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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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  • CompletelyNovel on the Guardian Podcast by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel on the Guardian Podcast by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-30

    Check out our slot on the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast. I was asked by Jemima Kiss from the Guardian’s Tech team to answer some questions about CompletelyNovel a couple of months ago. It’s done in an Elevator Pitch style, complete with lift noises and everything! Was a really fun experience (especially seeing inside the new Guardian sound booths at King’s Place in King’s Cross) and although I can’t help cringing at the sound of my own voice, I recommend that you have a listen…you can also find out lots of interesting stuff about Guitar Hero and Fifa 10! Click here to check it out.

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  • Dawn French wins Best Audiobook of the Year and 5 winners get £50 book tokens  by Anna Lewis

    Dawn French wins Best Audiobook of the Year and 5 winners get £50 book tokens by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-28

    The UK has voted for Dear Fatty – the audiobook of best-selling autobiography of Dawn French, read by Liza Tarbuck – as the Best Audiobook of the Year 2009. Comprised of three categories – fiction, non-fiction, and children’s – the objective was to create a list showcasing the very best audiobooks. Five lucky winners who voted for their favourite will each be receiving £50 in book tokens…congratulations to Jacqueline Marriott, Lucy Formela-Osbrne, Linda Rygielski, Martin Grund and James Viner! (Get in touch if you are one of those people and haven’t heard anything yet…we’re trying to contact you.) Everyone else can still out samples of these audiobooks on our competition page.

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-28

    Congratulations to CompletelyNovel author Fiona Skovronsky who has had another very successful book signing, this time in her local Waterstone. Selling over 20 copies of The Smuggler’s Caves on 26 September, and garnering lots of interest from local press, readers and fans of the Smugglers Caves in Hastings, Fiona is doing a great job of promoting and selling her novel! You can find out more about Fiona’s experience of publishing her book in our article Bringing History to Life. Well done Fiona!

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  •  by Amanda Leduc

    by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-09-26

    The 3 Day Novel Contest was a spectacular failure. The search for the agent? Not so much …

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  •  by Heidi Polk

    by Heidi Polk

    published on 2009-09-25

    Literary reviews are an excellent way to discover what readers, writers and critics think of an author and their work. Typically a small synopsis full of tantalizing hints, a review can help a reader choose in which book to invest their time, energy and money.

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-24

    In collaboration with if:book, The Society of Young Publishers and Spread the Word, CompletelyNovel.com is launching The 24 Hour Book, a groundbreaking project to challenge a group of writers to write a new story about London in just 24 hours. The book will be written by a group of experienced writers working together using online collaboration tools around the clock between 10am on Saturday 3 October and 10am on Sunday 4 October. On the Sunday, a group of volunteer editors and publishers will move in to make the story ready for publication…and print-on-demand copies will be ready on the Monday! Visit the 24hr Book homepage for more information.

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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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