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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-15

    You may have noticed some changes to the website including the names of the Tabs along the top. It’s all been done with a view to making it easier for you to find what you want and highlight the best content. We’ve also made some improvements to our book publishing system to prepare us for global domination… Here’s a quick guide to what we’ve spruced up…and why!

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-07

    Many writers will have got to a stage with their work where they find themselves saturated with the sight of it. It can become really difficult to identify what’s working and what’s not. You may have friends and family who will diligently read your manuscript for you, but it’s hard to know whether they can give you an unbiased opinion. With lots of tools on CompletelyNovel and a 10% discount on professional services, help is at hand…

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  •  by Amanda Leduc

    by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-09-04

    The 3 Day Novel Contest approaches! Will Amanda survive with only a pen and a computer and five million cups of coffee to keep her company?

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-02

    Fancy having your work sliced, diced and examined? Not for the faint-hearted, the Butcher’s Shop is an innovative forum of experimentation and exploration revolving around the written word and the art of editing. From 7-9pm on Thursday September 10th, The Old Operating Theatre near London Bridge will be taken over by the editors from BAD IDEA and will also feature Cory Doctorow and Gwyneth Jones amongst others!

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  •  by Kat Matfield

    by Kat Matfield

    published on 2009-09-01

    It is said that the best stories have an element of truth in them. It’s certainly accurate in the case of The Smuggler’s Caves, a Completely Novel drawing on the real history of smuggling, which is picking up a lot of heat on the site and around Hastings, where the story is set.

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  • 3000 words and counting by Amanda Leduc

    3000 words and counting by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-08-24

    There’s nothing an author hates — and loves — more than a deadline. Will Amanda Leduc make hers? Or will she remain in Procrastination Land forever? Tune in to find out …

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-08-24

    We had heard about a festival going on in deepest, darkest Devon and started asking ourselves, "Why spend a weekend at the Ways with Words Festival? " (being careful not to choke on our own tongues whilst saying it). Maybe you’re looking for another literary festivals to tick off your list? Or perhaps you haven’t ventured out to any lit-fests yet? Either way, have a look at the video to see what Ways with Words is all about and see if it looks like your cup of tea – actually, they did have very nice tearooms!

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  •  by Amanda Leduc

    by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-08-21

    Lying awake in the middle of the night and suffering crippling attacks of self esteem — or bouts of so-called genius — are one of those ever-present writer clichés. But surprise — they’re true! Amanda Leduc takes a look at early morning anxiety attacks, writer’s block, and how to tackle that nagging sense of self-doubt.

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  • CompletelyNovel Writer at the Edinburgh Book Festival Today by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel Writer at the Edinburgh Book Festival Today by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-08-21

    We’re really pleased to hear that Amanda Leduc, one of CompetelyNovel’s earliest adopters is getting out and about with her book, Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover. Based in Edinburgh herself, Amanda is going to be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival bookshop tebt at 4pm today, reading a section from her book so if you are in the area, pop along and give her a wave!

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  •  by Laura Wake

    by Laura Wake

    published on 2009-08-14

    If you don’t know your Orange prize from your Orwell Prize, help is at hand. XXX explores the top literary prizes for fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, and asks how important book prizes really are.

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