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Download this Photoshop template as an example of a book cover file. All of the separate elements are contained in separate layers.The actual dimensions you need will depend on the printing service you use and the books size you choose.


Download this Word template and save it somewhere safe, then simply double-click it each time you want to create a new document. Note that this won't open the original file, but create a new file based upon it that you can then save with a new file name.


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Looking for a critique or reading service for your novel? Hilary Johnson offers sound advice and has a proven track record as a talent scout for a leading literary agent. Success stories can be viewed online.
Whether you are a professional or a beginner, Cornerstones has good contacts with publishers and agents. They cover all children's fiction from picture books to young adult and will read your manuscript to give you a professional assessment. If your book is good they will submit it to an agent or publisher - free!

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A must attend seminar for those looking for cost effective & professional results. With a panel of expert speakers, this dynamic and informal seminar will reveal how you can make self-publishing work for you. Invaluable marketing advice too. Sponsored by Reedsy. Sat 16 September 2017.


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Here to help you along your book journey. From your first draft to your first book launch. Get noticed and build a buzz. The Author School are also talent scouting for literary agents and publisher contacts.
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Writers Market UK is the new, most comprehensive resource for all writers. It contains 976 pages of advice, articles and contacts ranging from UK and Irish book publishers, magazines, agents and newspapers to production companies, writers groups, theatres and festivals.
Words magazine is a voluntarily run website for writers and readers of short stories. New and unpublished authors are encouraged. The magazine is quarterly and the new website has lots of resources and competitions.
Ask About Writing is a great resource site for writers from all fields and of all abilities. There are sections for courses, home study, marketing & opportunities, news, features, contacts and even a shop.

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