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Scroll down to read our articles on who exactly is who in Irish publishing – from agents to editors, state agencies to organisations, this is section is essential reading for anyone new to the industry.

Genre Jumping: The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
Posted by Christi Daugherty in .

The first idea for a novel that ever came to me was a murder mystery involving a crime reporter in the Deep South in the US. I had that idea...

Head, Heart or Gut: What Kind of Writer Are You? by Campbell...
Posted by Campbell Jefferys in .

My doctor has a theory that there are three kinds of patients: head patients, heart patients and gut patients. Whatever is ailing a patient, they will feel it first in...

Story Craft: PoV and the Writer’s Contract by Sharon Dempsey
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One of the most difficult aspects of writing to get right, and to sustain over a piece on long-form fiction, is point of view. Getting it wrong is the quickest...

Ruthlessly Editing Your Own Work by Nigel Quinlan
Posted by Nigel Quinlan in .

The idea for The Cloak Of Feathers came out of a moment of despair when I was writing what would become my first published novel for children, The Maloneys’ Magical...

Switching from Mindless to Mindful by Annmarie O’Connor
Posted by Annmarie O'Connor in .

My name is Annmarie and I’m a recovering distraction junkie. I never thought I had a problem until I was faced with a 10-car pile-up on the slippery slope of...

Keeping it Real by Helen Moorhouse
Posted by Helen Moorhouse in , .

Books. Black squiggles, strategically placed on a substance made of tree bark. Informative. Instructive. Educational. And able to carry within them the key to the human heart and soul. Think...

The Misadventures of a Mature Student by Katy O’Dowd
Posted by Katy O’Dowd in .

Around this time last year, I went on a trip to Dublin to attend a KDP event and met up with an old with a friend of mine, who mentioned...

A Year of Reading Irish by Caroline Doherty de Novoa
Posted by Caroline Doherty de Novoa in .

I’ve spent a lot of time this past year talking about guilt, about exile and return, and about mammies, and about the guilt mammies can instil in their offspring when said...

The Craft of Writing: Beneath the Skin by Caroline England
Posted by Caroline England in .

I haven’t been on a creative writing course or studied language or literature at any level higher than A level. I haven’t even opened a book on the subject! So...

Story Crew Writing Clubs: What We Can Learn From Young Writers by...

Why I Set Up Story Crew Writing Clubs for Children All children are different. Some are sporty. Others love acting or singing. Some like to dance. These children join sports...