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Have a browse of our news articles about the latest developments in the book publishing industry, handy hints on publishing your own book and updates from the CompletelyNovel team.
published on 2011-08-01
We’ve upgraded the portfolio views to simplify managing your books, editions and revisions. Read on to find out about the changes in more detail.
published on 2011-07-27
CompletelyNovel has a fair few non-fiction writers who have used the site to self publish their work. In many ways, print on demand is well suited to non-fiction works. Here are a few reasons why it might suit you, examples of users who have their own books on the site and a few hints on how to maximise your success.
published on 2011-07-09
A short note to say that the publishing feeds are now back online.
published on 2011-07-08
Shoo Rayner, author of The Ginger Ninja which he self-published on CompletelyNovel got in touch to ask if we would vote for him in an upcoming competition on YouTube. We said, “of course!….so long as you do something for us too….” So Shoo has agreed to share his experience of promoting his work and building up an online audience to give other writers ideas and inspiration to explore the world of self-promotion themselves. Please don’t forget to vote for Shoo too!
published on 2011-07-01
Print-on-demand printer Lightning Source feed to Amazon has been unreliable over the last 6 weeks leading to slightly longer than expected delivery times. This is the latest from Lightning Source.
published on 2011-06-28
For the second year running CompletelyNovel has worked with creative writing champion “Arvon”: http://www.arvonfoundation.org/p1.html to produce Marginalia, an anthology of the best of the work by their Arvon Jerwood mentees.
published on 2011-07-11
Harry Sivertsen explores the dumbing down of publishing and his experiences with agents and publishers. Is western historical literature being slowly ‘dumbed down’ to pander to a market used to snappy ‘sound bites’ and not having to think as they read? This query arises from the experience of one historical author who was requested by his publisher to ‘spice up’ his works and possibly turn them into novels to make them more acceptable. This case was seen over a year ago on one of the literary agents websites.
published on 2011-06-05
CompletelyNovel’s good friend Amanda Leduc got in touch with us to share her experiences of the editing process and offer some sterling tips to keep our site users on track and motivated. We have a feeling that her honest and often-amusing account might strike a chord with quite a few writers, so please let us know what you think and if you have any of your own tips to share with the community. Don’t forget that if you feel like you need an outside perspective, you can ask people in the CompletelyNovel community to review your work and help them out too!
published on 2011-05-31
Hey, I’ve spent the weekend updating the publishing system. We now support revisions of manuscripts and covers and I hope the feedback when a manuscript is rejected is more descriptive. This was quite a bit overhaul so please be easy on me if there are a couple of bugs here and there. I’ll get them fixed as soon as I can.
published on 2011-05-24
I’ve been getting quite a few questions about print-on-demand and the respective advantages and disadvantages or our print-on-demand printers. Both Lightning Source and CPI Antony Rowe do a superb job at making books but each one has a slightly different approach.