Sun, 8 September 2013
Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Douglas Smith, an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror and supernatural fiction with over 100 short story sales in 30 countries and two dozen languages.
Doug and Mark discuss the following:
• Doug’s start to writing in 1995 stemming from a “mid-life” crisis
Short fiction recommendations to check out Doug’s writing:
If you like Horror check out By Her Hand She Draws You Down
If you like martial arts/Japanese fantasy check out The Red Bird
If you like modern thriller/fantasy, check out The Wolf at the End of the World
Sat, 24 August 2013
Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Mitch Joel, author of the books Six Pixels of Separation and CTRL ALT DELETE: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on it.
The conversation between Mitch and Mark involve the following:
Taking a note from Mitch’s book, Mark talks about the concept of treating indie publishing as a profession and a business as well as highlighting the importance of connecting with your audience as opposed to being “that pushy guy.” Mark also discusses the value of pitching your book to the right target audience rather than trying to broadcast to everyone and to people who aren’t in your target audience group.
Sun, 11 August 2013
Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews authors Sean Platt and David Wright about their Collective Inkwell properties which include the highly successful serial thrillers Yesterday’s Gone, White Space and Available Darkness.
Mark chats with Sean and Dave about the following:
Mark talks about Kobo’s “open, social and collaborative” nature and the concept of embracing all retailers and making your work available everywhere – how certain retailer’s exclusivity programs are akin to asking ALL your customers to only shop at a single bookstore. Not always a realistic option.
Q&A Answer to: Do I need an ISBN to publish on Kobo Writing Life? Answer: No, you don’t need an ISBN. You can certainly BYOI (bring your own ISBN) or, if you don’t we’ll assign a “dummy” ISBN – with a note on some of our retailer partners that don’t ingest dummy ISBNs
Self-Publishing Podcast (which Sean & David co-host with Johnny B. Truant) - AKA SPP
[SPP Episode 57 – With KWL’s Mark Lefebvre as guest: http://selfpublishingpodcast.com/57/]
Listen to the audio version of Yesterday’s Gone via the YG podcast
Mon, 29 July 2013
Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews author Robert Levine, the author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back.
Mark and Robert discuss the following:
This episode also includes Q&A regarding the right price to set for your eBook as well as an overview of one author’s experiment with increasing the price of her eBook on the various eBook retail platforms.
Robert Levine's book Free Ride on Kobo (Please note there are two different links depending on which territory you're in):
CA, US, HK, SG, ID, JP, BR
GB, AU, NZ, DE, FR, ES, NL, IT, HK, SG, AT, CH, ID, JP, PT, ZA, BR
Robert Levine’s Website
Fri, 28 June 2013
Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews author Steve Vernon, a writer and storyteller of both written and spoken words and they discuss the following:
· Aspects of writing a serialized story (Steve’s Flash Virus Series), elements of humour in a thriller/horror story and the perspective of being able to laugh at life.
· Steve’s first published story in the mid 1980’s in a magazine that featured “Busoms, beards and big bellied bikers.”
· Embracing both traditional publishing and self-publishing as a hybrid author and how that syncs beautifully with how Steve really “isn’t a writer, just a windbag who likes to spin yarns”
· The importance of being able to adapt and continue to learn as a writer
· Steve’s favourite advice for writers
Also included in this episode are Mark’s “Three P’s of Self-Publishing Success” as well as a listener question regarding ensuring your Goodreads reviews appear on Kobo.
Steve’s Blog “Yours in Storytelling”
Download Episode One of Steve’s Flash Virus series (FREE)
Steve’s Flash Virus Series
Steve Vernon’s Books on Kobo