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published on 2010-05-16
Some helpful links gathered this week through Twitter, newsletters and general web browsing.
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Sam Starbuck was the winner of Author Blog Awards in the Unpublished Author category with his blog copperbadge.livejournal.com.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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...
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.
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?
published on 2010-04-21
Emily Benet, author of Shop Girl Diaries, surprise winner of Best Published Author Blog Neil Gaiman claims victory in Twitter category The voting for the Author Blog Awards, held by CompletelyNovel.com and which closed on the same night as the first UK Election Leaders Debate, has had an outcome which has proved to be just as surprising. The winner in the Published Author category is newcomer Emily Benet, whose recently published book Shop Girl Diaries grew from the blog she started two years ago. She is joined at the winner’s table by popular author and blogger Neil Gaiman, who’s massive online following was nevertheless challenged right to the end by author Richard Jay Parker. Sam Starbuck claimed victory in the unpublished authors category.
published on 2010-04-14
One particularly exciting aspect of the Orange Prize is the Orange Award for New Writers. Though it doesn’t generally receive as much attention as the main prize, I find it very interesting to check out some of the new female voices that are being brought to the forefront as the judges try to find the work that demonstrates excellence, originality and accessibility. This year the shortlist is as follows: The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini and After The Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld Find out more about the shortlisted books and writers by reading on.
published on 2010-04-06
Since March 8th over 15,000 people have visited to nominate more than five hundred blogs and microblogs written by authors. The resulting shortlist has been created from the web feeds which received the most nominations, with the last few weeks seeing tech-savvy authors mobilising their fans and followers across many social networks. The result is a diverse mix of authors blogging from very different perspectives. It includes superstar authors such as Neil Gaiman, newcomers to the publishing world such as Gavin James Bower, and a number of yet-to-be-published bloggers such as Jane Alexander. You can see the full shortlist on the Author Blog Awards voting page here. There are hundreds of books as prizes for the people voting for a blog on the shortlist. More information about the Awards and prizes can be found on the Author Blog Awards web page.