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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.

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Galway’s newest garden centre has arrived at McD’s in Galway Crystal

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Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building

For over 10 years people have been flocking to McD’s Garden Centre in Loughrea to get the very best range for garden, home and much much more.

This weekend McD’s are proud to announce the opening of a brand new Garden Centre in Galway City located in the iconic Galway Crystal Building.

Nicely located with good parking and serviced by the 404 Newcastle to Oranmore bus, McD’s Garden Centre at Galway Crystal is a must visit location if you need anything from plants, shrubs, pots, garden furniture and more. They have a dedicated solar garden lights section, gorgeous array of water features and garden ornaments and practically everything you need for your garden.

Visit their Facebook today where they are running competitions and keep track of other promotions too. You can visit their website online at www.McDs.ie

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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU

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Leona Paula Leoncio...in ICU.

UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.

Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.

Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.

The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.

Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.

“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – along with all of the latest news on the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point

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Liam Linnane from Gort holding Brendan Maher's broken hurley from the All-Ireland semi-final club game. Photo: Hardiman Photography.

Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.

The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.

Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.

“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.

“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – on sale in all newsagents and supermarkets, and you can also order the Tribune with your home delivery; buy a digital edition here, or avail of the new An Post service to deliver to your door at no extra cost to the cover price.

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