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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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  • Upcoming events in June by Jazzmine Breary

    Upcoming events in June by Jazzmine Breary

    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:

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  • London Book Fair - Advice for Authors by Anna Lewis

    London Book Fair - Advice for Authors by Anna Lewis

    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.

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  • A pretty smart way to publish a book by Christian Paris

    A pretty smart way to publish a book by Christian Paris

    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.

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  • Scottish World Heritage site stars in 'Spinning New Lives' published with CompletelyNovel by Anna Lewis

    Scottish World Heritage site stars in 'Spinning New Lives' published with CompletelyNovel by Anna Lewis

    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.

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  • Mary Hamer turns fact into fiction for her novel Kipling & Trix by Anna Lewis

    Mary Hamer turns fact into fiction for her novel Kipling & Trix by Anna Lewis

    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.

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