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  • Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: when and how to find an editor by Jazzmine Breary

    Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: when and how to find an editor by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-07-24

    In the second instalment of Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery, Jay responds to an important question raised by John Nicholson: when is the right time to seek professional editorial help wth your manuscript, and how do you choose the right person or organisation?

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  • Sony Young Movellist Finalists presented with CompletelyNovel books by Anna Lewis

    Sony Young Movellist Finalists presented with CompletelyNovel books by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-07-16

    On Monday 15 July we attended the 2013 Sony Young Movellist Awards, held in Kings Place in London. There were ten incredibly talented writers between the ages of 14 and 19 who had made it to the final stage of the competition. In the run up to the awards ceremony, CompletelyNovel worked with Movellas to turn each of the manuscripts and cover images that they uploaded into a paperback version. We were delighted to be able to present each of the finalists with a surprise copy of their book and they were really pleased to be able to hold their own novel in their hands! Here are the nine finalists who were able to make it to the awards ceremony.

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  • An interview with crime writer Mel Sherratt by Jazzmine Breary

    An interview with crime writer Mel Sherratt by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-07-16

    Last month successful self-published crime writer Mel Sherratt, whose debut novel _Taunting the Dead_ was a top 10 bestselling Amazon KDP UK book of 2012, announced that she had landed a traditional publishing deal. Ahead of the Harrogate Crime Festival Completely Novel's Jazzmine Breary caught up with the acclaimed blogger and writer to find out how she was feeling and to get a few gems of wisdom on self publishing.

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  • By all means self publish, just don’t do it all yourself by Anna Lewis

    By all means self publish, just don’t do it all yourself by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-07-09

    It was a well balanced panel at the Author Experience event hosted by Byte the Book last night. An interesting mix of a traditional author, those who have taken a more entrepreneurial approach and an accidental blogger-turned-author. Whichever route you take, a key theme that emerged was the importance of surrounding yourself with people who can help you create and publish your book successfully. From editors to techies to fellow authors and fans. Seek valuable input and use it to make something good into something great.

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  • First chapter challenge from Movellas, CompletelyNovel and Polly Courtney by Anna Lewis

    First chapter challenge from Movellas, CompletelyNovel and Polly Courtney by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-07-04

    Story sharing site Movellas has teamed up with Polly Courtney and Completely Novel to come up with a very interesting challenge for writers. The competition is inspired by Polly Courtney’s latest novel Feral Youth. We challenge you to write the opening chapter of your own novel, using a powerful and phonetic-style first person voice.

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  • Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: Does editing matter? by Jazzmine Breary

    Jay Merill's Editorial Surgery: Does editing matter? by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-07-03

    The rise of digital and the relative ease with which all writers, from the most amateur to the most skilled, can get their works out to market through self publishing without ever passing through the traditional editorial machine has led to the question of how important editorial is in today’s market, and who indeed is responsible for editing? Author & freelance editor Jay Merill launches a series of articles on editing which will be guided by your questions, and starts off by telling us about the role of editorial and its relevance.

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  • Jay Merill Reports on Self Publishing: the Good, the Bad, the Future? by Jazzmine Breary

    Jay Merill Reports on Self Publishing: the Good, the Bad, the Future? by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-06-24

    Author Jay Merill reports for Completely Novel on the Children’s Book Circle event on Self Publishing which took on 18th June 2013 at Penguin Offices. The Children's Book Circle panel event, Self Publishing: the Good, the Bad, the Future?, focused on whether the increasing popularity of self publishing presents a problem for traditional publishing or whether it was mainly composed of the second rate numbering few real successes, and examined how publishers, agents and writers engage with the self-publishing market. The Discussion Panel were Children’s Digital Editor Emil Fortune from Random House, Gareth Howard CEO and founder of Authoright, Amazon self-published author Karen Inglis and Managing Director of LAW Literary Agency, Philippa Milnes-Smith.

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  • Bestselling self-publisher Polly Courtney offers publishing tips by Anna Lewis

    Bestselling self-publisher Polly Courtney offers publishing tips by Anna Lewis

    published on 2013-06-26

    It’s pretty rare to find an author who started off self-publishing, landed a multi-book deal with a big publisher, and then decided to go back to doing it herself… but that’s exactly what Polly Courtney has done. Today she launches her latest novel Feral Youth. It’s a great, compelling story told from the perspective of a 15 year old girl growing up in Peckham, South London. Polly’s got some great tips on cover design, editing, marketing and more!

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  • 18-25? Poet? Londoner? Become London’s Young Poet Laureate by Jazzmine Breary

    18-25? Poet? Londoner? Become London’s Young Poet Laureate by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-06-15

    On 3rd October 2013, National Poetry Day, London will have its first ever Young Poet Laureate. Spread the Word is leading this amazing opportunity for six young poets, aged 18-25, to take part in a development week during summer 2013, which will culminate in an opportunity to perform at the Southbank and The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and finally one applicant becoming London’s first Young Poet Laureate.

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  • Calling Male Poets! Submit to The Gilbert Collection TODAY by Jazzmine Breary

    Calling Male Poets! Submit to The Gilbert Collection TODAY by Jazzmine Breary

    published on 2013-06-14

    On the 24th May 2013 the Society of Young Publishers launched a heartfelt campaign to make the wish of a terminally ill young man come true - the wish to be a published poet - but to fully achieve their goal they need your help TODAY.

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