Get Your Book Fit!

Whip your book into shape for the new year with top tips from industry experts on writing, editing, and more!
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  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Written a book?

Learn how you can can whip your book into shape for publishing or sending out to agents, with this online course:

These videos are jam-packed full of brilliant advice and know-how to help you get your book off to a flying start this year – whether that involves sending out to literary agents, self-publishing or both.

Join us for 6 fun videos and get your book fit in 2014!

"Very inspiring and crammed with juicy nuggets and tips on how to get a book in shape ahead of publication. Exactly what authors need." - Polly Courtney, bestselling author

Videos brought to you by CompletelyNovel, filmed and edited by Sam Parsons.

What are the requirements?

  • Open to anyone interested in writing (focus on fiction/novels)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to stay motivated - and why you should!
  • How to manage your writing and editing time
  • What the different stages of editing are
  • How to edit the structure of your book
  • What a line edit is and how to do it yourself
  • How to write an elevator pitch
  • What agents are looking for from your submission
  • How to typeset your book so it looks as fantastic as it reads

Who is the target audience?

  • Début authors
  • Seasoned writers
  • Anyone who wants to shape-up their words!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The tools to get you started

Get Your Book Fit: Video 1 - Pep Talk

with Nikesh Shukla, author of Coconut Unlimited and Meatspace (coming July 2014)

Nikesh's début novel, Coconut Unlimited was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010 and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2011. His new novel, Meatspace, will be released by The Friday Project in July 2014.

In this fun video, Nikesh gives his top tips on how you can stay motivated with your writing. Remember - delete the word 'aspiring'!

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Get Your Book Fit: Video 2 - Your Book Fitness Plan

with Rebecca Swift (Director) and Aki Schilz (Editorial Services Manager), The Literary Consultancy

The Literary Consultancy is the longest-standing editorial assessment service in the UK. In this video, we introduce you to your Book Fitness model, analyse how you can kick-start a healthy writing and editing plan, offer an overview of the different stages of editing, and TLC's Top 10 Tips for self-editing, provided by our team of professional readers.

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Section 2: Editing

Get Your Book Fit: Video 3 - Trim the fat from your structure

with Roz Morris, editor, bestselling ghostwriter and author of the Nail Your Novel series

Roz Morris is a professional editor, consultant and author of the Nail Your Novel series, and a number of novels. She's also a bestselling ghostwriter, with titles that have sold about half a million copies each.

In this video, Roz reveals the secret to keeping the reader hooked, by focusing on editing the structure of your book.

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Get Your Book Fit: Video 4 - Book Boxercise

with Anna Faherty, professional writer, editor and Senior Lecturer at Kingston Writing School

Anna Faherty is a writer, editor and senior Lecturer at Kingston Writing School. She also runs the content development and digital publishing consultancy, Strategic Content, which you can find links to below.

In this video, Anna shows us how to line edit, and gives her top tips for making your book as lean as possible.

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Section 3: What to do next

Get Your Book Fit: Video 5 - Tone up your pitch and opening chapters

with Juliet Mushens, Literary Agent with The Agency Group

Juliet Mushens is a literary agent with the UK office of The Agency Group, representing a bestselling and diverse list of authors. You can connect with her on Twitter, @mushenska.

In this video, Juliet reveals how you can tone your manuscript submission, with top tips on writing a cover letter, blurb and those all-important first few chapters.

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Get Your Book Fit: Video 6 - Make your book look fantastic

with Anna Lewis, co-founder of CompletelyNovel

Anna Lewis is the co-founder of the publishing platform and author community, CompletelyNovel. As well as offering publishing advice, CompletelyNovel also specialises in self-publishing, allowing authors can use online tools to create and publish their books, for as little as £7.99 a month. It's CompletelyNovel for a reason!

In this video, Anna gives her top typesetting tips for making your book look fantastic before publishing or sending out to agents.

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6 questions

Review what you've learnt during the Get Your Book Fit course.

Missed some information? You can go back and watch the videos again, as often as you'd like.

May your 2014 be a year to remember!

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Completely Novel, Online Publishing platform and advice centre

CompletelyNovel is an online publishing platform and advice centre that offers authors a unique and friendly way to publish their books.

We've teamed up with some top industry experts to offer advice to authors on whipping your book into shape before publishing or submitting to agents.

Visit our website and see what makes us CompletelyNovel!

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