Melissa Holden is an undergraduate at Canterbury Christ Church University (Creative and Professional Writing BA Hons). As well as studying at university, Melissa is also an Editor for CCCU Her Campus.
Melissa released her first e-book in November 2013, and has published 7 books to date.
As well as writing, Melissa supports self-publishing movement #IndieBooksBeSeen and helps unpublished authors learn about self-publishing and promotion.
February 2015 to present – Social Media Manager
I have been working closely with The Stage Door in order to create an online profile for this business. This included setting up and running: a Facebook page, a Twitter profile and a Gmail account.
October 2014 to present – Self-Publishing Advisor
I started helping unknown authors and poets look into the idea of self-publishing in October 2014. Since then I have helped an unknown poet publish his first collection on Amazon and am working closely with him on upcoming projects. I have also given talks and tutorials on how to use Kindle Direct Publishing and Create Space. In addition to this, I have also helped writers set up social media and blogs.
November 2014 – Amazon Kindle
On November 30th, I released an e-book: AFTER US which was a co-written apocalypse anthology where I worked with Mark Looker, Edd Hodsdon and Lorna Holland. Between us we: wrote, edited, formatted, marketed and released the short story collection.
October 2014 – Dartford Matters
An article about The Stage Door, Dartford as part of the “Featured Pub” series: http://dartfordmatters.com/?p=4446
October / November 2014 – School News Group
I was approached by the editor of School News Group, which is a Canterbury and Thanet-based school magazine, and asked if they could use one of my Readwave articles in their November edition.
November 17th, my article: 20 Years In The Making, was featured on The School News Group website: http://www.schoolnewsgroup.co.uk/magazine/20-years-making/
October 2014 – Amazon Kindle and Create Space
From Feburary to October 2014, I was working on my first full-length novel: SEARCHING FOR KATHERINE. On 31st October, it was released to the general public via Amazon Kindle and Create Space. As with all of my Kindle projects, this involved editing, proofreading, cover design, research, marketing, production and sales techniques.
September 2014 – Dartford Matters
I published an article on my blog that attracted the attention of a publication called “Dartford Matters” who requested to put it on their website. I am now working with them to publicise their cause and they have agreed to publish further articles of mine. http://dartfordmatters.com/?p=3349
September 2014 – Amazon Kindle
1st September I released my third poetry collection, DROWSY IN DREAMS.
August 2014 – United Press
After entering a poetry competition with United Press, I was long-listed to include my poem into an anthology. I turned down the offer after some research into their publishing guidelines and prices.
June 2014 – Amazon Kindle
On 29th June, I released WRITERS ARE PEOPLE TOO. It is an essay collection about writer stereotypes. However this e-book has since been taken down for a re-write.
May 2014 – Amazon Kindle
In May 2014 I released two e-books via Amazon Kindle. The first was THE LITTLE THINGS. The second was a co-written e-book titled 52 WRITING PROMPTS.
April 2014 to present – Readwave
I have been a regular Editor/Writer for Readwave on my profile: readwave.com/melissaholden94
January 2014 – Amazon Kindle
During this time, I self-published my first poetry collection: FROM ME, WITH LOVE via Amazon.
December 2013 to present – YouTube
At the end of 2013, I started my own YouTube channel as a secondary marketing tool. I upload weekly videos about my work, writing tips and book reviews. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMelissaHolden
November 2013 to present – Wordpress
Since November 2013, I have run several blogs on the platform WordPress. These are:
November 2013 – Amazon Kindle
In November, I self-published my first novel: THE SNOW KILLER via Amazon Kindle.
March 2013 to present – Her Campus, Canterbury
Editor and Campus Correspondent. This non-paid journalistic position involves: writing and editing articles; managing a team; and running an online magazine.
September 2012 to June 2015 – Canterbury Christ Church University
Creative and Professional Writing (BA Hons) – Grade pending.