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  • Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion - 50% Off on All of our e-Book Titles in July Back to News > Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion 2016 - 50% Off on All of our e-Book Titles in July - Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion 2016 e-Book Titles Published on Smashwords by The Manuscript Publisher Fiction Children's Fiction Non-Fiction Memoirs Irish History Sport & Recreation Personal Development Poetry and Anthologies Thousands of e-book titles are selling on Smashwords at significantly discounted prices during July - including many that you can download for free. Smashwords are the world's largest distributor of independently published e-book titles. Self-published authors and independent publishers are taking part in this, their eight annual Summer/Winter promotion: "Here in the Northern hemisphere, it's mid-summer. Readers everywhere are loading up their e-reading ...
    Posted 25 Jul 2016, 08:56 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book of the Month in June: Domestic Violence - One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy Back to News > Book of the Month in June - Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy - posted 6 Jun 2016, 21:20 Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy describes, not just the personal experience of spousal abuse and marital breakdown but also, what to do about it. Candidly written, the author reflects upon a traumatic issue in a manner that is self-affirming and positive. In her case, strength came from within but also from the networks and organisations that exist to support sufferers of domestic violence. It gave her the endurance, not just to survive but to rebuild her life. "Let me start by telling you that, like many women, I never ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2016, 03:39 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book of the Month in May: Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock Back to News > Book of the Month in May: - Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock - posted 8 May 2016, 13:10 As the title may suggest, Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is a volume of poetry that has had a long gestation period. At the same time, it also reflects a certain kind of soul-searching that comes with finding one's voice, having one's eyes opened and the discomfort with feeling mute in the face of difficult or challenging situations. The author chooses neither to to embellish nor to mitigate and this results in candid observations that demonstrate a rare and remarkable perceptiveness, informed by a characteristic candour and honesty. I stood in ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:01 by Oscar Duggan
  • Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events Back to News > Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events - Charlotte Brontë, Earth Day, Passover, Shakespeare, World Book Day, Easter Rising - posted 21 Apr 2016, 00:53A number of important milestones, anniversaries, centenaries and events fall together within a short period of just the next few days. While in some cases, it may appear merely coincidental, from a literary perspective and taken together, it could be regarded as a confluence of events, carrying with it a certain symmetry that has an almost poetic air. Today, Thursday 21 April, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. The eldest of the 19th century literary sisters whose body of work remains enduringly popular, just as it was ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:03 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee. A Memoir about Overcoming Disability Back to News > Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee - A Memoir about Overcoming Disability in Ireland - posted 2 Feb 2016, 19:18 In the days before scientific advances and the accompanying rise of modern conveniences made life easier, people born with severely limiting disabilities relied very much upon compassion, understanding and networks of support in order to make their way in the world. A soon to be published volume of memoirs, Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee, is a personal account of someone who overcame disability, never allowing it to limit his outlook or narrow his horizons. Out of desperation was born the motivation to embrace the philosophy of physical and mental compensation: by finding a faculty for ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:04 by Oscar Duggan
  • Happy New Year! Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016 Back to News > A Happy New Year! Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016 posted 1 Jan 2016, 14:16 A big Happy New Year to all our friends, followers and to authors, writers, independent publishers everywhere. We hope that 2016 will offer up all that you can wish for in terms of bringing your publishing dreams and ambitions to fruition. For our part, we pledge to continue bringing you all of the relevant and pertinent news, as it relates to publishing in the digital age. Before saying a final farewell to the old year, we take some time to look back on the books, titles, publications and DVD that announced their presence in 2015. Already, we have plans ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:05 by Oscar Duggan
  • The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris: a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable Back to News > The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris - a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable - posted 10 Dec 2015, 10:23The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is the title of a newly published children’s fable, told in the form of illustrated verse by Rose Morris, with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska. It is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is on sale now. Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. That is, until one day when he receives a message from on high (delivered in the form of a bolt from the blue) that recalls a previous admonition given to him by his Mammy, 'to pull ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:05 by Oscar Duggan
  • Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: now available in e-book editions Back to News > Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: - now available in e-book editions - posted 2 Dec 2015, 10:58 What do Donegal, the Tunnel Tigers, Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, the Vietnam War, the Montreal Olympics and a coming of age tale have in common? They are just some of the ingredients that make up an inspired, debut novel from Seamus McCrudden, with a warm and absorbing storyline that will keep you guessing, right to the last page. Published last year in paperback format by The Manuscript Publisher, it is now available in e-book editions from all of the major online e-book retailers, including Amazon (Kindle), Smashwords, Apple (iBooks), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, to name but a ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:07 by Oscar Duggan
  • Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris Back to News > Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris 6pm Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ posted 28 Oct 2015, 20:38The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris will be launched on Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ on Abbey Street, Roscommon Town (see below for directions). We invite you to join us for an evening of celebration and fun, commencing 6pm. Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. One fateful day, a message from on high, delivered in the form of a 'bolt from the blue', gives him his calling in life. He sets out on a mission ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:09 by Oscar Duggan
  • Greeting Cards for All Occasions - exclusive collection of themes and motifs Back to News > Greeting Cards for All Occasions - an exclusive selection of themes and motifs - posted 1 Oct 2015, 18:10The Manuscript Publisher is pleased to unveil its exclusive collection of Greeting Cards for All Occasions that include Christmas, festive, seasonal, winter solstice, secular and humanist greetings that also depict a stunning array of nature and wildlife themes and motifs. We also offer blank greeting cards, for your own, personalised greetings. Our cards come in A6 size (105mm by 148mm or 4.13 inches by 5.83 inches), portrait and landscape. They come in packs of six with envelopes included. Choose from the range of themes and motifs and personalise it with your choice of greeting (Merry Christmas, Seasons ...
    Posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:11 by Oscar Duggan
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Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion - 50% Off on All of our e-Book Titles in July

posted 10 Jul 2016, 11:08 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 25 Jul 2016, 08:56 ]

Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion 2016
- 50% Off on All of our e-Book Titles in July -

Smashwords Summer/Winter Promotion 2016

Thousands of e-book titles are selling on Smashwords at significantly discounted prices during July - including many that you can download for free. Smashwords are the world's largest distributor of independently published e-book titles. Self-published authors and independent publishers are taking part in this, their eight annual Summer/Winter promotion:

"Here in the Northern hemisphere, it's mid-summer. Readers everywhere are loading up their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations. But what about our good friends South of the equator, who are now in the middle of winter? They deserve to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good read too! That's the story behind our Summer/Winter promotion, and as a Smashwords author or publisher, this is a great opportunity to reach new readers!"

Readers and lovers of good books have a rare opportunity to stock up on titles. Meanwhile, the self-published authors and independent publishers behind these titles gain exposure, helping to promote their work to a wider readership with the potential for a knock-on effect on future sales. Participation in this promotion is open to all authors who have published Smashwords. Smashword titles are available in all common e-book formats, making them suitable for reading on all of the popular e-reading devices and apps.

If you have not yet published but are interested in exploring the world of e-Publishing, talk to us today. Find out how our services, as they relate to e-Publishing and all aspects of the publishing process, can assist you, just as we have assisted others.

Here at The Manuscript Publisher, we are offering 50% off on all of our e-book titles published on Smashwords during July, as part of this promotion. To avail, simply visit our Smashwords catalogue or see below to choose from our range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and anthologies (including memoir, history, Irish history, personal development and self-help). Then, use the coupon code SSW50 at checkout to claim your 50% discount.

We hope that you will avail of this offer - remember, it only comes around once a year. We would also like to receive your feedback on the titles that you purchase, perhaps in the form of a review, which can be posted to Smashwords, to our Online Bookshop, or your own websites and blogs.

e-Book Titles Published on Smashwords by The Manuscript Publisher

Fiction

Children's Fiction

Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre by Sorcha Duggan
Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris
The Stories Of Molly's Never Ending Adventures: The Magic Through The Glass Door by Samantha Ann Robinson
Charles, the Maiden and the Ogre
by Sorcha Duggan
Donegal Gymnasts
by Seamus McCrudden
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
by Rose Morris
The Stories Of Molly's Never Ending Adventures:
The Magic Through The Glass Door

by Samantha Ann Robinson

Non-Fiction

Memoirs

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simpson
The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha' by James Linnane
Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee
Where Did They Get You? by Bridget P. McDonnell
Diary of a Cornish Fisherman:
Newquay, 1962–1967

by Trevor Simpson
The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha'
by James Linnane
Melodies at Eventide
by Rex Lee
Where Did They Get You?
by Bridget P. McDonnell

Irish History

Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story by Jack Kiernan
John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic by J.N. Duggan
The Tobacco Fields of Meath by Liam Nevin
Is It Me? The Joseph Heffernan Story
by Jack Kiernan
John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic
by J.N. Duggan
The Tobacco Fields of Meath
by Liam Nevin

Sport & Recreation

Personal Development

I Want to Really Learn about Horses by T.J. Gillespie
Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World: Choose Happiness Daily by Nuala Duignan
I Want to Really Learn about Horses
by T.J. Gillespie
Charting Your Life's Roadmap in an Uncertain World:
Choose Happiness Daily

by Nuala Duignan

Poetry and Anthologies

SiarScéal Anthology: Roscommon in Reflection
The Potless Generation by James Linnane
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris
The Unity Project by Brian Corvin
A Woeful Tale by Derrick Cranpole
SiarScéal Anthology:
Roscommon in Reflection
The Potless Generation
by James Linnane
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox
by Rose Morris
The Unity Project
by Brian Corvin
A Woeful Tale
by Derrick Cranpole

Book of the Month in June: Domestic Violence - One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy

posted 6 Jun 2016, 13:20 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 7 Jul 2016, 03:39 ]

Book of the Month in June
- Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy -

posted 6 Jun 2016, 21:20
Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy.
Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy describes, not just the personal experience of spousal abuse and marital breakdown but also, what to do about it. Candidly written, the author reflects upon a traumatic issue in a manner that is self-affirming and positive. In her case, strength came from within but also from the networks and organisations that exist to support sufferers of domestic violence. It gave her the endurance, not just to survive but to rebuild her life.

"Let me start by telling you that, like many women, I never thought it would happen to me but, unlike so many women out there, I decided to do something about it."

Confronted by the reality that she was in an abusive relationship, she describes how came to the decision to leave her family home, with the accompanying heartbreak of having to leave her eldest child behind. Initially, she did not know what help, if any, was available. She entered a battered women's shelter and commenced a 30-day program that would see her get her life back on track. When she left the shelter, upon completion of the program, it was with a mixture of pride and sadness that she was able to observe:

"Out of all the women in the shelter, myself and one other woman were the only ones who left and started new lives. The rest of the women all went back to their abusive partners."

It is not often that a personal account dealing with these kind of issues manages to strike such a life-affirming tone but Susan achieves this, and quite admirably too because. Central to her story is the assertion that nobody asks for victimhood. Dark events that happen in our lives need not cast a shadow over the rest of our lives.

This book is a must read for anyone who has experienced domestic violence or knows someone who may be going through the experience. It is available buy online, in print and e-book editions.

The print edition can be purchased through retail outlets that include:

The e-Book edition is available from:
  • Amazon (Kindle edition)
  • Smashwords (all common e-book formats including ePub, mobi, PDF)
  • Apple (iBooks)
  • Kobo (ePub format)
  • other online retailers and e-book distribution platforms
The Immortals: thrills, chills, tales of the macabre by Susan R. Murphy

About the Author

Susan R. Murphy is an author and writer born in Columbus, Ohio but has lived all over the USA and currently resides in California. She writes across genres that include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories. Her previously published works include The Immortals: thrills, chills and tales of the macabre, a collection of "truly terrifying tales" that is available to buy online in print and e-book editions, including from some of the sources mentioned above.

Book of the Month in May: Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock

posted 8 May 2016, 05:10 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:01 ]

Book of the Month in May:
- Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock -

posted 8 May 2016, 13:10
Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock
As the title may suggest, Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is a volume of poetry that has had a long gestation period. At the same time, it also reflects a certain kind of soul-searching that comes with finding one's voice, having one's eyes opened and the discomfort with feeling mute in the face of difficult or challenging situations. The author chooses neither to to embellish nor to mitigate and this results in candid observations that demonstrate a rare and remarkable perceptiveness, informed by a characteristic candour and honesty.

I stood in my doorway and told a story
As tall as tall can be,
Aware that in running from the children’s gaze,
I know how cowardly… I am.

The very least I can give these souls
That stand in the line to die,
Is an honest account of why I won’t,
Not some pathetic lie.

Shame on me.

- Liar by Ian R. Braddock, from the volume Sorry for the Silence, published 2015


So who then is Ian R. Braddock? In his own words, he was born in in Manchester, England, had an 'unremarkable childhood', left school at sixteen to a series of dead-end jobs and found himself moving constantly sideways in terms of a career trajectory. Personal fulfilment, such as he found, was sought out in various degrees of hedonism but also, in writing and the pursuit of knowledge. Fortunately, it was the latter that eventually won out and has borne fruit in this, his first volume of poetry, which he describes as "the completion of a jigsaw, made up of answers found in libertarian/anarchic thought over years of 'pondering'."

During these pointless years, he started to write, especially at night when he could not sleep, which was frequently. It was the timbre of words/letters that hooked him: the internal rhythms, how it flowed and so forth. These were the years that hip-hop was fresh, so called ‘punk’ poets were hacking to bits his perceived stuffiness of their intellectual forefathers.

Sorry for the Silence is his visible answer to the problems of conscience. It is an urban answer and it is, along with his guilt, a driving force for the worthy idea of a better world. It is a collection of poetry that will be enjoyed by anyone who is not afraid to look at the world around them, acknowledge it qualities and its flaws, viewing both with a sense of equanimity until we can discern "the dichotomy of the human predicament: the relationship between what we want, what we need and the price paid for it."

Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions. The print edition can be bought through retail outlets that include:

The e-Book edition is available from:
  • Amazon (Kindle edition)
  • Smashwords (all common e-book formats including ePub, mobi, PDF)
  • Apple (iBooks)
  • Kobo (ePub format)
  • other online retailers and e-book distribution platforms

For more information about Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock, please visit our website (Online Bookshop)

Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events

posted 20 Apr 2016, 16:53 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:03 ]

Four Days of Literary Milestones, Anniversaries, Centenaries and Events
- Charlotte Brontë, Earth Day, Passover, Shakespeare, World Book Day, Easter Rising -

posted 21 Apr 2016, 00:53
A number of important milestones, anniversaries, centenaries and events fall together within a short period of just the next few days. While in some cases, it may appear merely coincidental, from a literary perspective and taken together, it could be regarded as a confluence of events, carrying with it a certain symmetry that has an almost poetic air.
Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simpson
Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

Today, Thursday 21 April, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. The eldest of the 19th century literary sisters whose body of work remains enduringly popular, just as it was in its day. Charlotte is perhaps best remembered for her novel, Jane Eyre, published in 1847.

While the literary legacy of Charlotte, Emily and Anne may forever be associated with the Yorkshire countryside, where they grew up, they were in fact relative newcomers to that area, being born of an Irish father and a Cornish mother. The Brontë family's ancestral connections with Co. Down remains a source of great pride in the area. Charlotte herself is known to have visited Ireland: she honeymooned in Banagher, Co. Offaly and it has even been said that she spoke with an Irish accent!

Another example of an Irish-Cornish cross pollination that has borne literary fruit can be found in Trevor Simpson's best-selling, Diary of a Cornish Fisherman. As an account of life in a Cornish fishing village from the period 1962-1967 (before the author relocated to the south-east coast of Ireland, where he lives today), it contains a unique and fascinating insight into that time and place, with plenty of humour, anecdotes and fishing lore thrown in for good measure.

Only time will tell if it will achieve quite literary status accorded to the Brontë sisters but it has garnered quite a following since first publication in 2014. The author is currently working on an eagerly-awaited follow up memoir, dealing with his time in Ireland. For now, Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay 1962-1967 will have to suffice the reader. It is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Karolina Smorczewska
Friday, 22 April marks Earth Day, an event celebrated annually and observed throughout the world since 1970. This year, it even coincides with a full moon: a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth.

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris is a children's book of illustrated verse that was published late last year to great acclaim. It is a book that carries an important ecological message. To celebrate Earth Day and the launch of the e-book edition of this globe-trotting, action-packed adventure tale, we are making the Kindle edition free to download over the next five days. Visit Amazon to download your free copy to your Kindle device or app. The print edition is also available to buy online. RRP €9.99 plus P&P.

Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland by John Toland (1670-1722)
Friday also marks the commencement of Passover, the Jewish festival that commemorates the story of the Exodus, as described in the Hebrew Bible in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt, some 3300 years ago. Fast forward a few thousand years and we find that in 1714, the Irish philosopher and man of letters, John Toland (1670-1722), publishes a landmark work in the movement for emancipation of the Jewish people, advocating full citizenship and railing against anti-Semitic prejudices of the day - "a dog will run at a stone, when he dares not attack the man that threw it."

Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland continues to be studied today by scholars of various disciplines. It has been re-published, along with other works by and about John Toland, in print and e-book editions.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Another important literary milestones falls on Saturday, 23 April, with the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the most recognisable names in English and indeed, world literature. William Shakespeare breathed his last on this day in 1616. He was born in 1564, quite possibly on the same day. While his exact date of birth is not recorded, there is strong reason to believe that he died on his birthday. As if to further drive home the significance surrounding this date, the birth/death of England's national poet also coincides with St. Geroge's Day, the feast day of England's patron saint.

World Book and Copyright Day also falls on Saturday and this not coincidental. It was inaugurated by UNESCO, in 1995 and the date was chosen in recognition of the anniversaries that fall on this day. "It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo."
Easter Rising. Proclamation of the Irish Republic, 1916

Last but by no means least, Sunday 24 April marks the 100 anniversary of the Easter Rising and the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. In case you thought that this centenary had already passed, while the event is traditionally celebrated over the Easter period that gave the rising its name, Easter, of course, is a moveable feast. In 1916, Easter Monday fell on this date, making it the date for the actual centenary. Often referred to (and occasionally dismissed) as a 'Poets' rebellion', it was an event of immense importance for Irish people but one that also had worldwide ramifications, which did not go unnoticed at the time. Then as now, literary men and women were to the fore in the events that unfolded and which deserve to be studied, remembered and discussed.

We join with all who recognise the significance of these events, not just in celebrating them but also drawing inspiration as we go forward, setting new milestones and standards in literary endeavour and achievement. At The Manuscript Publisher, we provide services and support to authors, writers, independent publishers who continue in these proud traditions. Visit our website or contact us any time for free, no-obligation consultation and advice.

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Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee. A Memoir about Overcoming Disability

posted 2 Feb 2016, 11:18 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:04 ]

Book Launch: Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee
- A Memoir about Overcoming Disability in Ireland -

posted 2 Feb 2016, 19:18
Memories at Eventide by Rex Lee. Memoir.
In the days before scientific advances and the accompanying rise of modern conveniences made life easier, people born with severely limiting disabilities relied very much upon compassion, understanding and networks of support in order to make their way in the world. A soon to be published volume of memoirs, Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee, is a personal account of someone who overcame disability, never allowing it to limit his outlook or narrow his horizons.
Out of desperation was born the motivation to embrace the philosophy of physical and mental compensation: by finding a faculty for the one he lost or never had. Rex is living proof that this can overcome most obstacles to leading a normal and independent life. It has in his own words been ‘a privileged existence’. - friend and colleague, Peter McKevitt (from the Foreword to this edition)

Rex’s story is also the story of Ireland as a country striving to assert itself on the world stage, overcoming barriers and obstacles that history had put in the way. Indeed, it is a story that charts the changing and ever-evolving nature of Irish society. His account spans much of period following Independence. Through his own involvement and activism (including work with organisations such as Macra na Feirme and the Irish Farmers' Association), he both witnessed and played a part in the making and shaping of the Irish society that has been handed down to us today.

Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee is published by The Manuscript Publisher. The book will be formally launched by Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos Ireland, on Tuesday, 9 February at Kells Public Library (corner of Maudlin Street and Carrick Street, Kells, Co. Meath). Details can be downloaded here. The evening commences at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available and copies of Rex’s memoir will be on sale. It can also be pre-ordered online.

Directions to Kells Library, Co. Meath

Happy New Year! Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016

posted 1 Jan 2016, 06:16 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:05 ]

A Happy New Year!
Here's to Your Publishing Success in 2016

posted 1 Jan 2016, 14:16
Happy New Year 2016! Out with the old, in with the new.
A big Happy New Year to all our friends, followers and to authors, writers, independent publishers everywhere. We hope that 2016 will offer up all that you can wish for in terms of bringing your publishing dreams and ambitions to fruition. For our part, we pledge to continue bringing you all of the relevant and pertinent news, as it relates to publishing in the digital age.

Before saying a final farewell to the old year, we take some time to look back on the books, titles, publications and DVD that announced their presence in 2015. Already, we have plans to bring you plenty more in 2016. Watch this space!
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris (with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska)

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris (with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska) was warmly received upon its launch at the SiarScéal Festival in November. A children's fable, told in the form of illustrated verse, it is whimsical, globe-trotting adventure story that also carries a cautionary tale about the fate of the planet. Ferdinand, the eponymous hero of the story, is struck one day (both literally and figuratively) with the realisation that if he does not take action to 'end the Earth's sad regression', then who will? It is available to buy online. Watch out for the e-book edition, which is coming soon.
Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock

Sorry for the Silence by Ian R. Braddock is a début anthology of poems that has had a long gestation period (as the title may suggest!). A body of work suggesting a journey and the culmination of a certain quest, to unravel the dichotomy of the human predicament: the relationship between what we want, what we need and the price paid for it. This is a collection of poetry that will be enjoyed by anyone who is not afraid to look at the world around them and discover its flaws, in order to seek out answers on a fundamental level. "It is only because of the factory that we can appreciate the meadow." It is available to buy online, in print and e-book editions.
Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy

Domestic Violence: One Woman's Nightmare by Susan R. Murphy describes, not just the experience of spousal abuse and family breakdown but also, what to do about it. Candidly written, the author deals with a traumatic issue in a manner that is self-affirming and positive. In her case, strength came from within but also from the networks and organisations that exist to support sufferers of domestic violence. It gave her the endurance, not just to survive but to rebuild her life. A must read for anyone who has experienced domestic violence or knows someone who may be going through the trauma. It is available buy online, in print and e-book edition.
Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden, a work of contemporary Irish fiction, was published in e-book during 2015. Praise for Donegal Gymnasts has come from many quarters. It has been described as "a lovely story set in an era where life was simple yet vulnerable to loss and suffering." It is available to buy online in print and e-book editions.
Art is Everything, Art is Life by Cormac Baker

Dare to be inspired and strive to create is the challenge set forth in Art is Everything, Art is Life, the début collection of poetry, paintings and photographs by multi-media artist and poet, Cormac Baker. Tales of heroism and history combine to show how art can be found in everything and everything that we live and do can serve as inspiration, thus aiding our efforts to interpret and re-interpret the world anew. It is available to buy online in print and e-book editions from the author's website.
The Kells Story: an Irish Monastery in a Time of Trouble DVD

The Kells Story: an Irish Monastery in a Time of Trouble is a documentary that brings to life the story of one of Ireland's greatest monastic settlements. The story of Kells is integral to an understanding of the monastic period of Irish and European history. It is told here in a lively, inventive, educative and entertaining manner, which will leave you wanting more. It is available to buy online in DVD and Instant Video.

These and other titles are available to buy online.

Happy New Year 2016!

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris: a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable

posted 10 Dec 2015, 02:23 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:05 ]

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris
- a whimsical adventure and a cautionary fable -

posted 10 Dec 2015, 10:23
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is the title of a newly published children’s fable, told in the form of illustrated verse by Rose Morris, with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska. It is published by The Manuscript Publisher and is on sale now.

Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. That is, until one day when he receives a message from on high (delivered in the form of a bolt from the blue) that recalls a previous admonition given to him by his Mammy, 'to pull up his socks'.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris. A children's book of illustrated verse.

Accompanied by his Mammy, and soon to be joined by Seagull Sam (a geographer and famous oceanographer) from Amsterdam, together they embark on a mission to help creatures in need and put an end to 'the Earth’s sad retrogression'. Their exploits and adventures climax on the banks of Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh, as it plays host to an important G8 summit of world leaders.

The publication of this tale came about as a result of the SiarScéal Festival, which takes place annually in Roscommon, and the Hanna Greally Literary Awards that form part of the festival's programme of activities. As overall winner in 2014 for her short story, The Wall, Rose Morris was given the opportunity to have her work published professionally by The Manuscript Publisher, who sponsored the prize.

"Rose's story was a popular choice, both with the judges as well as with the festival goers," says Oscar Duggan of The Manuscript Publisher. Set in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and evoking themes of class divide and social taboos, "it surprised a lot of people for its sombre yet powerful storytelling style. What was more surprising however, was the book that Rose chose to follow up on her success with."

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is every bit as whimsical as its title suggests. [Splendiferous (adjective, informal, humorous): meaning splendid; magnificent; fine]. The story however, is underlined by a serious ecological message. It combines themes of folklore, mythology, world cultures into a globe-trotting action-packed adventure. It will appeal to children of all ages but is recommended for reading ages of 7-12 years. A glossary of difficult words is included, while the places visited by Ferdinand are listed in the book and have also been charted on Google Maps, adding an online, interactive dimension to the narrative.


Rose's experience as a primary school teacher is much in evidence throughout this book, using various techniques and devices to reach out to young minds, exciting and provoking a love of knowledge and an interest in learning as the story proceeds. She taught for forty years in her native Roscommon ("Ireland’s overlooked county," as she describes it). She writes in both English and Irish has enjoyed previous literary success at local festivals, competitions and events. While The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox marks her first outing as a published author, it is unlikely to be her last.

The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris, with illustrations by Karolina Smorczewska, is published by The Manuscript Publisher. It is available to buy online. RRP €9.99.

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden: now available in e-book editions

posted 2 Dec 2015, 02:58 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:07 ]

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden:
- now available in e-book editions -

posted 2 Dec 2015, 10:58
Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden. Available now in e-book editions.
What do Donegal, the Tunnel Tigers, Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, the Vietnam War, the Montreal Olympics and a coming of age tale have in common? They are just some of the ingredients that make up an inspired, debut novel from Seamus McCrudden, with a warm and absorbing storyline that will keep you guessing, right to the last page.

Published last year in paperback format by The Manuscript Publisher, it is now available in e-book editions from all of the major online e-book retailers, including Amazon (Kindle), Smashwords, Apple (iBooks), Barnes & Noble, Kobo, to name but a few.

Praise for Donegal Gymnasts has come from many sources since publication. Judging by readers' comments, its popularity and appeal would seem to stem mostly for its freshness of perspective and vision. McCrudden is not daunted by the challenge of telling a story in exactly the way that it needs to be told.

"A lovely story set in an era where life was simple yet vulnerable to loss and suffering," said one reader.

"A wonderful story that captures every possible emotion of Irish life, told in a unique fashion," was how another reader described it.


Certainly, it is a book that will resonate with Irish people of certain generations and the Irish emigrant experience is also well observed and documented - "a must for an exile's book shelf" said one favourable review. It is first and foremost however, a story that recommends itself because it works as a simple, yet carefully plotted and well-structured narrative about people who follow their dreams, no matter what obstacles they encounter. As an exploration of love and loyalty, it easily navigates its way across the contours of comedy, drama, romance, joy and sorrow, the journey from innocence to experience.

Jack and Jake, adopted twin brothers of Irish and Chinese descent, growing up in Donegal in the 1960s, discover a natural aptitude for gymnastics, which sets them apart and also sets them on paths that appear to lead to fame and fortune. The closer they get to their dreams, the more they realise that far off fields are not always green. Nevertheless, they persist and persevere, learning and drawing strength from both the highs and the lows, from their experiences of love and loss and all of the in-betweens. By the end, they are older and wiser but they have learned the true value of family, friendship, community and the network of support that these offer.

Seamus McCrudden hails from the famed county of Donegal, in the farthest reaches of Ireland's north west and continues to work and live there, with his wife and four daughters. He is well-known locally as a bus and taxi driver and says that his inspiration to write derives, in part, from the people whom he encounters during the course of his work. The rest has been due to training and advice that he as received through his participation in local writers and drama groups.

Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden is on sale now, in print and e-book editions. The e-book edition (available in all of the popular formats including Kindle, ePub, PDF) is being launched at a special introductory price of US$2.99*. Copies of the print edition are also available, at the recommended retail price of €9.99 plus P&P.

More information on where you can buy Donegal Gymnasts by Seamus McCrudden is available from the website of The Manuscript Publisher, where you can also take the time to browse before you buy.


* Slight variations in price due to local taxes and currency exchange rates may occur

Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

posted 28 Oct 2015, 13:38 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:09 ]

Book Launch: The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris
6pm Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ

posted 28 Oct 2015, 20:38
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris will be launched on Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ on Abbey Street, Roscommon Town (see below for directions). We invite you to join us for an evening of celebration and fun, commencing 6pm.
The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox by Rose Morris

Ferdinand is a dashing, playful young fox, leading a carefree existence somewhere in the Irish countryside. One fateful day, a message from on high, delivered in the form of a 'bolt from the blue', gives him his calling in life. He sets out on a mission to go where creatures are in need, to protect the Earth and ensure its conservation and re-birth.

A children's fable, told in verse and beautifully illustrated by Karolina Smorczewska, The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox is as wonderfully whimsical as the title suggests, yet underlined by a serious ecological message. It is a story that skilfully combines themes of folklore, mythology, globe-trotting action and adventure. It will be appreciated and enjoyed by children of all ages (and even a few adults) but is particularly recommended for reading ages of 7-12 years. A glossary of difficult words is included, along with maps and charts that allow the reader to follow Ferdinand's progress.

A retired primary school teacher and native of Roscommon, currently living in Elphin, Rose Morris has previously gained recognition for her literary output at local festivals, competitions and events. Her short story, The Wall, was a popular choice as overall winner at the 2014 Hanna Greally Literary Awards. Her prize, sponsored by The Manuscript Publisher, was to see her book published in print and e-book editions. The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox marks her first publishing outing but will bring to wider public attention, the work of a talented author with an exciting and diverse range.

Signed copies of The Splendiferous Tale of Ferdinand Fox will be on sale at the launch on Thursday, 5 November at Roscommon County Library HQ, Abbey Street, Co. Roscommon. The book will be on general sale thereafter - RRP €9.99. It is currently available to pre-order from The Manuscript Publisher with an e-book edition coming soon.

Make a note in your diary. Download the details here. For directions to Roscommon County Library HQ, please refer to the map below.

Roscommon County Library HQ, Abbey Street, Roscommon

Greeting Cards for All Occasions - exclusive collection of themes and motifs

posted 1 Oct 2015, 10:10 by Oscar Duggan   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 13:11 ]

Greeting Cards for All Occasions
- an exclusive selection of themes and motifs -

posted 1 Oct 2015, 18:10
The Manuscript Publisher is pleased to unveil its exclusive collection of Greeting Cards for All Occasions that include Christmas, festive, seasonal, winter solstice, secular and humanist greetings that also depict a stunning array of nature and wildlife themes and motifs. We also offer blank greeting cards, for your own, personalised greetings.

Yuletide Logs greeting cards for all occasions
A Touch of Frost greeting cards for all occasions
Bog Garden greeting cards for all occasions
Bog Pool in Winter greeting cards for all occasions
Into the West greeting cards for all occasions
Winter Snow greeting cards for all occasions
Garden Visitor greeting cards for all occasions
Moonlight Shadows greeting cards for all occasions
Outstanding in the Field greeting cards for all occasions
Valentia, Co. Kerry greeting cards for all occasions
Water Falls greeting cards for all occasions
Delicately Woven greeting cards for all occasions

Our cards come in A6 size (105mm by 148mm or 4.13 inches by 5.83 inches), portrait and landscape. They come in packs of six with envelopes included. Choose from the range of themes and motifs and personalise it with your choice of greeting (Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, Winter Solstice Greetings). We will supply the finish product. Our cards cost just €3.99 plus P&P for a pack of six cards with envelopes.

Our specialist range includes Winter Solstice greeting cards, depicting our Heron and Winter Robin motifs and bear the inscription from the poem, Ode to a West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley: Oh Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

Winter Solstice greeting card - heron motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - heron motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - heron motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - winter robin motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - winter robin motif
Winter Solstice greeting card - winter robin motif

Our exclusive range of greeting card motifs can be further customised to your requirements using our Personalised Greeting Card order and delivery service (minimum order quantity - 25 cards). Choose from the themes and motifs that we provide or submit your own artwork. You can also choose between A5 and A6 card dimensions, portrait and landscape. Finally, select an appropriate greeting for your card then submit your order. We will revert to you with a tailored quotation within 48 hours.

For more information about, please visit our online bookshop (greeting cards section). We are ready to take your order now and deliver in plenty of time for the Christmas and festive season that is nearly upon us.

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