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The Kobo Writing Life Podcast features exciting interviews with bestselling authors, tips on the craft and business of writing, and advice for successfully self-publishing. Millions of readers are waiting to discover your book - self-publish today at www.kobo.com/writinglife

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The Kobo Writing Life Podcast features exciting interviews with bestselling authors, tips on the craft and business of writing, and advice for successfully self-publishing. Millions of readers are waiting to discover your book - self-publish today at www.kobo.com/writinglife

iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
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Four

By Fr. Chip - Mar 11 2020
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This would be a 5 star but for 2 things. First, it’s to short. I think interviews with authors need a full hour. Second, I think a seasoned interviewer/host alongside the ladies would be helpful to drive the show and have questions from a different perspective. Otherwise, I love it, I love the information given and the choice of who they talk with or interview. Good show, could be great.

Inspiring

By Dream5863 - Oct 27 2019
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The Kobo Podcast has great hosts and guest speakers. The information presented is fresh and up-to-date, and you can sense that those in the industry are happy to share their wealth of knowledge so that everyone is a success. I’ve been listening for a year and always come away with nuggets of information that inspire me! Thanks Kobo!!

iTunes Ratings

33 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
8
1
0
0

Four

By Fr. Chip - Mar 11 2020
Read more
This would be a 5 star but for 2 things. First, it’s to short. I think interviews with authors need a full hour. Second, I think a seasoned interviewer/host alongside the ladies would be helpful to drive the show and have questions from a different perspective. Otherwise, I love it, I love the information given and the choice of who they talk with or interview. Good show, could be great.

Inspiring

By Dream5863 - Oct 27 2019
Read more
The Kobo Podcast has great hosts and guest speakers. The information presented is fresh and up-to-date, and you can sense that those in the industry are happy to share their wealth of knowledge so that everyone is a success. I’ve been listening for a year and always come away with nuggets of information that inspire me! Thanks Kobo!!

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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Kobo Writing Life Podcast

Latest release on Jan 05, 2021

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 16 days ago

Rank #1: Bonus Episode: 5 Tips to Help You Write a Novel in a Month #NaNoWriMo with Joanna Penn

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Are you ready to start writing your novel but have no idea where to start? In this special bonus episode, superstar Joanna Penn shares her top 5 tips for writing a novel in a month (and actually reaching your goal!). Need more tips? We have an exclusive offer on Joanna’s titles The Writer’s Toolbox 2019 (https://www.kobo.com/ebook/the-writer-s-toolbox-2019) and The Successful Author Mindset (https://www.kobo.com/audiobook/the-successful-author-mindset-1). Use promo code KWLPODPENN to receive 50% off of your choice of either eBook or audiobook.

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #2: #188 - Writing Advice and Finishing Your First Draft with Andrew David MacDonald

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Debut author Andrew David MacDonald joins us on the podcast this week. Fresh off the release of his first novel, When We Were Vikings, Andrew talks to us about his writing journey, what he has learned about the publishing industry, and he gives us some wonderful advice on finding your character’s voice and how to finish that dreaded first draft.

Mar 17 2020

56mins

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Rank #3: #149 - How Dale Mayer Writes 9000 Words Before Breakfast

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Dale Mayer, USA Today bestselling author, gives advice to listeners on how to develop a long and successful career in indie publishing. She also explains how dictating her books helps her to be one of KWL’s most prolific authors. Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

May 07 2019

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Rank #4: #139 - Crafting Characters with Damon Suede

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Damon Suede, a chart-topping M/M romance author, will change the way you think about craft and characters. Damon gives listeners tips from his books Verbalize and Your A Game, such as thinking about characters in the term of budgeting a blockbuster film and why every character should be driven by a specific word. He also talks about sex, romance, and exploring different types of relationships. Warning: this episode contains explicit content!

Feb 26 2019

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Rank #5: #159 - Best Practices for Indie Writers with David Wind

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In this episode, Steph and Joni sat down with David Wind, author of The Indie Writer's Handbook. Wind has written 59 titles and started his author journey with a traditional publisher, before becoming a very early adopter of indie publishing in 2008. He talked to us about the lessons he's learned along the way, how he engages with readers across multiple genres, and offers advice for authors just starting out!

Join the platform that's fast, free and easy at www.kobo.com/writinglife!

Aug 27 2019

39mins

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Rank #6: #158 - Using Obsession to Drive your Debut Novel with Nora Decter

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Nora Decter, Kobo’s Emerging Writer Prize Winner for Literary Fiction, chats to us about her debut novel How Far We Go and How Fast. She talks about what pushed her to finish her first book, how she created an album to go with the novel and her experience winning the emerging writer prize. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Aug 20 2019

29mins

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Rank #7: #137 - How to Be a Career Author with Nana Malone

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How to be a career author: USA Today bestselling powerhouse Nana Malone shares the writing and marketing process you need to stay motivated and inspired for the next 10 years and more. Nana also talks about how the royal wedding between Meghan and Harry affected her Royals Undercover series and why she loves the romance genre. Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Feb 12 2019

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Rank #8: #141 - Creating Beautiful Covers with Stuart Bache

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Book cover designer Stuart Bache joins us on the podcast this week debunking our theory that authors should not design their own covers. Stuart talks to us about his journey into cover design and how he started his business Books Covered. He sheds some light into his process working with authors directly and the information he needs from an author to design their cover. Stuart also tells listeners tips they can utilize when designing their own cover.

Never miss an episode: subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast on Apple, Spotify, or Stitcher.

Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that's fast, free, easy. We put authors first. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Mar 12 2019

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Rank #9: #151 - Moving Beyond Archetype: How to Write a Compelling Villain with Sacha Black

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Sacha Black joins us to discuss the archetypal villain and how writers can stop writing boring clichéd villains. Sacha gives tips on how to write a kickass protagonist that stands out and why copywriting is a skill all writers should continually work on. Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

May 21 2019

32mins

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Rank #10: #183 - Writing Great Romance with Jennifer Probst

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New York Times Bestselling romance author Jennifer Probst discusses her experience in publishing and how she found her success, why she loves writing romance, and the secret to writing a great sex scene.

Fan of the podcast? We would love to hear from you! If you have a couple minutes to spare, please fill out our survey below. We want to learn more about you and what you would like to hear on the podcast next! https://forms.gle/i2gkgvFBbHa19YvU7

Feb 11 2020

43mins

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Rank #11: #171 - Making Your Backlist Work for You with Zoe York/Ainsley Booth

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Zoe York talks to us about how she began her career writing "the stories of her heart", and turned those stories into a commercial success. Zoe explains how she runs her business and handles her separate pen names, Zoe York and Ainsley Booth. She also explains how she maintains her backlist sales and uses her back catalogue to grow her readership. 

Start self-publishing today with KWL.

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Nov 19 2019

51mins

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Rank #12: #186 - The Importance of a Pen Name with Tawdra Kandle

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Tawdra Kandle, a USA Today bestselling romance author, writes across multiple genres using just as many pen names. She tells us why she decided to utilize pen names, how these names came about, and how they’ve proven to be incredibly useful marketing tools.

Mar 03 2020

38mins

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Rank #13: #173 - Launching a Stand-Out Series Wide with Michael Anderle

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Michael Anderle, best-selling indie author, gives us the scoop on the launch of his first "wide" series, Opus X. He tells us his author origin story, and talks about his focus on the business of writing and creating his own publishing company. 

Start self-publishing today with KWL.

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Dec 04 2019

51mins

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Rank #14: #179 - How to Plot a Mystery with Sara Rosett

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Sara Rosett, USA Today bestselling author, gives her tips for plotting mystery novels and advises authors on which aspects of a mystery they should spend the most time on. Sara discusses the psychology of why readers choose cozy mysteries as well as the difficulties of marketing a long-standing series.

Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Jan 14 2020

31mins

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Rank #15: #140 - Building your Brand Using Pinterest and Instagram with Lauren Layne

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Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author and branding superstar, shares her secrets on cultivating an author brand and mastering trickier social media platforms, specifically Instagram and Pinterest. Lauren demystifies author branding and explains how authors can find their own aesthetic. She also discusses why she chose to limit her social media presence to two platforms and how she has made these platforms work for her. We also discuss the evolution of her newsletter and how it has changed throughout the years.

Never miss an episode: subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast on Apple, Spotify, or Stitcher.

Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that's fast, free, easy. We put authors first. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Mar 05 2019

44mins

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Rank #16: #185 - Getting Creative with your Book Marketing with TS Paul

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Bestselling Science Fiction and Paranormal author TS Paul joins us to discuss how he went from a reluctant writer to an author who puts out over 20 books a year, his creative marketing techniques that helped him build a loyal fan base, and why he’s such a big advocate for publishing wide.

Feb 25 2020

46mins

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Rank #17: #148 - For the Love of Rom-Coms with Sally Thorne and Mhairi McFarlane

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We dive deep into romantic comedies and the key components that make a great love story. Spoiler alert: it’s sexual tension! Sally and Mhairi tells us about their latest releases 99 Percent Mine and Don’t You Forget About Me and how they fell into writing. We also have a lightening round where they tell us their favourite rom-coms. Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife  

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #18: #180 - A New Approach to Author Branding with Vanessa Vale

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Vanessa Vale, USA today best-selling author of sexy romance novels, discusses publishing in a niche genre and how she strives for brand recognition through her author name rather than a singular book. Vanessa talks about her strategy for going wide, why she releases a book every 6 weeks and the process of creating translations. Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Jan 21 2020

31mins

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Rank #19: #164 - Learning the Habits of your Readers with Emma Chase

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Emma Chase, NYT bestselling author, discusses the importance of learning the habits of your readers and setting reader expectations before the release of a new book. She discusses how she built up her newsletter audience and gives us hints about what to expect next from her Royally series. Start self-publishing today with KWL. Join the platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Oct 01 2019

39mins

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Rank #20: #147 - Finding your Niche with Penny Reid

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Book Smart Romance: How Penny Reid bypassed gatekeepers to create her own niche market. Penny discusses the ways in which writing romance is revolutionary, why creators today appear to be more accessible and why authors should always strive towards authenticity in their work. She also uses the magical power of math and science to provide detailed insight into the recent controversies of the romance community. Join the self-publishing platform that’s fast, free, easy. www.kobo.com/writinglife

Apr 23 2019

57mins

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