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  • Want a successful blog? Then be clear on why you're writing one. by Anna Lewis

    Want a successful blog? Then be clear on why you're writing one. by Anna Lewis

    published on 2012-03-28

    Starting a blog can come with all the potential pitfalls of starting a diary or signing up to the gym: you begin the year with the best of intentions, but then you lapse and wonder how you’re going to keep it up. Being clear on your aim, and thinking about your author brand are just two of the things that can make all the difference when it comes to blossoming as a blogger.

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  • A guide to creative writing by Oliver Brooks

    A guide to creative writing by Oliver Brooks

    published on 2012-03-01

    The good folks at Need-t0-know have published an informative guide to creative writing. It is out in March, press release after the break.

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  • Generating publicity for your book the old fashioned way by Anna Lewis

    Generating publicity for your book the old fashioned way by Anna Lewis

    published on 2012-02-05

    Whether you have been published by a publishing house or are a self-published writer, the person who most wants to get your book out there is YOU. Large publishers are not the marketing and publicity machines that their authors may hope them to be – their expertise lies in producing the book and they generally don’t have large amounts of resources to promote it. If you want your book to sell, you need to be the person to make it happen.

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  • Five Top Tools For Authors using MS Word by Georgina Lewis

    Five Top Tools For Authors using MS Word by Georgina Lewis

    published on 2012-01-24

    If you have ever struggled with formatting your manuscript in MS Word before, here are a few things that should make life a little easier and ensure your manuscript looks professional before you self-publish.

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  • Easy Anthology Publishing by Georgina Lewis

    Easy Anthology Publishing by Georgina Lewis

    published on 2012-01-24

    Anthologies are a great way to collate and produce a lasting memory of a collection of work. We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to use CompletelyNovel to self-publish work by students, your writers’ group, competition winners, or a group of essays on a theme.

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  • Beginner's guide to networking for authors by Georgina Lewis

    Beginner's guide to networking for authors by Georgina Lewis

    published on 2012-01-23

    As an author your instincts may often be to hole up with your laptop in a den of coffee, piles of paper, chocolate hobnobs and chewing gum until your book is finished. But networking to build your audience and promote your book is likely to give you a much greater chance at success once the book is published. We decided to put together a brief beginner’s guide to networking for the shyest and most uncomfortable out there.

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  • What the Dickens does he mean to you? by Georgina Lewis

    What the Dickens does he mean to you? by Georgina Lewis

    published on 2012-01-18

    Sorry about the cheap pun folks but couldn’t resist! Publisher Wiley-Blackwell are calling on Charles Dickens’ enthusiasts to submit a short video on the topic of what Dickens means to them as part of the celebrations to mark the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth.

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  • The publishing plans are to be upgraded by Oliver Brooks

    The publishing plans are to be upgraded by Oliver Brooks

    published on 2012-01-18

    I love it when a plan comes together, and at CompletelyNovel our plan to better match our publisher plans to the needs of our members is coming together nicely. CompletelyNovel publishing systems are going to be upgraded over the next month. We aim to make publishing more simple and tailor the publishing plans to our members requirements.

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  • Delayed orders by Oliver Brooks

    Delayed orders by Oliver Brooks

    published on 2011-12-06

    Hi everyone, Some orders have been delayed recently – a side effect of the volume going through at this time of year. I’ve been chasing every order this morning checking it’s status. As of yesterday all the delayed orders were marked as in production. New orders are also running through on time again. Production takes a day which means all pending orders should be sent out today or tomorrow. You will receive a notification as per usual when they are dispatched. I’m keeping an eye on things and will post updates as things develop. All the best, Oli

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  • Looking for something completely novel to give as a gift this Christmas? by Georgina Lewis

    Looking for something completely novel to give as a gift this Christmas? by Georgina Lewis

    published on 2011-12-02

    It’s time to get cracking if you’re planning to give your self-published books as gifts this Christmas. Why not publish a special edition of your novel or poetry to share with family and friends for this Christmas, give a friend your non-fiction guide to life or put those family memoirs that you’ve been meaning to share in print?

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