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published on 2015-10-27
It’s that scary time of year again – no, not Halloween – NaNoWriMo. Whether you’re a NaNoWriMo newbie or a veteran, a first-time novelist or an established bestseller – writing 50,000 words in 30 days is hard. …But then, nothing worth doing was ever easy. Here are 10 things that will make your National Novel Writing Month that little bit more doable, so you can finish the month with a brand new book.
published on 2015-10-26
As you might have twigged from our name, CompletleyNovel likes things that are new and different – especially if that thing helps our authors reach new readers. So, we were rather delighted to hear that one of our very own authors, Daphne Kapsali, has taken her book marketing into her own hands and launched ‘Indie Books Rock!’ – a collaborative marketing platform for independent authors. It’s a great initiative, so we invited Daphne to share how it came about and how you can get your own book involved.
published on 2015-10-23
Readers voted in hoards for their favourite indie book cover. The results are in and we are pleased to announce the winning ‘Lord of the Book Covers’, as well as the four covers who came very close indeed.
published on 2015-10-12
Looking for an editor, but not sure what kind of edit your book needs? In this edition of CN’s Expert Tips, editor Sarah Nisbet explains the key differences between copy editing and proofreading, so you can choose the right one for your book.
published on 2015-10-08
Short story writing is a special kind of skill. You have to engage your reader and get them invested in your characters – all in under 4,000 words. Here are eight awesome resources that will help you master the art of the short story, so you can go on to win competition after competition.
published on 2015-09-29
In the first of our ‘Expert Tips’ fortnightly series, we’ve asked eBook Cover Expert, Matt Nieblas to share three Photoshop tools he couldn’t live without. If you’re planning on using Photoshop to create a book cover and have experience in using the programme, then these tools are definitely ones to try.
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!