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published on 2015-09-29
Those of you who follow publishing news might have seen a lot of talk recently on how traditional publishers should make more of an effort to sell books directly to readers. Independent authors however, are in a brilliant position to be able to do this right now. As an author, you can take your print books with you on the road, engaging directly with readers and, hopefully, sell a few copies along the way. So what’s the best way to approach face-to-face marketing? To find out, we asked three CompletelyNovel authors to share their secrets.
published on 2015-09-22
We’ve whittled down hundreds of entries to just 20 awesome, indie book covers – and now it’s over to you. Vote for your favourite book cover and help crown it the Lord of the Book Covers.
published on 2015-09-16
Anyone who has done a book event will know the benefits of displaying a physical book. The same goes for your online marketing – whether it’s on your website, social media, in a newsletter or on your business cards – displaying your book in 3D can really bring your eye-catching cover to life.
published on 2015-09-15
As the nights get shorter and the weather gets chillier, what better time to stay indoors and get writing? In our final round-up of competitions of the year, we’ve got something for everyone – writers of poetry, short stories and novels for all age groups. So fire up your imagination, warm up your laptop, and get those fingers flying over the keys!
published on 2015-09-03
September is the start of the new (school) year and an ideal time to renew your writing resolutions. Want to finally get that novel finished and published in time for Christmas? Now’s the time to get going! To get you excited about settling back down at your desk, we’ve gathered together some of the best back-to-school stationery around. Because why should kids have all the fun?
published on 2015-09-02
It’s one of our all-time most popular questions on CompletelyNovel – ‘what retail price is best for my book?’ And it’s a good question to ask – too high and you risk putting readers off. Too low, and you could end up devaluing your book. So, how can you ensure you’re pricing your book in that retail ‘sweet spot’? Here are some of the key things you need to think about.
published on 2015-08-18
Book marketing needn’t carry a hefty price tag. There are plenty of free ways to promote your book – and plenty of free tools to help you, too. We’ve scoured the web for ten of our favourite online marketing tools – all absolutely free to use.
published on 2015-08-05
These days there are a myriad of ways to read. On your phone. On your Kindle. On your tablet or laptop. In this age of multi-tasking, you can listen to the latest audiobook whilst cooking, or going for a run. You can borrow eBooks from libraries, and return them without actually setting foot outside your front room. And yet… we still love printed books. It’s what CompletelyNovel does best. We’ve gathered together six things that will make you think about your interaction with books – both printed and digital – in a new way.
published on 2015-08-05
Winning a short story competition is great for your writing CV. But what makes a prize-winning short story? Is it the form, the language, or the topic? We’ve spoken to the judges of some of the leading writing competitions to find out. So grab a pencil and start making some notes!
published on 2015-07-30
As an online publishing company, we spend most of our time working at computers and reading books. Deciding to participate in an event described as “the ultimate physical and mental challenge” was, well, a bit outside our comfort zone to say the least. The Oxfam Trailwalker involves a team of 4 people walking 100km in less than 30 hours. Our team consisted of Sarah, Jess, Jon and me (Anna) – with Oli heading up the support crew. The route starts just north of Portsmouth, snakes across the South Downs (which also include a lot of Ups) and finishes in Brighton. Here’s what the team thought of the walk: