published on 2013-04-09
Are you a UK based author? Have you thought about paying a visit to the London Book Fair? Authors are becoming a larger element publishing conferences. It may sound odd, but they have previously been on the sidelines of big industry events. The change is most likely due to an increasing number of authors performing spectacularly without the backing of a publisher, as well as recognition that authors’ involvement and understanding of the evolving nature of design, marketing and selling of books is important to the industry’s future.
published on 2013-04-01
Most of us have probably spent at least an evening or two (likely with a few beers) disussing the kind of bar we would set up if we had the chance. However, it’s not many who actually put their plans into practice, and even fewer who end up writing a book about it. Christian Paris has a fascinating story to tell (featuring celebs, much merriment and ‘The Weirdo Terrapin girl(???)) so we wanted to know more about how he ended up publishing it with CompletelyNovel! He tells us about the tricky writing process, the highly original marketing he’s done and the feedback he’s had so far.
published on 2013-03-07
Some of the nation’s favourite books have been those that weave historical events and characters into a narrative which goes beyond that which academics can truly verify, but seem to capture the truth of a story more vividly than facts can do by themselves. Author C.A. Hope has done just this in her historical novel ‘New Lanark – Spinning New Lives’. We’re delighted that CompletelyNovel has played a part in making this important book available to the world. Released on March 1st this novel brings alive the human story behind the New Lanark Mills made famous by social reformer Robert Owen.
published on 2013-02-22
Here at CompletelyNovel HQ we have just read Mary Hamer’s award-winning novel Kipling & Trix, published by Aurora Metro Books. It’s a fascinating read about the lives of Rudyard Kipling and his talented but little-known sister Trix. What particularly intrigued us was how she managed to write such a convincing fictionalised account of the lives of these two extraordinary historical characters. We were therefore delighted that she agreed to be interviewed and share her experiences of writing her first work of fiction.
published on 2013-01-16
Every writer on CompletelyNovel has the option to order proof copies of their work at cost price so that they can thoroughly check their book before it goes public. We’re seeing many of our authors do this and it’s something we are really keen to encourage!
published on 2012-12-05
Guaranteed last delivery date for books is 10 December! It’s a hugely busy time of year for everyone, but there is still time to market your book on the run up to Christmas.
published on 2012-10-29
National Novel Writing Month 2012 might be just the boost you need to help you on your way to writing your book. NaNoWriMo is an annual novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. The idea is to begin writing on 1 November and the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59:59 on 30 November. Yes that’s 30 days to write 50,000 words. That’s a lot of words…
published on 2012-09-23
Many describe the writing process as a journey, but Susie Wheeldon’s story took her quite literally 13,500 miles around the globe…on a bike! She set off on the journey with her friend to promote solar power. Susie gives her six tips on marketing, and how she got people to sit up and take notice when she published a book about her adventures.
published on 2012-05-28
BookMachine asked CompletelyNovel’s Anna to write something for their blog about self-publishing. These are some of her thoughts on how to produce a professional product and minimise the stress levels as you self-publish.
published on 2012-05-08
Last year I was awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant with the aim of making CompletelyNovel more accessibile to younger people. Here’s what came out of it!
This is really good advice – I will try to go – thanks Anna :o)
Thank you for taking the time to write these helpful hints, I found then really useful. I love nu…
Excellent advise and I’m glad I popped over. Proof reading takes time and I like the idea of usi…
Thanks for being so professional and encouraging us aspiring authors to check a printed proof bef…
Great timely advice Anna — thanks!
The ‘word-blindness’ thing you speak of is an important issu…