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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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  • 3 ways other people can help you reach your writing goals by Sarah Juckes

    3 ways other people can help you reach your writing goals by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-01-21

    We get it – sticking to New Year’s Resolutions is hard. If there is one thing we know here at CompletelyNovel though, it’s the power of team work. Yes – other people really can help you reach those writing goals. Here are three examples of how.

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  • The most beautiful sentences in indie literature by Sarah Juckes

    The most beautiful sentences in indie literature by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-01-20

    Words are the most wonderful things. They have power to astound and dismay, make us happy and take us to the brink of despair. We recently came across a BuzzFeed article that collated 51 of the most beautiful sentences from literature, and it was possibly one of the best articles we have ever had the pleasure of procrastinating with. And it made us think. Hey. The books on CompletelyNovel contain some of the very best sentences we’ve had the pleasure to read. Someone should compile them together, so readers can celebrate the awesome power of the indie word.

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  • Calling all writers! Where do you want to be in a year? by Sarah Juckes

    Calling all writers! Where do you want to be in a year? by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-01-07

    New year’s resolutions can be tricky things to keep with you throughout the year. One technique the team at CompletelyNovel finds really useful to keep on target, is to set one clear and manageable goal to work to over the year. So, to help you work towards your publishing, writing or marketing goal in 2015, we’re asking you to let us know where you want to be this time next year. Perhaps you want to finally have a book published? Or, perhaps you’re hoping to win a major writing prize this year? Send us your 2015 goals before 20th January.

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