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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 a...Show More

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KWL EP 137 - Nana Malone

1:04:04 | Feb 12th

In this episode, Stephanie and Marina interview USA Today best-selling author Nana Malone. Nana talks to us about her writing journey and how adapting and changing her marketing and writing process has allowed her to continue self-publishing for clos...Show More

KWL EP 136 - Melissa Saneholtz

36:32 | Feb 5th

In this episode, Chrissy and Stephanie sit down with virtual assistant and CMO of Book+Main, Melissa Saneholtz. Melissa tells listeners how she got her start as an author virtual assistant and what a VA can do for an author. Melissa also talks about ...Show More

KWL EP 135 - Accessibility in EPUBs with Wendy Reid

32:44 | Jan 29th

In this episode, we sit down with Senior QA Analyst Wendy Reid from Kobo to learn more about accessibility in EPUBs. Wendy gives us a breakdown about what exactly accessibility in EPUBs means for readers and creators, how an author can include access...Show More

KWL EP 134 - Ben Macintyre

32:41 | Jan 22nd

In this episode we bring you a Kobo in Conversation with author Ben Macintyre about his latest book, The Spy and the Traitor. Ben was interviewed by the Globe and Mail’s Doug Saunders where they discuss the spy Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secr...Show More

KWL EP 133 - Amanda Cupido

33:47 | Jan 15th

In this episode, Cristina sits down with author and podcast producer Amanda Cupido to talk about her book Let’s Talk Podcasting: The Essential Guide to Doing it Right. Amanda talks about how she got into podcasts, the difference between podcasts and ...Show More

KWL EP 132 - The Cast and Crew of The House with a Clock in its Walls

17:40 | Jan 8th

In this episode, Rene sits down with the cast and crew of the recent film The House with a Clock in its Walls to learn about their experience working on the movie and their favourite books. Rene chats to director Eli Roth about his experience directi...Show More

KWL EP 131 - Ricci Wolman

36:34 | Jan 1st

In this episode, Chrissy chats to Ricci Wolman the founder and CEO of Written Word Media. Ricci talks about why she created Written Word Media, the services she offers authors and she tells listeners about her newest site, Reading Stacks. Ricci discu...Show More

KWL EP 130 - Signe Pike

43:56 | Dec 25th, 2018

In this episode, Steph and Laura chat to author Signe Pike about her novel The Lost Queen. Signe talks to us about her time as an acquisitions editor, her top tips for writers struggling to write their first draft and the challenges writing non-ficti...Show More

KWL EP 129 - Bishop Blue

52:19 | Dec 18th, 2018

In this episode, Steph and Mickie sit down with Damon and Nicola from pop gospel band, Bishop Blue. Bishop Blue, also known as Novel Songwriters, create original music for authors. They tell our listeners about the creative process behind bringing a ...Show More

KWL EP 128 - Dr. Lee Airton

20:24 | Dec 11th, 2018

In this week’s episode, Rene sits down with Professor Dr. Lee Airton to talk about Airton’s new book, Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture. Dr. Airton talks about their wi...Show More

KWL EP 127 - Adam Croft

48:06 | Dec 4th, 2018

In this episode, Chrissy interviews international best-selling author Adam Croft. Adam talks to us about rethinking his writing career and the success that started once he started considering his writing as a business. He talks about the importance a...Show More

KWL EP 126 - Sarah Winman

39:27 | Nov 27th, 2018

In this episode, author Sarah Winman drops by Kobo’s headquarters in Toronto to talk to Chrissy about her latest release, Tin Man. Sarah talks to us about the inspiration behind her novel, why it took her ten years to write the book and she also disc...Show More

KWL EP 125 - Courtney Summers

31:22 | Nov 20th, 2018

In this episode, Stephanie and Marina sit down with New York Times best-selling author Courtney Summers. We talk to Courtney about her new novel Sadie and her inspiration for including a podcast in her narrative. Courtney also discusses murder podcas...Show More

KWL EP 124 - Eve Langlais

31:59 | Nov 13th, 2018

In this episode, Stephanie sits down with New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Eve Langlais. Eve talks to us about being a hybrid author, why she loves writing romance novels and how she balances being creative while simultaneously working...Show More

KWL EP 123 - Shayla Black

45:40 | Nov 6th, 2018

In this episode, Stephanie and Laura sit down with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shayla Black. Shayla chats to us about celebrating 20 years in publishing, how she got her start in indie publishing and how she manages to balance the...Show More

KWL EP 122 - Toronto Public Library at KWL

47:05 | Oct 23rd, 2018

This episode was recorded live at our first-ever indie author library night at Kobo HQ. Chrissy Munroe interviewed Maria Cipriana and Beth Godlewski from Toronto Public Library to discuss how they curate the library catalogue and give advice on best ...Show More

KWL EP 121- Behind the Scenes Look at Kobo's New eReader Forma with Ramesh Mantha

55:39 | Oct 23rd, 2018

In this episode, Chrissy chats with Kobo’s VP of Product and Devices, Ramesh Mantha, to learn all about Kobo’s newest eReader Forma. Ramesh gives listeners a peek into the work that goes into creating new devices at Kobo. He talks about the features ...Show More

KWL EP 120 - Going Global with Kobo Writing Life

43:04 | Oct 16th, 2018

In this episode, we sit down with the European Manager of Kobo Writing Life, Camille Mofidi. Camille shares her thoughts on why authors should go global, the questions they need to ask themselves before going global and why they should consider trans...Show More

KWL EP 119 - Sasha Cottman

37:00 | Oct 9th, 2018

In this week’s episode, Chrissy sits down with Australian author Sasha Cottman. Sasha talks to us about her first-year being independently published, how she is able to balance paying her bills and having fun writing, and where she looks for inspirat...Show More

KWL EP 118 - Lauren Weisberger and Mackenzie Belcastro

47:52 | Sep 25th, 2018

In this week’s episode we bring you not one but two interviews! First we sit down with New York Times best-selling author Lauren Weisberger. We ask her about her new book When Life Gives You Lululemons and discuss her writing process. Secondly, Steph...Show More

KWL EP 117 - Kevin Tumlinson

48:50 | Sep 11th, 2018

In this episode Chrissy interviews award-winning and bestselling author, Kevin Tumlinson. Kevin talks to us about overcoming the stigma of self-publishing and how marketing sophistication and budgets have increased over the last ten years. He gives l...Show More

KWL EP 116 - Sean Pratt

1:11:12 | Aug 28th, 2018

Join Steph and Joni as they sit down with Sean Pratt, an audiobook narrator who has recorded over 975 audiobooks. Sean chats to us about his experience being a narrator for 23 years and the physical and mental work that goes into producing an audiobo...Show More

KWL EP 115 - Rachael Herron and J. Thorn

47:10 | Aug 14th, 2018

In this episode, Chrissy chats with authors Rachael Herron and J. Thorn from the Writer’s Well podcast (formerly The Petal to the Medal podcast). Rachael and J. discuss their writing and revision processes and how they got into self-publishing. J. ta...Show More

KWL EP 114 - Scott Bintz

53:18 | Aug 1st, 2018

In this episode, Chrissy chats to Scott Bintz the founder of RealTruck.com, a 100-million-dollar e-commerce store from North Dakota. Recently, Scott became a rookie author publishing his first book Principles to Fortune: Crafting a Culture to Massive...Show More

KWL EP 113 - All About EPUBs with Simon Collinson and Ben Dugas from Kobo

57:02 | Jul 17th, 2018

Join Chrissy as she sits down with EPUB experts Simon Collinson and Ben Dugas from Kobo. They teach us everything we need to know about eBook files. They explain the different types of EPUB files, the tools available to authors to make their own EPUB...Show More

KWL EP 112 - Lauren Blakely

47:35 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In this episode, Chrissy and Stephanie chat with #1 New York Times best-selling author, Lauren Blakely. Lauren talks about her tips and tricks for marketing, her philosophy on writing and why it is important to be authentic on social media. She also ...Show More

KWL EP 111 - Adam Sockel and Jill Grunenwald from Overdrive

55:28 | Jun 19th, 2018

In this episode, Chrissy and Steph sit down with Adam Sockel and Jill Grunenwald from Overdrive. They give us the low-down on all things Overdrive: what their roles are within the company, what is their favourite part about working at Overdrive, and ...Show More

KWL EP 110 - Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

50:38 | Jun 5th, 2018

Join Chrissy and Stephanie as they sit down with Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, the masterminds behind Sterling & Stone. They discuss what goes on behind the scenes running Sterling & Stone, the top conversion elements every author should know, and...Show More

KWL EP 109 - Katja Meier

51:35 | May 22nd, 2018

In this episode, Stephanie and Joni interview author Katja Meier about her memoir Across the Big Blue Sea. Katja discusses her inspiration for writing a memoir and why she ultimately decided to self-publish her book. She also talks about the power of...Show More

KWL EP 108 - Vivica Fox

43:46 | May 8th, 2018

Actress, producer, TV host, business owner and newly minted author Vivica Fox sits down at Kobo HQ in Toronto to talk about her new memoir, Every Day I'm Hustling

KWL EP 107 - Sarah Wendell

1:24:55 | Apr 24th, 2018

In this episode, Stephanie and Cristina sit down with Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Sarah is a writer, blogger and podcaster and chats to us about running her successful romance book blog and podcast. She delves into the workshops she...Show More

KWL EP 106 - Maxwell Alexander Drake

1:03:40 | Apr 10th, 2018

In this episode, Chrissy Munroe interviews award-winning author and creative writing instructor, Maxwell Alexander Drake. Drake, best known for his fantasy series, The Genesis of Oblivion Saga, chats to us about his writing career, the creation of Dr...Show More

KWL EP 105 - Ariel Bissett

1:02:12 | Mar 27th, 2018

In this episode, Stephanie McGrath interviews popular YouTuber Ariel Bissett. Ariel gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look into the life of a BookTuber and the community behind it. She offers advice on getting your book into the hands of YouTubers,...Show More

KWL EP 104 - Julia Kent

1:00:56 | Mar 13th, 2018

Bestselling romance author Julia Kent came to Kobo HQ and chatted to Chrissy Munroe about her incredibly successful publishing and writing career.

KWL EP 103 - Kevin J. Anderson

55:26 | Feb 27th, 2018

Join Chrissy Munroe as she interviews best-selling science-fiction author, Kevin J Anderson. KJA gives listeners a peek into his life as he juggles writing, editing, and running his own publishing company, Wordfire Press. All while working towards co...Show More

KWL EP 102 - Sarina Bowen

35:12 | Feb 13th, 2018

In this episode, co-host Stephanie McGrath interviews USA Today Bestselling and RITA award winning author Sarina Bowen. We ask her about running a successful publishing business, collaborating with other authors and important lessons she’s learned ab...Show More

KWL EP 101 - Charlotte Leonetti

24:08 | Jan 30th, 2018

Joni Di Placido interviews Charlotte Leonetti, a high school senior who wrote and self-published her YA novel Heartshire High. Her novel is a modern-day retelling of Alice In Wonderland and Charlotte describes it as a book for teens, by a teen. What'...Show More

KWL EP 100 - Behind the Scenes at Kobo with Featured Author Sarah Woodbury

49:33 | Jan 16th, 2018

For our 100th episode, we decided to give our listeners a behind the scenes look into Kobo Writing Life and the magic that goes into publishing a new title on Kobo. We follow Sarah Woodbury’s upcoming release The Favored Son, as it makes its way onto...Show More

KWL EP 099 - Sell More Books with BookBub

39:43 | Dec 18th, 2017

Launched in 2012, BookBub has become the essential marketing platform for authors and publishers to promote their eBooks to millions of power readers around the world. We jumped at the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at BookBub, how they selec...Show More

KWL EP 098 - Rachel Amphlett

24:42 | Dec 4th, 2017

"Don't give up," "do your homework," and more excellent advice from bestselling thriller author Rachel Amphlett.

KWL EP 097 - James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson

31:13 | Nov 21st, 2017

Mark Lefebvre interviews James Alan Gardner and Spider Robinson, co-editors of the Tesseracts Twenty: Compostela anthology. The stories in this anthology in their own way tell the tale of futuristic travelers who journey into the dark outer (or inne...Show More

KWL EP 096 - Pep Talks from NaNoWriMo’s Grant Faulkner

47:04 | Nov 8th, 2017

It’s day 8 of National Novel Writing Month, and perfect timing to listen to some excellent inspiration from Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo. He just published a nonfiction book, Pep Talks for Writers, and Christine Munroe chatted with...Show More

KWL EP 095 - Estate Planning for Authors with M.L. Buchman

35:33 | Oct 25th, 2017

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews bestselling author M.L. Buchman (“Matt”) about his non-fiction title specifically targeted for writers and other creators, Estate Planning for Authors: Your Final Letter (and why you need to write it now), a step...Show More

KWL EP 094 - Heather Tucker

54:27 | Oct 10th, 2017

"It's never too late to start writing." -Heather Tucker, Canadian author of The Clay Girl Heather didn’t start writing fiction until she was 50 years old, so she has a lot of wonderful inspiration for anyone feeling silenced by their inner critic, o...Show More

KWL EP 093 - Interviews from When Words Collide 2017

28:52 | Sep 27th, 2017

Episode 93 includes a series of short interviews that KWL Director, Mark Lefebvre conducted at the 2017 When Words Collide conference in Calgary, Alberta. Mark speaks with authors Robert J. Sawyer and C.C. Humphreys as well as marketing consultant...Show More

KWL EP 092 - Charles de Lint

34:10 | Sep 13th, 2017

In Episode 92, Mark Lefebvre interviews Charles de Lint, who is the author of more than seventy books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, Charles is the recipient of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine aw...Show More

KWL EP 091 - Special Kobo Audiobooks Announcement

06:14 | Sep 6th, 2017

KWL Episode 90 is a special episode featuring the announcement of the launch of Kobo Audiobooks, narrated by Jim Dale. Let me tell you a story. Do you remember when you first fell in love with reading? Well you weren't really reading, were you? No...Show More

KWL EP 090 - Mr W's Math Study Guides

20:51 | Aug 28th, 2017

Episode 90 of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast features an interview with Dennis Weichman, (AKA, Mr. W.), a retired math teacher who has brought his passion for teaching and tutoring into the digital realm with YouTube channel and study guides published...Show More

KWL EP 089 - RWA 2017

33:07 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Episode 89 of the KWL Podcast includes on location interviews with 7 different authors conducted by Mark Lefebvre, Director of Author Relations at Kobo during the 2017 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Annual conference.

KWL EP 088 Five Strategies for Using Free

29:52 | Aug 9th, 2017

Episode 88 of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast isn't the more typical interview, but rather, KWL's Director, Mark Lefebvre, outlining five strategies that successful authors use to build their sales, raise their author profile and get readers to sign up...Show More

KWL EP 087 Perils Pitfalls and Perseverance with Eve Silver

37:43 | Jul 11th, 2017

Episode 87 of the Kobo Writing Life podcast features a keynote address from When Words Collide’s 2016 Guest of Honour, Eve Silver. She is a national bestselling author of books for adults and teens, has won the Ontario Library Association’s “Forest o...Show More

KWL EP 086 Catherine Coulter

30:41 | Jun 28th, 2017

Episode 86 features an interview with international bestselling author Catherine Coulter, about one of her most recent titles, Insidious.

KWL EP 085 Scaachi Koul

49:18 | Jun 15th, 2017

Episode 85 of the KWL Podcast contains an interview with Scacchi Koul conducted by Johanna Schneller about Scacchi’s new book One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.

KWL EP 084 RT Booklovers Convention Part 3

16:47 | May 29th, 2017

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...Show More

KWL EP 083 RT Booklovers Convention Part 2

19:58 | May 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More

KWL EP 082 RT Booklovers Convention Part 1

24:00 | May 8th, 2017

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 nove...Show More

KWL EP 081 Blogging is Murder with Gillian Baker

33:37 | Apr 27th, 2017

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre speaks with former college professor Gilian Baker about her new novel Blogging is Murder.

KWL EP 080 Emily Schultz

34:01 | Apr 11th, 2017

Kobo was delighted to recently host Emily Schultz in a “Kobo in Conversation” chat in the Kobo Café a few weeks ago while she was coming through Toronto on a book tour. Kobo Merchandiser Nora Parker interviewed Emily.

KWL EP 079 Julie Czerneda - On Dreaming, Dreamers & Dreamweavers

19:01 | Mar 29th, 2017

Julie Czerneda, an international bestselling science fiction and fantasy author from Canada, was one of the Author Guests of Honour at the 2016 When Words Collide conference which takes place in Calgary each year in late summer.

KWL EP 078 Katie Cross - From Full Time Author to Full Time Mom

21:15 | Mar 1st, 2017

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life, interviews Young Adult Fantasy and Chicklit author, Katie Cross as she shares strategies about how she was able to keep writing, with even more productivity, in her transition from full time author to ful...Show More

KWL EP 077 Lauren Lang

27:40 | Feb 14th, 2017

From his role as a guest faculty member at Superstars Writing Seminars, Kobo Writing Life director Mark Lefebvre interviewed professional photographer Lauren Lang who was on site to help attending authors get a professional author photo.

KWL EP 076 Joshua Essoe

40:25 | Feb 2nd, 2017

On site at Superstars Writing Seminars, Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Joshua Essoe, freelance editor.

KWL EP 075 - The Top 5 Things Successful Kobo Authors Have in Common

27:43 | Jan 18th, 2017

Instead of the regular interview with an author or industry person, episode 75 of the podcast features Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre pausing to look at some of the most successful Kobo Writing Life authors on Kobo for 2016.

KWL EP 074 - Walking the Writer's Life with Joanna Penn

31:33 | Jan 4th, 2017

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Self-Publishing and Author Relations for Kobo is the host for this episode, and introduces a memorable clip from Episode 279 of The Creative Penn Podcast where Joanna Penn talks compares walking the 100KM "Race to the Stone...Show More

KWL EP 073 - Colson Whitehead

33:19 | Dec 21st, 2016

Colson Whitehead, is the author of Zone One; Sag Harbor; The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; John Henry Days, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Apex Hides the Hurt, winner of ...Show More

KWL EP 072 - Affinity Konar

30:05 | Dec 6th, 2016

Described as “One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year” Affinity Konar’s MISCHLING is a novel about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Men...Show More

KWL EP 071 - Robert Harris

35:16 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Executive Vice President of Publisher Relations and Content at Kobo, Pieter Swinkels introduces a live on stage at Kobo “Kobo in Conversation” interview of Robert Harris about his latest book, Conclave. (As an interesting aside, Pieter was, at one ti...Show More

KWL EP 070 - Melissa Foster

43:19 | Nov 7th, 2016

In episode 70, Christine Munroe interviews bestselling romance author Melissa Foster. Over 7 years of self-publishing, Melissa has tons of insightful advice to offer, including why authors should stick to their passion instead of chasing trends, and ...Show More

KWL EP 069 - Podcasting for Authors

42:48 | Oct 26th, 2016

In a slight twist to the normal format for the podcast, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who is interested in getting involved in podcasting interviews Mark Lefebvre, Joanna Penn and J, Daniel Sawyer about podcasting for authors.

KWL EP 068 - Ethan Jones

40:08 | Oct 10th, 2016

In Episode 68, we check in with Ethan Jones, a spy thriller author who decided to go wide with his novels and focus on growing his Kobo sales. His 2015 sales were up 260% over 2014, and every month has broken his sales record from the preceding month...Show More

KWL EP 067 - Marni Jackson

33:06 | Sep 27th, 2016

What if some of the artists we feel as if we know – Meryl Streep, Neil Young, Bill Murray – turned up in the course of our daily lives? That’s the basis of this collection of linked stories that follow Rose McEwan, an ordinary woman who keeps havi...Show More

KWL EP 066 - Literary Agent Sarah Heller

33:41 | Sep 12th, 2016

Recorded at Kobo's headquarters, this episode features Toronto-based literary agent Sarah Heller, from the Helen Heller Agency. Why did Sarah become an agent? What are some benefits to being an agent in Toronto? What are some key tips for authors pla...Show More

KWL EP 065 - Matthew Cobb of Reedsy

31:46 | Aug 30th, 2016

Reedsy's ambition extends beyond just being a place where authors can connect with publishing professionals; it's a place for collaborative tools and with an ultimate goal of assisting the publication process right from the first written word of an a...Show More

KWL EP 064 - Robyn Baldwin

34:02 | Aug 17th, 2016

In Episode 64 of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast, KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Robyn Baldwin, author of Love Lost, Life Found: 8 Practical Steps to Heal a Broken Heart.

KWL EP 063 - Melody Anne

46:52 | Aug 2nd, 2016

Episode 63 features NYT bestselling author Melody Anne, who began publishing in 2011 and has published forty (!) books and sold over 7 million copies since then. What strategies helped her get to where she is today, and what’s working best for her no...Show More

KWL EP 062 - Senior Editor Tessa Woodward

30:54 | Jul 18th, 2016

In a KWL Podcast first, we checked in with an editor from a major publishing house, Tessa Woodward from HarperCollins. In her eleven years at Harper, specializing in editing romance, women’s fiction, and historical fiction, Tessa has seen the industr...Show More

KWL EP 061 - Peter James

40:27 | Jul 6th, 2016

Episode 61 features an interview with Peter James, an international best-selling British writer of crime fiction, which took place at Kobo in June 2016 in front of a live audience.

KWL EP 060 - Book Blogging with Vilma Gonzalez

38:05 | Jun 20th, 2016

In this week’s episode, we’re focusing on book blogging. Vilma Gonzalez, the all-star blogger who runs Vilma’s Book Blog, shared her journey with us, along with tips for how authors and bloggers can work together to help one another succeed.

KWL EP 059 - Tom Vanderbilt

36:19 | Jun 7th, 2016

Nathan Maharaj, Kobo’s Director of Merchandising, interviews Tom Vanderbilt, the best-selling author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, about his latest book You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice which is an interesting exploratio...Show More

KWL EP 058 - Insights from Kobo Merchandisers

36:17 | May 25th, 2016

Episode 58 features an interview with Kobo Merchandisers Liz Hilborn (Manager of Merchandising) and Sarah Smith-Eivemark (Canadian Merchandiser). In the interview, KWL Director Mark Lefebvre, Liz, and Sarah discuss: What a merchandiser is and what t...Show More

KWL EP 057 - Helen Hardt

23:33 | May 10th, 2016

Christine Munroe interviews Helen Hardt, an author and editor, about her publishing journey in terms of both sides of her career. This month, Helen launched the Steel Brothers Saga series with Waterhouse, an "untraditional" publishing house headed up...Show More

KWL EP 056 - Weapons in Fiction with J. Daniel Sawyer

41:10 | Apr 27th, 2016

Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life, interviews, author, podcaster, film-maker, photographer and audio-book producer, J. Daniel Sawyer.

KWL EP 055 - Behind the Scenes at Kobo

51:49 | Apr 11th, 2016

In this episode, Christine takes you behind the scenes at Kobo to hear from colleagues on five different Kobo teams who each play a different role in getting eBooks to customers and analyzing data post-publication.

KWL EP 054 - Uncollected Anthology

48:31 | Mar 29th, 2016

Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews 6 of the 7 writers who make up the core writers of the Uncollected Anthology project:  Phaedra Weldon, Leslie Clare Walker, Annie Reed, Leah Cutter, Dayle A. Dermatis and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

KWL EP 053 - Amy Tannenbaum

37:25 | Mar 14th, 2016

Have you ever worked with a literary agent? What benefits can an agent offer to authors navigating their options: self-publish, sign a traditional deal, or take a hybrid approach? We delve into these questions and more in this interview, our first on...Show More

KWL EP 052 - One More Story Games

26:38 | Feb 25th, 2016

There has never been more opportunities for writers and storytellers than ever in the history of publishing, and Episode 52 of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast demonstrates yet another amazing opportunity that exists for writers.

KWL EP 051 - David Farland

33:37 | Feb 13th, 2016

Known as the “Wizard of Storytelling,” David Farland (who also writes under the name David Wolverton) is the author and editor of more than fifty books, including his Philip K. Dick Award winning novel On My Way to Paradise and the well-known Runelor...Show More

KWL EP 050 - London Author Signing Event

45:05 | Feb 1st, 2016

For our 50th episode, we're featuring over a dozen all-star indie authors offering an amazing wealth of information about publishing and writing. Tune in to hear from HM Ward, Diane Capri, Melody Anne, and more!

KWL EP 049 - Kate Tilton, Author Assistant

39:46 | Jan 18th, 2016

Is your work managing the business side of your publishing taking away from your time writing your next book? Are you feeling overwhelmed? It might be time to hire an Author Assistant. In this episode of the KWL Podcast, US Manager Christine Munroe i...Show More

KWL EP 048 - Michael Connelly

58:12 | Jan 6th, 2016

Kobo recently held a special event in downtown Toronto for some of its best customers, avid readers and fans of Michael Connelly. Special guests had a chance to meet one another for cocktails and snacks, mingle, get books signed, and listen to an on-...Show More

KWL EP 047 - KoBoWriMo Roundtable

41:19 | Dec 21st, 2015

For the month of November, a brave team of Kobo staff joined forces to give NaNoWriMo a shot. We blogged about our efforts throughout the month, then several of us (Mark, Christine, Bessie, Sophie, and Wendy) sat down to chat about our experience. Li...Show More

KWL EP 046 - Wattpad

46:14 | Dec 8th, 2015

US Manager Christine Munroe interviews Ashleigh Gardner, Wattpad’s Head of Writer and Publisher Partnerships. Wattpad is a social media app with over 40 million monthly users around the world and growing. How can you take advantage of this community ...Show More

KWL EP 045 - Julianne MacLean

33:32 | Nov 25th, 2015

Episode 45 features an interview with USA Today Bestselling author Julianne MacLean, author of THE COLOR OF HEAVEN series, THE HIGHLANDER series and THE PEMBROKE PALACE series. Julianne is interviewed by Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life

KWL EP 044 - Mark Dawson

39:14 | Nov 9th, 2015

This episode features Mark Dawson, the bestselling UK author of the John Milton and Soho Noir series. Mark has become a go-to expert on Facebook ads and building your mailing list, so we dig into each of these topics and more.

KWL EP 043 - Marie Force

44:20 | Oct 27th, 2015

Marie Force, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 40 contemporary romance novels was recently in Toronto and spent an evening with Kobo, Harlequin and an intimate group of lucky fans to celebrate Marie.

KWL EP 042 - Kelley Armstrong

46:21 | Oct 11th, 2015

Kelley Armstrong, New York Times Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong is interviewed by Kobo’s Nora Parker about the hot serialized summer release CITY OF THE LOST.

KWL EP 041 - Barbara Freethy

40:32 | Sep 28th, 2015

Christine Munroe interviews #1 NYT bestselling author Barbara Freethy in this episode, which is filled with stories about Barbara's publishing journey and great advice for new authors:

KWL EP 040 - Bryan Cohen

46:19 | Sep 8th, 2015

While every author has heard the age old advice that it's important to have a professional looking and beautiful cover that appeals to the target audience, not as much attention has been paid to the blurb, description or "sales copy" that helps inspi...Show More

KWL EP 039 - Bella Andre

54:27 | Aug 31st, 2015

Episode 39 features the one and only... Bella Andre! Bella is a self-publishing superstar, one of the original KWL beta testers when we started off in 2012, NYT and USA Today bestselling Romance and New Adult author, and all-around lovely and fun per...Show More

KWL EP 038 - Angela Bole from IBPA

30:23 | Aug 12th, 2015

For this episode, we focus on small presses and the business side of publishing. US Manager Christine Munroe interviews Angela Bole, the Executive Director of IBPA (the Independent Book Publishers Association), about everything from distribution to m...Show More

KWL EP 037 - Victoria Strauss

39:40 | Jul 22nd, 2015

This week's podcast is essential listening for all authors: Victoria Strauss from Writer Beware is joining us to share her most important advice for how writers can avoid being scammed. Writer Beware was co-founded by Victoria and Ann Crispin in 1998...Show More

KWL EP 036 - Nancy L. Baumann from Bookarma

28:30 | Jul 5th, 2015

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Nancy L. Baumann about Bookarma, a platform that allows authors to leverage the community in their social media endeavors.

KWL EP 035 - Carla King

42:35 | Jun 18th, 2015

KWL US Manager Christine Munroe interviews Carla King, a travel writer and self-publishing expert.

KWL EP 034 - Grant Faulkner from NaNoWriMo

37:52 | Jun 4th, 2015

KWL US Manager Christine Munroe interviews Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.

KWL EP 033 - Northern Colorado Writers Conference

38:14 | May 26th, 2015

This episode, recorded in collaboration with the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, opens in a conversation with Rich Keller, Assistant Director and Electronics Media Manager of Northern Colorado Writers, as well as an author, editor and the publi...Show More

KWL EP 032 - Dan Rubinstein

24:42 | May 5th, 2015

Director of Global Merchandising at Kobo, Nathan Maharaj interviews Dan Rubinstein, author of Born To Walk: The Transformative Power of A Pedestrian Act.

KWL EP 031 - Alex P. Berg

36:31 | Apr 15th, 2015

Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Alex P. Berg, author of the “Daggers and Steel” sci-fi mystery series.

KWL EP 030 - Dean Wesley Smith

39:48 | Mar 17th, 2015

Mark Lefebvre, Kobo Writing Life Director, in conversation with Dean Wesley Smith, a USA Today Bestselling author of books in multiple genres including Science-Fiction, Mystery, Thrillers and Westerns. Currently producing novels in four different ...Show More

KWL EP 029 - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

25:07 | Feb 23rd, 2015

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Kristine Kathryn Rusch, an award-winning writer of science fiction, fantasy, mystery and romance, at Superstars Writing Seminars. Apart from her decades of writing and editing experience which includes being p...Show More

KWL EP 028 - James A Owen

42:26 | Feb 10th, 2015

Kobo Writing Life director Mark Lefebvre recently attended the 2015 Superstars Writing Seminars (Teaching you the business of being a writer) in Colorado Springs, CO. During the conference, he had a chance to interview several of the faculty and gues...Show More

KWL EP 027 - Louise Penny

34:01 | Jan 30th, 2015

In the fall of 2014, Louise Penny visited Kobo's home office in Toronto and was interviewed by Toronto editor and book enthusiast Jen Knoch for a special Kobo in Conversation video. Introduced by Kobo's Director of Communications, Tracy Nesdoly, K...Show More

KWL EP 026 - Important Things To Know About eBook Publishing

38:16 | Jan 24th, 2015

Kobo and Kobo Writing Life have long been known for being open, social and collaborative. And this episode of the Kobo Writing Life podcast is no exception. In fact, to start 2015 off on the right foot, we thought it would be useful, in our ongoing c...Show More

KWL EP 025 - Post NaNoWriMo Roundtable Discussion

43:08 | Dec 8th, 2014

This podcast includes a roundtable discussion with Mark Lefebvre, Director of Kobo Writing Life as well as three other Kobo employees (Bessie, Camille and Shayna) who participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2014.

KWL EP 024 - Kathy Reichs

35:59 | Nov 6th, 2014

This podcast includes the full and unabridged audio feed of the Kobo in Conversation interview with Kathy Reichs conducted by Bob Ramsay and hosted by Kobo's Senior Director of Communications Tracy Nesdoly.

KWL EP 023 - Michael Rank

41:06 | Sep 16th, 2014

Listen in as KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews nonfiction author Michael Rank, whose titles include HISTORY'S WORST DICTATORS and FROM MUHAMMED TO BURJ KHALIFA: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of Middle East History. Mark and Michael discuss Michae...Show More

KWL EP 022 - Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

51:23 | Sep 5th, 2014

Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks met in person for the first time at Kobo’s home office in Toronto in May 2014 and were interviewed by Kobo Writing Life Director Mark Lefebvre about their individual works as well as the forthcoming collaborative g...Show More

KWL EP 021 - Diane Capri

39:19 | Aug 21st, 2014

In the latest episode of the Kobo Writing Life Podcast, we welcome NYT and USA Today bestselling author Diane Capri. KWL Content Manager Christina Potter and US Manager Christine Munroe speak with Diane - who offered jokingly to change her name to Ch...Show More

KWL EP 020 - Pamela Fagan Hutchins

32:04 | Aug 14th, 2014

In our latest podcast, KWL US Manager Christine Munroe interviews bestselling author and self-publishing expert Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Pamela has written the book on self-publishing, WHAT KIND OF LOSER INDIE PUBLISHES, AND HOW CAN I BE ONE, TOO? In t...Show More

KWL EP 019 - Hugh Howey

51:21 | Jun 22nd, 2014

At a recent visit to Kobo's home office in Toronto, Hugh Howey was interviewed by KWL Director Mark Lefebvre in front of an audience of about 150 people (60 of which were local Kobo Writing Life authors) for a Kobo in Conversation video.  Here are so...Show More

KWL EP 018 - Moses Znaimer

29:51 | May 20th, 2014

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre interviews Moses Znaimer, co-founder and former head of CityTV, the first independent television station in Toronto, Canada, the current head of ZoomerMedia (Zoomer Magazine) and the author of The Zoomer Philosophy.

KWL EP 017 - Vieri Tommasi Candidi

31:43 | May 6th, 2014

Camille Mofidi, European Manager for Kobo Writing Life interviews Italian author Vieri Tommasi Candidi about his Who’s Jo Spatacchia? Series and the unique method by which he had released this in two languages with a regular and enhanced version for ...Show More

KWL EP 016 - Joanna Penn

45:39 | Apr 21st, 2014

KWL Director Mark Lefebvre and US Manager Christine Munroe were joined by NYT bestselling author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur Joanna Penn. Joanna is an invaluable resource for indie authors through her blog, The Creative Penn, and podcast ...Show More