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  • 6 things to include on the back of your book cover by Sarah Juckes

    6 things to include on the back of your book cover by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-07-23

    You’ve no doubt read a few articles on the importance of a good front cover for your book (if not, check this out). A front cover will often be the first thing a reader will see when they stumble across your book – and possibly the only thing you’ve needed so far, if you’ve published only an eBook. Print books however, also require a spine and a back cover, and they are one of the most often overlooked aspects of self-published books – and one of the most important. You back cover is your space to convince the browsing reader to buy your book.

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  • How to brief a book cover designer - for authors by Sarah Juckes

    How to brief a book cover designer - for authors by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-07-23

    Thinking of working with a professional book cover designer on your book? We spoke to business coach Alison Jones to get her advice on what authors can do to ensure their eye-catching cover ideas make it onto the final draft. Although Alison works primarily with business authors, there are some really great tips here for authors writing in all genres.

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  • Top 10 Hilarious Book Dedications  by Jessica Barrah

    Top 10 Hilarious Book Dedications by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-07-21

    Books are usually dedicated to the people that helped you survive the book writing process – family, friends, writing groups, editors…even pets. But sometimes dedications can be used to settle scores, prove a point, or just to get a laugh. Here are 10 of the best we’ve found.

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  • Summer Accessories for Book Lovers by Jessica Barrah

    Summer Accessories for Book Lovers by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-07-09

    Summer is finally here! CompletelyNovel loves print books and so we love book-related things just as much. Here’s our top 12 literary nic-nacs and must-haves for donning on your holiday and adorning on that book-themed picnic we know you have been planning. Have we missed any? Let us know!

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  • One Big Book Launch - one month on by Sarah Juckes

    One Big Book Launch - one month on by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-07-03

    Can you believe that it’s already been a whole month since One Big Book Launch 2015? Time flies when you’re busy promoting your books, and that’s exactly what each of the ten One Big Book Launch winners have been doing since they launched their books together on June 3rd. We caught up with a few of them this week to see how they’ve been getting on and what they made of One Big Book Launch 2015.

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  • 14 Summer Writing Competitions  by Jessica Barrah

    14 Summer Writing Competitions by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-06-24

    It’s summertime! Instead of reading on your sunlounger, why not jot something down and then enter a writing competition? You could win some money towards your next holiday at the same time as boosting your writing career. We’ve found some great competitions with deadlines up to back-to-school time in September. Some of these competitions have deadlines coming up very soon – so put your writing sunhat on, line up some cold drinks and set to it!

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  • Infographic - Publishing Subscriptions Explained  by Sarah Juckes

    Infographic - Publishing Subscriptions Explained by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-06-24

    How does CompletelyNovel work? This self-publishing infographic explains all.

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  • How to start marketing your self-published book by Sarah Juckes

    How to start marketing your self-published book by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-06-22

    Many authors I speak to hear the word ‘marketing’ and break out into a cold sweat. The good news? Anyone can market their books. All you need is hard work, perseverance and a clear idea of who your readers are. Good self-marketing is about exploring all the opportunities available to you in a way that fits in with your everyday life – whether that’s ten minutes a day online, or taking off on a six-month tour. So where do you start with marketing? Here’s a simple 5 step plan that’ll set you off on the right track.

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  • The 'CompletelyNovel' way to self-publish by Sarah Juckes

    The 'CompletelyNovel' way to self-publish by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-06-09

    Write books? Well, you’re in the right place. CompletelyNovel was made with you in mind. We get a lot of questions from writers like, ‘hey you guys! Who the devil are you?’ – and – ’what’s with the name, CompletelyNovel?’ Well, allow us to introduce ourselves. Then it’s your turn – write to us. Tell us what you’re writing and what you want to achieve from your book. We’re serious about wanting to know. So – let’s answer those questions.

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  • 5 things I learned self-publishing AND traditionally publishing my books by Sarah Juckes

    5 things I learned self-publishing AND traditionally publishing my books by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-06-09

    More and more authors are making the most of all the publishing options available to them by self-publishing AND traditionally publishing their books – which we think is a great idea. We caught up with author Frances Mensah Williams, who self-published her non-fiction before signing with a traditional publisher for her new novel, From Pasta to Pigfoot, and asked her what she learned from both routes.

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