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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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Dublin Book Festival 2017

The Dublin Book Festival is fast approaching, with an array of fantastic events, readings and interviews for you to enjoy. Here’s the low down on the annual book fest: What is it? The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006.  The annual festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing. It is a celebration of Irish authors and publishers and is a not-to-be-missed event for those interested in writing. When is it? The Dublin Book Festival takes place from 2nd  until […]

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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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Proof-Reading – Our Top 5 Tips

They say you are your own worst critic. And in some ways, that can be the case. However, sometimes editing your own work can be hard and you miss out on little details that can make or break your piece of writing. Here are some of our top tips for proof-reading: Print it People read differently on screen and on paper, so print out a copy of your writing. If you read aloud, your ear might catch errors that your eye may have missed. Homonyms Homonyms are words that share […]

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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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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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“The Best Things in Life Are Free” by Margaret O’Driscoll

Margaret O’Driscoll published her collection of poems, The Best things in Life Are Free, with us last year. She recently received a great review for her book and we decided to let you read what this reviewer has to say: Review ‘The Best things in Life are Free is an interesting proverb for a book title, as you get reading the eighty one poems spread over ninety one pages of the book, you find it being reiterated and at the end, you are reassured, this is not just a proverb, […]

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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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