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  • Interview with Virginia Prize Winner Louise Soraya Black by Anna Lewis

    Interview with Virginia Prize Winner Louise Soraya Black by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-10-07

    When studying law I was once told that a law degree was for English students with no imagination. I was a little insulted, although the fact that this was said to me by a Geography student meant that at least I had plenty of colouring pencil related jibes to retaliate with. It was therefore reassuring to talk to Louise Soraya Black, former lawyer and author of Pomegranate Sky, the winner of the 2009 Virginia Prize. Louise has been a lawyer in the city for a number of years but has always had a passion for creative writing. Pomegranate Sky has been six years in the making and has just been published by Aurora Metro Press. I really enjoyed reading the book and wanted to know more about Louise’s journey, and any tips she might have for writers on CompletelyNovel (as well as any frustrated lawyers out there!)

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  • The case of the missing news-feed items by Anna Lewis

    The case of the missing news-feed items by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-09-21

    Hi there, Just a quick blog post to say that you may have noticed that some bits of information in your news feed, and possibly a few other things that you may have changed in the last week may have gone missing from CompletelyNovel. We were updating the website but unfortunately there was a bug in a part of the software we were using which affected some of the most recent activity on the website. We’ve been working hard to try and restore it all, but unfortunately some of the news items from the last week have gone. Apologies for that. The good news, however, it that the actual activity such as discussion posts should still be there (although the updates about them in the news feed may be missing). Also, your book projects, orders and publishing plans were not affected. If there’s anything that you find missing that you really need, then please let me know via the contact form and we will try and find it for you. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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  • A new paradigm for publishing - blog by The Bookwright by Anna Lewis

    A new paradigm for publishing - blog by The Bookwright by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-09-17

    I recently dropped an email to a few bloggers who write about publishing to let them know about some of the developments that have been happening on CompletelyNovel recently. One of the bloggers, Tom Evans, who also happens to be a writer himself, got particularly excited about the service and, after trying it out, he wrote this blog post. It raises some really interesting points, so with his permission I’ve reproduced it here – you can see the original article on the Bookwright website.

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  • Nature Tales Winner Announced by Anna Lewis

    Nature Tales Winner Announced by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-09-13

    In July, publisher Elliott & Thompson launched their competition to give one unpublished writer the chance to be published alongside some of Britain’s greatest nature writers. The winner and the shortlist have now been announced!

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  • Self Publishing - Marketing and the Author Brand by Anna Lewis

    Self Publishing - Marketing and the Author Brand by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-09-07

    Whilst at the Kingston Publishing Conference I was particularly interested and inspired by a talk from Andrew Therkelsen. He is a qualitative researcher who addressed the questions of book design, cover choice and creating that author brand, which is something important to self-publishers who want to make a go of it commercially. Here are a few of the main points from his talk.

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  • Self Publish - because Jim might not fix it by Anna Lewis

    Self Publish - because Jim might not fix it by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-09-06

    At the weekend I delivered a presentation at the Kingston University Publishing Conference. This year their title was: ‘Self-publishing: Last resort or heralding a new era of author participation?’ I also stayed beyond my presentation to listen to other speakers covering marketing, the way the publishing industry is adapting to the new market and digital publishing. There were lots of questions from a very enthusiastic audience, who were extremely keen to figure out the best option for them.

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  • Five publishing tips from the X Factor by Anna Lewis

    Five publishing tips from the X Factor by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-08-27

    The X Factor is back… whether you love it or loathe it, it does provide an interesting (and yes, often false and contrived too) insight into the way people view their talents and passions, and the lengths to which they will go to follow their dreams. Writers may not have to get up in front of publishers and readers to sing their hearts out, but there will come a point for most writers where they need to sell themselves to either a publishing professional or to their audience directly. Here are a few tips they might like to take from the X Factor.

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  • CompletelyNovel adds Lightning Source as Printing Partner by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel adds Lightning Source as Printing Partner by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-08-23

    Yes - we've added Lightning Source as a printer to CompletelyNovel., so they join Antony Rowe as one of the printers that you can use when you publish with CompletelyNovel. It also means that we have printing in the US too. Here's the press release on the matter....

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  • CompletelyNovel Elevator Pitch: Tony Judge by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel Elevator Pitch: Tony Judge by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-08-17

    We’re now up to the forth instalment in our Elevator Pitch series. We took to the elevator with writer Tony Judge who has published Sirocco Express on CompletelyNovel. The idea is you have just a couple of minutes to get over the essentials of your book and sell it to the publisher standing in the elevator next to you. Let’s see how Tony gets on!

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  • Cloud publishing books by Anna Lewis

    Cloud publishing books by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-08-12

    If you've heard a bit about cloud hosting and wondering how it could relate to the publishing industry, you might want to nip over to the "Future Book Blog":http://www.futurebook.net where I have just published an article called "Sometimes it's good to have your head in the clouds":http://www.futurebook.net/content/sometimes-it%E2%80%99s-good-have-your-head-clouds. There's an explanation of what cloud hosting is and what I think the potential is for the book publishing industry, and it has lots to do with a project that we are working on at the moment. Any opinions very welcome!

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