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published on 2014-07-22
Last week, CompletelyNovel’s Sarah Juckes spent the week in a pre-Doomsday house on a course focusing on Writing for Children and Young Adults with the brilliant Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, and gritty YA writer, Melvin Burgess on an Arvon course. This is her review.
published on 2014-07-14
Your author brand is determined by several factors, including your writing voice, personality and the way you communicate visually on your website and social media profiles. Although you may think that branding is an odd concept to work with in publishing as it sounds like it would be more suited to a board meeting at Coca Cola, it is actually used by the most successful authors today. A strong author brand can drive audiences to buy and read books. If you would like to reach a wider audience, establish your name and generate more sales, you should invest some time in developing the strategy for your personal author brand.
published on 2014-07-10
For those of you who can’t wait until Novemeber to write your novel during National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo), there is the summer camp that is in full swing this July. To help get you started, we asked author Denise Jaden to give us her top tips for starting and finishing that first draft.
published on 2014-07-09
A book trailer is essentially a visual blurb for your book. The aim is a lot like that of a film trailer - to capture the main plot of the story through film or animation, so readers want to read more. They are not a mandatory marketing tool and it’s important to think about what you would want your trailer to achieve before investing in one. If you are looking at creating one however, here are a few tips on the things to include.
published on 2014-07-03
George Orwell’s five writing rules (and because rules are to be broken, there are six of them!), have provided guidance to countless authors as they write their books. But they also offer useful marketing advice, too. Today, readers are constantly overwhelmed with information and advertising, so it’s vital that you stand out from the crowd when marketing your book. Here, we explain Orwell’s writing rules so that your marketing can be concise, engaging and effective.
published on 2014-06-23
The CN team have had the pleasure of knowing Julia Kingsford since before her days as CEO of World Book Night, and were so excited to hear about her “new kind of literary agency”: Kingsford Campbell Literary & Marketing Agents. This week, we caught up with her to get the lowdown on the ‘marketing’ part of the agency, what kind of writing she is looking for and her views on self-publishing.
published on 2014-06-20
Many writers will be procrastinating by keeping up with the latest news from this year's World Cup. Here is a whimsical look at what life lessons they might pick up along the way.
published on 2014-06-19
CompletelyNovel co-founder Anna Lewis had a busy week championing publishing tech at Buckingham Palace and at an industry Hack weekend last week. Here, she tells us more about what was involved and what she learned.
published on 2014-06-09
We received several great entries for our MayMadness book design competition. We decided to show a few of them here, along with announcing the winner of the competition!