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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
published on 2015-10-23
Readers voted in hoards for their favourite indie book cover. The results are in and we are pleased to announce the winning ‘Lord of the Book Covers’, as well as the four covers who came very close indeed.
published on 2015-10-12
Looking for an editor, but not sure what kind of edit your book needs? In this edition of CN’s Expert Tips, editor Sarah Nisbet explains the key differences between copy editing and proofreading, so you can choose the right one for your book.
published on 2015-10-08
Short story writing is a special kind of skill. You have to engage your reader and get them invested in your characters – all in under 4,000 words. Here are eight awesome resources that will help you master the art of the short story, so you can go on to win competition after competition.
published on 2015-09-29
In the first of our ‘Expert Tips’ fortnightly series, we’ve asked eBook Cover Expert, Matt Nieblas to share three Photoshop tools he couldn’t live without. If you’re planning on using Photoshop to create a book cover and have experience in using the programme, then these tools are definitely ones to try.
published on 2015-09-29
Those of you who follow publishing news might have seen a lot of talk recently on how traditional publishers should make more of an effort to sell books directly to readers. Independent authors however, are in a brilliant position to be able to do this right now. As an author, you can take your print books with you on the road, engaging directly with readers and, hopefully, sell a few copies along the way. So what’s the best way to approach face-to-face marketing? To find out, we asked three CompletelyNovel authors to share their secrets.