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  • CompletelyNovel presents Print-on-Demand by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel presents Print-on-Demand by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-11-16

    Want to know what happens when you order a print-on-demand book? This video gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at the machines that operate to create your book. From printing the manuscript in one huge digital printer, to binding it with the cover in one giant binding machine we show you what goes on when you click ‘buy’ on CompletelyNovel. Thanks very much to Antony Rowe for letting us film! Music from CCmixter – http://ccmixter.org/files/illi/18770

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-11-10

    Over October 2009 the Free Word Centre really opened in style – there were loads of great events to mark the birth of this new hub for literature, literacy and freedom of expression. We managed to capture a few of them on camera…here’s a taster of the events from literary walks, to Manga Shakespeare workshops and Canon Tales. And it looks like there is plenty more to come from the Free Word centre! Watch this space…there are more videos to come including the full presentations from the evening of Canon Tales and more from the series on Offence.

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-11-10

    The Free Word centre recently opened its doors to the world. We attended the launch event and spoke to a number of the high profile speakers and guests asking “What does Free Word mean to you?” Located in the former Guardian Newspaper building on Farringdon Road and currently home to nine organisations, Free Word is a builiding dedicated to promoting literature, literacy and freedom of expression. Watch our video to find out more about what Free Word is all about.

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-11-09

    Just thought I would pen a few lines about the Society of Young Publishers Conference that is happening this coming weekend in Oxford. It

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  • '89: The Unfinished Revolution - A book to mark 20 years since the Berlin Wall Came Down by Anna Lewis

    '89: The Unfinished Revolution - A book to mark 20 years since the Berlin Wall Came Down by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-11-09

    It was one of the most iconic moments of 20th Century history: the day of the fall of the Iron Curtain. It’s one of those events with such vivid imagery that many of us will remember exactly where we were when we heard about it. But the fall of the wall is not the end of the story, as BBC’s journalist Nick Thorpe writes in his recent book published by Reportage Press. Having witnessed many of the most turbulent events in Eastern Europe, for Thorpe, the revolutions of 1989 are not yet at an end. He sees the previous cold war as having been replaced by a new cold war between the people and the state. We have five copies of Nick Thorpe’s incredibly insightful book ’89:The Unfinished Revolution: Power and Powerlessness in Estern Europe up for grabs. Head over to the 1989 competition page and let us know what you remember of the day the wall came down for a chance to win one.

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  • Premium Publishing Plans are Available by Anna Lewis

    Premium Publishing Plans are Available by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-10-16

    Attention all writers! We have introduced a few different levels to our publishing service that we offer – now you can choose between a Free, Plus and Pro Plan for publishing. Here are some details to let you about the great new features that are available and the reasons behind the change.

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  • The 24 Hour Book - I've just about recovered by Anna Lewis

    The 24 Hour Book - I've just about recovered by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-10-16

    I think I’ve just about caught up on sleep after the weekend spent creating the 24 hr Book. It took place on the weekend of 3 – 4 October, with a launch on Monday 5 October. It was a fantastic experience and lots of fun…here’s a quick rundown of the weekend’s activities.

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  • Script evaluation services - are they worth it? by Alan Baker

    Script evaluation services - are they worth it? by Alan Baker

    published on 2009-10-14

    Alan Baker, one of our favourite CompletelyNovel writers, tells of his experience using a manuscript evaluation service. If you’re sitting back, feeling pleased to have finally finished your novel…you might want to consider, as Alan did, getting an outsider to take a look at it. For Alan, it was a great way to get an idea of what an agent or editor was likely to think of his novel The Lighthouse Keeper.

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  • CompletelyNovel videos are go! by Oliver Brooks

    CompletelyNovel videos are go! by Oliver Brooks

    published on 2009-10-04

    Now you can view all the latest videos from the community of readers, writers and publishers all in one place. Check out the videos section by going to: www.completelynovel.com/vidoes You can add your own videos for everyone to see by creating a review with a link to a Youtube video or getting in touch and publishing your own article with a video. If you are a publisher you can add your Youtube channel to your profile to automatically update your profile.

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  • 'Best of Men' book competition and online chat with ReadersPlace by Anna Lewis

    'Best of Men' book competition and online chat with ReadersPlace by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-30

    Win one of 10 copies of Claire Letemendia’s The Best of Men and discuss the book live online with the author on 10th December, 7pm. It’s a gripping, brilliantly researched novel of conspiracy, passion and treason, set during the English Civil War. Read on to find a sample and see what we mean!

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