New Country Store View on Kobo

New changes at Kobo.

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You may have noticed that we’ve recently made some adjustments to our store at www.kobo.com. You now can see how our store looks in different countries, throughout the world! This may come in handy when you have sales in certain territories or just to see what your books look like in various countries, especially if you’ve taken advantage of our new pricing tool to optimize your currency.

When you first visit the store, you should see a welcome screen where you can choose your territory.

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You can also change your territory by clicking on the little flag that’s showing on our main page. We’re in Canada, so we see the Canadian flag but this will change, depending on what part of the world you’re in.

This will bring you through to the ‘Choose your Country’ screen. Please note: if your billing information doesn’t match your country, you may not be able…

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Anticipation

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It’s that sweet build-up of wonder, the feeling of exhilaration mixed with the unknown: who’s hiding around the corner, what’s going to happen, where’s this going next?

You feel it coming on like a distant thunderstorm before the first crack of cloud and rain. The sky around you subtly changes colour. The cows bed down in their fields. And, is it your imagination or does the air taste different too?

BOOM!

SPLASH!

It takes skill to craft the right amount on tension in writing. It takes practice and time to lead the reader onward and forward. Hooking them is easy enough, if you’ve got a way with words, but how do you keep them wondering? Guessing? Wanting more? Then, how do you leave them hanging off that proverbial cliff just so they’ll want to climb again?

In this age of media bombardment and hyper-stimulation it’s not as easy as it…

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How Long Should Your Series Be?

All right, so I am JUST getting into putting together a Kelpie series – with one novel and two short stories and another novel underway during NaNoWriMo – but I’ve been wondering about this question and this blog entry by Travis Bach over at Rachel Aaron’s PRETENTIOUS TITLE blog really says it best!

(and I do love that title).

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

 

 

 

Authors Answer 104 – Best Advice for Authors

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Welcome to a very special Authors Answer! This is our 104th edition, which means it’s the end of our second year. And just like last year, we have some guest authors giving their answer to this very important question. I’d like to thank authors Mark Lawrence, Michael J. Sullivan, Django Wexler, and Andrew Rowe for agreeing to participate. They were very gracious when I asked them to participate. And thank you to Jacqueline Carey for her response. Unfortunately, she has her hands full at the moment, so was unable to participate. I love authors who take the time to respond when they can!

This week’s topic is an important one. Authors sometimes need a bit of help, so we’re talking about the best advice we have received in our quest for being published.

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Question 104 – What is the most important piece of writing advice anyone…

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Listen to my Tales…

 

For all of you folks who CAN’T get to Halifax to hear me read and tell stories – here’s your chance to listen to me while you are sitting at home in your boxer shorts!

http://www.nighttimepodcast.com/episodes/29-haunted-halifax-steve-vernon

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yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

Halloween: Stories of the Season

David Kubicek, one of my editors from back in the day, lists a few good horror stories, including one by a certain fellow who hangs his hat in Halifax!🙂

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Pen and inc drawing by Jeff Mason from October Dreams, a Harvest of Horror

Copyright 1989 by Kubicek & Associates

moaning-rocksIt is almost an impossible task to make a list of good horror stories because there are legions of them, and there are many authors who aren’t on this list and probably should be. But in the interests of keeping the list manageable, I will only note a few of my favorites. The stories are listed in approximately the order in which they were published, ranging from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in 1820 to “Sun Tea” in 1989.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”by Washington Irving 

This is a well-crafted story by one of the first master’s of the American short story. With his richly-detailed descriptions of the settings, the people, and the food, Irving transports the reader into his tale.

 “The Tell-tale Heart”by Edgar Allan Poe

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Show Up And Know Your Lines – Authors on Television

Yesterday, just after lunchtime, I got a phone call from the CTV television station asking if I could get myself downtown to Halifax’s Old Burying Ground for a brief interview regarding the history of Halloween. Well, it was 1pm and I had to be downtown at work by 3pm so I said “Sure, if we can do this at 2pm.”

I prepared a few rough notes for a very brief interview and then got my pants on and headed for the bus. I swung by a local Farmer’s Market to pick up a cabbage so that I could mention the French Shore tradition of Cabbage Night.

I got to the graveyard a little early. There was a cruise ship in town so the graveyard was fairly bustling with tourists going around snapping pictures with their telephones – and does ANYONE else out there really miss honest-to-Kodak cameras?

The interviewer and her one-man camera crew showed up and I greeted them at the graveyard gate with a firm handshake.

“What’s the cabbage for?” the camera man asked.

“That’s my lucky cabbage,” I explained. “I never leave home without it.”

They shot the interview and I went to work. I’d left a note on my Facebook page and phoned my wife to watch the interview for me. They will, apparently, be putting a link up to the interview and I’ll post it here when I can.

And – if you are wondering about the cabbage connection you can check out my blog entry right here.
https://stevevernonstoryteller.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/cabbage-night-colcannon-and-creativity-2/

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That’s how it happens when you are dealing with television.

A reporter gets word that they need to fill a five minute segment in a half hour show.

Maybe they’ve got three days notice.

Maybe they’ve got one day notice.

So they go through their list of contacts.

I’ve been asked more than once to come and be a booga-booga expert. You have to be able to react to that sort of a call at a very short notice. You have to realize that you might talk for three minutes and have about one minute worth of screen time. You have to have some pretty good sound bites.

Maybe only a minute of my talk made it onto the actual broadcast – but that’s television for you. The main thing is that you have to show up and know your lines.

🙂

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon