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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.
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!
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.
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.
published on 2013-06-11
Attending events is an important part of the publishing industry as it is a great way to network with other publishing people, strike up business relationships and learn more about the industry. We have listed below a few upcoming events that might interest some of our users:
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!