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  • CompletelyNovel integrates Lightning Source - Looking for beta testers by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel integrates Lightning Source - Looking for beta testers by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-05-12

    We are very excited to have integrated the print-on-demand (POD) printer Lightning Source into the CompletelyNovel publishing system. Lightning Source, now part of the Ingram Group is a major POD player and has printed well over seven million books. Lightning Source joins Antony Rowe, part of CPI UK, as one of the printers that you can choose when you self-publish your book through CompletelyNovel. Lightning Source has print-on-demand facilities in Milton Keynes in the UK and Tennessee in the USA and CompletelyNovel is now connected to both. You will now be able to have your books printed in the USA and shipped directly to your customers over there. We’re looking for authors to help us beta test our links with Lightning Source. We can offer low printing prices and a great opportunity to grow your market overseas. Contact anna@completelynovel.com for more information.

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  • How to be 'Top of the Blogs': Emily Benet shares her tips by Anna Lewis

    How to be 'Top of the Blogs': Emily Benet shares her tips by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-05-10

    Creating a successful blog is no easy task. It takes a mixture of self-discipline and passion (in large measures) and a constant commitment to your readers. However, as Emily Benet, winner of the Author Blog Awards tells us, blogging can really pay off. Not only can writing a blog help improve your skill as a writer, it can also help to get you published. Emily tells us how she got started and offers her tips for becoming top of the blogs! Here’s a Q&A from CompletelyNovel.

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  • Graham Hancock's Author of the Month spot goes to Harry Sivertsen by Anna Lewis

    Graham Hancock's Author of the Month spot goes to Harry Sivertsen by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-28

    We are particularly pleased to announce that Harry Sivertsen, who has published his books Deluge: From Genesis to Atlantis and Measurements of the Gods on CompletelyNovel has gained the much coveted ‘Author of the Month’ slot on Graham Hancock’s website. Graham Hancock is the author of the international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, and Heaven’s Mirror . His books, which raise controversial questions about humanity’s past. have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. Hancock’s website, found at www.grahamhancock.com is a place, "where ideas and perspectives on the past can be put forward and discussed by other writers and researchers as well — and indeed by anyone with something interesting to say and the ability to say it. " Hancock dedicates a section of the site to the excellent writing and thought-provoking ideas of others. You can read an article by Harry Sivertsen on the theme of ‘Science versus Religion’ here. Hancock’s latest book is called Entangled and is his first novel. It tells the story of a supernatural battle of good against evil fought out across the dimension of time on the human pl...

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  • CompletelyNovel features on The Literary Platform  by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel features on The Literary Platform by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-27

    Today sees the launch of The Literary Platform. It’s a website which has been launched by Sophie Rochester to showcase projects experimenting with literature and technology. The aim of the platform is also to bring together comment from industry figures and key thinkers. CompletelyNovel and our 24 Hour Book Project are featured on the platform alongside projects such as The Golden Notebook, Jamie Oliver’s iPhone app, and the recently launched Alice for the iPad. It’s great to see the experimentation going on within the publishing world, often criticised for being slow when it comes to embracing new technology. Hopefully it will give publishers and authors plenty of ideas of ways that they could expand their books into other imaginative projects and on to different platforms.

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  • Author blogs: Alchemy 2.0? by Anna Lewis

    Author blogs: Alchemy 2.0? by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-22

    This was originally published as an article in the London Fair DEALER on Tuesday 20 April 2010 Page 14 The web is still a testing ground for monetizing models, and much more experimentation will come. The Author Blog Awards showcase blogs as a tool increasingly used to promote books and build loyal readerships, write Anna Lewis and Jon Slack. More authors are blogging than ever before; however not everyone is convinced by the benefits championed by the digital enthusiasts, nor necessarily even agree on what an author blog should do. Some point to examples of authors that struggle to find their voice on a blog or dismiss blogging as a distraction from ‘proper’ writing. So what value does this platform offer? Is it all about generating extra sales – or are other dynamics at play?

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  • Author Blog Awards Winners Announced by Anna Lewis

    Author Blog Awards Winners Announced by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-21

    Emily Benet, author of Shop Girl Diaries, surprise winner of Best Published Author BlogNeil Gaiman claims victory in Twitter category The voting for the Author Blog Awards, held by CompletelyNovel.com and which closed on the same night as the first UK Election Leaders Debate, has had an outcome which has proved to be just as surprising. The winner in the Published Author category is newcomer Emily Benet, whose recently published book Shop Girl Diaries grew from the blog she started two years ago. She is joined at the winner’s table by popular author and blogger Neil Gaiman, who’s massive online following was nevertheless challenged right to the end by author Richard Jay Parker. Sam Starbuck claimed victory in the unpublished authors category.

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  • Orange Award for New Writers announces 2010 shortlist by Anna Lewis

    Orange Award for New Writers announces 2010 shortlist by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-14

    One particularly exciting aspect of the Orange Prize is the Orange Award for New Writers. Though it doesn’t generally receive as much attention as the main prize, I find it very interesting to check out some of the new female voices that are being brought to the forefront as the judges try to find the work that demonstrates excellence, originality and accessibility. This year the shortlist is as follows: The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini and After The Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld Find out more about the shortlisted books and writers by reading on.

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  • Over 500 blogs nominated for Inaugural Awards by Anna Lewis

    Over 500 blogs nominated for Inaugural Awards by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-06

    Since March 8th over 15,000 people have visited to nominate more than five hundred blogs and microblogs written by authors. The resulting shortlist has been created from the web feeds which received the most nominations, with the last few weeks seeing tech-savvy authors mobilising their fans and followers across many social networks. The result is a diverse mix of authors blogging from very different perspectives. It includes superstar authors such as Neil Gaiman, newcomers to the publishing world such as Gavin James Bower, and a number of yet-to-be-published bloggers such as Jane Alexander. You can see the full shortlist on the Author Blog Awards voting page here. There are hundreds of books as prizes for the people voting for a blog on the shortlist. More information about the Awards and prizes can be found on the Author Blog Awards web page.

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  • Nominations close for Author Blog Awards on 2 April - promote your blog! by Anna Lewis

    Nominations close for Author Blog Awards on 2 April - promote your blog! by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-03-30

    There are just a few days left to submit nominations for the Author Blog Awards! The nominations phase of the Author Blog Awards is coming to a close on 2 April – anyone who hasn’t nominated yet can do so on the Author Blog Awards competition page. The blogs with the most nominations will reach gain a place on one of the shortlists, and the overall winners will be selected by popular vote. So far the Author Blog Awards have received nominations for more than 300 individual blogs! Authors across the web have been mobilising their fans and followers to get as many nominations so that they can make it onto those shortlists. If you are an author, you might be interested in a few reminders and tips of how to get as many nominations as possible – take a look at our Promote your blog

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  • Nominations pour in for the Author Blog Awards...plus more publishers onboard! by Anna Lewis

    Nominations pour in for the Author Blog Awards...plus more publishers onboard! by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-03-29

    More nominations have been pouring in for the Author Blog Awards…you have until 2 April to nominate your favourite blog! Faber & Faber and the Headline have joined Allison & Busby, Quartet Books, The Random House Group, and Simon & Schuster to offer hundreds of free books for people nominating author blogs for the Awards.

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