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Creative Publishing: Monday Motivator

Week 35: Comparing Book Launches in Two Genres. What About You?

I’m conducting an experiment over the coming three months, between now and the biggest book-buying season in the calendar. I’m going to be simultaneously comparing book launches in two genres, a non-fiction book and a poetry book. It’s conventional wisdom that business and self-help books sell very well (my new non-fiction book is a bit of both) and that poetry does not. This wisdom certainly applied when books were largely sold in print, through bookstores. In these digital days, though, the size of your micro-niche shouldn’t be as relevant. A global audience of readers in any micro-niche, even poetry, should be enough…

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Creative Writing: Excerpts

My Next Novel, In The Hour: A Sneak Peek at the Earliest Most Invisible Stage of the Process.

I always have different projects at different stages of development. I’m currently at the earliest possible stage of the final part of my Irish trilogy, In The Hour. Here’s all I know so far and I’ll keep you posted as more unfolds. SETTING: Like the first two books in the trilogy (each of which can be read as a standalone novel) it is set in San Francisco, California and Wexford, Ireland. It is now 2010 and Jo Devereux is a single mother, living with her son Richard, the baby who was born at the end of Before The Fall. MORE…

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Creative Writing: Excerpts

Sunday Read: An Extract from Blue Mercy

The Story So Far: Mercy Mulcahy is about to be accused of murdering her elderly and tyrannical father. The tragic and beautiful Mercy has devoted her life to the protection of her daughter, Star. It’s a quest that has taken her away from Zach, the only man she has ever truly loved. This extract takes up the story when Mercy has been forced to return to Ireland to care for her father, now old and ill, and describes Zach’s return to help her heal from all she’s been through and reclaim her health and creative capacity. The tools they use—no…

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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing

Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing for Orna Ross: New Cover Reveal

A weekly column by digital book marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien. This week we made some exciting progress when we received the final proofs for the new covers for The Irish Trilogy. Orna is delighted with the new covers and we both think they are a significant upgrade on the old versions. The old covers felt slightly outdated and they didn’t reflect the strong storylines in The Irish Trilogy. So, a few weeks ago, Orna and I made the call to have them redesigned. Having looked at other covers on the market in the historical fiction genre we decided on some key…

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Creative Writing: WB Yeats, Maud Gonne, Iseult Gonne

Talking About “Her Secret Rose” at the Triskele Literary Festival

Just out: Footage of the Historical Fiction panel at The Triskele Literary Festival in London, back in September. Together with Radhika Swarup, JD Smith and Alison Morton, I was interviewed about the joys of writing historical fiction. Between us, we covered 3rd Century Syria (Jane) to late 19th Century Ireland (me), from the Partition of India (Radhika) to the Roman Empire re-imagined in the 1960s (Alison), all interviewed by literary novelist, Jane Davis. I spoke about writing Her Secret Rose, a behind-the-myth look at the relationship between the poet WB Yeats and his muse, the Irish revolutionary, Maud Gonne. This…

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The Only Subject of All Art

To say anything too directly in art is “preposterous,” says novelist Robert Stone. What he tries to do instead is “choose words that open up deeper and  deeper levels of existence”. How? “By sustaining a sound that perfectly serves the narrative and that, at the same time,   Read More

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