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  • 10 Summer Holiday Books by Jessica Barrah

    10 Summer Holiday Books by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-07-12

    Summer holiday season is looming – is your reading-list ready? Holiday reads can be anything you like: page turning trashy romances and grisly murders, a story set in the country you are visiting – or one of those prize winners you’ve been meaning to read for ages. From summer holiday freedom for kids, to simmering sexual tension, here are 10 books about the long summer holidays themselves.

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  • What should I blog about? 6 topics to try by Jessica Barrah

    What should I blog about? 6 topics to try by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-07-07

    Here at CompletelyNovel we often advise starting a blog to help with marketing your book. Each new entry in your blog can draw more traffic to your website or book listing, and lead to new sales. It’s a great way to connect with readers, and showing people in the publishing world what you’re all about. But apart from your book, you’ll probably need other topics to keep your blog fresh. So what kind of things might you write about?

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  • Five Fantastic 'European' Novels by Jessica Barrah

    Five Fantastic 'European' Novels by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-21

    There are some books which become international bestsellers, regardless of the language they were initially written in. Think The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Here are five border crossing books from European writers that are well worth a read.

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  • Write as Rain: 12 Quotations about Precipitation  by Jessica Barrah

    Write as Rain: 12 Quotations about Precipitation by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-20

    “I am in love with moistness” muses the narrator of The Mill on the Floss. But for a lot of us, rain can be a pain – especially in the summer when our plans go ‘al fresco’. Rain may, however, be good for writers and not just because it forces us to stay indoors in a nice dry study. Plenty of writers have written about rain, as part of the plot, or to add atmosphere.

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  • 10 Procrastination-Busting Quotations by Jessica Barrah

    10 Procrastination-Busting Quotations by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-02

    You’ve scheduled time to write. But how can you possibly sit down at your desk when there are dishes to be washed? Or sock drawers to be organised? Or plants to be watered? We’ve all been there – and encouragingly, so have many successful artists and writers. If they can get through it, so can you!

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  • 8 Authors who were Late Bloomers by Jessica Barrah

    8 Authors who were Late Bloomers by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-02

    Unlike footballers, or Olympic athletes, writers don’t have to reach the peak of their success before hitting thirty. Many authors finally get published later in life, after years of rejection slips. Others don’t even start writing until their children have grown up, or they’ve retired. So, whatever age you are, as Frank McCourt said, “Keep scribbling! Something will happen.”

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  • 10 Secrets from Successful Self-Published Authors by Jessica Barrah

    10 Secrets from Successful Self-Published Authors by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-05-19

    For some authors, self-publishing is a stepping stone to getting traditionally published. For others, self-publishing is the medium they’ve chosen deliberately, giving them the control and creative freedom they crave. Here are some inspirational quotations from ten authors who started off self-publishing.

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  • Four Ways to Sell More Books by Jessica Barrah

    Four Ways to Sell More Books by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-05-10

    As a self-published author with a busy work and social life, how can you fit in the time to market your book? We show you the most efficient ways to increase book sales.

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  • 12 Unmissable Literary Festivals by Jessica Barrah

    12 Unmissable Literary Festivals by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-05-09

    It’s coming up to that time of year again… Yes, it’s festival season! Alongside interviews, talks, readings and book signings with a myriad of authors, these festivals often feature other attractions such as live music and comedy. There are festivals where you can camp, or ‘glamp’, as well as others where you just visit for the day, before returning to your cosy B&B.

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  • 10 Quotations About 'May' by Jessica Barrah

    10 Quotations About 'May' by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-04-26

    It’s nearly May, and we can just about begin to believe that summer might be coming soon. The blossom is out, even if the sun isn’t always shining. To celebrate, here are some inspirational quotations – not about pretty flowers and birdies tweeting – but about the possibilities of the word ‘may’ itself.

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