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What would you change if you were queen of #publishing for a day??
 

If you were queen of publishing for a day, what would you change? Provocative - and thoroughly necessary - reforms proposed by +Joni Rodgers +Orna Ross at Alliance of Independent Authors +Jessica Bell +Jane Davis +Kathleen Jones Carol Cooper and, er, me #womenwriters  
International Authors: Universal Themes While mainstream publishing plays safe with predictable stories and heroines who repeat the same familiar tropes, where are today’s most ground-breaking authors? The answer is that...
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AskALLi is your chance to ask us your self-publishing questions. 

Join us this December as Joanna Penn and Orna Ross get together to answer your self-publishing questions. If you are an ALLi member, please submit your questions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15T_VPT7hIwoyrRuo1hdr-GTdvJiaCvleh43Lh9uDLf8/viewform

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AskALLi is your chance to ask us your self-publishing questions. 

Join us this October as Joanna Penn and Orna Ross get together to answer your self-publishing questions. If you are an ALLi member, please submit your questions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15T_VPT7hIwoyrRuo1hdr-GTdvJiaCvleh43Lh9uDLf8/viewform

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AskALLi is your chance to ask us your self-publishing questions. 

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Join Orna Ross in conversation with Mark McGuinness, poet, creative coach and author of Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success.

* Why do you create? For love? For money? or both?
* Striking the right balance between creative inspiration and professional/commercial ambition
* The surprisingly creative potential of business models
* Selling books - getting the basics right
* Beyond selling books - creative ways to grow your income
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Mark's a wonderful guy who underlines two facts for me.

This feeling I have that the people selling books are the people writing about selling books; and, as you pointed out, Orna, that there's just so much information out there about what an indie writer should be doing that it's possible to fuse your already overheated creative circuits trying to keep up.

Mark certainly has it somewhat right for some writers when he says that scribblers need to look away from the dollar signs and sales, because those signposts aren't the real measures of success.

But there's a clear distinction that should be made here. The problem with Mark's analysis is that it leaves the writer working for the love of the work. That is the definition of an amateur, even those who get lucky and make money. These bromides simply don't work for a crucial portion of the writing population, which is to say those people who do this professionally. 
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AskALLi is your chance to ask us your self-publishing questions. 

Join us this September as Joanna Penn and Orna Ross get together to answer your self-publishing questions. If you are an ALLi member, please submit your questions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15T_VPT7hIwoyrRuo1hdr-GTdvJiaCvleh43Lh9uDLf8/viewform

You can watch the Q&A live on G+, or catchup later on ALLi's YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/user/indieauthoralli) or via our Self-Publishing Advice Centre. 

Event starts at 4pm GMT / 12pm EST / 9am PST.
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AskALLi is your chance to ask us your self-publishing questions. 

Join us this July as Joanna Penn and Orna Ross get together to answer your self-publishing questions. If you are an ALLi member, please submit your questions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15T_VPT7hIwoyrRuo1hdr-GTdvJiaCvleh43Lh9uDLf8/viewform

You can watch the Q&A live on G+, or catchup later on ALLi's YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/user/indieauthoralli) or via our Self-Publishing Advice Centre. 

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Join us this March as Joanna Penn and Orna Ross get together to answer your self-publishing questions. If you are an ALLi member, please submit your questions here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15T_VPT7hIwoyrRuo1hdr-GTdvJiaCvleh43Lh9uDLf8/viewform

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Work
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Author-Publisher
Skills
Writing fiction, penning poems, publishing books
Employment
  • Self
    Writer & Author, 1988 - present
  • The Alliance of Independent Authors
    Writing & Publishing, 2012 - present
    Director. Author-Publisher.
  • Font Writing Centre & Literary Agency
    Director, 2004 - 2008
  • University College Dublin
    Lecturer: Creative & Imaginative Practice, 2002 - 2008
    Lecturer: Creative & Imaginative Practice at The Women's Education Research & Resource Centre
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Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
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London, England -- mostly
Previously
Wexford, Ireland - Middlesex - Knutsford - Dublin
Story
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Stories and poems and other magical things
Introduction
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Self praise is no praise
Education
  • University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin
    Creative Process, 1960 - present
  • Murrintown National School
    Primary School
  • Loreto Convent Wexford
    Secondary School
  • University College Dublin
    BA English Lit, 1977 - 1980
  • University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin
    H Dip Ed, 1980 - 1981
  • University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin
    Women's Studies, 1997 - 1998
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Áine McCarthy
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