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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.
published on 2015-05-07
CompletelyNovel author and One Big Book Launch winner, Daphne Kapsali, raised over £3,000 to write her début novel, via a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. We caught up with her to find out how she did it, and her top tips for writers wanting to do the same.
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!
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.
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.