her favourite part of working with the KWL team is working directly with authors and finding new and exciting content to share on our various social media channels. As a true Canadian, she loves watching hockey and is a supporter of the Montréal Canadiens! She loves reading a wide variety of genres, but lately has been reading a lot of romance.

 

Joni, Toronto

joni picJoni also handles many author-care tickets, answering questions on everything from promotions to how to navigate the KWL dashboard. She also manages the Kobo Writing Life blog and loves being able to showcase our authors and their success stories. Joni has an MA in Italian and Spanish language and literature from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and a graduate certificate in publishing from Ryerson University. She taught English in Italy, Scotland, Ecuador, and the Czech Republic, before moving to Canada and joining Kobo. She reads mostly literary fiction and her favourite part of working at Kobo is helping authors be independently successful and make a career out of writing (and being surrounded by booklovers on all sides!).

 

Tara, Toronto

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Tara is responsible for the overall author experience on Kobo Writing Life, from optimizing current features to looking for new avenues of growth. Her aim is to make KWL the greatest and most user-friendly self-publishing platform available.

Tara has an MA in American Literature and Film from University College Cork, Ireland and has worked for KWL since inception. She loves talking to authors and using direct feedback to make improvements that benefit the whole user base.

She likes to read lots of genres but particularly likes reading non-fiction, to get the story behind the story. As well as being a book nerd, Tara’s a big music nerd. She could recommend a good soundtrack to your latest read.

 

Shayna, Montreal

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Shayna is our resident expert when it come to merchandising and promoting your books. She has an MA in English literature from Concordia University and loves to read literary fiction.

Shayna loves to discover new authors with fantastic books and helping them to succeed. She comes to this job with a unique perspective—Shayna is a writer herself and has four books published and a non-fiction co-write coming soon.

 

Stephanie, Toronto

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If you’ve been keeping up with the KWL podcast, you’ve heard Stephanie, who co-hosts with Christine. (She also runs her own podcast with her friends, which you should absolutely check out!) Stephanie is also in charge of approving the KWL books and making sure they go up on site.

She studied media studies and English literature at the University of Toronto and loves reading romance, fantasy, thrillers and YA. Her favourite part of her job is finding new KWL books to read.

Marina, Toronto

img_4637Marina is our Publisher Operations Coordinator, working with Kobo Writing Life on title approvals and ensuring everything from files to the metadata are ready for publication. She also provides support with the KWL blog and podcast. Her favourite part of the job is discovering new authors and KWL books to read.
She studied Journalism at Ryerson University and International Business at Sheridan College, and now is studying Publishing. She has worked as a bookseller and as a content creator on her blog and on Booktube.
Marina loves reading mystery and has a very soft spot for a good romance.

 

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