Lifestyle – There is a saying that everyone has at least one book in them, but very few people know how to go about getting that book published. Award-winning author, Marguerite Tonery, tells Bernie Ní Fhlatharta about the publishing company she has set up to address this issue.
Have you a manuscript written that’s gathering dust in a drawer because you don’t know what to do with it or where to send it?
If you do, you are not alone. It is often the case that writing is the easiest part while getting published is the challenging part of the process of getting your book out to the masses.
Many well-known writers have their own rejection stories. It’s hard to believe now that the first Harry Potter book by JK Rowling was rejected by no less than 12 publishers!!! The series went on to sell almost 500 million copies worldwide, and has been translated into numerous languages.
The biggest problem people have according to Marguerite Toney of Tribes Press, is that they just don’t know what to do with their manuscript — be it hard copy or a document on their laptop.
Marguerite, a Galway woman who is an established children’s’ writer, just went ahead and published her own work online and following the success and the demand on her books, she got them printed.
No doubt it was her own personal experience that led to her setting up Tribes Press, which is a godsend for anyone who is facing into the complex world of publishing their own work.
Tribes Press is a self-publishing company that publishes, translates and promotes fictional work. At the moment, it is sticking to fiction as it is Marguerite’s own genre, it’s what she knows, and this makes sense as she is very methodical in her approach to everything she does.
This approach may well come to her pre-publishing life when she worked as a bio-chemist before becoming a psychologist. Though equally it might have come from her upbringing in a home where both parents were self-employed.
“I grew up in a home where the business model was discussed around the kitchen table. My parents valued hard work. I have a creative mind and a business head,” she explains.
It’s no surprise then that once Marguerite had navigated how to get herself published, she wanted to share that experience with others or at least take the hard work out of it for them.
For various grading of fees, Tribes Press will help people get work published, starting with the basic package offered which is providing an editorial assessment. There is no doubt that some works are probably best left unpublished!!
Marguerite has a team of people working for Tribes Press and she stresses that she doesn’t do any editorial assessments, saying she’s not qualified to do so for a start.
She enthuses about the professionalism and abilities of her team, most of them working from home.
“You couldn’t possibly translate work or assess it editorially in a busy office environment. It’s the type of work that lends itself to working from home.”
Tribes Press has the know-how to assess, edit, design, publish and even market works of fiction.
“Many do self-publish, but many people make basic mistakes like forgetting about ensuring there’s a barcode on the book and that it gets an ISBN number, which identifies each individual book and establishes copyright.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Athlone farm sells at auction for €1.4 million
A 143 acre farm at Castlesampson, Athlone was sold by Public Auction on Friday 30th August in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe. Agents for the sale, Connaughton Auctioneers reported a large attendance at the auction with the farm offered for sale in three separate lots and one overall lot.
Auctioneer Ivan Connaughton, who conducted the auction, firstly offered the three individual lots for sale with highest bids of €115,000 on 13.2 Acres (Lot 2), €600,000 on 77.53 Acres with Farm Buildings (Lot 3) and €340,000 on 52.43 Acres (Lot 4). The overall farm (Lot 1) was then offered and bidding opened at €1,000,000 and reached €1,200,000.
After deliberation, the auctioneer sought offers for the individual lots and after brisk bidding, increased offers of €125,000 (Lot 2), €680,000 (Lot 3) and €390,000 (Lot 4) amounting to €1,195,000, €5,000 short of the offer for the overall lot. One last opportunity was given for interested parties for the individual lots and the offers increased to €1,230,000.
Before consultation with the vendors for decision to sell as one lot or in individual lots, the auctioneer sought offers for the overall farm in one lot and offers increased to €1,300,000.
After a break for consultation, the decision was made to sell the farm in one lot. The auctioneer informed the attendees of the decision and outlined the offer of €1,300,000 was short of expectation and sought increased offers. Offers increased to €1,400,000 and after a short break, the auctioneer returned to the podium and declared the property to be on the open market and selling.
No additional offers were received and the hammer fell at €1,400,000 to a local farmer.
Auctioneer Ivan Connaughton stated after the auction: “We were delighted with the result. It is an exceptional farm with an extensive range of farm buildings. Its location close to Athlone and Ballinasloe was a major benefit in the sale. We had interest from all over Ireland. There was interest in all lots with many disappointed under bidders for the individual lots. I wish the purchasers the best of luck with their new farm. We now need similar farms and parcel of lands for interested parties on our database”, concluded Ivan
Solicitor for the carriage of sale was Dara Hayden from Hayden & Co. Solicitors, Athlone.
Future of beef industry in doubt
STARK warnings have been issued this week that ongoing protests outside meat plants by one splinter farming organisation could jeopardise the whole future of the Irish cattle and beef industry.
Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, in an open letter to farmer protesters, said that over recent weeks their message had been heard loud and clear, leading to the agreement that was hammered out after 36 hours of talks last weekend.
“Over the weekend, huge efforts were made to reach an agreement, to signal to you, that not only have your voices been heard – but that things are going to change. That is why the leaders of the IFA, Macra na Feirme, ICMSA, ICSA, INHFA and the Beef Plan Movement backed the agreement.
“That is why the representatives of the Independent Farmers of Ireland said that they agreed to recommend the deal to those of you at the factory gates who sent them. All of these people who represent the vast majority of farmers in Ireland believed that this was a decent start on a way forward,” said Minister Creed.
He pleaded with farmers still protesting (the Independent Farmers of Ireland) not to be responsible for the destruction of the Irish beef industry. “Those of you who are minded to continue the protest must now be fully aware of your responsibilities. The future of the Irish beef sector is in your hands . . . the futures of your fellow farmers are in your hands,” said Minister Creed.
Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, said that the time was right to ‘give the agreement a chance’ as many beef farmers were coming under the most extreme financial pressure. “We need to get cattle moving again. The message has been delivered as regards the plight of beef farmers. An agreement has been reached – we have to give it a chance,” she said.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Portumna seeks slice of Downton Abbey action!
The release of its first silver screen drama has seen the spread of Downton Abbey fever all over again – and one local Junior Minister wants to see Galway cash in on its new connection.
Because, according to Ciaran Cannon, the appearance in the movie of Princess Mary – a visitor to the fictional Crawley family seat – creates a direct Downton link to Portumna Castle.
And the Minister for the Diaspora and International Development is urging the tourism sector in Portumna to make use of the town`s connection to boost visitor numbers.
“Fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ will be flocking to movie theatres in droves to see the hit drama revived for the big-screen and interestingly, from the point of view of East Galway`s history, the movie version features the real-life character of Princess Mary,” he said.
Because the real-life character of Princess Mary visited Portumna in 1928; her husband was the last owner of Portumna Castle prior to it being acquired by the State.
The new cinematic outing for Downton Abbey sees the servants and aristocrats of the famous house receive a visit from King George V and his wife Queen Mary, prompting much panic and excitement.
One of the most prominent royals featured in the film is that of Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood – played by Peaky Blinders actress Kate Phillips.
The real Princess Mary was the only daughter of King George V and his wife Queen Mary. She had two older brothers – the future kings Edward VIII and George VI, the latter being the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.