News room: One Big Book Launch - review and pictures

One Big Book Launch - review and pictures by Samuel Walton


After lots of preparation and anticipation, the launch of ten fantastic new books was celebrated last night at the very first One Big Book Launch. Friends and family, publishing professionals and journalists gathered at the Free Word Centre to watch the authors release their works to the world.


Hosted by CompletelyNovel and LiterallyPR, with the help of sponsors Kobo Writing Life, Scrivener, and Moo.com, the event was a resounding success. It was great to see authors and guests networking and discussing their favourite reads, as people enjoyed the nibbles and generous provision of wine. Many had fought through the tube strike to make it to the event and they were rewarded with a room full of literature enthusiasts!





The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly hearing from the ten authors on stage. Each had five minutes to introduce themselves and their book, and several took the opportunity to read excerpts from their work that had the audience captivated. There was a real eclectic mix of authors and books on offer, from Egmont picture books to self-published business books, and each author really shone on stage. Poet and playwright, Sabrina Mahfouz, wowed the audience by maintaining thoroughly believable accents for each character as she read from one of her plays. The three CompletelyNovel authors chosen for the event also did a marvellous job of networking with agents, readers and publishers, as well as proving why their books deserve a place at the launch with their time on stage:



The evening was a great way for authors to collaborate, network with members of the publishing industry and enthuse about their books. Staff from Egmont UK, Little, Brown, No Exit Press, Susan Yearwood Literary Agency, and the author Anthony Mcgowan were amongst the attendees, and the only difficulty was in deciding which books they could afford to take home on the train that night!

Authors and publishers brought along copies of books to the event, and many people took the opportunity to get their hands on the first signed copies. Everyone, from book lovers to the authors themselves, seemed to enjoy themselves and it was great to hear the feedback and excitement on twitter via the #OBBL hashtag:



By the end, everyone had the chance to meet all the authors and find out more about these exciting new books. For some, it all seemed to finish too soon, and many people made the short jump across the road to the after party, continuing the festivities further into the night. Always a good sign of everyone having a wonderful time, and some people are already asking when the next one is going to be.

For those of you who don’t know, CompletelyNovel specialise in creating innovative ways for authors to collaborate and get their book noticed; from our reading and author community on site, to teaming up with Greene & Heaton literary agency.

We’re giving all authors the chance to get one month FREE publishing to celebrate the launch, so please do join us by clicking here and entering the code OBBL!


Click here to get one month FREE Plus Plan publishing with CompletelyNovel. Hurry, offer ends soon!


BookMachine’s review of One Big Book Launch.

Page to Stage reviews One Big Book Launch.

Watch this video of author Tracy Elner on stage at One Big Book Launch.
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For more information about the books involved, see the One Big Book Launch page, here.

Find out more about CompletelyNovel on the About Us page.

Want to review the One Big Book Launch? Get in touch at team@completelynovel.com.

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    Julia Johnston
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    Julia

    01 May 14:26
    Twas a grand night to be sure (a little too grand, my head’s telling me)! Thanks so much Completely Novel and Literally PR and The Free Word Centre. Amazingly, my suitcase of books weighed considerably less after One Big Book Launch, not that I had to carry it as dear husband took it home in a cab, bless him, and left me to it at the Betsy Trotwood pub opposite with old friends and new, including great writer/illustrator Angie Morgan! I was five books up though, as I either bought or did a swopsy with other authors. My evening got into full swing early on; after nervously practising my speech in the disabled toilet, I met the charming fellow authors, Simon Fairfield and Tracy Elner in the café, who put me at my ease immediately. We exchanged writery stories of being published, not being published, literary agents, promoting our work etc etc. Once in the room where it was all about to happen, I was thrilled with my gorgeous oval table, which I adorned with drapes on which Daisy Berks, a friend’s daughter, had pinned beautiful felt leaves to echo those on my book cover. I dotted round some pretend green tea-lights, put out my give-away birthday bookmarks (Celtic Tree designs), oh and piles of my books. Tracy, whose table was next to mine, told me I should have the spines facing out and not the pagey side (duh) – thanks Tracy. He made swift work of constructing his book-stacks. However, I observed that every time he returned from one of his sneaky trips round the corner, where the majority of author tables were, he rearranged his display! Crafty clever devil! One of the brill aspects to the event was the opportunity to learn from each other. There must be a best way to organise one’s book launch table? I did decide to rethink the drapes after the third time I tripped over them. A welcome addition to the table layout was a handful of unexpected very cute teeny book-cover stickers, which were given to all ten authors. During the first batch of author speeches, I was somewhat distracted by thoughts of how mine was going to go and at exactly what time I could down a glass of the generously free-flowing vino, but came to with a jolt when captivating Sabrina Mahfouz graced the stage; her words were stunning and utterly entrancing. What a delight to hear them spoken (I was going to write ‘sung’, so musical was the recital) by the author. Catherine Bruton’s five minutes seemed like an hour, but in a good way. Talk about slick! She crammed so much, apparently effortlessly, into her designated time slot. But of course, it wasn’t effortless; perhaps only an author would recognise just how much effort she’d put into it… I thought to myself, ‘Now there’s a bl***y hard-working author who edits and hones her work to the hilt’. Her lightning-pace talk was thoroughly engaging. To have produced such a wonderful speech, you could just tell her writing must be brilliant… which is why I snapped up her book once I’d extricated myself from my thronged desk, leaving it in the capable hands of Zoe Plant! Zoe was fab at playing the role of assistant – her perfectly calm and measured approach was the ideal counterbalance to my frenzy. She even detangled my necklace! And how lovely of Sarah Juckes and Helen Lewis to match up assistants to authors’ book titles, according to their surnames!! These joint book launches are the way forward – good thinking Batman… I mean Sarah!! Julia Johnston, author of If Everyone Knew Every Plant And Tree http://www.amazon.co.uk/Everyone-Knew-Every-Plant-Tree/dp/1481914251
    Atulya K Bingham
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    Atulya K

    01 May 22:03
    An inspiring night for all, and I felt honoured to be part of it. Thanks to Completely Novel, Literally PR, Sarah Juckes and the entire team for creating this event. I’ll be writing a full review after a good night’s kip:-)
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