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Horror Fiction – 4 Tips to write a Terrifying Story

Horror fiction is a genre that has lasted the ages, transcended generations and left a mark in literary history. From Bram Stoker to Stephen King, horror writers have left a mark on the literary scene and resonated with readers all around. So much so that readers are left turning on their light at night to ward away the dark. Which, let’s be honest, is part of the fun. Here are 4 of our favourite tips for making writing terrifying your readers: Maintain mystery to maintain fear Fear of the unknown […]

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Writing Poetry – 4 Ways to get Started

There is no one way to write poetry. The great thing about poetry is that it can come in all shapes, sizes and forms and helps us to question what those forms might be. But if you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of our favourite ways to kick-start the poetry process. Capture a moment Sometimes people think on a large scale, but some of the most effective poetry captures a moment and harnesses the emotions for the audience to connect to. Try to work with emotion and metaphor […]

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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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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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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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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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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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