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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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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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