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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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Make an Impression – Writing your First Line

Writing your book is brave. Writing its first line is even braver. There is no other way to describe it. From the moment your audience opens your book, you need to hook them in and that can be daunting. This is your first opportunity to hook readers in. That’s why the first line of your book can be quintessential is making it a must read. Check out some of our favourite ways to capture your audience from the get go. To state a principle “It is a truth universally acknowledged, […]

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Marketing your Book – Our Top Tips

So you’ve published your book: now what? Here are some of our top  tips for marketing your book Find your audience While most authors think that everyone in the world will want to read their book, they are sorely mistaken. Reading preferences are completely subjective and one book might not be every person’s cup of tea. But if you focus on the demographic you are trying to get the book into the hands of those who would like to read it. .  If your book is about careers after college, you […]

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Guides to Success – Leaving Cert. Papers

The Leaving Cert. is fast approaching, and we know a lot of our readers may know someone who is due to take the biggest exam of their lives so far. I would like to introduce you to Lettertec. They have a stellar reputation for printing Leaving Cert workbooks and guides. Lettertec have published two new leaving certs guides which are receiving rave reviews from both teachers and students alike. Think Smart The first guide was written by David Lordon. It’s called Think Smart and it’s a guide to English Paper […]

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“The Best Things in Life Are Free” by Margaret O’Driscoll

Margaret O’Driscoll published her collection of poems, The Best things in Life Are Free, with us last year. She recently received a great review for her book and we decided to let you read what this reviewer has to say: Review ‘The Best things in Life are Free is an interesting proverb for a book title, as you get reading the eighty one poems spread over ninety one pages of the book, you find it being reiterated and at the end, you are reassured, this is not just a proverb, […]

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Interview: Anne McKeon, “Nine Lives”

We spoke to Anne McKeon,  who recently published her book, Nine Lives, with us. We talk to Anne about her favourite books, love of writing and how characters can call to you, asking for their story to be told. “I have been writing since a very young age – always keeping a diary and I still have all my diaries going back to when I was 15 years old. I initially wrote poetry from my late teens. Some years ago I went to a weekend workshop on creative writing and by the […]

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Interview: Joanie Browne, “Views to Amuse”

On today’s blog, we have an interview with poet, Joanie Browne. Joanie recently published a collection of poems about life, view through the lens of laughter and love.   “I came to creative writing while doing a back to education course.” She said. “I am an early school leaver and was attending a Health Care Course, when one of my tutors noticed that I may have a talent for writing. While I had always found it easy, I had never considered I had a talent. I followed up with a […]

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Readers Rejoice – Print Books are Back

There is really nothing like a real book. That feeling of turning a page and realise that you have finished another chapter and are compelled to continue is unparalleled. And if you say print books are on the way out, we beg to differ—and so do the facts. Print books sales went up a whopping 10% last year. Nielsen’s new figures show that 11 million new books were sold in Ireland in 2016, taking in €131m, according to a recent article in the Irish Independent. This is fantastic news, especially […]

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Interview: Declan Collins, "Travelling on Four Continents"

Interview: Declan Collins, “Travelling on Four Continents”

Declan Collins, author of “Travelling on Four Continents”, recently published his series of travel diaries with us. We spoke to him about travel tips, his favourite places and the eye-opening experiences you can gain from planes, trains and automobiles. “When travelling to new places and new countries it is exciting and one never knows what to expect. After a very long flight, a taxi man (who does not speak English) wearing white gloves and a smog mask in Tokyo, makes you think. Arriving outside Tbilisi in the early hours, in a […]

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Too Beautiful for Thieves – Book Launch

History of Spike Island – Launch on Monday Too Beautiful for Thieves and Pickpockets If you are around Cork on Monday afternoon (16th of May), why not drop into LHQ, Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road at 3pm for the launch of Too Beautiful for Thieves and Pickpockets – A History of the Victorian Convict Prison on Spike Island, published with selfpublishbooks.ie and written by Cal McCarthy and Barra O’Donnabhain. About the Book “For almost four decades the Victorian prison on Spike Island was home to Ireland’s most serious and notorious criminals. Established in the […]

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