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  • CompletelyNovel is now completely Facebook! by Vincent Peres

    CompletelyNovel is now completely Facebook! by Vincent Peres

    published on 2010-07-13

    Do you know that Facebook plan to reach half a billion of members by 2012? Are you using it? We thought at CompletelyNovel that you should be completely Facebook, that’s why we are integrating it everywhere it makes sense on your favorite website. Check out the ways you can use Facebook on CompletelyNovel!

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  • Planning vs. improvisation by Anna Lewis

    Planning vs. improvisation by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-07-07

    “There’s a guy at work with a mug that says ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. I’m trying to wean myself off coffee-cup life-management, but I like that one. I think it’s particularly pertinent to fiction writing.” Adam Marek, prize-winning short story writer and novelist pits meticulous planning against improvisation when it comes to the writing process. He’s learned the hard way…so you don’t have to!

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  • CompletelyNovel Elevator Pitch: Richard Denning by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel Elevator Pitch: Richard Denning by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-07-06

    In the second instalment in our Elevator Pitch series, we took to the elevator with writer Richard Denning who has published The Last Seal as well as a number of other books on CompletelyNovel. The idea is that you have just a couple of minutes to get over the essentials of your book and sell it to the publisher standing in the elevator next to you. Let’s see how Richard gets on!

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  • The Rise of the Author Entrepreneur by Anna Lewis

    The Rise of the Author Entrepreneur by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-30

    A number of CompletelyNovel writers featured in my recent article for Publishing Industry newsblog ‘Publishing Perspectives’. It’s called The Rise of the Author-Entrepreneur The article is all about ways that authors (and in particular, the self-publishing authors on CompletelyNovel) are becoming more entrepreneurial in terms of the way they go about marketing, selling and building an audience for their book. This is great news for the publishing industry as it helps ensure that books get seen and heard amongst all the other noise that is going on out there, and that there is increasing innovation in the publishing industry.

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  • Nature Tales Competition Launched on CompletelyNovel by Anna Lewis

    Nature Tales Competition Launched on CompletelyNovel by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-28

    Take your place amongst the greatest nature writers of all time! We are absolutely delighted that CompletelNovel has been chosen to host an brand new writing competition for unpublished authors being run by The Wildlife Trusts independent publisher Elliott & Thompson and Foyles Bookshop The winner will see their entry published in Nature Tales: Encounters with Britain’s Wildlife, a beautiful anthology of British nature writing which Elliott and Thompson will publish later this year in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts. From Gilbert White to Charles Darwin, from Robert Macfarlane to Kathleen Jamie, the book features some of the greatest nature writers of all time.

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  • Nathan Bransford: A literary agent worth visiting by Anna Lewis

    Nathan Bransford: A literary agent worth visiting by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-24

    Just a quick blog post to say that writers, if you haven’t already come across Nathan Bransford you should definitely check out his blog. Nathan wrote this article in the New York Times entitled The Rejection Letter of the Future Will Be Silence (And Why This is a Good Thing). He makes a lot of really great points around the way that the publishing industry is changing. In his opinion, it is no bad thing that digital publishing and self-publishing means that there are lots more books available. He doesn’t like the fact that he has to ‘reject’ many manuscripts because they are not commercially viable for him to take on (and therefore trample on the dreams of many an aspiring writer). The fact is that they may have an audience out there, and now it is possible for an author to try and reach that audience themself.

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  • Reading to an Audience: Tips from Nikesh Shukla by Nikesh Shukla

    Reading to an Audience: Tips from Nikesh Shukla by Nikesh Shukla

    published on 2010-06-24

    There are many ways to promote your writing: blogs, Facebook notes with your friends tagged, Twitter, writing sites… but these always run the danger of attracting the same audiences. There are ways to reach new audiences, showcase your work, be at the same types of events as undercover agents (literary not spy). All you have to do is read… out loud… in front of people. Nikesh Shukla, writer and regular on the live literature scene offers some great tips on how to read to an audience and walk away smiling.

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  • Four ways to make your life easier if you self publish by Anna Lewis

    Four ways to make your life easier if you self publish by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-21

    I recently posted an article on the Publishing Talk Blog. It’s called Four ways to make your life easier if you self publish It’s a fact that not every author is going to have experience as a designer, typesetter or book production manager. This article is about investing a little time initially to get to grips with a few aspects of publishing books to save lots of time in the long run and ensure that your finished book looks professional.

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  • Future Human: Immersion Drama by Cathy Adams

    Future Human: Immersion Drama by Cathy Adams

    published on 2010-06-21

    Bad Idea’s Future Human Club landed once again last Wednesday at the Book Club in Shoreditch, with their latest event, Immersion Drama. Immersion drama is exactly that: an emerging form that looks for more immersive, interactive and personal experiences when telling stories. The night looked at the evolution of storytelling with the advent of new technology and that great resource called the World Wide Web, and how storytellers can actively engage their audience in new ways.

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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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