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8 free things for writers by Sarah Juckes

Everyone loves free stuff. Food samples, household products through the post – even winning the odd competition – things taste better when they are free. In this blog post, we list our top eight resources, services and events for writers that are totally, 100% FREE and available right now.

1) Free manuscript assessment from TLC

If you’re a writer living in England with a low income, you can apply to The Literary Consultancy’s Free Reads scheme that is funded by Arts Council England. This is a great chance to have professional feedback on your manuscript if you aren’t able to afford a critique. Find out how to apply here.

2) Free 9 week screenwriting class from Steven Barnes

After teaching this class at UCLA, screenwriter and author Steven Barnes has popped all nine weeks of it on the internet for writers to learn from – for free. There are some great exercises included to get your creative juices flowing. Take the course here.

3) Free publishing workshops with The Library Press

We’re very pleased to be involved in this one. The Library Press are offering free workshops across seven London libraries this Spring, on subjects from writing, to book-making! The CompletleyNovel team will also be running workshops on self-publishing, eBook publishing, and family history publishing as part of this scheme. Full workshop schedule is here.

4) Free book marketing resources from Joanna Penn

Joanna Penn has a whole host of free eBooks and information on book marketing over on her website. As an independent author herself, her tips are tried and tested. Download them here.

5) Create your book for free, with CompletelyNovel

We can’t do a blog on free stuff without mentioning our free publishing plan. Sign up to CompletelyNovel and use our online tools to create your book, free of charge. You can then print copies of your book at cost-price. Easy! Sign up here.

6) Free twitter images, from Spruce

We came across this wep app recently and we love it! This is a really easy way to make shareable photos for your social media pages. You can even upload an image of your book cover to use in your marketing – all for free. Try it here.

7) Free writing software, from yWriter

yWriter works a little like Scrivener, in that it’s software that helps you organise all the thoughts and documents you need to write a book. It comes recommended by our friend K. M. Weiland and is, of course, free to download here.

8) Free crime knowledge base, at Thrill Writing

A fantastic resource for crime and thriller writers. This website hosts regular interviews with experts to let writers know everything from how your character can escape from handcuffs, to what it feels like to fire a gun. Check it out here.

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