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7 Writing Tips from Top Authors

Writing is all about inspiration. The biggest tip any writer can give is to read, write and rewrite, but here are a few more famous writing tips to get you in the mood to put pen to paper. “My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and […]

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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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4 Great Writing Podcasts

You’ve got to love podcasts. They’re fun and accessible and cover a variety of topics–and best of all, they’re free. We’ve had a trawl of the internet and have found four great podcasts for all budding and experienced writers out there.  Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing . With helpful and insightful tips on grammar and storytelling, this podcast helps to improve your writing skills and grasp on grammar. Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach is a podcast designed to boost creativity and confidence in your […]

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Writing a Memoir – Things to Remember

Often, the most compelling ways to capture the importance of specific life event is through a memoir. It is a highly personal thing, to write a memoir. To invite readers into your life and let them experience what you did. Those who do so, and who get their work published, are among the bravest out there. When writing your memoir try to follow these tips to make it a compelling read for not only those who know you, but also those who will get to know you through your words. […]

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6 Simple Steps to Improve your Writing

Writing is hard work, but it is so worth it. Writing talent is like a muscle: it needs to be exercised frequently to be kept in tip-top shape. Here are 6 of our top tips to make your writing go from good to great. 1) Be Visual And Conversational Trying to make the reader “see” is a good goal and being concrete has huge effects. Trying to create an immersive world for your reader can be a long road, but ultimately a worthwhile one. For a reader to go from […]

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POV – Choosing the Right View for You

What is POV? And how do you choose the best one for your story POV stands for Point of View, and it’s one of the most important aspects of your story that must be decided before you even start to write. Sometimes you sit down in front of your computer, and the POV just comes to you. Other times, it takes a little bit of thought and trying our different points of view to see which best serves your novel.. Here are some examples of POVs and how to choose […]

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The Dublin International Literature Festival

The Dublin International Literature Festival is taking place as we speak and there is plenty to see and do. What is it? The International Literature Festival Dublin, founded in 1998, is one of Ireland’s great literary events and gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral. Described by the press as ‘boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent’ and ‘the country’s most successful and easily the best annual literary event’, International Literature Festival Dublin line-up is sure to impress. What happens? With readings, discussions, […]

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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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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words- Designing your Book Cover

They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it: covers are as important as the words on the page. In fact, certain authors take book covers so seriously that it alters the content of the book. The American Novella, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, actually went through a rewrite once Fitzgerald’s eyes fell on the iconic eyes of Dr. Eckleburg, which is now synonymous with the book. Luckily, we at Selfpublishbooks.ie understand the importance of attention to detail when it comes to publishing […]

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Poetry Day Ireland – April 27th

There is a real treat coming up for all poets across Ireland this month, as Poetry Day is taking place nationwide. Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poets and poetry at home and abroad. It celebrates poetry, which is intrinsically linked to our Irish identities. From Yeats to Kavanagh, McCormack to Muldoon, Ireland is a hot spot for all things poetic. When is it? In 2017, Poetry Day will be celebrated on Thursday, April 27th and the theme for 2017 is “Poetry Connects.” Here’s what the […]

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