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Have a browse of our news articles about the latest developments in the book publishing industry, handy hints on publishing your own book and updates from the CompletelyNovel team.
published on 2014-09-30
Many authors we speak to are surprised to hear that you can self-publish AND look for an agent. It’s something we at CompletelyNovel actively encourage if a traditional publishing contract is the main aim for your book (we send our best books to Greene & Heaton literary agents each month to help!). So how do you go about pitching a self-published book to a literary agent? Is it any different to submitting an unpublished manuscript? To find out, we asked author, editorial consultant and agent hunter, Harry Bingham, for his advice.
published on 2014-09-26
Although CompletelyNovel is all about providing online tools for self-published authors, we love switching off our computers and meeting authors face to face as much as possible. As a Brighton-based company, we couldn’t resist participating in the annual Brighton Digital Festival, and so we partnered with New Writing South and BookMachine for an informal evening of pop-up talks, networking and free goodies called ‘Publishing Deconstructed’. Here’s an overview of some of the top tips learnt from the authors and industry professionals on the night.
published on 2014-09-22
At some point, all of you will be required to get up and speak about your book; whether that’s delivering your elevator pitch to your hairdresser, or reading a passage from your book to a room full of people. For some of you, this may seem terrifying. In this article, we give our top ten tips for harnessing these nerves and delivering a speech worthy of a standing ovation.
published on 2014-09-19
Is your book slowly turning into a neverending project? You have reorganised your desk, looked for inspirational quotes to get you into the writing mood, and scrolled down your Facebook feed only to realise several hours later that you haven’t written a word. Procrastination bothers even the most organised authors. Don’t give in to its dark powers. Read our tips for effective time management and your books will be finished in no time!
published on 2014-09-15
This morning, we updated the look of the CompletelyNovel Home page to make it easier for readers and writers to find out who we are, and what we do. Below is a list of the changes that have been made and a little bit about why we made them.
published on 2014-09-10
What do all successful book marketing campaigns have in common? They are all carefully targeted at specific groups of readers. But how do you go about doing this? To find out, we asked an expert in User Experience (UX) for her top tips and then connected these to book marketing practices.
published on 2014-09-10
Although CompletelyNovel is an online platform, the team behind it also attend and speak at events to make sure our advice section is kept up-to-date, source new and exciting opportunities for authors, and to generally spread the word about everything CompletelyNovel. Here’s an overview of the talks, conferences and networking events we’re participating in this autumn. Hope to see you there!
published on 2014-09-09
Getting your book reviewed by the press will probably be at the top of your marketing schedule. But with such fierce competition, it’s important to make sure that your pitch is as awesome as it can possibly be. To help you craft the perfect pitch, we’ve asked top journalists and book bloggers for their dos and don’t on pitching your book to press.
published on 2014-09-01
As part of Brighton’s Digital Festival this September, we’ve broken down the stages of book publishing to join writers with local experts for a series of pop-up talks and networking. Below, we explain more about the event and give those of you who aren’t local to Brighton a sneak preview on what will be on offer at the event
published on 2014-08-28
How do you write? Are you a pen & paper person? Or are you a jot-down-ideas-on-your-phone writer? For those of you on the lookout for nifty bits of tech to help you with everything from planning to writing the novel, here’s some useful apps we have tried and tested with authors in mind.