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  • 10 Writing Competitions for the Autumn by Jessica Barrah

    10 Writing Competitions for the Autumn by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-09-23

    Now it’s officially Autumn, it’s time for our new season’s round up of writing competitions. All these competitions have deadlines before the New Year. There’s a good mix of contests here, for novels, short stories and poems – so hopefully something for everyone.

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  • 12 Lovely Quotations About Autumn by Jessica Barrah

    12 Lovely Quotations About Autumn by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-09-19

    The equinox at the end of this week marks the official start of a new season – so bid a fond farewell to Summer, and welcome Autumn. Brightly coloured leaves, the first frosts, and harvest time… Autumn has been an inspiration to many writers throughout history. Here are twelve quotations to inspire you as the days get shorter, and cosy nights reading by the fire await you.

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  •  Turn It Upside Down -  How to Trick Yourself Into Publishing Your Book by Jessica Barrah

    Turn It Upside Down - How to Trick Yourself Into Publishing Your Book by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-09-15

    Self-publishing your book can seem a huge mountain to climb. Some people are natural mountain climbers. They’re self-motivated, well organised and efficient – and when they say they’re going to get their book published by Christmas, you wouldn’t bet against them. More often, writers start off full of energy and good intentions, but run out of steam and give up. Here are some ideas to you get to the summit.

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  • Back to School: 6 Ways To Reboot Your Writing  by Jessica Barrah

    Back to School: 6 Ways To Reboot Your Writing by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-08-30

    September means the start of a new school year, and new writing resolutions. Yes, you can finish that book that’s been hanging around for too long – and yes you will publish it! Turn over a new leaf, and put some strategies into place to keep you on schedule.

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  • 15 Olympic Books to Inspire by Jessica Barrah

    15 Olympic Books to Inspire by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-08-08

    Olympic fever is well and truly here! Whether or not you’re interested in sports, the Olympics always spotlight stories of sacrifice, determination and success against the odds, which can inspire your efforts in your own ‘field’. Here are an assortment of books related to Olympic sports to get you in the mood for the rest of the games.

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  • Changes to print prices 2016 - FAQ by Sarah Juckes

    Changes to print prices 2016 - FAQ by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2016-08-01

    In this article, we answer some of your frequently asked questions regarding recent printer and distributor price changes, including why prices are increasing, what it means for your book and what your options are.

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  • 5 Questions for Ben Cameron - Publicity and Marketing by Jessica Barrah

    5 Questions for Ben Cameron - Publicity and Marketing by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-07-25

    At CompletelyNovel our authors are in charge of all aspects of their publishing journey. However, that doesn’t mean to say that you need to go it alone. You might want professionals to help make your book as successful as it can be – from editing to cover design and publicity. We chat to Ben Cameron to find out about the services for authors his publicity and marketing company can offer.

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  • 10 Summer Holiday Books by Jessica Barrah

    10 Summer Holiday Books by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-07-12

    Summer holiday season is looming – is your reading-list ready? Holiday reads can be anything you like: page turning trashy romances and grisly murders, a story set in the country you are visiting – or one of those prize winners you’ve been meaning to read for ages. From summer holiday freedom for kids, to simmering sexual tension, here are 10 books about the long summer holidays themselves.

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  • What should I blog about? 6 topics to try by Jessica Barrah

    What should I blog about? 6 topics to try by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-07-07

    Here at CompletelyNovel we often advise starting a blog to help with marketing your book. Each new entry in your blog can draw more traffic to your website or book listing, and lead to new sales. It’s a great way to connect with readers, and showing people in the publishing world what you’re all about. But apart from your book, you’ll probably need other topics to keep your blog fresh. So what kind of things might you write about?

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  • Five Fantastic 'European' Novels by Jessica Barrah

    Five Fantastic 'European' Novels by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-06-21

    There are some books which become international bestsellers, regardless of the language they were initially written in. Think The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Here are five border crossing books from European writers that are well worth a read.

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