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  • Alan Baker's Martian Ambassador Published by Snowbooks! by Anna Lewis

    Alan Baker's Martian Ambassador Published by Snowbooks! by Anna Lewis

    published on 2011-03-02

    We are so pleased for Alan Baker who, after being a firm friend and active community member of CompletelyNovel since our beginnings, now sees his book ‘The Martian Ambassador’ published by independent publisher Snowbooks and available to buy. Alan is no stranger to success with writing, having penned over 10 books since 1997 (fast work!), but we were thrilled to hear how much Alan felt that the CN community helped him break through with his latest sci-fi-fantasy-thriller. Here’s what he said:

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  • Writing in tune with the moon by Tom Evans

    Writing in tune with the moon by Tom Evans

    published on 2011-02-02

    As we approach another New Moon Tom Evans, a writing coach and huge fan of CompletelyNovel, shares a tip for writers … and that’s to synchronise your creative activity to the phase of the Moon.

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  • Enter the Virginia Prize 2011 competition by Anna Lewis

    Enter the Virginia Prize 2011 competition by Anna Lewis

    published on 2011-02-01

    Reminder for all you lovely lady writers out there that you have until 15th July to get your entry for the Virginia Prize, run by Aurora Metro To celebrate 20 years of success as a small independent publishing house based in Richmond-upon-Thames, Aurora Metro launched a new competition in 2009 to encourage and promote new writing by women. Now it’s time to enter this year’s comp.

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  • New landing page and help area by Anna Lewis

    New landing page and help area by Anna Lewis

    published on 2011-01-24

    We’ve made some changes to the landing pages on CompletelyNovel. You’ll also spot a few changes to the way you get help… here’s why!

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  • Get your book in the press without sending press releases by Anna Lewis

    Get your book in the press without sending press releases by Anna Lewis

    published on 2011-01-06

    As an author, (or indeed anyone with something to sell) you’re often wondering how you can get into the papers or magazines to promote your book. Book marketing is something that should not be overlooked by self-publishing authors. There are of course, lots of avenues of connecting with readers (through social networks, reading forums or tools such as Twitter) but sometimes the traditional route can still be very useful. Here are a couple of great ways to give journalists what they want, and get your book in the press.

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  • Payments on CompletelyNovel by Anna Lewis

    Payments on CompletelyNovel by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-12-07

    Just wanted to write a quick note to say that we are aware that a few people from the US have been having difficulty paying for books with their credit cards. I wanted to let you know that we have contacted PayPal about the issue and hope that they will help us resolve it very soon. In the meantime, it is still possible to pay for books on CompletelyNovel. You can either try and pay using your PayPal account, or if you prefer you can contact me directly at anna@completelynovel.com We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to have this sorted as soon as possible!

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  • Book Machine Publishing  Social - definitely well oiled! by Anna Lewis

    Book Machine Publishing Social - definitely well oiled! by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-12-03

    Last night I braved the chilly winds and icy pavements to get to the BookMachine Meetup – it’s a London-based drinks social for folks in the publishing industry. Last night the venue was The Albany near to Great Portland Street station. It only took a little bit of wandering round until I saw people who looked like they might be publishing types (you can kind of spot them) and joined the group.

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  • Unlibraries, Nature Tales and a University Anthology... by Anna Lewis

    Unlibraries, Nature Tales and a University Anthology... by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-12-02

    We always like to partner up with other organisations in the writing and publishing space, and there are a few recent projects that we’d like to share with you.

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  • This time it's personalised... by Anna Lewis

    This time it's personalised... by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-12-01

    There’s nothing quite like giving someone a present which has been made especially for them. That’s why we have created our range of Personalized Books …so you can create the perfect gift for a book fan.

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  • CompletelyNovel's NaNoWriMo First Paragraph Competition by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel's NaNoWriMo First Paragraph Competition by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-12-01

    Your novel is just the beginning… So you’ve reached the end of the 50,000 word challenge! Perhaps now you’re contemplating how it will feel to stretch pout those atrophied limbs and return to the real world. Well not so fast! Don’t let that hard work be put to one side too soon. We have a “competition”::/competitions/nanowrimo for you.

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