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  • Calling all writers! Where do you want to be in a year? by Sarah Juckes

    Calling all writers! Where do you want to be in a year? by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-01-07

    New year’s resolutions can be tricky things to keep with you throughout the year. One technique the team at CompletelyNovel finds really useful to keep on target, is to set one clear and manageable goal to work to over the year. So, to help you work towards your publishing, writing or marketing goal in 2015, we’re asking you to let us know where you want to be this time next year. Perhaps you want to finally have a book published? Or, perhaps you’re hoping to win a major writing prize this year? Send us your 2015 goals before 20th January.

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  • FREE personal publishing trainer for all new authors this January by Sarah Juckes

    FREE personal publishing trainer for all new authors this January by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-01-06

    Want to make this year the year that you publish your book? Of course you do – there’s no better time to start publishing than right now. To help you achieve your new year publishing resolution, we have a very special offer that we are running throughout January. Let’s get those books in shape and out into the world!

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  • Writing Competitions 2015 (Part One) by Jessica Barrah

    Writing Competitions 2015 (Part One) by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-01-05

    Writing Competitions 2015 Winning a writing prize is an excellent way to stand out from the crowd as a self-published author. It can increase your press coverage, it’s great for your writing CV and, if you’re interested in being traditionally published, a prize can help capture an agent’s attention. We’ve searched for the best writing competitions that have deadlines up to June – and we’ll be sure to update you with more competitions later on in the year. Here are 10 writing competitions of various kinds, organised by their deadline date (soonest first). Good luck!

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  • How to conjure up 247 minutes for your book this Christmas by Sarah Juckes

    How to conjure up 247 minutes for your book this Christmas by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-12-16

    Christmas is ACTUAL TIME you have all to yourself to spend on the one thing we know you are passionate about over all other things – writing. There are three whole public holidays between now and back-to-work time. In this time, you can reinvent your Christmas and start your new year off with a positive change. It’s all about SUBSTITUTION! Here’s how.

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  • 2014 in review - Top 5 Inspirational speeches from writers by Sarah Juckes

    2014 in review - Top 5 Inspirational speeches from writers by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-12-12

    2014 was a pretty inspiring year. We kicked off the year with our Get Your Book Fit campaign, pioneered a collaboration with Greene & Heaton literary agency and created the very first One Big Book Launch – as well as helping hundreds of new authors get their books into print. It was also a great year to be reading and writing, so to celebrate the Year of the Awesome, we’re looking back over some of 2014’s most inspirational speeches and interviews with leading authors from around the world. May they inspire you to have an even more amazing 2015!

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  • 5 Creative Techniques to Wrap a Book by Sarah Juckes

    5 Creative Techniques to Wrap a Book by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-12-03

    Books for Christmas. Just the idea of it has us hanging up our stockings and flinging mince pies in the oven to over-cook. Yes, we can’t think of anything more exciting that receiving a book for Christmas. Books are awesome. The wrapping however, is getting a little old. But there’s only so many ways you can wrap a small cuboid, right? WRONG! To keep your loved-ones guessing this Christmas, here are 5 imaginative ways to wrap a book.

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  • Book printing & delivery deadlines for Christmas 2014 by Sarah Juckes

    Book printing & delivery deadlines for Christmas 2014 by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-12-02

    Christmas is a busy time of year for printers and couriers. If you’re looking to order books from CompletelyNovel as Christmas presents – whether your own or another’s – make note of these book order dates to make sure you receive your order in plenty of time.

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  • Rights And Licensing: What You Need To Know As A Self-Published Author by Adriana Bielkova

    Rights And Licensing: What You Need To Know As A Self-Published Author by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-11-20

    CompletelyNovel is committed to offering free advice on all aspects of self-publishing. Licensing and author rights may seem like a less exciting part of being an author, but they are not to be underestimated. Brittany Poulin from IPR License gives a quick overview of why taking care of your publishing rights is important - find out more below.

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  • Five Great Ways Printed Books Can Work For Self-Published Authors by Adriana Bielkova

    Five Great Ways Printed Books Can Work For Self-Published Authors by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-11-19

    We asked CN authors about their tried and trusted ways of using a printed book to its maximum potential. Whether it’s having a copy on you at all times or planning a competition, if you follow their advice, you’ll be well on the way to impressing readers and collaborators. Maybe you’ll even build a bar that consists entirely of books in the process! Find out what Lucy Windsor, Janis Pegrum Smith and Pete Maguire have to say about printed books below.

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  • 10 Tips For Typesetting A Non-Fiction Book In Microsoft Word by Adriana Bielkova

    10 Tips For Typesetting A Non-Fiction Book In Microsoft Word by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-11-04

    Certain non-fiction can require a different kind of typesetting to fiction. At CompletelyNovel, we’ve seen some of the best examples of typesetting in text books, travel guides and business handbooks. Here are ten typesetting tricks to use when designing the interior of a non-fiction book using Microsoft Word. Remember, you can also get a free step-by-step guide to general typesetting on CompletelyNovel.

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