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  • Free cup of coffee for every new author this autumn by Sarah Juckes

    Free cup of coffee for every new author this autumn by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-10-09

    Until October 31st, every new author joining CompletelyNovel on a Plus or a Pro plan will receive a free cup of coffee to keep you warm and motivated this autumn.

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  • Register your interest in One Big Book Launch 2015 by Sarah Juckes

    Register your interest in One Big Book Launch 2015 by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-10-06

    Register your interest for One Big Book Launch 2015!

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  • CompletelyNovel at Digital Women UK's Get Connected Conference by Adriana Bielkova

    CompletelyNovel at Digital Women UK's Get Connected Conference by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-10-01

    Wednesday 30th September was a great day to be involved in the digital industry. It was Digital Women UK’s Get Connected Conference, and CompletelyNovel’s co-founder Anna Lewis was invited to talk about digital publishing and her experiences with tech start ups. We also got to hang around for the whole day, meeting inspiring women and learning new tips and tricks. Check out our overview of the event below.

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  • How to pitch a self-published book to a literary agent, with Harry Bingham by Sarah Juckes

    How to pitch a self-published book to a literary agent, with Harry Bingham by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-09-30

    Many authors we speak to are surprised to hear that you can self-publish AND look for an agent. It’s something we at CompletelyNovel actively encourage if a traditional publishing contract is the main aim for your book (we send our best books to Greene & Heaton literary agents each month to help!). So how do you go about pitching a self-published book to a literary agent? Is it any different to submitting an unpublished manuscript? To find out, we asked author, editorial consultant and agent hunter, Harry Bingham, for his advice.

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  • Top Writing Tips From Publishing Deconstructed by Adriana Bielkova

    Top Writing Tips From Publishing Deconstructed by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-09-26

    Although CompletelyNovel is all about providing online tools for self-published authors, we love switching off our computers and meeting authors face to face as much as possible. As a Brighton-based company, we couldn’t resist participating in the annual Brighton Digital Festival, and so we partnered with New Writing South and BookMachine for an informal evening of pop-up talks, networking and free goodies called ‘Publishing Deconstructed’. Here’s an overview of some of the top tips learnt from the authors and industry professionals on the night.

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  • 10 Public Speaking Tips For Authors  by Adriana Bielkova

    10 Public Speaking Tips For Authors by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-09-22

    At some point, all of you will be required to get up and speak about your book; whether that’s delivering your elevator pitch to your hairdresser, or reading a passage from your book to a room full of people. For some of you, this may seem terrifying. In this article, we give our top ten tips for harnessing these nerves and delivering a speech worthy of a standing ovation.

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  • 5 Procrastination-Busting Tips For Authors by Adriana Bielkova

    5 Procrastination-Busting Tips For Authors by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-09-19

    Is your book slowly turning into a neverending project? You have reorganised your desk, looked for inspirational quotes to get you into the writing mood, and scrolled down your Facebook feed only to realise several hours later that you haven’t written a word. Procrastination bothers even the most organised authors. Don’t give in to its dark powers. Read our tips for effective time management and your books will be finished in no time!

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  • Changes to the CompletelyNovel Home page by Sarah Juckes

    Changes to the CompletelyNovel Home page by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-09-15

    This morning, we updated the look of the CompletelyNovel Home page to make it easier for readers and writers to find out who we are, and what we do. Below is a list of the changes that have been made and a little bit about why we made them.

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  • Five things authors can learn from a User Experience (UX) expert  by Sarah Juckes

    Five things authors can learn from a User Experience (UX) expert by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-09-10

    What do all successful book marketing campaigns have in common? They are all carefully targeted at specific groups of readers. But how do you go about doing this? To find out, we asked an expert in User Experience (UX) for her top tips and then connected these to book marketing practices.

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  • CompletelyNovel at upcoming events this autumn by Adriana Bielkova

    CompletelyNovel at upcoming events this autumn by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-09-10

    Although CompletelyNovel is an online platform, the team behind it also attend and speak at events to make sure our advice section is kept up-to-date, source new and exciting opportunities for authors, and to generally spread the word about everything CompletelyNovel. Here’s an overview of the talks, conferences and networking events we’re participating in this autumn. Hope to see you there!

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