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  • CompletelyNovel Elevator Pitch: Alan Baker by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel Elevator Pitch: Alan Baker by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-15

    What would you do if you suddenly found yourself stuck in an elevator with exactly the kind of publisher that might be interested in publishing your book? Would you punch all the buttons and run out screaming at the earliest opportunity, or would you grab the bull by the horns and pitch your heart out.* We took to the elevator with writer Alan Baker who has published The Martian Ambassador as well as a number of other books on CompletelyNovel, to see how he copes under the pressure! *Slyly pushing the emergency button so that they are trapped in there with you for hours is not an option by the way.

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  • The Arvon Foundation works with if:book and CompletelyNovel.com to create a unique anthology with a digital twist by Anna Lewis

    The Arvon Foundation works with if:book and CompletelyNovel.com to create a unique anthology with a digital twist by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-11

    PRESS RELEASE Last night the “Free Word Centre”: hosted the launch of ‘All of These Things Are True and Not True’, an anthology made up of an unusual combination of new fiction, poetry and playwriting from nine writers who took part in the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme. To engage with audiences online and off, Arvon has worked with CompletelyNovel.com to produce a print-on-demand paperback version of ’All these Things Are True and Not True and also make the book available to read and buy through the CompletelyNovel BookStreamer and website.

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  • Spot the difference: CompletelyNovel updates, June 2010 by Anna Lewis

    Spot the difference: CompletelyNovel updates, June 2010 by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-08

    CompletelyNovel has changed a bit – here’s a run-down of the changes in case you haven;t spotted them, and also a quick word on what we will be working on over the next few months. Thanks to everyone who has given us such useful feedback!

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  • How did you choose your book's title? by Anna Lewis

    How did you choose your book's title? by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-08

    Coming up with names is pretty tricky. Anyone who has ever tried to name a baby, company or band will probably share your pain. You can start by brainstorming but there always seem to be lots of reasons to reject what comes out. Then you find the perfect name…only to discover someone else has already taken it (perhaps not such a problem when it comes to babies as hopefully you won’t be intending to sell them).

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  • Useful Publishing Links: Week 4 - ebook formats, social media marketing by Anna Lewis

    Useful Publishing Links: Week 4 - ebook formats, social media marketing by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-07

    Some more handy links that we think you might like to take a look at from the web. Let us know if you come across anything that you think other CompletelyNovellors would be interested in.

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  • When Twitter doesn't come naturally: a starter guide for authors by Anna Lewis

    When Twitter doesn't come naturally: a starter guide for authors by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-04

    If you find that twitter just doesn’t come naturally to you, the first thing you should know is that you are not the only one. Don’t worry – like many things on the web, a bit of watching, playing and trying things out should set you up nicely. We’ve put together a quick guide so that you, as an author can get started using Twitter to help move your writing career forward. It is good to start off by figuring out how Twitter can help you. What do you want to get out of using Twitter? If you don’t know why you are doing it, then it’s hard to know if it is working! Here are our tips to getting started with Twitter.

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  • When will eBooks overtake print books? by Anna Lewis

    When will eBooks overtake print books? by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-03

    There is an article in the daily telegraph today which quotes Steve Haber, the president of Sony’s digital reading business division as saying: bq. “Within five years there will be more digital content sold than physical content. Three years ago, I said within ten years but I realised that was wrong – it’s within five.” He states that the book industry is experiencing the same kind of shift that the music industry has experienced in terms of digitisation. It’s interesting that he has reduced his figure by half (although by my calculations,, if he made the original prediction three years ago, then he has only shaved two years off!) – there was another article in the Telegraph published not too long ago titled The majority of Britons are still ‘wedded to CDs, DVDs and books’

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  • The best grammar advice: websites we recommend by Anna Lewis

    The best grammar advice: websites we recommend by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-02

    Grammar is a subject which divides people. Debates may rage about the content or opinion of a particular piece of literature or journalism, but question a fellow writer’s grammar, and it can go nuclear! If you’re someone who is inclined to get rather geeky when it comes to grammar (which covers a fairly large proportion of people in the publishing and writing worlds) then you will have known the terrible pain of seeing a misplaced apostrophe and someone writing about ‘there dog’ eating ‘to much food’. You may also have a certain fascination with the use of the oxford comma, the correct position of adverbs and many of the other grammatical rules applied to the English language. I imagine that there will be numerous grammatical mistakes in this article of which I am not even aware and I sincerely apologise for the mental distress this may cause. However, if you want to get some advice from people that really know what they are talking about, then there are a few websites that are worth checking out.

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  • Useful Publishing Links - Week 3: Publishing history, writing competitions,   by Anna Lewis

    Useful Publishing Links - Week 3: Publishing history, writing competitions, by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-01

    This week’s dose of helpful and interesting links brought to our attention through Twitter, newsletters and general web browsing.

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  • Why make your book available to read online? by Anna Lewis

    Why make your book available to read online? by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-01

    It’s a question that we hear quite a lot on CompletelyNovel: “If I make my work available for people to read online, does that mean that people are less likely to buy it?” In actual fact, there is plenty of evidence that suggests that sharing your work for free makes people more likely to buy it. It’s important to make sure that your copyright is protected and that you have control over where your book is available, but there is a school of thought that says “The more people who read your book, the more people that are likely to buy it”.

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