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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 Sam Starbuck claimed victory in the unpublished authors category.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.
published on 2010-03-30
There are just a few days left to submit nominations for the Author Blog Awards! The nominations phase of the Author Blog Awards is coming to a close on 2 April – anyone who hasn’t nominated yet can do so on the Author Blog Awards competition page. The blogs with the most nominations will reach gain a place on one of the shortlists, and the overall winners will be selected by popular vote. So far the Author Blog Awards have received nominations for more than 300 individual blogs! Authors across the web have been mobilising their fans and followers to get as many nominations so that they can make it onto those shortlists. If you are an author, you might be interested in a few reminders and tips of how to get as many nominations as possible – take a look at our Promote your blog
published on 2010-03-29
More nominations have been pouring in for the Author Blog Awards…you have until 2 April to nominate your favourite blog! Faber & Faber and the Headline have joined Allison & Busby, Quartet Books, The Random House Group, and Simon & Schuster to offer hundreds of free books for people nominating author blogs for the Awards.
published on 2010-03-23
CompletelyNovel bring you the Author Blog Awards 2010. The aim is to highlight to readers the great content that you can find in author blogs and microblogs. We also want to reward those authors who engage with their readers online, especially as they often invest a lot of their time in doing so. Oh, and if we encourage other authors to do the same in future, that’s great too! Nominations are now open so please head over to the Author Blog Awards Page to find out more and nominate your favourite author blog.
published on 2010-02-18
It seems from many of the political commentry around that the upcoming election is going to be as much about fighting voter apathy, as it is about fighting between the political parties. After attending a fascinating lecture on our democratic instuitutions from Baroness Helena Kennedy this week, and then looking forward to the debate on free content at the Publishing Innovation conference in March it seemed fitting to write about the latest title from Icon Books X Marks the Box. The eBook is being given away for free until 4 March!
published on 2010-02-15
There are a few apps that the CompletelyNovel Team really couldn’t be without. They are free, easy to use and guaranteed to make your life easier. And they are not just publishing related… if you are a writer, reader or just general human,you should definitely take a look. Dropbox – recently featured on BBC Click,, this has been a CN favourite for a long time. It’s an online folder that syncs with your computers and means no more emailing yourself docs, or constantly carrying a USB drive. LastPass – how many websites are you a member of now? How do you remember all your passwords (or not as the case may be)? Now you only need to remember one! Word Reference – described by Vince at CompletelyNovel as “The most amazing website if you want to translate anything.” A very handy tool for those switching between English and European languages and wanting to get the translation just right.
published on 2010-02-08
We are giving you the opportunity to win one of 10 copies of Robin Bayley’s The Mango Orchard and discuss the book live online with the author on 15th April, 7pm, on www.readersplace.co.uk! The Mango Orchard is an extraordinary travel book which ranks up there with Sandra Cisneros’s Caramelo, Tim Butcher’s Blood River and even the great Bruce Chatwin. It is the story of parallel journeys, a hundred years apart, into the heart of Latin America. Find out more about the book and the author by reading on. For a chance to win a copy please visit our competition page and submit your entry!