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  • 4 free templates to help you promote your book - part one (print) by Sarah Juckes

    4 free templates to help you promote your book - part one (print) by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-12-07

    If you’re planning on doing any face-to-face marketing at events such as book signings, or even directly to local booksellers, then chances are you’ll need some printed promotional materials branded to your book. We’ve seen some awesome examples of homemade flyers, posters and information sheets, but getting it right can be tricky. So what information should you include on a book information sheet? And what kind of sign do you need for a signing? Below, we’ve laid down some guidelines and linked to a couple of free, editable templates for you to use for your own book.

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  • 8 unique gifts for writers that they actually want by Sarah Juckes

    8 unique gifts for writers that they actually want by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-25

    Gone are the days when the only things in writers’ Christmas stockings were moleskin notebooks and a rather snazzy pen. In the digital age, there is absolutely no excuse not to get the writer in your life a gift that will inspire, motivate and even change their life forever. But we understand that finding those pearls in the expansive internet ocean can be rather difficult. So here’s eight of the best we’ve found. Enjoy!

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  • How to create believable characters - expert tips by Sarah Juckes

    How to create believable characters - expert tips by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-25

    When writing a novel, what’s the key to creating believable, well-rounded characters? For this edition of Expert Tips, Aki Schilz of The Literary Consultancy shares her top tips on characterisation.

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  • Christmas book printing and delivery deadlines 2015 by Sarah Juckes

    Christmas book printing and delivery deadlines 2015 by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-18

    Planning to buy copies of your book to give out over Christmas? The next few weeks include some of the biggest shopping days of the whole year – so ensure you order yours in plenty of time. Here are the dates and information you need to know.

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  • 3 top tips for a successful book signing  by Sarah Juckes

    3 top tips for a successful book signing by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-11

    Book signings and events tend to be the things new authors most look forward to – and dread at the same time. To find out what you can do to make your event cause a splash, we spoke to indie superstar, Mark Leslie. Mark has travelled all over the world doing events and, as you’ll see below, knows a thing or two about capturing attention. Here are Mark’s top tips for a successful author event.

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  • 5 mistakes you're making in your final draft by Sarah Juckes

    5 mistakes you're making in your final draft by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-10

    As a writer, you probably know that every new author makes mistakes – but did you know that we often all make the same ones? In this edition of our Expert Tips series, we asked editor Zoe Markham to tell us what the most common manuscript mistakes she sees are, so you can save yourself a bit of time (and money) when it comes to editing and publishing your book.

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  • 8 essential things to know when marketing your book on Twitter, from Emily Benet by Sarah Juckes

    8 essential things to know when marketing your book on Twitter, from Emily Benet by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-09

    Emily Benet bagged herself a publishing deal on the back of her blog, and got millions of hits for her Wattpad series – now, she’s taking the digital world into her own writing in her new book, #PleaseRetweet. We caught up with her to find out the essential things authors should be doing to market their books on Twitter.

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  • How to choose the right book editor for you by Sarah Juckes

    How to choose the right book editor for you by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-10-28

    Look in the acknowledgements section of any book and you’ll get an idea of just how important an editor is to an author. So how can you go about choosing the right one for your book? What should you be looking for? In this Expert Tips edition, we asked Book Specialist Charlie Wilson for her advice.

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  • 10 things that are going to get you through NaNoWriMo by Sarah Juckes

    10 things that are going to get you through NaNoWriMo by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-10-27

    It’s that scary time of year again – no, not Halloween – NaNoWriMo. Whether you’re a NaNoWriMo newbie or a veteran, a first-time novelist or an established bestseller – writing 50,000 words in 30 days is hard. …But then, nothing worth doing was ever easy. Here are 10 things that will make your National Novel Writing Month that little bit more doable, so you can finish the month with a brand new book.

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  • Indie Books Rock - How collaboration can help you sell more books by Sarah Juckes

    Indie Books Rock - How collaboration can help you sell more books by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-10-26

    As you might have twigged from our name, CompletleyNovel likes things that are new and different – especially if that thing helps our authors reach new readers. So, we were rather delighted to hear that one of our very own authors, Daphne Kapsali, has taken her book marketing into her own hands and launched ‘Indie Books Rock!’ – a collaborative marketing platform for independent authors. It’s a great initiative, so we invited Daphne to share how it came about and how you can get your own book involved.

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