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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 – PLUS an exciting twist that’ll give one more lucky author the chance of joining them.

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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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  • 7 Steps to Publishing a Book in 3 Months - by CN author, Tom Evans by Sarah Juckes

    7 Steps to Publishing a Book in 3 Months - by CN author, Tom Evans by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-04-01

    Have a deadline for your book? We spoke to CompletelyNovel superstar author, Tom Evans, to find out the secrets behind writing and producing a high-quality book on a deadline of just three months. New Magic for a New Era is Tom’s sixth book with CompletelyNovel.

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  • The London Book Fair for Authors - 5 DOs and DON’Ts by Jessica Barrah

    The London Book Fair for Authors - 5 DOs and DON’Ts by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-03-31

    It’s London Book Fair again! From 14-16 April, authors, agents, publishers and everyone else involved in the book industry will gather at the new venue of Olympia for conferences, seminars, networking and those all-important meetings. The fair is primarily a place for publishers and agents to sell rights, but it’s also a great place for authors, too. If you’re an author thinking of visiting, here are 5 Dos and Don’ts to help you make the most out of your ticket.

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  • How to use a book trailer to market your book by Sarah Juckes

    How to use a book trailer to market your book by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-28

    We’ve noticed a surge in authors creating book trailers and videos alongside their book. Book trailers can be a great way to present your concept to a new audience in a different way – but how do you market a book trailer alongside your book? To find out, we had a chat with Inkflash’s Matt Stephens – who knows all about using visuals to market books. Matt is the brains behind the 3D book world – Inkflash – who are sponsoring the One Big Book Launch 2015. Below, he shares his tips on how to use a book trailer effectively.

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  • Win a manuscript critique worth £100/$150 by Sarah Juckes

    Win a manuscript critique worth £100/$150 by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-19

    We have an extra-special competition for any writers currently putting those final touches to their manuscripts this month. We’ve teamed up with The Naked Editor to offer one, lucky CompletelyNovel author an expert manuscript critique worth up to £100/$150. All you need to do to win, is join a CompletelyNovel Plus Plan before 16th April. Simple!

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