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Merry Christmas from Writers & Artists

Christmas giveaway

It’s our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, and we think it’s about time we started celebrating! With less than a month to go until the big day, we wanted to do something to say thank you for all your support over the past year.

We’ve been steadily building up our writing community, both on (not to mention on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest), and we’ve loved hearing about your writing projects and helping you with any questions you might have had.

So, by way of encouraging you to keep sharing your writing, we're delighted to offer a 10% discount on all editorial services booked during the month of December and January, using discount code 'EDITORIAL10'. Whether you have a completed first draft you would like an experienced editor to take a look at, or you have the beginnings of an idea you would like to chat to an agent about, we can help.

We're not stopping there, though. From Friday 12th to Tuesday 23rd December, we're giving …

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Five Unusual Ways to Market your Book Inspired by the Film Industry


At CompletelyNovel, we’ve found that the question ‘How can I cut through the book marketing noise?’ is making an increasingly regular appearance in our inbox. It’s a common author frustration and has led us to ponder the ways in which indie authors can use their creativity to be memorable and stand out from the crowd. Sometimes the best inspiration can come from looking outside your particular field, so we’ve done some research and found some great marketing ideas from the film industry to help get your creative juices flowing.

1. Create a website for your book

Marketing campaigns accompanying Wes Anderson’s films are legendary. For his latest feature, ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ (2014) which takes place in the imaginary country called Zubrowka, Anderson’s marketing team created a website ‘Akademie Zubrowka’. The website offers lectures and courses in the history of Zubrowka. It is a great way to take the fans on a journey even after the film has finished. If your …

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NaNoWriMo: Winners and Winners

Shea Wong

When winners are winners and losers are winners 

I was chuffed the past week to watch the #Nanowrimo hashtag on twitter. As people hit their 50K, and had their pieces verified, the relief was palpable. My favourites were the writers who were only a few hundred words away, and checking in on social media. They were soooo close, and when their perseverance paid off, it did my heart good to cheer with each of them. 

But what if the clock strikes midnight on Sunday, and you miss your goal? Are you consigned to the loser bin? 

Of course not!

Look, if you hit the 50K, you get the neat prizes that go with it – you get to call yourself a novelist, you get to buy a neat winner’s tee shirt, and you get your avatar changed to announce that you are awesome. But even if you didn’t hit the goal by the end of November, all of us, every single one of us, did an amazing thing this month. 

Those little snippets of ideas and stories and characters that may have been knocking about …

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NaNoWriMo: The End

Rachel Phipps

So, NaNoWriMo finishes this Sunday, and this is the moment where I start making excuses. In all honestly, I could lie to you all and doctor my word count, but where would be the point? I started this project in order to prove something to myself, so there would be no point lying in these blog posts.

I have not written a single word of my NaNoWriMo effort since I wrote my last blog post.

However, while I told myself that I was not going to go off on a self justification tangent as to why this is, making up excuses as I go along, actually I think it is a useful exercise. Why have I not sat down to write anything?

I feel my failure in the last week is two fold, but one cause directly feeds the other. I’m not lying or trying to assuage my own guilt by saying I’ve been insanely busy. Aside from the volunteering which I have been continuing to do, all of my deadlines for writing and recipe development seem to be coming all at once, meaning I’ve seriously had to slot things in and juggle …

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'Winning' NaNoWriMo!

With one day to go, I finally broke 50,000 words.

My overwhelming emotion as I peered at my word count and discovered it was up to 50,400 was relief. As much as I enjoyed the challenge, I’m pleased not to have 1600 words hanging over me every day. I love writing; I sneak moments of clicking keyboard pleasure whenever I get the chance. I revel in made up worlds and nothing makes me happier than sharing my latest fact finding fads with people I’ve never met.

But what I don’t love is schedules. I don’t like having to do anything to a predetermined plan. I achieve my best career work on my day off, the day I’m supposed to be writing. And I create my best fiction at midnight when I need to be up for work the next morning.  Committing to thirty days of ‘must complete’ has been more of a challenge than I could ever imagine. It’s a miracle I completed 27 out of 29 days ahead of the target line.

The first 10,000 words were the easiest with the last …

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