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“The Rediscovery of UC-42” by Philip Johnston

Philip Johnston recently published “The Rediscovery of UC-42” , which launches this Thursday, November 30th in Cork City Library on Grand Parade, Cork City. We asked Philip about his love of diving and the sea, history and the launch. The Start  “I learned to dive in 1993 and since then I have learned a lot about diving,” he says. “Over the years I did some diving exams and in 2011 I became a First Class Diver with the BSAC the British Sub Aqua Club this is the highest award in […]

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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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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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