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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 He sees the previous cold war as having been replaced by a new cold war between the people and the state.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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  • 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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