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  • "Why authors should be YouTubers" - Vlogging advice from Lindsay Mead by Sarah Juckes

    "Why authors should be YouTubers" - Vlogging advice from Lindsay Mead by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-04

    Since YouTube sensation Zoella became the UK’s fastest selling author, Vlogging has become the book marketing technique everyone seems to be talking about. When done properly, a ‘Vlog’ (or Video Log) can be a great tool for reaching readers and building a following. To find out more, we asked YA author and YouTuber Lindsay Mead for her advice on vlogging for authors.

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  • How to structure your non-fiction book by Sarah Juckes

    How to structure your non-fiction book by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-03

    Where do you start writing business book, travel memoir or commentary? What is the best way of presenting information to your readers? To find out, we asked business book coach Alison Jones for her advice the best way to structure a non-fiction book.

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  • 5 ways to secretly celebrate World Book Day in your day job by Sarah Juckes

    5 ways to secretly celebrate World Book Day in your day job by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-27

    For those of us who love books, but don’t have the good fortune to work with kids, celebrating World Book Day can be difficult. So! If you have a corporate day job, here are five ways you can get your book-nerd on, on March 5th, with your co-workers being none the wiser.

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  • Need help creating your book?  by Sarah Juckes

    Need help creating your book? by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-19

    Sometimes you just need someone to look at what you are doing with your manuscript and cover design, and tell you that you are on the right track, right? Or, if there is a skill involved in self-publishing your book that you just cant get to grips with, it’s good to know that a trustworthy expert is there to lend a hand. With this in mind, we’ve created a couple of low-cost but high-value author services that you are free to make use of at any time. They start from only £12/$18 and have been designed after speaking to you authors over the last few weeks. You can find details of these at any time by scrolling down on any CompletelyNovel page and clicking on Writer Services, and we explain them in a bit more detail below.

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  • 5 cover design DOs and DON'Ts for business books by Sarah Juckes

    5 cover design DOs and DON'Ts for business books by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-18

    How can you ensure the cover of your business book looks professional? We’re seeing a rise in the amount of business writers who are taking advantage of our high print quality, and so we’ve put together a specific list of DOs and DON’Ts for those of you designing book covers – with examples. Make sure you also check out our cover template advice page, for more information and downloads on constructing your cover.

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  • CompletelyNovel Beautiful Sentences  by Jessica Barrah

    CompletelyNovel Beautiful Sentences by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-02-17

    We recently asked our readers and writers to send us their favourite sentences – either from books they have read on CompletelyNovel, or their own work – to celebrate the awesome power of the indie word. A big thank you to everyone who shared these beautiful sentences with us, via email, Twitter and Facebook. We loved reading your entries, and are pleased to be able to compile them all here, for your delectation and delight.

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  • Give your book away for International Book Giving Day by Sarah Juckes

    Give your book away for International Book Giving Day by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-05

    Those of you who have books published will most probably be looking forward to a year of events to tie into your book marketing. On 14th February this year, as well as it being Valentine’s Day, it’s also International Book Giving Day, where readers around the world will be giving their favourite books away to children. This is the first of a series of book-giving events this year, and potentially a great promotional tool for your own book.

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  • 8 free things for writers by Sarah Juckes

    8 free things for writers by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-04

    Everyone loves free things. Food samples, household products through the post – even winning the odd competition – things taste better when they are free. In this blog post, we list our top eight resources, services and events for writers that are totally, 100% FREE and available right now.

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  • Do you have permission to reuse quotes in your book? by Sarah Juckes

    Do you have permission to reuse quotes in your book? by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-02

    We’re getting more and more questions from you on copyright and permissions. To answer them, we’ve teamed up with not-for-profit permissions agency, PLSclear. Below, we ask them some of the most common questions we hear from authors on how to ask permission to quote from other authors in your book. You can also find out more information on copyright on our brand new advice page. PLSclear will be with us all this month on Twitter and Facebook – stay tuned for more essential advice!

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  • Where our writers want to be in a year by Sarah Juckes

    Where our writers want to be in a year by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-01-21

    At the beginning of January, we did a call out for authors to let us know where they want to be with their writing careers this time next year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to contribute – we got inundated with writing, publishing and marketing goals. Our authors are planning busy years! To make sure you stick to your writing goals this year, we’ve compiled the best targets below and given our expert advice for how you can meet them.

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