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  • The best grammar advice: websites we recommend by Anna Lewis

    The best grammar advice: websites we recommend by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-02

    Grammar is a subject which divides people. Debates may rage about the content or opinion of a particular piece of literature or journalism, but question a fellow writer’s grammar, and it can go nuclear! If you’re someone who is inclined to get rather geeky when it comes to grammar (which covers a fairly large proportion of people in the publishing and writing worlds) then you will have known the terrible pain of seeing a misplaced apostrophe and someone writing about ‘there dog’ eating ‘to much food’. You may also have a certain fascination with the use of the oxford comma, the correct position of adverbs and many of the other grammatical rules applied to the English language. I imagine that there will be numerous grammatical mistakes in this article of which I am not even aware and I sincerely apologise for the mental distress this may cause. However, if you want to get some advice from people that really know what they are talking about, then there are a few websites that are worth checking out.

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  • Why make your book available to read online? by Anna Lewis

    Why make your book available to read online? by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-01

    It’s a question that we hear quite a lot on CompletelyNovel: “If I make my work available for people to read online, does that mean that people are less likely to buy it?” In actual fact, there is plenty of evidence that suggests that sharing your work for free makes people more likely to buy it. It’s important to make sure that your copyright is protected and that you have control over where your book is available, but there is a school of thought that says “The more people who read your book, the more people that are likely to buy it”.

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  • Useful Publishing Links - Week 2: Writers' Groups, eBooks, Blog Tours by Anna Lewis

    Useful Publishing Links - Week 2: Writers' Groups, eBooks, Blog Tours by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-05-23

    Some helpful links gathered this week through Twitter, newsletters and general web browsing.

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  • Useful Publishing Links - Week 1 - Short stories, Fonts, Poetry Comp by Anna Lewis

    Useful Publishing Links - Week 1 - Short stories, Fonts, Poetry Comp by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-05-16

    Some helpful links gathered this week through Twitter, newsletters and general web browsing.

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  • Using a blog to learn about writing... from your readers by Anna Lewis

    Using a blog to learn about writing... from your readers by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-05-17

    Sam Starbuck was the winner of Author Blog Awards in the Unpublished Author category with his blog copperbadge.livejournal.com. Sam has been blogging since 2003 and so has plenty of experience to pass on. Sam explains how he uses his readership to help him with writing books by posting chapters online and encouraging others to critique his work. It may have started as an accident, with Sam thinking of his blog as a “very public email system” but it has turned into a tremendously useful process. So, here’s a CompletelyNovel Q & A with Sam Starbuck.

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  • CompletelyNovel integrates Lightning Source - Looking for beta testers by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel integrates Lightning Source - Looking for beta testers by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-05-12

    We are very excited to have integrated the print-on-demand (POD) printer Lightning Source into the CompletelyNovel publishing system. Lightning Source, now part of the Ingram Group is a major POD player and has printed well over seven million books. Lightning Source joins Antony Rowe, part of CPI UK, as one of the printers that you can choose when you self-publish your book through CompletelyNovel. Lightning Source has print-on-demand facilities in Milton Keynes in the UK and Tennessee in the USA and CompletelyNovel is now connected to both. You will now be able to have your books printed in the USA and shipped directly to your customers over there. We’re looking for authors to help us beta test our links with Lightning Source. We can offer low printing prices and a great opportunity to grow your market overseas. Contact anna@completelynovel.com for more information.

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  • How to be 'Top of the Blogs': Emily Benet shares her tips by Anna Lewis

    How to be 'Top of the Blogs': Emily Benet shares her tips by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-05-10

    Creating a successful blog is no easy task. It takes a mixture of self-discipline and passion (in large measures) and a constant commitment to your readers. However, as Emily Benet, winner of the Author Blog Awards tells us, blogging can really pay off. Not only can writing a blog help improve your skill as a writer, it can also help to get you published. Emily tells us how she got started and offers her tips for becoming top of the blogs! Here’s a Q&A from CompletelyNovel.

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  • Graham Hancock's Author of the Month spot goes to Harry Sivertsen by Anna Lewis

    Graham Hancock's Author of the Month spot goes to Harry Sivertsen by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-28

    We are particularly pleased to announce that Harry Sivertsen, who has published his books Deluge: From Genesis to Atlantis and Measurements of the Gods on CompletelyNovel has gained the much coveted ‘Author of the Month’ slot on Graham Hancock’s website. Graham Hancock is the author of the international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, and Heaven’s Mirror . His books, which raise controversial questions about humanity’s past. have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. Hancock’s website, found at www.grahamhancock.com is a place, "where ideas and perspectives on the past can be put forward and discussed by other writers and researchers as well — and indeed by anyone with something interesting to say and the ability to say it. " Hancock dedicates a section of the site to the excellent writing and thought-provoking ideas of others. You can read an article by Harry Sivertsen on the theme of ‘Science versus Religion’ here. Hancock’s latest book is called Entangled and is his first novel. It tells the story of a supernatural battle of good against evil fought out across the dimension of time on the human pl...

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  • CompletelyNovel features on The Literary Platform  by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel features on The Literary Platform by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-27

    Today sees the launch of The Literary Platform. It’s a website which has been launched by Sophie Rochester to showcase projects experimenting with literature and technology. The aim of the platform is also to bring together comment from industry figures and key thinkers. CompletelyNovel and our 24 Hour Book Project are featured on the platform alongside projects such as The Golden Notebook, Jamie Oliver’s iPhone app, and the recently launched Alice for the iPad. It’s great to see the experimentation going on within the publishing world, often criticised for being slow when it comes to embracing new technology. Hopefully it will give publishers and authors plenty of ideas of ways that they could expand their books into other imaginative projects and on to different platforms.

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  • Author blogs: Alchemy 2.0? by Anna Lewis

    Author blogs: Alchemy 2.0? by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-04-22

    This was originally published as an article in the London Fair DEALER on Tuesday 20 April 2010 Page 14 The web is still a testing ground for monetizing models, and much more experimentation will come. The Author Blog Awards showcase blogs as a tool increasingly used to promote books and build loyal readerships, write Anna Lewis and Jon Slack. More authors are blogging than ever before; however not everyone is convinced by the benefits championed by the digital enthusiasts, nor necessarily even agree on what an author blog should do. Some point to examples of authors that struggle to find their voice on a blog or dismiss blogging as a distraction from ‘proper’ writing. So what value does this platform offer? Is it all about generating extra sales – or are other dynamics at play?

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