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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.
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
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.
published on 2010-03-23
CompletelyNovel bring you the Author Blog Awards 2010. The aim is to highlight to readers the great content that you can find in author blogs and microblogs. We also want to reward those authors who engage with their readers online, especially as they often invest a lot of their time in doing so. Oh, and if we encourage other authors to do the same in future, that’s great too! Nominations are now open so please head over to the Author Blog Awards Page to find out more and nominate your favourite author blog.
published on 2010-02-23
I had to link to this article that I saw on the Guardian website a few days ago incase anyone hasn’t seen it yet – it really is a great read. Entitled ‘Ten rules for writing fiction’ and inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, well known authors were asked for their personal dos and don’ts. As with any rules set for you by other people, it’s always entertaining to look at the ones you have broken already. Many of the rules are pretty tongue-in-cheek, but there are others where you really get the feeling that the author has had to learn the hard way when it comes to figuring out how to get the job done. It’s also reassuring that nearly everyone understands the appeal of procrastination! A particularly striking one (I thought) from Anne Enright: 7. Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die. Also, Roddy Doyle’s ten rules are very funny.
published on 2010-02-18
It seems from many of the political commentry around that the upcoming election is going to be as much about fighting voter apathy, as it is about fighting between the political parties. After attending a fascinating lecture on our democratic instuitutions from Baroness Helena Kennedy this week, and then looking forward to the debate on free content at the Publishing Innovation conference in March it seemed fitting to write about the latest title from Icon Books X Marks the Box. The eBook is being given away for free until 4 March!
published on 2010-02-17
Writers who are interested to find out more about the digital debate may be interested in the Publishing Innovation conference 2010. This year’s theme is Free or Fee: Valuing content in the digital era. As the publishing industry enters the digital age, publishers and readers alike are struggling to put a price on content. LCC’s Publishing Innovation Conference will explore how publishers are adapting to the digital marketplace, and question if free access can ever function as a successful business model. It’s free to attend so if you’re anywhere near London on Thursday 18 March you might want to pay a visit. There are two sessions focusing on magasines and books respectively. The conference is run by the London College of Communication.
published on 2010-02-15
There are a few apps that the CompletelyNovel Team really couldn’t be without. They are free, easy to use and guaranteed to make your life easier. And they are not just publishing related… if you are a writer, reader or just general human,you should definitely take a look. Dropbox – recently featured on BBC Click,, this has been a CN favourite for a long time. It’s an online folder that syncs with your computers and means no more emailing yourself docs, or constantly carrying a USB drive. LastPass – how many websites are you a member of now? How do you remember all your passwords (or not as the case may be)? Now you only need to remember one! Word Reference – described by Vince at CompletelyNovel as “The most amazing website if you want to translate anything.” A very handy tool for those switching between English and European languages and wanting to get the translation just right.
published on 2010-02-14
I dragged my self away from a tasty Saturday brunch to get teeth stuck into the debate at Tapping the Trend – an event held by Spread the Word and The Literary Consultancy at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. I arrived a little late but felt like it was ok as it was due to being engrossed in The Picture of Dorian Gray which I was reading on my phone (I was doing research… or something like that). Platforms and players, author royalties,the role of publishers and an author’s online presence were just some of the things that were discussed…here’s my review of the event.