Kobo Writing Life Podcast

Episode 84 contains the third and final installment of interviews that took place at RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers Convention in Atlanta this year. This time the interviews are from Sinead McElhinney, PR Coodinator for Kobo, who was interacting with dozens of authors and romance readers at the conference.

Featured interviews include chats with the two authors who write under the name Christina Lauren and with Ella Quinn.

Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the dynamic duo co-authors who make up the NYT and USA Today bestselling author Christina Lauren. In their chat, they discuss the process of co-authoring and how it has evolved in the past 8 years as well as the personal closeness/friendship that is the foundation for their authoring partnership.

 Ella Quinn is a USA Today Bestselling author of smart and spicy regency romances. In her chat with Sinead, she shares a bit about the incredible amount of research on the customs, the manners and the buildings for the worlds she writes about in her historical novels. She explains how, while those elements are important in the realism, that the love story and the characters are what should be front and center in the reader’s mind.

Mark then talks with Sinead about what she does at Kobo (a bit of a behind the scenes look), and how her role in PR is related to engaging in social media and in person interactions with publishers, with authors and with readers.

 

Direct download: KWL_Podcast_EP_084_RTBooklovers2017_Part3.mp3
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This episode continues from where episode 82 left off with KWL’s recent live interviews with attendees from RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta, Georgia in early May 2017. RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers brings more than 3,500 fans and between 600 to 800 authors together for a celebration of romance novels.

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life, interviewed authors and industry folks about various topics. In Part 2, we share Mark’s chats with:

 

Meredith Wild

  • A new series of collaborative novels launching in September, starting with Meredith’s novel Misadventures of a City Girl and the fun writing experimentation that led to it
  • Advice that Meredith would offer to beginning writers who are just getting started on their writing journey
  • How Meredith allowed herself some “time off from writing” during this particular conference

Stephanie Bond

  • Stephanie’s latest release in the Body Movers Series, 8 Bodies is Enough
  • The things that Stephanie loves about RT, which is one of her favorite conferences
  • A forthcoming project, Temp Girl, and the temporary tattoos that Stephanie is giving out to fans at the conference

Liliana Hart

  • The forthcoming book (due out May 23rd) in a brand new series (Gravediggers) from Pocket Books entitled The Darkest Corner which is a mix between her J. Graves and the MacKenzie Family series (combining thriller and romance)
  • The unique position of being a hugely successful indie author who is also working with a major publisher and making the best out of both worlds
  • How Liliana writes all the time, including sequestering herself in a hotel room or even as a passenger in the car while touring to events like RT

 

Stephanie Phillips from SBR Media Literary Agency

 

Mark Coker from Smashwords

  • A sneak peek at the annual RT Smashwords survey that explores the aggregated sales data across all the retail platforms, including:
    • Which price points get the most sales / which price points get the most income
    • What impact does a pre-order have on sales related to different genres
    • A deep dive into series, including the effect of free as series starters
  • As of the time of this posting, the 2017 report hasn’t been made live, but here is a link to the 2016 and 2015 report, chock-full of great insights and info for authors

 

Diane and Dante from ListenUp Audiobooks

  • Diane’s role at ListenUp in assisting indie authors in the production of their audiobooks, including the initial discussion, finding the right narrator and getting the book distributed if the author chooses that option
  • Dante’s role as audio engineer and technical director, including working directly with the voice talent and the post recording production to ensure top-quality audio product
  • KWL authors can get $100 off per hour by following this link, navigating to “Get Started” and entering the promo code “Kobo” http://www.listenupindie.pub/
Direct download: KWL_Podcast_EP_083_RTBooklovers2017_Part02.mp3
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KWL was recently in Atlanta, Georgia attending RT Booklovers Convention. Considered the Book Lover Event of the year, RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers brings more than 3,500 fans and between 600 to 800 authors together for a celebration of romance novels.

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life, was on site interviewing authors and industry folks about various topics on writing, reading and promotions. The RT Booklovers interviews have been broken into more than one episode. In Part 1, we share Mark's chats with:

Helen Hardt

  • Her latest novel, Surrender; her penchant for ending her series books with cliffhangers and the direct relation with her pre-order success; A teaser regarding her forthcoming MISADVENTURES series; some advice for beginning writers

Jeff Adams & Will Knauss

  • Jeff's new release Somewhere on Mackinac and its relation to the classic film Somewhere in Time; their publisher Dreamspinner Press and collaborating on a novel; Jeff and Will's Big Gay Fiction Podcast

Julia Kent

  • Her most recent novel, Shopping for a CEO's Wife in the bestselling romantic comedy SHOPPING series of novels; the pseudonym that Julia writes romantic suspense and pulse-pounding fiction under: Meli Raine

Chloe from Written Word Media

  • Opportunities for writers looking for promotions for their reduced price and free ebook titles; more places where writers can get great tips and advice

Dan from Draft2Digital

  • The free universal link tool that D2D has released for authors, making it simpler than ever before to be all inclusive when linking to retail websites where people can buy their books.

 

 

 

Direct download: KWL_Podcast_EP_082_RTBooklovers2017_Part01B.mp3
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