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  • Useful Publishing Links: Week 4 - ebook formats, social media marketing by Anna Lewis

    Useful Publishing Links: Week 4 - ebook formats, social media marketing by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-07

    Some more handy links that we think you might like to take a look at from the web. Let us know if you come across anything that you think other CompletelyNovellors would be interested in.

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  • When Twitter doesn't come naturally: a starter guide for authors by Anna Lewis

    When Twitter doesn't come naturally: a starter guide for authors by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-04

    If you find that twitter just doesn’t come naturally to you, the first thing you should know is that you are not the only one. Don’t worry – like many things on the web, a bit of watching, playing and trying things out should set you up nicely. We’ve put together a quick guide so that you, as an author can get started using Twitter to help move your writing career forward. It is good to start off by figuring out how Twitter can help you. What do you want to get out of using Twitter? If you don’t know why you are doing it, then it’s hard to know if it is working! Here are our tips to getting started with Twitter.

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  • When will eBooks overtake print books? by Anna Lewis

    When will eBooks overtake print books? by Anna Lewis

    published on 2010-06-03

    There is an article in the daily telegraph today which quotes Steve Haber, the president of Sony’s digital reading business division as saying: bq. “Within five years there will be more digital content sold than physical content. Three years ago, I said within ten years but I realised that was wrong – it’s within five.” He states that the book industry is experiencing the same kind of shift that the music industry has experienced in terms of digitisation. It’s interesting that he has reduced his figure by half (although by my calculations,, if he made the original prediction three years ago, then he has only shaved two years off!) – there was another article in the Telegraph published not too long ago titled The majority of Britons are still ‘wedded to CDs, DVDs and books’

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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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