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  • Contribute to CompletelyNovel’s Ultimate Writing Playlist by Adriana Bielkova

    Contribute to CompletelyNovel’s Ultimate Writing Playlist by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-08-27

    What are your favourite songs to write to? Here at CompletelyNovel, we love listening to music whilst we write, whether it’s a blog post (like this one!) or a short story. We want to create the ultimate writing playlist, including songs for every genre, every scene and every character. Here’s how you can get involved.

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  • 'Why I self-published', by CompletelyNovel author, Tony Robinson OBE by Sarah Juckes

    'Why I self-published', by CompletelyNovel author, Tony Robinson OBE by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-08-27

    Publishing is changing, and more and more authors are now choosing to self-publish their books over traditional publishing. To find out why, we asked a CompletelyNovel author who has done just that to tell us more about his path to publication. Tony Robinson OBE is an award-winning entrepreneur who was awarded an OBE for services to small firms and training with his company, Enterprise Rockers. His book, ‘Freedom From Bosses Forever’, was published using CompletelyNovel last month.

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  • Supporting independent authors at the Indie Author Fair 2014 by Sarah Juckes

    Supporting independent authors at the Indie Author Fair 2014 by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-08-20

    Ahead of the Indie Author Fair that is taking place as part of the Chorleywood Literary Festival this November, we caught up with the organisers to find out how readers can support independent authors at the fair, and why you definitely should

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  • Download 'A CompletelyNovel Guide to Book Marketing' by Adriana Bielkova

    Download 'A CompletelyNovel Guide to Book Marketing' by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-08-14

    We’re very pleased to announce that CompletelyNovel’s first ebook is now live and available for download for only £2.99! In this article, we explain a little more about the book and give you a sneak preview at its contents. We’re also very excited to announce that this eBook is FREE to any CompletelyNovel author who has been with us for longer than six months, as part of our new long-term author reward scheme.

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  • 5 ways to get to know your characters (and how this can help you with marketing) by Sarah Juckes

    5 ways to get to know your characters (and how this can help you with marketing) by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-08-13

    Whatever stage you’re at with your book – whether you’re in the early stages of an idea, or have been marketing your book for years – your characters need to be well-rounded, real people so your readers can identify with them. Below are 5 ways you can get to know your characters, and how this might help you with your marketing.

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  • Introducing our free guide to typesetting by Sarah Juckes

    Introducing our free guide to typesetting by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-07-28

    Our step-by-step guide to typesetting and uploading your manuscript to CompletelyNovel went live today and can be downloaded as a PDF, here. We explain a little more about why we’ve created it and how it could help.

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  • 7 Ways Writers Can Use LinkedIn by Adriana Bielkova

    7 Ways Writers Can Use LinkedIn by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-07-24

    LinkedIn has become an increasingly important social network in the writing and publishing industry. It is often used by professionals who write books about topics such as business or marketing, but can be creatively used to promote any author and any type of writing. It offers a unique way to connect with new readers and create interesting opportunities. Here’s 7 ways you could be using LinkedIn as a writer:

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  • Review: An Arvon Writing Retreat by CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes by Sarah Juckes

    Review: An Arvon Writing Retreat by CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-07-22

    Last week, CompletelyNovel’s Sarah Juckes spent the week in a pre-Doomsday house on a course focusing on Writing for Children and Young Adults with the brilliant Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, and gritty YA writer, Melvin Burgess on an Arvon course. This is her review.

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  • What is an author brand strategy and why should I have one? by Adriana Bielkova

    What is an author brand strategy and why should I have one? by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-07-14

    Your author brand is determined by several factors, including your writing voice, personality and the way you communicate visually on your website and social media profiles. Although you may think that branding is an odd concept to work with in publishing as it sounds like it would be more suited to a board meeting at Coca Cola, it is actually used by the most successful authors today. A strong author brand can drive audiences to buy and read books. If you would like to reach a wider audience, establish your name and generate more sales, you should invest some time in developing the strategy for your personal author brand.

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  • 5 Tips for Camp NaNoWriMo from Denise Jaden by Sarah Juckes

    5 Tips for Camp NaNoWriMo from Denise Jaden by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-07-10

    For those of you who can’t wait until Novemeber to write your novel during National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo), there is the summer camp that is in full swing this July. To help get you started, we asked author Denise Jaden to give us her top tips for starting and finishing that first draft.

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