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  • Free publishing mentorships for all new CompletelyNovel authors this summer by Sarah Juckes

    Free publishing mentorships for all new CompletelyNovel authors this summer by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-05-20

    After the success of January’s personal publishing training sessions, we’re dusting off our sweat bands and are ready to help you get that book out there. Sign up to a CompletelyNovel Plus Plan at just £7.99/$11.99 per month or £85/£130 per year and get your own publishing consultant to help you create and publish your book this year. Your summer publishing mentor (or senior member of CompletelyNovel staff wearing a giant sun hat) can offer advice, help and motivation. Whether you need an opinion on your cover design, advice on which book size to go for, or a kick up the bum to ensure your book is out by a certain date – we’re here.

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  • 5 Things you’re doing wrong on Twitter - for writers by Sarah Juckes

    5 Things you’re doing wrong on Twitter - for writers by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-05-12

    When used correctly, Twitter is one of the most powerful marketing tools at your disposal. Twitter enables you to connect and engage with people you don’t know. Readers, press, literary agents – they’re all on Twitter and, unlike with other platforms such as Facebook, you don’t have to be their friend to be able to connect with them. However, not every author we know is using Twitter to its full potential. Here are some things to think about when it comes to honing your tweets and building up your following.

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  • 5 Marketing tips for authors who 'Don’t Do Marketing' by Jessica Barrah

    5 Marketing tips for authors who 'Don’t Do Marketing' by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-05-11

    We’re getting a few emails at the moment from authors who claim they ‘don’t do marketing’. So how can you promote your book if you have no previous marketing experience? Although marketing sounds tough, all it really means is letting as many people as possible know about your book. Different authors will do this in different ways – and there’s no ‘right way’ of doing it. Here are our five easy tips to help your book get the attention it deserves, in a way that suits you.

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  • What I learned from crowdfunding a book on Kickstarter - by Daphne Kapsali by Sarah Juckes

    What I learned from crowdfunding a book on Kickstarter - by Daphne Kapsali by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-05-07

    CompletelyNovel author and One Big Book Launch winner, Daphne Kapsali, raised over £3,000 to write her début novel, via a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. We caught up with her to find out how she did it, and her top tips for writers wanting to do the same.

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  • One Big Book Launch 2015 - authors announced! by Sarah Juckes

    One Big Book Launch 2015 - authors announced! by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-04-29

    After months of preparation and anticipation, we are pleased to announce the winners of the One Big Book Launch 2015!

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  • How to make a living as a writer by Jessica Barrah

    How to make a living as a writer by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-04-29

    Being an author is apparently the most desired job in Britain, with 60% of people wanting to make a living from writing, according to a recent YouGov poll. However, in the last few weeks there’s been a lot in the news about writers being paid below minimum wage, for example in these articles in the Telegraph, Independent, and the Guardian. It seems that the gap between the amount earned by authors at the top and authors at the bottom is widening. Whilst you wait for the luck, talent and hard work to pay off until you reach the heights of J.K Rowling, you need strategies to earn a living doing what you love best. Here’s what authors, agents, and publishers were saying about the topic at the New Writing South Publishing Industry Day on 25 April.

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  • 10 Free Writing Competitions by Jessica Barrah

    10 Free Writing Competitions by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-04-13

    10 Free Writing Competitions Writing competitions are great. They offer a chance to win fame and fortune – or at least your name in print and a small cash prize. And even better, all the competitions here are free to enter.

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  • 5 things that will stop you from writing your book and how to avoid them by Sarah Juckes

    5 things that will stop you from writing your book and how to avoid them by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-04-13

    As summer approaches and writers furiously scribble to finish their books in time for the holiday market, we chatted to CompletelyNovel author and business book mentor, Karen Williams, about the things writers can do to ensure they finish. These procrastination books are great for fiction and non-fiction – check them out and keep up the great work! You can read an excerpt of Karen’s book, Your Book is the Hook on CompletelyNovel.

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  • Get creative with book spine poetry by Sarah Juckes

    Get creative with book spine poetry by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-04-13

    We’ve recently discovered something that makes looking at our bookshelves even more exciting: Book Spine Poetry. The idea is to take the books on your shelf at home and arrange the spines until the book titles create a poem. So – over to you. Include your book (or books!) in a book spine poem and send a picture to us via Twitter or Facebook, and we’ll share them with over 10,000 readers. Need some inspiration? Here are some of our favorites.

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  • The Art of Collaboration - by Bryony Sutherland by Sarah Juckes

    The Art of Collaboration - by Bryony Sutherland by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-04-09

    As we get closer to the One Big Book Launch submission deadline (19th April, guys!) we’re taking a closer look at what it means to work with other authors. The One Big Book Launch enables ten authors to collaborate on a book launch to remember – sharing marketing efforts, readers and book sales – and we saw last year how this can really work. But what about writing? Can two or more authors put their heads together to create a book? To find out, we asked author and editor Bryony Sutherland to share her experiences working with other authors, and her advice on refining the art of collaboration.

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