St Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

This is my first go in a blog hop so I hope I’ve done everything properly.  Because of my Irish connections – fifteen years living in the Emerald Isle and two children born there – I thought I’d better join in.

Tomorrow is Ireland’s big day. There will be parades in every town, and anyone who gave up alcohol for Lent will be officially let off for a day. It’s a public holiday and generally a lot of fun. And most likely it will be pouring with rain. I can remember one sunny St Patrick’s Day, but that’s it!

Irish publishing won’t be celebrating that much though. It’s struggling at the moment, suffering its worst eight weeks for a long time at the beginning of 2012. The full article is here.

Non-fiction performed worst, falling 18.4% from comparative sales for 2011, and children’s books fell by 17.5%. Not good news for someone like me with kids’ books with an Irish publisher.

I wonder if some of the problem is that Irish publishers haven’t been doing too well with ebooks. Some presses are beginning to produce them, but generally they tend to be expensive. Readers want low prices for ebooks. Tirgearr Publishing has just launched itself as an ebook only publishing press with sensible prices. I bought a copy of The Trouble with French Kisses, one of their first books, to support them, but was a little disappointed with it, sadly. The editing wasn’t very impressive with a fair sprinkling of typos and the French wasn’t always correct. We had the heroine’s boyfriend calling her ‘mon petit’ occasionally – that’s horrendous! Anyway, let’s hope other books from the press are better presented and avoid these avoidable silly issues that good editing would sort out. (I have to say that since I’m a good editor!)

If you’d like a free copy of my children’s ebook Oh Auntie, which is the most Irish of my kids’ works I think, and therefore the best to be given away for St Patrick’s Day, then leave a comment below. I’ll send you a coupon code to use on Smashwords.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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  1. I never thought about publishing in another country. It was interesting in the small does you gave us.

  2. I would be happy to discover your book
    Happy St Patrick’s day

    all the best


  3. I’m sorry to hear about how Irish publishing isn’t doing well. I do hope that changes! And thanks for participating in this blog hop. I would so love to visit Ireland someday.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


  4. E-books have been slow to catch on in New Zealand too. We’ve only just had local access to ereaders here, and it’s more common seeing people with them. I’ve been a convert for years and have been waiting for them to catch up.

  5. Happy St Patrick’s Day! I would love a copy of your children’s book. I am a teacher and would love your book to add to my collection. I look forward to reading it- Thank you!

  6. That’s interesting about Irish publishing.

    It’s too bad that it’s usually dreary in Ireland on St. Paddy’s Day.

    Erin Go Bragh!

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. happy st pat day going to be doing blogs and then wish sister a happy st pat and bd

    desi t he blonde at msn dot com

  8. Thanks for being part of the hop. Other than my name I am not Irish. I do hope to visit someday.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  9. Great post. I enjoy hearing personal tidbits about other countries. Sorry to hear Irish publishing has fallen on hard times.


  10. Happy St. Patrick’s Day & thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  11. I could always move to Ireland for awhile and support their book selling. I read about a book a day and with 3 grandkids under the age of 5 that live with me I am always buying new books to read to them. My bags are packed…oh how I would love to go!!


  12. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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