Following on from our morning session ‘Pathway to Publication’, our panel of successful authors will answer the complicated question of ‘Should I self-publish or go the traditional route? There are now many varieties of traditional publishing and self-publishing, with evolving models and diverse contracts.
You won’t find a universal, agreed-upon definition of what it means to traditionally publish or self-publish. This panel has done it all.
It’s not an either/or proposition; you can do both. Many successful authors decide which path is best based on goals and career level.
Adele O Neill – Aria Fiction
Lorna Sixsmith- Hybrid- B&W Publishing
Olive Collins – from Tradition to Self-Published
Dan Mooney – Harlequin
Adele O’Neill is published by Head of Zeus imprint Aria on a three-book contract, the third of which, When the Time Comes is due for release in Autumn 2019. Her debut, Brothers and Sisters, was awarded The Annie McHale Debut Novel Award and was released in 2017 and her second novel, Behind a Closed Door was released in March 2018. Both novels have enjoyed international bestseller status on Amazon reaching the overall number one position in the Canadian and Australian charts and the top twenty in the U.K. and Irish Charts.
Praise for Brothers and Sisters
A gripping highly emotive story of love, survival, dark family secrets and sibling loyalty. ‘Adele O’Neill explores the complexities of familial love and loss, loyalty and betrayal in a remarkable debut novel’ Sunday Independent
‘A riveting first novel’ Belfast Telegraph.
Praise for Behind A Closed Door
An emotionally tense story of love, loyalty, betrayal and revenge
‘ O’Neill is back with an equally gripping sequel and a remarkable ability to get under the skin of her characters…page turning prose.’ Sunday Independent
‘The emotional side to this book took my breath away’ Bernadette Maycock
Catherine Kirwan grew up on a farm in the parish of Fews, County Waterford. She studied law at UCC and lives in Cork where she works as a solicitor. Darkest Truth is published by Century Arrow, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK.
About Darkest Truth:
Darkest Truth opens as Cork solicitor Finn Fitzpatrick leaves work for the weekend. On the street outside her office, she’s stopped by a man who tells her that, fifteen years before, his daughter was abused by Ireland’s most successful film director, the much-loved Jeremy Gill. But the man’s daughter, the only witness, is dead. And there’s no evidence against Gill – unless Finn can find it. The more she investigates, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes. Soon Finn herself is in danger. Because these are powerful people she is trying to expose. And they are willing to do anything to protect their secrets.
Lorna Sixsmith is a dairy farmer and a hybrid author. She crowdfunded and self-published her first book in 2013 and self-published three more non-fiction books. Her second book How to be a Perfect Farm Wife won Best Non Fiction in the CAP Indie awards in 2017.
Her recent memoir Till the Cows Come Home was published by Black and White Publishing in May 2018. Her previous careers include social media consultancy so Lorna was adept at promoting her own work using social media. She has been on current affairs programmes such as Prime Time, Claire Byrne Live and Ireland AM; her radio interviews include Sean O’Rourke (Today SOR) and Ryan Tubridy; and she has been featured in numerous Irish and U.K. publications which include the Sunday Business Post, Irish Independent, The Scottish Farmer and Farmers Guardian. She is currently working on her first novel
Dan Mooney is a novelist, air traffic controller, rugby commentator, amateur actor, occasional screenwriter and full-time cat-dad. His first novel Me, Myself and Them was self-published before winning the Luke Bitmead Bursary Award in 2016. It’s been published in Ireland, the UK and the US. His second novel, The Great Unexpected was published in Ireland, the UK and the US and will be translated into five languages next year.
A Limerick native, Dan graduated from Mary Immaculate College with a degree in philosophy and English literature and swears he’ll be writing until they lower him into the ground.
Olive Collins is an award winning and bestselling historical fiction writer. Olive grew up in Tipperary, Ireland. She has travelled extensively and lived abroad for years.
Her first novel, The Memory of Music spans 100 years, it tells the story of one Irish family during Ireland’s most turbulent years, the 1916 uprising and the subsequent War of Independence and Civil War. It was a bestseller and the winner of the Annie McHale Best Debut.
The Tide Between Us is her critically acclaimed second novel. It retraces Ireland’s long history with Jamaica. 25% of Jamaicans’ claim Irish ancestry, most were deported during colonial times for committing little to no crimes. The Tide Between Us follows the story of one Irish boy, an indentured servant deported to the cane fields of Jamaica and his subsequent generations. This epic novel spans 170 years.
Olive is currently working on her third novel about the first Irish pioneers who joined the wagon trails of the American West and became the first homesteaders.