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  • Introducing our free guide to typesetting by Sarah Juckes

    Introducing our free guide to typesetting by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-07-28

    Our step-by-step guide to typesetting and uploading your manuscript to CompletelyNovel went live today and can be downloaded as a PDF, here. We explain a little more about why we’ve created it and how it could help.

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  • 7 Ways Writers Can Use LinkedIn by Adriana Bielkova

    7 Ways Writers Can Use LinkedIn by Adriana Bielkova

    published on 2014-07-24

    LinkedIn has become an increasingly important social network in the writing and publishing industry. It is often used by professionals who write books about topics such as business or marketing, but can be creatively used to promote any author and any type of writing. It offers a unique way to connect with new readers and create interesting opportunities. Here’s 7 ways you could be using LinkedIn as a writer:

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  • Review: An Arvon Writing Retreat by CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes by Sarah Juckes

    Review: An Arvon Writing Retreat by CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes by Sarah Juckes

    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.

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  • What is an author brand strategy and why should I have one? by Adriana Bielkova

    What is an author brand strategy and why should I have one? by Adriana Bielkova

    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.

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  • 5 Tips for Camp NaNoWriMo from Denise Jaden by Sarah Juckes

    5 Tips for Camp NaNoWriMo from Denise Jaden by Sarah Juckes

    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.

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  • How to create a book trailer that’ll leave your readers wanting more  by Adriana Bielkova

    How to create a book trailer that’ll leave your readers wanting more by Adriana Bielkova

    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.

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  • Using Orwell’s 5 writing rules to market your book by Adriana Bielkova

    Using Orwell’s 5 writing rules to market your book by Adriana Bielkova

    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.

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  • Summer Writing Competitions 2014 by Samuel Walton

    Summer Writing Competitions 2014 by Samuel Walton

    published on 2014-06-26

    We're nearly halfway through 2014 but there are still some great writing competitions left to sink your teeth in to. We've found 9 of the best ones with plenty of time to get your work in.

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  • 5 Questions for Literary Agent, Julia Kingsford  by Sarah Juckes

    5 Questions for Literary Agent, Julia Kingsford by Sarah Juckes

    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.

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  • 5 things writers can learn from the World Cup by Samuel Walton

    5 things writers can learn from the World Cup by Samuel Walton

    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.

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