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Eddie O’Mahony “40 shades of Green”

Eddie O’Mahony has always been an avid Soccer fan, and his passion for the game can be seen in every page of his book 40 Shades of Green. How it began His collection started in 2002, after Ireland played in the World Cup in Japan. When he was there, he was given the shirt by Stephen Meade, and bragged about it to all his friends for weeks afterward. At 22 years of age, he started to search for the Irish Soccer Museum—only to discover it didn’t exist. He aimed to […]

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Paul Byrnes Nominated for Eir Sports Book of the Year

eir Sport have announced details of the longlist for the eir Sport Sports Book of the Year. Our own Paul Byrnes, who recently published “At the End of The Day”, has been nominated for Sports Book of the Year for his account of retirement in sport, “At the End Of the Day”. The Eir Sports Book of the Year Award Previous winners of the award include ‘What Do You Think of That’ from Kerry footballer, Kieran Donaghy and 2015 winner, ‘Dub Sub Confidential’ from former Dublin footballer John Leonard.  Glen […]

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Dublin Book Festival 2017

The Dublin Book Festival is fast approaching, with an array of fantastic events, readings and interviews for you to enjoy. Here’s the low down on the annual book fest: What is it? The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006.  The annual festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing. It is a celebration of Irish authors and publishers and is a not-to-be-missed event for those interested in writing. When is it? The Dublin Book Festival takes place from 2nd  until […]

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4 Tips to Plan a Narrative Arc

Structuring a novel is hard. And here at Selfpublishbooks.ie, we’re here to help make the writing process a little bit easier for you. Here are some of our top tips for structuring the narrative arc of a novel. Classic, archetypal plot arcs There are six core narrative types. Rags to Riches [a complete rise] Riches to Rags [a fall] Man in a Hole [fall then rise] Icarus [rise then fall] Cinderella [rise then fall then rise] Oedipus [fall then rise then fall] These narrative arcs are called ‘archetypal’ because they […]

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Horror Fiction – 4 Tips to write a Terrifying Story

Horror fiction is a genre that has lasted the ages, transcended generations and left a mark in literary history. From Bram Stoker to Stephen King, horror writers have left a mark on the literary scene and resonated with readers all around. So much so that readers are left turning on their light at night to ward away the dark. Which, let’s be honest, is part of the fun. Here are 4 of our favourite tips for making writing terrifying your readers: Maintain mystery to maintain fear Fear of the unknown […]

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Writing Poetry – 4 Ways to get Started

There is no one way to write poetry. The great thing about poetry is that it can come in all shapes, sizes and forms and helps us to question what those forms might be. But if you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of our favourite ways to kick-start the poetry process. Capture a moment Sometimes people think on a large scale, but some of the most effective poetry captures a moment and harnesses the emotions for the audience to connect to. Try to work with emotion and metaphor […]

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Proof-Reading – Our Top 5 Tips

They say you are your own worst critic. And in some ways, that can be the case. However, sometimes editing your own work can be hard and you miss out on little details that can make or break your piece of writing. Here are some of our top tips for proof-reading: Print it People read differently on screen and on paper, so print out a copy of your writing. If you read aloud, your ear might catch errors that your eye may have missed. Homonyms Homonyms are words that share […]

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Crime Fiction – Make your Story Criminally Good

Sometimes, crime does pay. Sometimes the darker the narrative, the more juicy the plot, the more fun the crime novel can be. Writing is hard and finding your way through the words takes an immense amount of time, but with these tips, you might be able to help make your novel more about crime, and less of a punishment. Make it exciting The worst crime a writer can commit is to be boring. If a crime novel turns out to be boring there’s a very high chance it is because […]

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