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!
Combined book launches are definitely the future. Something for everyone at #OBBL
— London Writers' Cafe (@LDNwriterscafe) April 30, 2014
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:
Amazingly beautiful and poignant reading from— Paul Forster (@icedpaul) April 30, 2014
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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:
Real pleasure to be at #OBBL! Thx to lovely team
EgmontUK</a> @magsekel Angie Morgan <a href="https://twitter.com/catherinebruton">catherinebruton &
CompletelyNovel</a> for involving us :)</p>— Pickled Pepper Books (pickledbooks) April 30, 2014
Great event and many thanks to Sarah, Helen, Anna and Zoe of Completley Novel and LiterallyPR – Fab job!
— Tracy Elner (@blueeyethebook) May 1, 2014
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!
Watch this video of author Tracy Elner on stage at One Big Book Launch.
For more information about the books involved, see the One Big Book Launch page, here.
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