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  • Dawn French wins Best Audiobook of the Year and 5 winners get £50 book tokens  by Anna Lewis

    Dawn French wins Best Audiobook of the Year and 5 winners get £50 book tokens by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-28

    The UK has voted for Dear Fatty – the audiobook of best-selling autobiography of Dawn French, read by Liza Tarbuck – as the Best Audiobook of the Year 2009. Comprised of three categories – fiction, non-fiction, and children’s – the objective was to create a list showcasing the very best audiobooks. Five lucky winners who voted for their favourite will each be receiving £50 in book tokens…congratulations to Jacqueline Marriott, Lucy Formela-Osbrne, Linda Rygielski, Martin Grund and James Viner! (Get in touch if you are one of those people and haven’t heard anything yet…we’re trying to contact you.) Everyone else can still out samples of these audiobooks on our competition page.

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-28

    Congratulations to CompletelyNovel author Fiona Skovronsky who has had another very successful book signing, this time in her local Waterstone. Selling over 20 copies of The Smuggler’s Caves on 26 September, and garnering lots of interest from local press, readers and fans of the Smugglers Caves in Hastings, Fiona is doing a great job of promoting and selling her novel! You can find out more about Fiona’s experience of publishing her book in our article Bringing History to Life. Well done Fiona!

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  •  by Amanda Leduc

    by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-09-26

    The 3 Day Novel Contest was a spectacular failure. The search for the agent? Not so much …

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-24

    In collaboration with if:book, The Society of Young Publishers and Spread the Word, CompletelyNovel.com is launching The 24 Hour Book, a groundbreaking project to challenge a group of writers to write a new story about London in just 24 hours. The book will be written by a group of experienced writers working together using online collaboration tools around the clock between 10am on Saturday 3 October and 10am on Sunday 4 October. On the Sunday, a group of volunteer editors and publishers will move in to make the story ready for publication…and print-on-demand copies will be ready on the Monday! Visit the 24hr Book homepage for more information.

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  •  by Amanda Leduc

    by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-09-04

    The 3 Day Novel Contest approaches! Will Amanda survive with only a pen and a computer and five million cups of coffee to keep her company?

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-09-02

    Fancy having your work sliced, diced and examined? Not for the faint-hearted, the Butcher’s Shop is an innovative forum of experimentation and exploration revolving around the written word and the art of editing. From 7-9pm on Thursday September 10th, The Old Operating Theatre near London Bridge will be taken over by the editors from BAD IDEA and will also feature Cory Doctorow and Gwyneth Jones amongst others!

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  •  by Kat Matfield

    by Kat Matfield

    published on 2009-09-01

    It is said that the best stories have an element of truth in them. It’s certainly accurate in the case of The Smuggler’s Caves, a Completely Novel drawing on the real history of smuggling, which is picking up a lot of heat on the site and around Hastings, where the story is set.

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  • 3000 words and counting by Amanda Leduc

    3000 words and counting by Amanda Leduc

    published on 2009-08-24

    There’s nothing an author hates — and loves — more than a deadline. Will Amanda Leduc make hers? Or will she remain in Procrastination Land forever? Tune in to find out …

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  •  by Anna Lewis

    by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-08-24

    We had heard about a festival going on in deepest, darkest Devon and started asking ourselves, "Why spend a weekend at the Ways with Words Festival? " (being careful not to choke on our own tongues whilst saying it). Maybe you’re looking for another literary festivals to tick off your list? Or perhaps you haven’t ventured out to any lit-fests yet? Either way, have a look at the video to see what Ways with Words is all about and see if it looks like your cup of tea – actually, they did have very nice tearooms!

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  • CompletelyNovel Writer at the Edinburgh Book Festival Today by Anna Lewis

    CompletelyNovel Writer at the Edinburgh Book Festival Today by Anna Lewis

    published on 2009-08-21

    We’re really pleased to hear that Amanda Leduc, one of CompetelyNovel’s earliest adopters is getting out and about with her book, Instructions for an Inexperienced Lover. Based in Edinburgh herself, Amanda is going to be appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival bookshop tebt at 4pm today, reading a section from her book so if you are in the area, pop along and give her a wave!

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