Kobo Writing Life Podcast

Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life interviewed three authors that Kobo sponsored for the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair Author Walk of FameEmily Bold, Kristie Cook and Hugh Howey.

This is the third in the series of three interviews and features international bestselling author Hugh Howey.  In the interview, Camille and Hugh discuss:

  • Hugh’s start into writing, the multi-faceted journey his life took, including being a ship’s captain
  • How Hugh was working as a bookseller when he started on the path of writing a book, publishing it, and then moving on to the next project writing the next book
  • Hugh’s perspective on the importance of joining a writing group; in particular the group he joined (the High Country Writers)
  • The critical role that revisions of that first draft play for a writer, whether you are self-publishing or want to send it to an agent or publisher
  • The role being a bookseller played in helping to inform Hugh about the realities of the publishing industry
  • Hugh’s belief that we should celebrate the fact that there are so many people out there able and willing to express themselves through literature like they do all other art forms
  • How Europe, often seen to be lagging behind the North American trends is, in Hugh’s opinion, actually progressing quite a bit more quickly than the U.S. in terms of accepting self-publishing
  • The meetups that Hugh participates in when he is traveling, as a way to connect directly with readers
  • How Hugh uses social media to make himself available and to interact with his readers and friends
  • How Kobo Writing Life has been a major avenue to international readers for Hugh’s eBooks
  • How Hugh sees the KWL interface as the cleanest and most user-friendly platform, presenting data in an interesting format, and how he tells the other platforms they should be copying what Kobo is doing
  • Hugh’s 7 week tour through Europe promoting the book, and his embrace of a hybrid approach (Hugh sold the print only rights to WOOL to Simon & Schuster)
  • The incredible innovation that several of Hugh’s publishers have demonstrated in promoting WOOL

 

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life, discusses a point that Hugh makes in the interview regarding patience and the strategy of continuing to work on your next book (rather than focusing all your time and attention worrying about your already published title or titles) -- he also references a recent blog post by Dean Wesley Smith entitled "The New World of Publishing: Some Perspectives of 2013" in which Smith notes the importance of building a career over decades rather than giving up after a few books and very little sales (or, as the case used to be with publishing, quitting after 50 rejections)

 

 

Other Links:

Hugh's website

Hugh's books at Kobo

The WOOL trilogy (WOOL, SHIFT & DUST)

 

Direct download: KWL_EP13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:53am PDT

KWL EP 012 - Kristie Cook

Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life interviewed three authors that Kobo sponsored for the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair Author Walk of Fame:  Emily Bold, Kristie Cook and Hugh Howey.

This is the second of the series of three interviews and features bestselling New Adult paranormal romance author Kristie Cook.

Camille and Kristie discuss:

  • Kristie's bestselling series Soul Saver
  • An exploration of Kristie's path to writing which began at the age of 8 years when she embraced a school writing assignment
  • Kristie's experience in business and marketing writing and how that background helped provide her with a solid understanding of good marketing strategies for her books
  • The importance of taking a business perspective and a professional midset
  • Kristie's POV regarding flying across the ocean from the US to Germany and the UK for attend both Frankfurt Book Fair and London Book Fair in 2013
  • How meeting with Kobo representatives in person at the London Book Fair was the highlight of Kristi's visit to LBF back in April 2013
  • The importance of making contacts and the long term view of a writing a publishing career
  • Kristie's thoughts on being a KWL Star on the Frankfurt Author Walk of Fame
  • The inspiration for Kristie's novel The Space Between (which is in her The Book of Phoenix series)
  • How self publishing authors help and support each other out and don't see one another as competitors, but rather as colleagues

 

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre discusses one of the recently introduced Kobo Writing Life Dashboard tools, the Price Scheduling tool (for scheduling temporary/promotional or permanent price changes), why the KWL team developed this for KWL authors and publishers, and how price scheduling and being able to make your book free at other times without exclusivity requests are a hallmark of the Kobo and Kobo Writing Life spirit. 

 

Other Links/Resources:

Kristie Cook's website and blog

Kristie's books on Kobo

The Soul Savers Box Set (a great value bundle of 3 novels plus a novella)

Kristie's KWL Blog Guest post on why authors should consider attending conferences and conventions

 

Direct download: KWL_EP12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15am PDT

Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life interviewed three authors that Kobo sponsored for the 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair Author Walk of Fame:  Emily Bold, Kristie Cook and Hugh Howey.

This is the first of the series of three interviews and features bestselling romance author Emily Bold.

Camille and Emily discuss Emily's continued growth and rise not just in Germany but around the globe, something which saw a significant increase when she embraced the opportunities available to independent publishers and authors through eBook publishing.

They also discuss working with agents regarding the sale of foreign rights as well as strategies for translating work into English and other languages as a way of broadening Emily's reach in the global market.

This episode also includes the audio of a presentation that Kobo's Chief Content Officer Michael Tamblyn gave at Futurebook Conference November 2013 regarding this past October's "Eroticagate"

 

Direct download: KWL_Podcast_Ep11_EmilyBold_rev.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am PDT

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