Take these steps to become an “auto-buy” author
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
2d ago
Most career authors dream of getting to a point where their readers buy their work simply because their name is on the cover. You might have even noticed that on some covers, certain authors’ names are larger and more prominent than the title! This is a clear indicator that these authors have readers who are drawn to their name above all else, time and time again. That’s what it means to be an “auto-buy” author – your readers will automatically purchase your latest release without worrying about its contents. These are your most ardent regular customers, and the type of reader every author sh ..read more
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KWL – 309 – Writing a Legal Thriller with Alexandra Shapiro
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
5d ago
#309 – Writing a Legal Thriller with Alexandra Shapiro In this episode, we chatted with Alexandra Shapiro, criminal defense lawyer and debut author as of 2021. We asked Alexandra about working with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, how her career as a lawyer helped her creative writing, why so many lawyers are also amazing authors, legal thriller and sci-fi crossovers, and much more. In this episode, we chatted with Alexandra Shapiro, criminal defense lawyer and debut author as of 2021. We asked Alexandra about working with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, how her career as a lawyer helped her creat ..read more
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Reviewing Book Reviews: a KWL Recap
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
1w ago
Book reviews are an important aspect of publishing. Good reviews help with visibility, pique curiosity, and encourage hesitant readers to pick up a copy of a book. Reading reviews is also a great way to feel encouraged, see the excitement your work generates, hear from your readers, get some feedback, take in some constructive criticism, and get inspired to write your next book. A lot of work often goes into a well-written review, so they can be enjoyable to read, too, even if it can be nerve-wracking to see a response to your work. With that, we advise the following: don’t get caught up in ba ..read more
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How to write an effective author newsletter
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
1w ago
What makes an effective author newsletter? How do you get your readers to open the email – let alone click through your links? What do you do if you run out of content ideas? All of these questions can cause anxiety when it comes to preparing and planning your newsletter, but we at KWL have some tips for you in order to help you have an effective and exciting author newsletter. If you’re not subscribed to the KWL newsletter, make sure you get on that list! Our newsletter is full of tips, tricks, and highlights from our blog, podcast, conference trips, and more. You can opt into it right from y ..read more
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KWL Live Q&A – Setting Up for Publishing Success: an AMA with the KWL Team
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
2w ago
Setting Up for Publishing Success – Looking at the Year Ahead The Kobo Writing Life team is excited to announce our latest Live Q&A on January 26th, 2022, from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST. KWL Director Tara will be chatting with all of our viewers, alongside author engagement manager and KWL podcast co-host Laura, about how to set up for a successful year of publishing in 2023. If you can’t make it to the event, feel free to comment on this post with your questions and we can ask them for you!    Hi authors!   In our first live Q&A of the year, we are going to featur ..read more
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KWL – 308 – New Year, New Indie Publishing Trends with the KWL Team
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
2w ago
#308 – New Year, New Indie Publishing Trends with the KWL Team Happy New Year, writers! In this episode, the Kobo Writing Life team gets together to discuss our indie publishing predictions, forecasts, hopes and dreams for 2023! Hear from Tara (director of KWL), Laura (author engagement manager), Rachel (promotions specialist), and Terrence (content coordinator for KWL) as they discuss everything from AI-narrated audiobooks and the Kobo Plus expansion to the influence of TikTok and trends in cover design! In this episode, the Kobo Writing Life team gets together to discuss our indie publish ..read more
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How to refresh your writing habits
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
3w ago
Happy new year, authors! The new year, for many, is a time to reflect, reject, and reinvigorate yourself. How can you use this energy to refresh your writing habits? If you feel burnt out, bored, or tired of working on a particular project, it can be difficult to get out of this slump and feel the same excitement and drive you may have felt about writing once before. We’re here with 7 tips that might help you find your spark again! Consume, don’t create – by this, we mean take some time to read, watch, and otherwise engage in stories that you enjoy. Give yourself dedicated time to consume the ..read more
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Listening In – Helena Greer talks Hallmark-inspired holiday romance, LGBTQ+ literature, and more
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
1M ago
Listening In is a series of author interviews, featuring authors whose works have been transformed into audiobooks! We’re featuring Helena Greer, author of the hotly anticipated queer holiday romance, Season of Love, narrated by Barrie Kreinik and Emily Lawrence. Listening In #3Helena Greer Helena Greer writes contemporary romance novels that answer the question, what if this beloved trope were gay? She was born in Tucson, and her heart still lives there although she no longer does. After earning a BA in writing and mythology, and a master’s in library science, she spent sever ..read more
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KWL – 307 – How to Boost Your Backlist Sales
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
1M ago
#307 – How to Boost Your Backlist Sales In this episode, we’re showcasing a live event that we held earlier this year on the KWL Facebook page and on our YouTube channel. Kobo Writing Life director Tara and author relations manager Joni got together to talk about everything you need to know to boost your backlist sales. In this episode, we’re showcasing a live event that we held earlier this year on the KWL Facebook page and on our YouTube channel. Kobo Writing Life director Tara and author relations manager Joni got together to talk about everything you need to know to boost your backlist ..read more
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Using readership statistics and survey results to your advantage
Kobo Writing Life | The Craft And Business Of Writing And Self Publishing
by kobowritinglife
1M ago
As we near the end of 2022, let’s reflect on the data regarding readers that emerged this year from studies done in 2021 in advance of the data we’re sure to see emerge from 2022 early next year! For all you authors interested in numbers – statistics especially – we at KWL wanted to highlight a great resource, especially for those of you based in Canada or are interested in increasing your presence on the Canadian market: BookNet Canada is a valuable resource for booksellers (and indie authors, who are also booksellers, of course), as they frequently publish findings on readerships across the ..read more
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