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  • 10 Writing Competitions to Enter Before April Fool's Day by Jessica Barrah

    10 Writing Competitions to Enter Before April Fool's Day by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2016-01-12

    Instead of hitting the gym this January, why not give your pen or computer keyboard a workout? Writing competition deadlines are a great aid to focusing your attention. You may even finally finish that piece of work that’s been hanging around for far too long – or get inspired to write something completely new (and CompletelyNovel!)

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  • 12 essential ingredients of a winning first chapter by Sarah Juckes

    12 essential ingredients of a winning first chapter by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-12-21

    Whether you are hoping to snap up an agent in your first few pages, or entice a reader in the first few lines – the opening chapter to your book is absolutely vital. So what makes a great opening chapter of a novel? In this edition of Expert Tips, we hear from author and Writing Coach, Jacqui Lofthouse, to find out more.

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  • 10 writing competitions you need to enter before the end of the year by Jessica Barrah

    10 writing competitions you need to enter before the end of the year by Jessica Barrah

    published on 2015-12-08

    All through 2015 we’ve been letting you know about a whole host of writing competitions. Perhaps you’ve entered some, and even had some success. Or maybe you meant to enter – but somehow life got in the way. The good news is, there’s still time to enter these ten fantastic writing contests. Even better, working on your competition entry will make a great excuse to avoid that interminable family game of Monopoly/freezing Boxing Day walk.

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  • How much does it cost to have your book professionally edited? by Sarah Juckes

    How much does it cost to have your book professionally edited? by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-12-08

    How much does it cost to have your book professionally edited? To help you budget, we asked professional editor and proofreader, Mary Bate, for her expert tips.

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  • 4 free templates to help you promote your book - part one (print) by Sarah Juckes

    4 free templates to help you promote your book - part one (print) by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-12-07

    If you’re planning on doing any face-to-face marketing at events such as book signings, or even directly to local booksellers, then chances are you’ll need some printed promotional materials branded to your book. We’ve seen some awesome examples of homemade flyers, posters and information sheets, but getting it right can be tricky. So what information should you include on a book information sheet? And what kind of sign do you need for a signing? Below, we’ve laid down some guidelines and linked to a couple of free, editable templates for you to use for your own book.

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  • 8 unique gifts for writers that they actually want by Sarah Juckes

    8 unique gifts for writers that they actually want by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-25

    Gone are the days when the only things in writers’ Christmas stockings were moleskin notebooks and a rather snazzy pen. In the digital age, there is absolutely no excuse not to get the writer in your life a gift that will inspire, motivate and even change their life forever. But we understand that finding those pearls in the expansive internet ocean can be rather difficult. So here’s eight of the best we’ve found. Enjoy!

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  • How to create believable characters - expert tips by Sarah Juckes

    How to create believable characters - expert tips by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-25

    When writing a novel, what’s the key to creating believable, well-rounded characters? For this edition of Expert Tips, Aki Schilz of The Literary Consultancy shares her top tips on characterisation.

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  • Christmas book printing and delivery deadlines 2015 by Sarah Juckes

    Christmas book printing and delivery deadlines 2015 by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-18

    Planning to buy copies of your book to give out over Christmas? The next few weeks include some of the biggest shopping days of the whole year – so ensure you order yours in plenty of time. Here are the dates and information you need to know.

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  • 3 top tips for a successful book signing  by Sarah Juckes

    3 top tips for a successful book signing by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2015-11-11

    Book signings and events tend to be the things new authors most look forward to – and dread at the same time. To find out what you can do to make your event cause a splash, we spoke to indie superstar, Mark Leslie. Mark has travelled all over the world doing events and, as you’ll see below, knows a thing or two about capturing attention. Here are Mark’s top tips for a successful author event.

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  • 5 mistakes you're making in your final draft by Sarah Juckes

    5 mistakes you're making in your final draft by Sarah Juckes

    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.

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