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  • How to use a book trailer to market your book by Sarah Juckes

    How to use a book trailer to market your book by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-28

    We’ve noticed a surge in authors creating book trailers and videos alongside their book. Book trailers can be a great way to present your concept to a new audience in a different way – but how do you market a book trailer alongside your book? To find out, we had a chat with Inkflash’s Matt Stephens – who knows all about using visuals to market books. Matt is the brains behind the 3D book world – Inkflash – who are sponsoring the One Big Book Launch 2015. Below, he shares his tips on how to use a book trailer effectively.

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  • Win a manuscript critique worth £100/$150 by Sarah Juckes

    Win a manuscript critique worth £100/$150 by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-19

    We have an extra-special competition for any writers currently putting those final touches to their manuscripts this month. We’ve teamed up with The Naked Editor to offer one, lucky CompletelyNovel author an expert manuscript critique worth up to £100/$150. All you need to do to win, is join a CompletelyNovel Plus Plan before 16th April. Simple!

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  • 14 Unmissable Book Events Around the World this Year by Jessica Barrah

    14 Unmissable Book Events Around the World this Year by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-03-18

    Picture yourself in Miami, Jamaica, or even Brazil, surrounded by thousands of books, influential people in the publishing industry, international writers and bibliophiles. A book-lover’s dream holiday and an opportunity to market your own book, all rolled into one. What’s not to love? Here are 20 unmissable book events around the world in 2015. Pack those books in your bag and get your geek on.

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  • 'From stage to page' - how to publish performance poetry, with Dean Atta by Sarah Juckes

    'From stage to page' - how to publish performance poetry, with Dean Atta by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-18

    To celebrate World Poetry day on Saturday, we’ve invited renowned performance poet, Dean Atta, to share the story behind his Polari First Book Prize 2014 shortlisted book. Print books love poetry – they are ideal companions to slams and performance events. We’ve seen a real rise in the number of awesome poetry books being created and published on CompletelyNovel, and we’re thrilled to host Dean’s story below. May it inspire you to turn your spoken word a beautiful book, too.

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  • 7 steps to a great radio or podcast interview by Sarah Juckes

    7 steps to a great radio or podcast interview by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-17

    Speaking about your book on the radio or on a podcast can be an excellent way to introduce a new audience to your writing. If you’re feeling a little nervous about that microphone – and don’t worry, even seasoned speaking pros get nervous – PR expert Ben Cameron has some great advice on the preparation you can do beforehand.

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  • "Why authors should be YouTubers" - Vlogging advice from Lindsay Mead by Sarah Juckes

    "Why authors should be YouTubers" - Vlogging advice from Lindsay Mead by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-04

    Since YouTube sensation Zoella became the UK’s fastest selling author, Vlogging has become the book marketing technique everyone seems to be talking about. When done properly, a ‘Vlog’ (or Video Log) can be a great tool for reaching readers and building a following. To find out more, we asked YA author and YouTuber Lindsay Mead for her advice on vlogging for authors.

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  • How to structure your non-fiction book by Sarah Juckes

    How to structure your non-fiction book by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-03-03

    Where do you start writing business book, travel memoir or commentary? What is the best way of presenting information to your readers? To find out, we asked business book coach Alison Jones for her advice the best way to structure a non-fiction book.

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  • 5 ways to secretly celebrate World Book Day in your day job by Sarah Juckes

    5 ways to secretly celebrate World Book Day in your day job by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-27

    For those of us who love books, but don’t have the good fortune to work with kids, celebrating World Book Day can be difficult. So! If you have a corporate day job, here are five ways you can get your book-nerd on, on March 5th, with your co-workers being none the wiser.

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  • Need help creating your book?  by Sarah Juckes

    Need help creating your book? by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-19

    Sometimes you just need someone to look at what you are doing with your manuscript and cover design, and tell you that you are on the right track, right? Or, if there is a skill involved in self-publishing your book that you just cant get to grips with, it’s good to know that a trustworthy expert is there to lend a hand. With this in mind, we’ve created a couple of low-cost but high-value author services that you are free to make use of at any time. They start from only £12/$18 and have been designed after speaking to you authors over the last few weeks. You can find details of these at any time by scrolling down on any CompletelyNovel page and clicking on Writer Services, and we explain them in a bit more detail below.

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  • 5 cover design DOs and DON'Ts for business books by Sarah Juckes

    5 cover design DOs and DON'Ts for business books by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-02-18

    How can you ensure the cover of your business book looks professional? We’re seeing a rise in the amount of business writers who are taking advantage of our high print quality, and so we’ve put together a specific list of DOs and DON’Ts for those of you designing book covers – with examples. Make sure you also check out our cover template advice page, for more information and downloads on constructing your cover.

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