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  • Website Downtime and Changes: FAQ by Sarah Juckes

    Website Downtime and Changes: FAQ by Sarah Juckes

    published on 2014-01-07

    On December 31st 2013, the CN website experienced some downtime. Although we managed to restore the website, there might be some data loss since 1st September 2013. Here is a full list of information and questions about the issue. Remember – we’re here to help any time!

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  • Author Portfolio Updates by Anna Lewis

    Author Portfolio Updates by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-08-29

    We’ve made a few improvements to Author Portfolios in CompletelyNovel. These changes are designed to make it easier for our self-publishing authors to edit the books you create, see what stage you’re at and make sure you don’t forget anything. Here’s a run-down of the changes.

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  • A Very Special Offer from Litro Magazine by Jazzmine Breary

    A Very Special Offer from Litro Magazine by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-08-13

    At CompletelyNovel we believe in the positive power of collaboration, and as a result we seek to collaborate with fantastic organisations to bring our members the best opportunities available. It is with this in mind that we are proud to announce a little collaboration with the wonderful people at Litro Magazine. Read below to find out more about Litro and the fantastic special offer that they are providing for CompletelyNovel users who want to join up!

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  • #ILoveCompletelyNovel - Have Your Say by Jazzmine Breary

    #ILoveCompletelyNovel - Have Your Say by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-07-24

    I love CompletelyNovel, I think it is great, and frankly I could talk about it all day, but that’s no fun for you, is it? You probably want to know what the other readers and writers think of it. Well, so do we. So, we’ve decided to start a little campaign: #ILoveCompletelyNovel

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  • Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: when and how to find an editor by Jazzmine Breary

    Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: when and how to find an editor by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-07-24

    In the second instalment of Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery, Jay responds to an important question raised by John Nicholson: when is the right time to seek professional editorial help wth your manuscript, and how do you choose the right person or organisation?

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  • Sony Young Movellist Finalists presented with CompletelyNovel books by Anna Lewis

    Sony Young Movellist Finalists presented with CompletelyNovel books by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-07-16

    On Monday 15 July we attended the 2013 Sony Young Movellist Awards, held in Kings Place in London. There were ten incredibly talented writers between the ages of 14 and 19 who had made it to the final stage of the competition. In the run up to the awards ceremony, CompletelyNovel worked with Movellas to turn each of the manuscripts and cover images that they uploaded into a paperback version. We were delighted to be able to present each of the finalists with a surprise copy of their book and they were really pleased to be able to hold their own novel in their hands! Here are the nine finalists who were able to make it to the awards ceremony.

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  • An interview with crime writer Mel Sherratt by Jazzmine Breary

    An interview with crime writer Mel Sherratt by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-07-16

    Last month successful self-published crime writer Mel Sherratt, whose debut novel _Taunting the Dead_ was a top 10 bestselling Amazon KDP UK book of 2012, announced that she had landed a traditional publishing deal. Ahead of the Harrogate Crime Festival Completely Novel's Jazzmine Breary caught up with the acclaimed blogger and writer to find out how she was feeling and to get a few gems of wisdom on self publishing.

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  • By all means self publish, just don’t do it all yourself by Anna Lewis

    By all means self publish, just don’t do it all yourself by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-07-09

    It was a well balanced panel at the Author Experience event hosted by Byte the Book last night. An interesting mix of a traditional author, those who have taken a more entrepreneurial approach and an accidental blogger-turned-author. Whichever route you take, a key theme that emerged was the importance of surrounding yourself with people who can help you create and publish your book successfully. From editors to techies to fellow authors and fans. Seek valuable input and use it to make something good into something great.

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  • First chapter challenge from Movellas, CompletelyNovel and Polly Courtney by Anna Lewis

    First chapter challenge from Movellas, CompletelyNovel and Polly Courtney by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-07-04

    Story sharing site Movellas has teamed up with Polly Courtney and Completely Novel to come up with a very interesting challenge for writers. The competition is inspired by Polly Courtney’s latest novel Feral Youth. We challenge you to write the opening chapter of your own novel, using a powerful and phonetic-style first person voice.

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  • Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: Does editing matter? by Jazzmine Breary

    Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: Does editing matter? by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-07-03

    The rise of digital and the relative ease with which all writers, from the most amateur to the most skilled, can get their works out to market through self publishing without ever passing through the traditional editorial machine has led to the question of how important editorial is in today’s market, and who indeed is responsible for editing? Author & freelance editor Jay Merill launches a series of articles on editing which will be guided by your questions, and starts off by telling us about the role of editorial and its relevance.

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