21st Sept with @ladynicci 

Using social media to network and build your author platform. 

Questions are below but join our chat on the 21st and post your own too, around the topics (Ts).

T1. As an author or budding writer what is your favourite social media platform?

T2. Are you in any Facebook groups that you find useful as a writer?

T3. How do you balance social media use with writing? Do you ever switch off or are you always on?

T4. Any suggested hashtags when searching for writing material / engagement? 

T5. What are you most afraid of when using social media as an author? The time? The etiquette? Being salesy?!

CT – Closing thoughts. 

Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co Louth and publishes her debut historical fiction novel December Girl on 26 October with Bombshell Books.

Please note – 

Next #Writerswise chat is on the 12th Oct with LIZ NUGENT!!!! Yes. THE LIZ Nugent @lizzienugent 😀😍


Hazel Gaynor 7th September 9-10pm. “Fact or fiction – writing inspired by real events.”

Hazel Gaynor ‘s website will tell you all about her successful writing career and give you links to her gorgeous books.
Her latest book is ‘The Cottingley Secret’. You can order here or from her website above.

Learn what inspired this book and how she wrote it and lots more, on our tweet chat on the 7th Sept. Thank you to Hazel for being a #WritersWise guest-host for the second time and for being a regular contributor to our tweet-chats.

Hazel’s topic will be “Fact or fiction – writing inspired by real events.” 

T1. Inspiration. Where do you find your historical inspiration?

T2 Research. How and where do you research?

T3 How much is fact, and how much is fiction?

T4 What are your top tips for writing historical fiction?

T5 Productivity? How do you get the words down? 10-15 mins at end if possible.


Hazel Gaynor’s website.

Children’s fiction and writing classes covered on 17th August 9-10 pm with @sarahwebbishere 

Meet Sarah Webb – (topic questions below)

Sarah Webb writes for both children and adults. Her Ask Amy Green series has been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen Awards in the UK and the Irish Book Awards. The third book in her latest series for children, The Songbird Cafe Girls: Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin (age 8+), has recently been published and A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood (with Steve McCarthy) will be published in September. 

After working for many years as a children’s bookseller, Sarah now combines writing with visiting schools and libraries, reviewing, reading at festivals, and teaching creative writing in the Irish Writers’ Centre. She is also the Children’s Literary Advisor to Listowel Writers’ Week. In 2015 she won the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books.

She was the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Writer in Residence 2016/2017.  In September she launches Story Crew: Write, Draw, Create providing writing clubs and creative classes for children (and the young at heart). 

Her website is www.sarahwebb.ie and you can find her on Facebook www.facebook.com/sarahwebbwriter or Twitter @sarahwebbishere or Instagram www.instagram.com/sarahwebbwriter/

Chat questions;

T1/ Do picturebooks have to rhyme?

T2/ How long should a picturebook be? MG? YA?

T3/ What are children’s publishers looking for at the moment?

T4/ I want to write for children but I don’t know where to start – any tips?

T5/ Where can I find a good writing for children course?

CT – Closing thoughts.

The next #Writerswise is on 22nd Sept with @ladynicci Nicola Cassidy.

Publishing Dreams – Tips and services around Self-publishing. On #WritersWise 27th July 9-10pm 

Look at our interview with Orla Kelly.

Transcript of tweets on Orla’s chat.
Topics for tweetchat on 27th July.

T1. What are the most common mistakes authors looking to publish make.

T2. What questions authors need to think about before self-publishing and what to ask your publisher.

T3. What happens after you publish and what authors need to know. Why its not enough to just be an author.

T4. How to best set up and use your book to promote your business, product or service.

Closing thoughts.

And…  of course have your own questions at the ready for Orla and our #Writerswise folk.  

Orla Kelly Publishing was set up 3 years ago to give authors the best quality self publishing service.

Having started as an author a few years ago, I understood the challenges faced by other authors and wanted to use my expertise to help them fulfil their dream of being published.

I publish on Amazon, Smashwords and Ingramspark and take care of everything from account creation, formatting, design including ebook and print book design, keyword research/ meta data and uploading of the book files and all relevant supplementary data.

I work in the fiction and non-fiction genres and now specialize in publishing for business clients so they can use their book to promote their business, product or services. I offer a full range of digital and print services for all clients.

Contact Orla here 

Good news for #WritersWise co-founder.

Sharon Thompson co-founder of our tweet-chat has secured a regular Sunday writing slot with Donegal Woman website and Donegal Woman’s Facebook page. 


On Sundays, Sharon’s snappy pieces will be posted for you to read while you sip your morning coffee.

They will reflect Sharon’s sense of fun. Her own Facebook page is called Sharon Thompson. Writing Fun. and the aim of the column is to make people smile and giggle.

As a forty-something year old woman, living in rural Donegal, Sharon’s take on topics should interest many woman. Her first piece highlights the stresses of A Wee Donegal Weddin’, and other topics like on-line shopping, yoga classes and a love of George Clooney 😉 will pop up over the coming weeks.

Loving life on-line, Sharon hopes you’ll join her on twitter @sharontwriter   or Facebook. You might also check-out Sunday mornings with Donegal Woman and Donegal Woman Facebook

Although Sharon mostly writes crime fiction, her manuscript Arthur is a humorous take on a sixty-eight year old widower looking for love and life again. Arthur and her other two manuscripts (Peggy and Devina) are being submitted to publishers by her agent Tracy Brennan.

So please follow Sharon and her Sunday Summer reads at Woman’s Words  on Donegal Woman.






Published. How to get there and what’s it like?

Transcript of chat – Published-Getting there and What it’s like. Adele O’Neil.

Thurs June 29th 9-10pm GMT (4pm ET)

Guest-host Adele O’Neill @adelesbooks  talks about being a debut novelist.

How did she get published and what’s it like?

Questions for chat conversation;

T1. Making your manuscript the absolute best it can be, how to do this?

T2. Writing a kick ass query letter, what your query letter and submission package should look like? (and what it shouldn’t be)

T3. How to get an agent interested in representing you?

T4. How to immerse yourself in the literary scene?

T5. How to sell yourself?

For the select few – T6 How does it feel to be a published author? 

Closing thoughts (CT).

Next chat is on 27th July with Orla Kelly Editor on self-publishing. 

 All about Adele O’Neil  – 

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Adele O Neill is a writer from County Wicklow, Ireland. Her first book,  Brothers and Sisters  is a character driven story of survival, buried pasts and unwavering sibling loyalty. Alternating between life in the 1970’s and the present day, the story gently unravels a host of dark family secrets thread by thread making the reader question whether they would do the same for the ones they love.

She has a particular fondness for both reading and writing fiction that is realistic and relatable and is currently working on her second book,  Safe Distance,  a suspenseful saga of secrets, lies, violence and love. What would you do if the person you loved wasn’t who they said they were?

Adele is a board member of the Wexford Literary Festival and divides her time between writing her second novel and proactively working towards a wonderful Literary Festival in Wexford in 2017.

She lives overlooking the Irish Sea with her husband and two teenage daughters.

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‘Brothers and Sisters’ by Adele O’Neill here;

Amazon:  http://amzn.to/2qABEi1
Kobo:  http://bit.ly/2oUlLXl

iBooks:  http://apple.co/2qAh5T5

Google Play:  http://bit.ly/2qAEaFb

#WritersWise guest-host is Red Pen Edits on 8th June 9-10pm

Jean O’Sullivan.

Click here for transcript of tweetchat on editing with @red_pen_edits. 

Firetalk recorded interview with Jean here

For list of editors available to talk with writers about their services check out http://www.writing.ie list – Editing. Services for writers section.

Also Registered editors.  

*Please note we don’t recommend the services of anyone but are merely giving you a list to help you on your way. 

Other editors who were mentioned to us are;

Red Pen Edits. Jean O’Sullivan.

@MMPROOFINGREADING Mary McCauley proofreading 



About our guest-host Jean O’Sullivan. 

Jean O’Sullivan lives in Cork with her two sons and dog. It all started when she won a prize for writing a poem in first class and hasn’t stopped reading and writing since! Her interest in editing started then too. She was the one who would point out the teacher’s misspellings on the board… Jean’s eldest was born in 1998 with a heart condition and cerebral palsy. Between then and 2012 she had plenty of time to read sitting in Enable Ireland and Crumlin waiting rooms for his appointments and therapies.

Having had a hard time reading books once more than an occasion typo was spotted, she decided to train as an editor and proofreader to prevent other readers being blindsided by such things. She returned to education, studying business, editing and proofreading. Red Pen Edits was born in 2015. Since then she has worked with a varied and diverse range of clients and professionals alike. Her specialties include: fiction flow and structure, preserving the authors voice and timelines. Professional and self-development books are among her favourites to work on, with a grá for chick lit or romantic fiction – or whatever it’s called this year!


Topic for tweet chat – Editing.


T1. Why do we need editing? 

T2. Plot or noose? 

T3. How do you find editors?

T4. The truth about author/editor relationships. Pls share. 

CT. – Closing Thoughts. 

The next #WritersWise chat is on the 29th June with novelist Adele O’Neil @adelesbooks on ‘Published. How to get there. What’s it like?’