Should you hire a proofreader?

This is a question that we get asked a lot at selfpublishbooks, just like so much other questions, there is no definitive or set answer. The correct answer is; it depends. It depends on you and the quality of the work you have produced; it depends on your target market and it depends on your budget. For most books that we print and publish, we recommend that you get them proofread. It doesn’t matter how good of a writer and …

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Landscape or Portrait books

When you decide to publish a book, there are so many aspects to research and make a decision on, however, one that you might not have considered, is the orientation of the book. The orientation will heavily depend on what type of book you have and what the budget is for the book.   Portrait or landscape A portrait book is when it is taller than it is wider, most books are this type and they are bound on the …

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Listowel Writers’ Week Winners’ Anthology 2019

For almost fifty years, the Listowel Writers’ Week has brought writers and readers from Ireland and beyond to the beautiful town of Listowel. It runs a mixture of talks, workshops and entertainment, as it has grown to include different areas of the arts in Ireland. For the entire festival, the town is taken over by the arts and it is to the benefit of the visitors and the town as the home of John B. Keane celebrates the best of …

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Get Published Now!! An Easy Guide For Writing Groups

People join writing groups for several different reasons; as a social activity, to listen to other authors and their writing and to improve their own through shared experiences and feedback. Most who join a group, will find that their writing improves, be it from assistance from the other members, or the extra pressure on themselves to perform and to improve their craft. As the writing in the group improves, the next logical step is to try and publish it, Ireland …

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Cookbook publishing clinic with Trish Deseine

On Sunday, May  12th, Frank Kelly, MD of Lettertec Ireland Ltd and selfpublishbooks.ie traveled to the beautiful village of Ballydehob, to give a publishing clinic, with a large focus on publishing cookbooks. It was a small and intimate gathering of people who were very interested in promoting the work that they do and companies that they work for or own. The event was organised by Trish Deseine who is a well-known Irish food writer and cookbook author. She writes a …

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Feature piece in the Irish Examiner

Last week, Margaret Jennings, a journalist with the Irish Examiner, called into the factory to have a discussion with the Managing Director of Lettertec Ireland Ltd and selfpublishbooks.ie Frank Kelly. They had a long discussion about topics such as self-publishing, printing and how the processes all work. This morning we proudly opened the paper to find a long feature piece about the factory. In this piece, Frank Kelly discusses how self-publishing is a great opportunity for author’s to take on …

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Interview with author Colin McKeeman

In 2015, we printed and bound a book called a History of the Birdlip Aeronautical Communication Complex, which was written by Colin McKeeman. The book takes a nontechnical view of the UK based long-range aeronautical communications station, which is based on the Cotswolds. With over 300 A4 pages and over 250 illustrations, it will come as no surprise to learn that the book took over five years to research, write and edit before going near us for printing and cover …

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The Wonderful Life of a Councillor by Sean O’Grady

The Wonderful Life of a councillor or “What kind of gobshite do you think I am?” About the author Sean O’Grady served the people of Killarney for forty years as an independent, Labour and Official Sinn Fein Councillor. About the book The Wonderful life of a Councillor or what kind of gobshite do you think I am? is a charming memoir of Sean O’Grady’s experiences of growing up, working and living in Killarney. It is a book about people and the …

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Murder Most Local, Historic Murders of East Cork

Title: Murder Most Local, Historic Murders of East Cork Author: Peter O’Shea This book contains 47 true historical murder stories from East Cork. Some are well known cases that have lived on in folklore, others are long forgotten. From Youghal to Fermoy and Aghada to Conna, a murder location is only ever a few miles away. Motives have not changed over the years – love, sex, drink and arguments about land. Some murders remain unsolved and others are obvious from …

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Memories of Rahan, Book Launch

Title: Memories of Rahan, a look back on life, in a Co. Offaly Parish Author Aidan Grennan is delighted to announce that he is launching his first book in the Rahan Community Hall on Friday, 16th of November at 8.30 PM. The community hall is 10km from Tullamore in Co. Offaly.  All are welcome to attend and enjoy the evening. Aidan  has lived all his life in Rahan. Keen on writing, he feels that the time is right to record …

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