Join us on Wednesday at 4pm EST (9pm GMT) for an online Alliance of Independent Authors event with Mark Lefebre, Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo.
Here's Mark's summary of what you can expect. “First I’ll introduce Kobo as a company, for self-publishers who might be unfamiliar with us. Then I’ll get right to Kobo Writing Life, starting with why we built this DIY portal for authors, particularly when there are quite wonderful aggregators who’ll do this for you for all vendors.
“Then I will do a step-by-step of the uploading process, highlighting what features authors should take advantage of — and where we have scheduled improvements, and updates already in the pipe.
“I'll also talk about the various things Kobo are doing via our blog, Twitter and Facebook to help promote authors, as well as the really cool contests we have held and will hold that help authors get access to cool services and prizes and opportunities. e.g our recent ‘win a cover design’ contest, our Book Doctors contest, and our newly announced Jeffrey Archer 100 Word Short Story challenge.
“Then I’ll mention a few opportunities to assist authors with finding pro services and marketing opportunities (not just for Kobo but for every platform, because the way Kobo is about “read freely” we’re about “write freely”).
Some other topics covered in the session:
- overview of Kobo terms and conditions, ensuring writers recognize they are the publisher and own the rights
- break-down of Kobo“royalties”
- explanation of conversion process from word (doc and docx), open office and mobi into ePub
- suggested ways authors might make the best of Kobo services.
If you want Orna to put a question to Mark on your behalf, please put it in a comment below.
There will also be a Q&A session at the end, with plenty of time to ask questions directly.
The event takes place on the Shindig platform, a video chat experience where everyone can interact with each other, as well as with the speakers. There is nothing to install, no account to create, or software to download and the platform works on every browser (though Google chrome is recommended). All you need is an email address to log in at the alloted time.