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  • Vote for the 'Lord of the Book Covers' by Sarah Juckes

    Vote for the 'Lord of the Book Covers' by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-09-22

    We’ve whittled down hundreds of entries to just 20 awesome, indie book covers – and now it’s over to you. Vote for your favourite book cover and help crown it the Lord of the Book Covers.

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  • How to make a 3D book to use in your marketing by Sarah Juckes

    How to make a 3D book to use in your marketing by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-09-16

    Anyone who has done a book event will know the benefits of displaying a physical book. The same goes for your online marketing – whether it’s on your website, social media, in a newsletter or on your business cards – displaying your book in 3D can really bring your eye-catching cover to life.

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  • 12 Writing Competitions for Winter 2015  by Jessica Barrah

    12 Writing Competitions for Winter 2015 by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-09-15

    As the nights get shorter and the weather gets chillier, what better time to stay indoors and get writing? In our final round-up of competitions of the year, we’ve got something for everyone – writers of poetry, short stories and novels for all age groups. So fire up your imagination, warm up your laptop, and get those fingers flying over the keys!

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  • Ultimate back to school stationery for grown ups by Jessica Barrah

    Ultimate back to school stationery for grown ups by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-09-03

    September is the start of the new (school) year and an ideal time to renew your writing resolutions. Want to finally get that novel finished and published in time for Christmas? Now’s the time to get going! To get you excited about settling back down at your desk, we’ve gathered together some of the best back-to-school stationery around. Because why should kids have all the fun?

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  • How to price your print book by Sarah Juckes

    How to price your print book by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-09-02

    It’s one of our all-time most popular questions on CompletelyNovel – ‘what retail price is best for my book?’ And it’s a good question to ask – too high and you risk putting readers off. Too low, and you could end up devaluing your book. So, how can you ensure you’re pricing your book in that retail ‘sweet spot’? Here are some of the key things you need to think about.

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  • 10 free tools for online book marketing by Sarah Juckes

    10 free tools for online book marketing by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-08-18

    Book marketing needn’t carry a hefty price tag. There are plenty of free ways to promote your book – and plenty of free tools to help you, too. We’ve scoured the web for ten of our favourite online marketing tools – all absolutely free to use.

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  • 6 Things That Will Change The Way You Think About Books by Jessica Barrah

    6 Things That Will Change The Way You Think About Books by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-08-05

    These days there are a myriad of ways to read. On your phone. On your Kindle. On your tablet or laptop. In this age of multi-tasking, you can listen to the latest audiobook whilst cooking, or going for a run. You can borrow eBooks from libraries, and return them without actually setting foot outside your front room. And yet… we still love printed books. It’s what CompletelyNovel does best. We’ve gathered together six things that will make you think about your interaction with books – both printed and digital – in a new way.

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  • How to win a short story competition  by Sarah Juckes

    How to win a short story competition by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-08-05

    Winning a short story competition is great for your writing CV. But what makes a prize-winning short story? Is it the form, the language, or the topic? We’ve spoken to the judges of some of the leading writing competitions to find out. So grab a pencil and start making some notes!

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  • CompletelyNovel and the bloody long walk by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel and the bloody long walk by Anna Lewis

    published on 2015-07-30

    As an online publishing company, we spend most of our time working at computers and reading books. Deciding to participate in an event described as “the ultimate physical and mental challenge” was, well, a bit outside our comfort zone to say the least. The Oxfam Trailwalker involves a team of 4 people walking 100km in less than 30 hours. Our team consisted of Sarah, Jess, Jon and me (Anna) – with Oli heading up the support crew. The route starts just north of Portsmouth, snakes across the South Downs (which also include a lot of Ups) and finishes in Brighton. Here’s what the team thought of the walk:

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  • 6 things to include on the back of your book cover by Sarah Juckes

    6 things to include on the back of your book cover by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-07-23

    You’ve no doubt read a few articles on the importance of a good front cover for your book (if not, check this out). A front cover will often be the first thing a reader will see when they stumble across your book – and possibly the only thing you’ve needed so far, if you’ve published only an eBook. Print books however, also require a spine and a back cover, and they are one of the most often overlooked aspects of self-published books – and one of the most important. You back cover is your space to convince the browsing reader to buy your book.

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