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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    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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Get Your Book Fit!

Whip your book into shape for the new year with top tips from industry experts on writing, editing, and more!
6 reviews

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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.

    • Open to anyone interested in writing (focus on fiction/novels)
    • Over 7 lectures and 2 hours of content!
    • 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
    • Début authors
    • Seasoned writers
    • Anyone who wants to shape-up their words!

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CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    The tools to get you started
  • 1
    Pep Talk from Nikesh Shukla - helping you stay motivated
    05:14

    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'!

    Get Your Book Fit - brought to you by CompletelyNovel

  • 2
    Your Book Fitness Plan - with The Literary Consultancy
    08:56

    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.

    Get Your Book Fit - brought to you by CompletelyNovel

  • SECTION 2:
    Editing
  • 3
    Trim the fat from your structure - structural editing with Roz Morris
    15:07

    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.

    Get Your Book Fit - brought to you by CompletelyNovel

  • 4
    Book Boxercise - keep your sentences punchy with a line edit, by Anna Faherty
    08:47

    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
  • 5
    Tone up your pitch and opening chapters, with literary agent Juliet Mushens
    11:13

    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.

    Get Your Book Fit - brought to you by CompletelyNovel

  • 6
    Make your book look fantastic - typesetting with CompletelyNovel's Anna Lewis
    16:07

    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.

    Get Your Book Fit - brought to you by CompletelyNovel

  • 7
    Ready to get your book fit? Take the quiz!
    6 questions
  • 8
    A Completely Novel Guide to Book Marketing
    62 pages

    Every author knows that writing a book is just half the journey. The world of marketing, PR and advertising can be intimidating for self-published authors. In this ultimate guide to book marketing, we’ll persuade you that, in fact, you already have the greatest gift used in marketing - writing talent. A Completely Novel Guide to Book Marketing gives you all the necessary tools to get your book out there. We even included printable tasks and worksheets for you to practice, plan and source your marketing ideas effectively.

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REVIEWS

  • David Watkins
    First class revision for the next book!

    Although there is not much new in the course that anyone who has completed a book will not have had to cope with already - this was an excellent reminder of what to look out for and some useful short cuts. The presenters are all first class at getting their points over and the course will not take too many writing hours out of your day! Excellent refresher!

  • Polly Courtney
    Inspiring & very helpful

    This course is inspiring & crammed with juicy nuggets on how to get a book in shape ahead of publication - I'd recommend it for any first-time (or in fact, not-first-time) writers out there.

  • Sarah Juckes
    Motivational and informative!

    Some really great tips here - I'll definitely be using them to get my books fit. Thanks to all the presenters for their hard work and advice!

  • Kerry Bingham
    Instead of wading through reams of online material, this course condenses a lot of useful information into six concise lectures. No waffle but plenty of tips.