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!
To find more blogs in the hop, go here.