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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 at the Amplified Author Conference by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel at the Amplified Author Conference by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-10-26

    CompletelyNovel will be hosting a workshop on self-publishing as part of the Amplified Author Conference at the all new Unlibrary in Horney. The conference will take place on Tuesday 23rd November at Hornsey Library, London N8. Tickets are free, and there are a few left… so get in quick!

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  • Interview with Virginia Prize Winner Louise Soraya Black by Anna Lewis

    Interview with Virginia Prize Winner Louise Soraya Black by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-10-07

    When studying law I was once told that a law degree was for English students with no imagination. I was a little insulted, although the fact that this was said to me by a Geography student meant that at least I had plenty of colouring pencil related jibes to retaliate with. It was therefore reassuring to talk to Louise Soraya Black, former lawyer and author of Pomegranate Sky, the winner of the 2009 Virginia Prize. Louise has been a lawyer in the city for a number of years but has always had a passion for creative writing. Pomegranate Sky has been six years in the making and has just been published by Aurora Metro Press. I really enjoyed reading the book and wanted to know more about Louise’s journey, and any tips she might have for writers on CompletelyNovel (as well as any frustrated lawyers out there!)

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  • A new paradigm for publishing - blog by The Bookwright by Anna Lewis

    A new paradigm for publishing - blog by The Bookwright by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-09-17

    I recently dropped an email to a few bloggers who write about publishing to let them know about some of the developments that have been happening on CompletelyNovel recently. One of the bloggers, Tom Evans, who also happens to be a writer himself, got particularly excited about the service and, after trying it out, he wrote this blog post. It raises some really interesting points, so with his permission I’ve reproduced it here – you can see the original article on the Bookwright website.

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  • Nature Tales Winner Announced by Anna Lewis

    Nature Tales Winner Announced by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-09-13

    In July, publisher Elliott & Thompson launched their competition to give one unpublished writer the chance to be published alongside some of Britain’s greatest nature writers. The winner and the shortlist have now been announced!

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  • Five publishing tips from the X Factor by Anna Lewis

    Five publishing tips from the X Factor by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-08-27

    The X Factor is back… whether you love it or loathe it, it does provide an interesting (and yes, often false and contrived too) insight into the way people view their talents and passions, and the lengths to which they will go to follow their dreams. Writers may not have to get up in front of publishers and readers to sing their hearts out, but there will come a point for most writers where they need to sell themselves to either a publishing professional or to their audience directly. Here are a few tips they might like to take from the X Factor.

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  • CompletelyNovel adds Lightning Source as Printing Partner by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel adds Lightning Source as Printing Partner by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-08-23

    Yes - we've added Lightning Source as a printer to CompletelyNovel., so they join Antony Rowe as one of the printers that you can use when you publish with CompletelyNovel. It also means that we have printing in the US too. Here's the press release on the matter....

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