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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!
published on 2015-06-24
How does CompletelyNovel work? This self-publishing infographic explains all.
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.
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.
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.
published on 2015-06-04
Ten eclectic books by ten emerging authors launched last night at what was deemed to be the most exciting event of the literary year – One Big Book Launch 2015. And oh my, was it big! As an innovative event born and bred right here at CompletelyNovel, we’re so pleased to be able to declare last night’s One Big Book Launch an official success! For those of you who couldn’t make it along, or who want to relive the evening, here’s a blow-by-blow in tweets and pictures. Congratulations to all the authors involved!
published on 2015-05-27
A lot of authors write books to earn a living, and there are a few nifty services out there to help you do just that (CompletelyNovel being one of them!) We’ve put together a list of our top business tools that will help you ‘authorpreneurs’ get your book on the road to success.
published on 2015-05-20
After the success of January’s personal publishing training sessions, we’re dusting off our sweat bands and are ready to help you get that book out there. Sign up to a CompletelyNovel Plus Plan at just £7.99/$11.99 per month or £85/£130 per year and get your own publishing consultant to help you create and publish your book this year. Your summer publishing mentor (or senior member of CompletelyNovel staff wearing a giant sun hat) can offer advice, help and motivation. Whether you need an opinion on your cover design, advice on which book size to go for, or a kick up the bum to ensure your book is out by a certain date – we’re here.
published on 2015-05-12
When used correctly, Twitter is one of the most powerful marketing tools at your disposal. Twitter enables you to connect and engage with people you don’t know. Readers, press, literary agents – they’re all on Twitter and, unlike with other platforms such as Facebook, you don’t have to be their friend to be able to connect with them. However, not every author we know is using Twitter to its full potential. Here are some things to think about when it comes to honing your tweets and building up your following.
published on 2015-05-11
We’re getting a few emails at the moment from authors who claim they ‘don’t do marketing’. So how can you promote your book if you have no previous marketing experience? Although marketing sounds tough, all it really means is letting as many people as possible know about your book. Different authors will do this in different ways – and there’s no ‘right way’ of doing it. Here are our five easy tips to help your book get the attention it deserves, in a way that suits you.