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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
published on 2014-10-23
This month, we’re helping to keep writers warm by supplying all new CompletelyNovel authors with a cup of free coffee. To help you keep even more toastie, we’ve found five gadgets that will keep your fingers nimble and your writing brain on target – check them out!
published on 2014-10-17
Non-fiction writer, Richard Grady, reveals three things he has learnt from self-publishing, and what drove him to publish a print edition of his sport and travel book, “One Day Ahead” with CompletelyNovel. There are some really great tips in here for new authors, so give it a read and share your own top tips for other budding authors below!