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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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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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Cúirt International Festival of Literature

Festival season is upon us and at Selfpublishbooks.ie, we like to keep you up to date with the latest goings on in the world of books. This month, the Cúirt International Festival of Literature takes place in Galway City, so we decided to give you the low down on the festival and what to expect. What is it? The Cúirt International Festival of Literature is an annual literature festival held since 1985 in Galway. The festival consists of a variety of events taking place over the course of a week each April with […]

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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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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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Crafting Shorter Sentences – Our 5 Top Tips

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that all writers fall prey to overwriting at one time or another. Sometimes when you sit down to write, the mind can wander and sentences become as long as a winter evening, or your typical episode of The Wire. There is nothing wrong with it, but writing is like life: it needs variety. Run-on sentences also distract the writer and the reader and also force the reader to work harder to follow the story. Here are a few tricks to help trim the excess: […]

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NaNoWriMo –

Now that the Novel Fair deadline has passed, it’s time to hop onto the next big writing venture: NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo before, worry not, because we’re going to give you the low down on the international writing sensation and how you can take part. What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s more affectionately known, is a yearly writing movement that asks people from all over the world to write a novel in a month. How it Works On November 1st, you are challenged […]

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Novel Fair 2017 – What You Need to Know

  The Novel Fair 2017 deadline is nearly here, so it’s time to get writing. The Irish Times describes Novel Fair as the “Dragon’s Den for writers” and for good reason. The competition, held annually by the Irish Writer’s Centre, is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming authors. It introduces writers to top Publishers and Literary Agents across Ireland and gives them the opportunity to bypass the slush pile and pitch ideas directly. As a matter of fact, last year’s Fair was attended by representatives from Penguin Ireland, Hachette Ireland, O’Brien Press/Brandon, Lilliput Press […]

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