Four benefits of hardback books

At selfpublishbooks.ie we love hardback books; they are our speciality and what we do best. Every week we print and bind them for authors and organisations throughout the country. We have a small list here as to why we like them and why you should consider them when you are publishing your book with us. They are more durable When you choose us as your printer, we use the latest technology to print and bind your books. We are the …

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Should you hire a proofreader?

This is a question that we get asked a lot at selfpublishbooks, just like so much other questions, there is no definitive or set answer. The correct answer is; it depends. It depends on you and the quality of the work you have produced; it depends on your target market and it depends on your budget. For most books that we print and publish, we recommend that you get them proofread. It doesn’t matter how good of a writer and …

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Landscape or Portrait books

When you decide to publish a book, there are so many aspects to research and make a decision on, however, one that you might not have considered, is the orientation of the book. The orientation will heavily depend on what type of book you have and what the budget is for the book.   Portrait or landscape A portrait book is when it is taller than it is wider, most books are this type and they are bound on the …

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Listowel Writers’ Week Winners’ Anthology 2019

For almost fifty years, the Listowel Writers’ Week has brought writers and readers from Ireland and beyond to the beautiful town of Listowel. It runs a mixture of talks, workshops and entertainment, as it has grown to include different areas of the arts in Ireland. For the entire festival, the town is taken over by the arts and it is to the benefit of the visitors and the town as the home of John B. Keane celebrates the best of …

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Listowel Writers’ Week Publishing Clinic

Listowel Writers’ Week is a great festival for writers and readers of all levels. Situated in Co. Kerry, it has been running for just over 40 years and this year it takes place from the 29th of May to the 2nd of June, with events and workshops filling the schedule, from mornings to late into the evening. It has a wide range of activities from talks, walks, book launches, films and debates. It will be attended by professional writers, newbies …

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Get Published Now!! An Easy Guide For Writing Groups

People join writing groups for several different reasons; as a social activity, to listen to other authors and their writing and to improve their own through shared experiences and feedback. Most who join a group, will find that their writing improves, be it from assistance from the other members, or the extra pressure on themselves to perform and to improve their craft. As the writing in the group improves, the next logical step is to try and publish it, Ireland …

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Cookbook publishing clinic with Trish Deseine

On Sunday, May  12th, Frank Kelly, MD of Lettertec Ireland Ltd and selfpublishbooks.ie traveled to the beautiful village of Ballydehob, to give a publishing clinic, with a large focus on publishing cookbooks. It was a small and intimate gathering of people who were very interested in promoting the work that they do and companies that they work for or own. The event was organised by Trish Deseine who is a well-known Irish food writer and cookbook author. She writes a …

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Feature piece in the Irish Examiner

Last week, Margaret Jennings, a journalist with the Irish Examiner, called into the factory to have a discussion with the Managing Director of Lettertec Ireland Ltd and selfpublishbooks.ie Frank Kelly. They had a long discussion about topics such as self-publishing, printing and how the processes all work. This morning we proudly opened the paper to find a long feature piece about the factory. In this piece, Frank Kelly discusses how self-publishing is a great opportunity for author’s to take on …

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Midleton Miscellany

Anyone that has ever visited the bustling town of Midleton Co. Cork knows what a busy, vibrant and progressive town it is. Even during the worst parts of the recession, the streets were busy and the restaurants kept opening, the farmers market provided the locals with fresh produce and the areas around the town brought in visitors, both national and international. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that within the town, there is a welcoming and talented writing group. …

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How long does it take to publish a book?

This is a question we are often asked and unfortunately, it is a question that isn’t easy to answer. Every single book that we have published and printed at selfpublishbooks.ie is unique in their own way. Even books that are the same genre, size and page count will take different times to complete. What follows is a general rule when putting a book together as to how long you should allow for each process to take please. Just note that …

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