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A blog by Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard is a writer and blogger from Cork. She self-published her first book, a travel memoir called Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida, in March 2010. Her first novel - women’s commercial fiction with a side serving of satire - has a big “FOR SALE” sign on it and the second is making the arduous journey from her brain to her Mac. In her previous life she worked as an administrator in the Netherlands, a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in Walt Disney World. She wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. (She’s 28).

You can follow Catherine online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

NUJ Freelance Forum

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 14 September 2012.

On Monday 24th September I will speaking at the National Union of Journalists’ Freelance Forum in Dublin. To attend the entire day is €10 for members and €20 for non-members (using the discount code on this page), and there’s some great events scheduled. It’s a great opportunity for writers who are just embarking on their freelance careers to come along and perhaps meet those who have managed to make a living from it, and perhaps learn something too—there’s sessions on...

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4 Self Published Authors on the New York Times Best Seller List!

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 4 August 2012.

August 5th was a great day for self publishers, as Mark Coker of Smashwords said, “We knew this day was coming.  Self-published ebook authors are landing on the New York Times bestseller list in a big ” The New York Times eBook Bestseller list revealed the good news for self published authors when FOUR authors with SEVEN books hit the list – and that’s with the Fifty Shades of Grey Triology still holding the top spots. Here they are:...

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Mountains to Sea Festival Dates Announced

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 5 June 2012.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has announced the dates for the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2012. This year’s festival will take place from the 4th to the 9th of September, and incorporates the Poetry Now festival for the first time. An oustanding line-up of international authors from across the genres is being prepared, given that the festival now includes Ireland’s top poetry festival, in addition to a first class family and schools programme, and the main...

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The New Self-Publisher by Claire Ridgway

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 15 May 2012.

So far here on Self-Printed: Self-Publishing Stories, we’ve heard from self-publishers who are either in the midst of their adventures or looking back over the first six months or a year of them. But what does it feel like to be just starting out on the long road of self-publication? Today author Claire Ridgway is going to tell us just that, as well highlighting the importance of having an existing platform before you start out....

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My Self-Publishing Story: Confessions of a Self-Publisher by Michael Harling

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 10 May 2012.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about self-publishing over the last two years, it’s that if you’re not a coffee addict before you start, you will be by the time you’ve finished. But if there’s two things I’ve learned, the other is that the best way to prepare yourself to self-publish is to see how others have done it before you. The experiences of authors who have already self-published will help you estimate how much...

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Combining Self-Publishing with Traditional: A good compromise for some authors

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 2 May 2012.

Today we have a guest post from Laura Pepper Wu about combining the best aspects of both self-publishing and traditional publishing to achieve your desired result: a published book, readers and income from your writing.  There has been much debate over the future of publishing and a divide in opinions over which is better for authors – the traditional or self-publishing route. I propose that combining the best of both worlds in a sort of...

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Lives Interrupted

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 25 April 2012.

In the next of her guest posts Catherine Ryan Howard talks to Shauna Bickley about why she decided to self publish… The discussion of whether to self-publish or go the traditional route often makes it appear an either/or choice, but the lines between the two are rapidly blurring, if not disappearing. Around 2005/2006 I wrote and edited my first novel, Driftwood. It was selected for a place on the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) Assessment...

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My Self-Publishing Story: From News Anchor to New Author by Lauren Clark

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 3 April 2012.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about self-publishing over the last two years, it’s that if you’re not a coffee addict before you start, you will be by the time you’ve finished. But if there’s two things I’ve learned, the other is that the best way to prepare yourself to self-publish is to see how others have done it before you. The experiences of authors who have already self-published will help you estimate how much...

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Thinking of Self-Publishing? Let Me Help

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 31 January 2012.

If you’re considering self-publishing but don’t know where to start, a self-publishing course might be just the solution for you. And as luck would have it, I have two coming up! One with Faber Academy in London in February, and one in Dublin in early March. Read on for details.  In place of a blog post today, here’s a little reminder that I have two self-publishing courses coming up, one in London in February and one...

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The Five Stages of Amazonitis

Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard on 1 December 2011.

Whether you self-publish or are lucky enough to have someone else do the publishing for you, seeing a book of yours on Amazon for the first time is quite the exciting moment. But once your book becomes available to buy, it’s not long before the novelty begins to wear off and a frightening obession takes it place…  There was a time in my life when I thought that all I needed was an ISBN and...

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