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  – 

profile 2

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.

book cover

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



Google Play:

#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 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?’ 

News of some guest-hosts. 

Delighted to tell you.. 

Carmel Harrington 

@happymrsh has book 5 out soon – 

And Carmel signs deal to write the new Cold Feet novel!!!!

Andrea Mara @office_mum debut novel out soon. Pre order The Other Side of the Wall

Sam Blake aka Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin second in the Cat Connolly series “In Deep Water.”  OUT Now 

Details of In Deep Water here. 

Hazel Gaynor @hazelgaynor

“The Cottingley Secret” out in August.

Vivian Conroy @VivWrites book out now. 

11th May 9-10pm. NEWS REPORTING AND FEATURES WRITING with expert @rachelllle 

Transcript for 11th May. 9-10 pm.

Our Guest host ….


Rachel McLaughlin is a reporter and editor for an online magazine for women in Donegal.


Rachel graduated with a BA in Journalism from DCU in 2014. She worked as a Sub-Editor and Production Editor in Northern Ireland for two years, while her freelance work as a magazine feature writer became a passion she needed to pursue full-time.


She moved home to Donegal in 2016 to take up a role with a news website and as the establishing editor of the sister site – She has worked on every part of this platform – from writing, editing, photography, graphic design, videos, and all the social media work that is now required for online publications.


Through interviews and features, Rachel has been aiming to write about the experiences, goals and achievements of local people. Highlighting the hard work of others and critical issues makes her job so fulfilling that it doesn’t feel like work at all, she says, and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing her words making an impact.


At the same time, working in a small newsroom team means she is reporting daily for the main hub, which covers every imaginable topic and event you’d find in a news publication.

She has not yet written a book, but says that her struggles with sticking to short word counts could well signal a novel in the future.

Questions for chat on the 11th May.


T1. What is news reporting and features writing? What makes it a different format? 

T2 How can you become a writer for this format?

T3 What tips do you have for this form of writing?

T4 What can we do to help news reporting and features writing to continue to thrive?

T5 What are the challenges of writing for online publications specifically? 

Closing thoughts 

Our next chat is on June 8th with @red_pen_edits. Jean O’Sullivan editor. 

Rachel McLaughlin |

a: CoLab, LYIT, Port Rd, Letterkenny


Maura McElhone, 20th April 9-10 pm covering “Creative Non-Fiction.” 

Transcript of Maura’s slot on #Writerswise

Maura McElhone is a columnist for the Farmers Journal and RTE Radio One’s CountryWide programme. A Derry native, she spent six years in the U.S. before chronicling her “unemigration” story for the Irish Times. She now works full-time for a Dublin software company and lives in Kildare with her boyfriend, the inspiration behind her blog,

Maura is currently working on her first book which looks at the laughs and life lessons that ensue when the worlds of “townie” and farmer collide.

Listen to her interview with us here:
Maura McElhone – Columnist and blogger



twitter:           @MauraWrites 

phone:            083 188 2437

Questions for 20th April 9-10 pm. 

T1. What is creative nonfiction, anyway? 

T2. Why should other people be interested in your personal experiences / story? 

T3. How do you market and/or promote creative non fiction? 

T4. What is the most challenging aspect of writing creative nonfiction? 

T5. What is the biggest reward that comes from writing creative nonfiction?

Closing thoughts. 

13th April 9-10pm. @office_mum discusses “Using blogging to move your writing career.”

Andrea Mara debut novel ‘The Other Side of the Wall’ is out on the 6th June.

 #WritersWise transcript of her chat is here

Thk u to all who join us on the 13th April. 

Andrea Mara is a freelance writer and blogger, who lives in Dublin with her husband and three young children. She writes lifestyle features for Irish newspapers, magazines, and websites, and has won multiple awards for blogging. She attempts – often badly – to balance work, family and writing, then lets off steam on her blog, When she’s not keeping one eye on the kids, and the other on Twitter, she’s furiously scribbling notes for her next book. Her first book, The Other Side of the Wall, will be published by Poolbeg Press later this year.

Andrea Mara – Freelance Writer & Blogger



twitter:           @Office_Mum

facebook:        Facebook/ Office Mum     

phone:             086 842 7310

Questions for #WritersWise tweetchat. 

T1. Why might people start blogging/why did you start? 

T2. Where can you find material and followers for your blog? 

T3. How might blogging advance your writing life? 

T4. What pit falls could you tell other bloggers/those who want to start? 

T5. Do all writers need to blog? 

Closing thoughts 

Our next chat is with Maura McElhone @maurawrites on the 20th April. 9-10 pm. 



Book bloggers/reviewers. What they do and why?30th March 9-10 pm.

Recorded video with Margaret Madden. Scroll to 6:15

Transcript of chat with Margaret Madden.

We trended again in Ireland. Making it to number 5 on the charts. 

Our guest host is Margaret Madden. Margaret is a book blogger at 

She also reviews and writes features for the Sunday Independent, the Irish Times and A Mum of five, who also fosters, she is a full time BA student of English and History who sometimes forgets that the whole world does not revolve around books (and is horrified by this fact).

Her successful blog is 

Our questions for 30th March are;


T1 How do you approach bookbloggers for reviews?

T2 How do you engage with potential readers?

T3 What happens if you get a bad review?

T4 What do you know about blog tours? 

Closing thoughts (CT)

Hope you can join us. Margaret knows all about this sector and chatting with her is a great opportunity. Reviewers and bloggers are vital for writers and this is a great forum to ask what you’ve always wanted to know. 

Our next chat is with Andrea Mara on the 13th April. 

#WritersWise is a chat on twitter.


For those of you new or used to self-promotion and networking on Twitter our Tweet-chat #WritersWise is a good place to be.

It’s a guilt-free, structured hour of social media where you meet like-minded ‘bookish’ folk, who want to talk all things #WritersWise.

Super easy and welcoming, #WritersWise is simple to join. Just use the symbol # and word WritersWise (#WriterWise) every time you tweet with us for the hour. Times and dates are on the website here and we promote the next chats often on Twitter.

(16th March 9-10 pm next one. Topic and questions we will discuss below)

You can follow the conversation in the search engine on Twitter or using the app

  • We cover many topics from genres, festivals, submissions, self-publishing, writing tips and how to secure an agent and get published.
  • You can chat with your favourite writers. Lots turn up.
  • Our guest-hosts are all successful, knowledgable people in the writing industry.
  • Emerging and inspiring writers get to information they wouldn’t normally find online.
  • One to one chats with authors, literary scouts and publishers all happen regularly on #WritersWise.
  • Follow me @sharontwriter and @drlfarrell. We can encourage you to tweet and keep up with our great fortnightly chats.
  • We trend and have reached the top trending spots, even Number 1.

SEE YOU ON TWITTER. 🙂 and Facebook –