How I Began Self Publishing

One night back in 2014, my kids ran out of stories to read and so my son who was 10 started to write a little story for his sister aged 7. He didn’t have time to finish before bedtime so they begged me to write them a story. Anything to get them to bed, I agreed. I looked at the beautiful imaginative story he had begun to craft and I was blown away. Had I lost all this sense of amazement, wonder and adventure in even the simplest things in life? As I sat at my computer, I faced a dilemma. How could I rise to this challenge and write them a story?  Before that I worked in a technical consultancy background, a very different way of thinking and writing followed by a number of years as a stay at home mom.

And so I sat for a while, re-reading what my son wrote and then I just started writing, without thinking, without stopping.

The next night, I had my first installment for my kids and they loved it (they would wouldn’t they-they are my kids after all!) I continued to write and build small little life skills and words of wisdom into the stories and soon I had my first book written. Not published, just on my laptop. What now?

Having a book in print and on Kindle was something I was always interested in pursuing but how?

This was my next challenge. I was getting good at these challenges and so over time, I learned how to format and convert and set up my book on Amazon.

I found I loved writing and so I continued to write. At the moment I have seven books in Kindle and print format spanning a few different genres. It was only when I was awarded a place on the Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur program that I decided to investigate writing/publishing as a business and so Orla Kelly Self Publishing Services was born.

Over time I expanded to create different eBook formats according to client needs such as Smashwords (eBook) and IngramSpark (eBook and print books).

Getting published can make some authors feel exposed and vulnerable. Maybe you feel it is not quite there yet or will never see the light of day. I know I waited a while before telling anyone. Would my work be hated, would I be getting “notions” about myself, too big for my boots?

Because I have been there, every step of the way as an author first, now publisher, I do things differently. I want to offer a warm, personal, bespoke professional service whether you are an aspiring author, published author or a business professional.

I don’t offer the ‘conveyor belt’ type of services but a service where I am just as interested in the author as I am in their work. I work closely with an editor and graphic designer who love their work as much as I love mine.

writing 2Knowing that your treasured writing is being lovingly crafted into a book, whether an eBook or print book by someone who genuinely cares about you as an author, cares about your work, who updates you, values your input - that makes sense doesn’t it?

Never give up on your dreams of being published - it is the stuff magic is made from.

From the scribble to the scroll, we have you covered!

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