Maureen Fox: Memories & Articles

Maureen Fox was a journalist with the – then – Cork Examiner, now the Irish Examiner. At 15 she was expelled from school, her headmistress predicting that she would come to no good in life. After she joined the Examiner, in 1970, she became within a few years one of the most popular journalists in the South of Ireland, imaginative, creative and with great skills of communication. She was glamorous, perfectly made up, wearing beautiful silk suits and towering high …

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Maureen Fox – Memories & Articles

Maureen Fox was a journalist with the – then – Cork Examiner, now the Irish Examiner. At 15 she was expelled from school, her headmistress predicting that she would come to no good in life. After she joined the Examiner, in 1970, she became within a few years one of the most popular journalists in the South of Ireland, imaginative, creative and with great skills of communication.

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A Modern Irish Cook Book

Selfpublishbooks.ie have published Goodall’s latest compilation of Irish cooking by (and for) Irish cooks. As outlined on Goodall’s website, this book contains a great variety of recipes — from light bites such as Spiced Beef Blinis to heartier meals like Tagliatelle & Smoked Trout — not to mention delicious desserts like Trifle Cake. The recipes are chosen by the Goodall’s team from a selection submitted by Ireland’s Food Blogging Community, about whom you will find out more in the book. …

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Irish Print Awards Winner 2013 Digital Print

Teresa Collins – Reiki at Hand

What is Reiki? Selfpublishbooks.ie author, Teresa Collins, has written the book on it. Reiki is a spiritual practice developed by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, which has since been adapted by various teachers of varying traditions. It uses a technique commonly called ‘palm healing’ or ‘hands-on healing’ as a form of complementary therapy. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (i.e. reiki) in the form of qi (Japanese: ki) through the palms, which allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.

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The Emancipist, Veronica Sweeney

(This article is also featured on Writing.ie) Veronica Sweeney has been a published novelist for twenty-eight years. She wrote her trilogy, The Emancipist, after nine and a half years of research. It was first published in one volume by Pan MacMillan in 1985 and reprinted consistently for twenty years by publishing houses such as Century Hutchinson, Simon & Schuster, Avon Books, Bantam and HarperCollins. It is now being printed by Selfpublishbooks.ie as a trilogy. “I was surprised that the publishers …

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A Positive Selfpublishing Experience

On the 25th of March this year I attended a workshop titled ‘Getting Published’ at the Waterford Writer’s Weekend. The presenter was Vanessa O’Loughin, the founder and editor of the writing web site writing.ie. The information Vanessa presented was very practical and as I had recently completed writing my first book, Finding Nancy, and had decided to go down the self publishing path, I was keen to find out about printing companies in the south east of Ireland. Vanessa recommended …

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Pull Strength

We here at Selfpublishbooks.ie just got a lovely book report back from the Henkel Lab Graphic Arts service. They tested one of our Otabind books for bind quality, and this – in a nutshell – is what they found: The strength of the bind of the pages is almost three times the UK minimum standard. Furthermore, this outstanding result is achieved using only .2 mm (point 2 of a millimetre) of PVA on the page edge. This minimum amount of …

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Abandoned Darlings

Ruth Quinlan, one of the members of NUIG’s Masters in Writing group which produced the collection Abandoned Darlings, caught up with Selfpublishbooks.ie this week and discussed how the book came about, starting with how her interest in writing first began. “When I was younger,” said Ruth, “I was a real bookworm, staying up all night devouring books until the grey hours of morning. I had always been interested in writing as well, dabbling with a few evening courses but never …

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