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Testimonials - Self Publishing Ireland

When I first looked at e-publishing, like a lot of people, I knew very little about it. From the moment I met Orla Kelly, this lady couldn’t do enough to help me, working tirelessly to get this book online. If you are thinking of going this route, I can highly recommend the services of Orla Kelly Self-Publishing. Orla, a big thanks. New Irish writers need a friend like you.

Sean Harding

Author of 'Love and All That'

“It was from a random Google search that I found Orla Kelly publishing services and so impressed by what she had to offer, I decided to choose her services to publish my series of children’s books for me, indeed I was very pleasantly surprised.
From the very start of the publishing process to the finish Orla was the epitome of complete professionalism.  She was readily available with her updates, feedback and honest opinions and when the going got tough she was always most encouraging. Orla is very hardworking and also most diligent to ensure the work produced is of an extremely high standard and quality. She is an absolute pleasure to work it and I certainly would not hesitate in availing of her publishing services again in the future.  It is without a doubt that the future of publishing services is in very good hands with Orla Kelly at the helm. Thank you Orla Kelly-you Rock!” Aideen O Donoghue

Author of 3 books- O.D. McPhodee, O.D. McPhodee-The Greatest Dog Ever and O.D. McPhodee-The Great Escape

Hi Orla,

Just a brief note to say that it was an inspired choice of mine, to select you to publish my first book. The attention and personal effort you put in to seeing that what was produced was of the very highest quality was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble and you inspired me to keep going when I began to doubt what I was doing.

Looking forward to working with you again when I finish my next book.

Phil Chambers

Author of 'Has Anyone Seen Alice?'

I would highly recommend Orla Kelly for all your publishing requirements. She was extremely thorough, hard working, and she did all of her work in very good time and very efficiently. She was very reasonable in what she charged for her work and she did absolutely everything for me. She was very kind and agreeable to work with and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone who is thinking of having a writing published. It was a dream come true.

Patricia Fitzpatrick

Author of 'Christian Healing'

In choosing to use Orla Kelly Publishing Services to publish my first book I made what I consider to be the singular most important decision in the whole venture. From our first meeting to discuss the project to the final printing of the books Orla was always encouraging, patient and most professional in all aspects of the process. Nothing was too much trouble for her and the end result was of the highest quality, I highly recommend the services of Orla Kelly Publishing to any aspiring author who is considering self publishing. For me it turned publishing my book from a fraught and stressful experience into a very enjoyable journey.
James Keoghan
Author of ‘Currahoo to Santiago’.
James Keoghan

Author Currahoo To Santiago

My name is Margaret Kelleher and I have recently published my first book with the help of Orla Kelly.
As a first time author and complete novice when it comes to publishing and promoting my book, I was lucky to find Orla. She has been amazing in helping me get my book into the market.
I rely on her and she delivers every time.

Author of ‘Chips in a Bag, Classy Mr Murray!’

Margaret Kelleher

Author

After selling the print copies of two local history books, I decided to publish them in eBook format. I got in contact with Orla Kelly, Self Publishing and found the service to be of a very high standard and attention to detail was second to none. Would highly recommend this Publishing Service.

This short 60-second Promo and Links reveals both publications – Check them out:

https://vimeo.com/180631851

http://tinyurl.com/PureDrama-Joe-Connolly

http://tinyurl.com/MusicalTheatre-J-Connolly

Joe Connolly author of Pure Drama from Behind the Spotlight and Musical Theatre from Behind the Spotlight Joe Connolly

Author

A huge thanks to the lovely Orla Kelly for her ongoing support and for getting my book online. John Walsh

Author of Headcase-The John Walsh Story

 
Orla Kelly is a professional publisher, very helpful and kind. Working with her was a real pleasure. Reliable business partner provides the work relevant to the highest standards. I can recommend Orla to any new author thinking of publishing their first book. Victoria Herocten
Victoria Herocten

Author of Awaken Mega Happiness: Master the Eleven Proven Skills of Personal Excellence And Create Your Dream Life, Success Achiever

i begun writing books some six years past and never wanted to publish anything. i wanted to write just to write the idea of giving my work over to someone and losing control scared me a little. Then one day a friend come to me about self publishing he give me Orla email and contact information. after speaking to her for a long time about it i decided to publish my book. knowing nothing of publishing pricing or anything really Orla helped me with everything no matter the time or day she was there for me to answer even my most stupid questions. I depend on her knowledge for a lot of things one thing i admired was when i sent her the book. I never edited it. i have dyslexia and find it very difficult to do. to great shame of my own. When Orla found out she help me beyond count because of this i have grown to respect her for what she did.  Highly recommend using her to publish your work right to the final stage she was there to help me. Much thanks for the support Orla. Jason Donoghue

Author of RÓNÁN

I am forever thankful that I chose Orla Kelly to support me in publishing my first book; she provides a bespoke service that is both efficient and professional, at a competitive cost.
I asked lots of questions, and she was always incredibly kind and helpful. Everything flowed beautifully, and I am more than happy with the results.
I highly recommend her services, indeed I have already passed her name to others.
 
Brigid Gallagher 
Author of Watching the Daisies-Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow
Brigid Gallagher

Author

” From the initial contact right through to receiving copies of my book, Orla was highly professional, helpful and fully cooperative. All queries and suggestions were dealt with promptly and empathetically. I would highly recommend Orla Kelly’s publishing services.” Sean Maguire

Author of 'For Those Left Behind'

In my search for an able formatter for both Create Space and Kindle, I was fortunate to discover Orla Kelly Publishing, and from the outset was glad of my choice. Orla is patient and professional and pays special attention to what the author is trying to convey via the work, which makes the formatting process more of a pleasure for someone like myself, who has little technical knowledge when it comes to preparing for the final upload to Amazon. Highly recommended.

Páll Thormod Morrisson, Author of Dionysos in Myth, Drama & Comedy: Bacchic Elements in Greek & Celtic Culture. Pall Thormod Morrisson

Author

I can safely say that without Orla Kelly, my book would not have been published. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is full of great ideas. If you’re interested in publishing a book, I highly recommend Orla.

Neil O’Brien author of 101 Buisness Ideas From A Recovering Accountant

Neil O'Brien

Author

I have been writing books on local history for many years, published and received well locally.  But a sudden change in my life in 2010 saw me having to take early retirement and finding a lot of time on my hands. Sitting down one morning in the winter of 2011, I began with an idea which blossomed five years later as The Spindle Tree. Countless emails and refusals later, a friend sent me a link and an email to Orla Kelly Publishing. Not knowing whether I’d ever hear from her, I was more than surprised to receive a phone call next day and the rest is history.

My journey with Orla through the publication of The Spindle Tree has been a magical journey.  Nothing was ever a problem.  To see the book grow wings from editing phase to cover design, to appearing online in the digital world was very exciting.  I found her to be friendly, helpful, patient, but most of all very professional always and she has so much knowledge of the publishing world, it can only go up and up for her.  If someone were to ask me to recommend a publisher for their book, I would have no hesitation in recommending Orla Kelly Publishing.

Danny Dunne author of The Spindle Tree

I am a first time author. After having finished my manuscript I didn’t know where to turn. This is a daunting time for any author. I had so many hurdles to overcome – where would I find an editor, a designer, a marketing agent and someone to negotiate the often times complex procedure of uploading text and design to Amazon and Ingram Spark. I approached a number of publishers, many of whom didn’t return to me for such a long time that I had forgotten I had approached them in the first place. Then I found Orla. She managed every aspect personally and worked tirelessly to bring my book to publication - producing a book that was beyond my expectations. Her support and passion for my book never dwindled. Her attention to detail is of a very high standard and her professionalism and work ethic is exceptional. She delivers all this in a very personal and friendly manner. When she attended my book launch I told her - “The services you provide are great, but what’s more important than this is the way you provide them.” I would use Orla again and never even consider anyone else. Robert Barry author of The Truth-The Greatest Cover-up in History

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Orla. It was my first book and I wanted everything to be perfect. I had million questions and million things to clarify, and Orla was always there for me. She has made the entire process really enjoyable. Her professionalism, attention to the detail, artistic approach really exceeded my expectations. She got my book cover design just exactly how I imagined it from the first attempt. I never felt the need to explain what I wanted (in terms of the interior formatting); she just read my book and knew exactly what would make it fabulous. Orla was patient and flexible with me, when I wanted to make some changes after the book was published. Even, when the process was finished, she is always available for me whenever I have any questions. Orla is a true gem for authors, her service always overdrives!”

Anna Simpson author of Create the Life You Dream About - Discover Your Inner Power to Change Your Life

It has been my privilege to work with Orla Kelly in publishing of my last two parenting books. She has assisted me with preparing the layout, and with the publishing of those volumes onto all the key online book selling platforms.

She has given me invaluable advice regarding the presentation and many great tips that help to gain traction for my other resources, as well as present and past published books, and the value of this is becoming evident in the monthly financial returns.

If you find the final preparation and uploading of your book to be an onerous or daunting task, then Orla is the lady who can take the weight off your shoulders, leaving you to focus on what every writer loves to focus on – the writing!

I have also progressed to the point of publication of another volume faster than I would previously have managed, as have a tendency to procrastinate when there are tasks I am loathe to do. With Orla taking care of my ‘headache’ tasks, I am left free to pursue my writing and book marketing, which are more than full-time tasks in themselves. This means that working with Orla also makes financial sense because with a faster output of books I can attract more readers, and this creates the momentum that every author is seeking to achieve.

The big bonus of working with Orla, besides her friendly yet professional approach and her dedication to the task, is that on numerous occasions she has made herself readily available – whether it has been to solve a tricky problem with something as small as a chapter heading, or a serious hiccup in the uploading when there is a deadline to be reached! When she is working with me, I can forget that she has other clients also seeking her attention because she always responds timeously and gives me her full and patient attention until we have satisfactorily worked through the concern. She has also proved herself willing go well beyond the call of duty, helping me to overcome a challenge or to source required assistance when the task needed a particular expertise.

If you are a business person looking to publish a book that will be an enhancement to your professional status, I highly recommend Orla Kelly Publishing.

Val Mullally MA,
Koemba Parenting
koemba.com
Author of:
“Baby and Toddler on Board” http://bit.ly/babyandtoddlerbook
“Stop Yelling - 9 Steps to Calmer Happier Parenting” http://geni.us/stopyelling
“BEHAVE - What To Do When Your Child Won’t” behave.ie

Choosing a publisher is the second most important thing, after writing the book, that an author can do. I have published several times, all with different publishers and this, mostly, was a pleasant experience. However, for my latest book I decided to work with Orla Kelly Publishing. This was a revelatory experience as it showed me how good the relationship between an author and his or her publisher could be.
Others have testified as to how professional, helpful and accommodating Orla is. I fully endorse these views. What they neglect to mention, however, is the good humour, can-do attitude, and sense of craic she brings to the process. Publishing with Orla was a joy and has ensured that for my next book I won’t be hunting yet another publisher, but will be picking up the phone to Orla to engage her services again.
Horror of horrors, here is me a confirmed ‘Dub’ admitting that something excellent has come from Cork. What is exceptional is wonderful.

Dr Dermot Douglas

Author

Working with Orla was the best choice we could have made. Orla went the extra mile for us, literally! She travelled to Dublin at the crack of dawn to get our books in time for the book launch, this was no surprise to us considering her level of commitment to us and to the rest of the people she has worked with. Myself and Killian look forward to the next book we make with Orla.  

Harry Tyrrell

Author of The Kinsale Colouring Book

I decided to write and publish my book, called Whisperings of My Soul over Christmas 2017. This was in thanksgiving to Jesus for a series of beautiful and awesome consolations of faith I received in response to my prayers of desolation following the death of my darling wife Liz. I believed my sharing of these consolations could bring support, consolations and an affirmation in their faith to many troubled people.

By spring of 2017 I had submitted a broad outline of my writings to a number of publishers. All thought it was a lovely story that should be told, but it did not appear to have the necessary broad appeal that would make it commercially viable to publish.

Disappointed I searched the internet for self-publishing agencies that I might hire to assist me in self-publishing, my by now first draft manuscript. This acknowledgement of Gods loving presence in our lives was and is precious to me and I wanted my account of it to be the best I could make it be. In addition to researching agencies on the internet I started to read excerpts of books by self-publishing agencies. I read an excerpt of a book called Mommy I Don’t Want to Die, published by Orla Kelly Publishing. It appeared to give the precious subject matter in that book the type of treatment I wanted. I looked up Orla Kelly Publishing; I recall one testimonial saying thank God for Orla Kelly, I thought that is what I want to be able to say when my book is published.

I phoned Orla giving her a status on my writings and saying three key priorities for me were

* That the subject matter would have the same sensitive treatment as Mommy I Don’t Want to Die.

* That the book would have the same professional lay out and appearance.

* That I wanted to have it published pre-Christmas of 2018.

Orla reviewed my writings gave me some advice on a proposed structure for the book and advised me to hire a good editor. After a discussion on what felt I wanted and she felt I needed. Oral recommended Kathryn Rogers.

Orla supported and guided me professionally and safely through the process and mechanics of publishing. Including the mine field of copyrights, lay out for printing, front cover design, recruiting and managing the hard copy printing, and installation on Amazon and Kindle e/book.

My book was launched very successfully on December 7th 2018, on budget, and is now being distributed nationwide by Veritas. Orla in collaboration with Kathryn Rogers my editor supported me in producing more than I hoped for in my most optimistic dreams, and I dreamt big for this precious gift.

I had hoped when my book was published I could say thank God for Orla Kelly and that is exactly what I want to say about Orla.

Fr Sean Hyland author of Whispers of My Soul

Fr Sean Hyland

Author - Whispers of My Soul

“Orla came up trumps for my book.  She covered all the bases for a first-time publisher, assisting me along the path at each decision-point and for each wobble, never failing in her encouragement.  She was thorough and more than generous with her time – like a good parent standing by to support every challenge that arose.  She’s worth her weight in gold and I would highly recommend her to any would-be self-publisher.  I owe her a great debt of gratitude, and certainly a night out next time I am in Cork.”

Hazel Boylan

Author - A Guide to Wellbeing from the Inside-out

Orla is a gem in the busy world of book publishers. Like most of her clients she started by learning how to write and publish and sell her own book, so she truly understands the complexity of the challenge involved and all the options. And she thrives on it. I have seen Orla grow her business, publish more and more books - many through well deserved referral. Orla also helped me get published too. She was so professional and committed in the process. If you are thinking of publishing a book, Orla is a fountain of wisdom - but more than that, just a lovely person who will get onboard your project, become a fantastic team player and commit well beyond a hundred percent.

Gwenn Clayton

Performance Coach Since 1992. Helping You Get Clarity, Be Strategic & Get New Results In Your Business, Team Or Life.

I strongly recommend Orla Kelly as an adviser and mentor on self-publishing. Orla is exactly the mentor and guide you need to take you safely and successfully through the complex and daunting process of online and self-publishing. . She knows online and self-publishing inside out – based on years of experience. Orla will take you through everything step-by-step, simply and clearly and give good advice all along the way. She sets high standards that will benefit the ‘look and feel’ of your book and she is always focussed on getting the best solution. Orla is meticulous about proofreading. Silly errors really annoy readers. She works with the best of printers and designers, the latter being especially important since first impressions are very important in tempting readers to read a few lines of the first page. Orla is always available to chat by phone, video or Skype or to keep in touch by text and will always get back to you quickly. If the pressure comes on (as it surely will!) she remains calm and good humoured. Orla has good judgment – listen to her. For the quality of service she provides, the cost involved is realistic. Working with Orla, I’ve just successfully completed a major publishing project and I’m extremely pleased at the outcome and how we got there. This was a complex history book, lots of illustrations, index and bibliography. All delivered perfectly and in good time. (BTW, if you’re interested it’s called ‘Forgotten Revolution The Limerick Soviet 1919’!!).

Liam Cahill

Historian, Writer, Journalist

I am working on my second book with Orla and I find her so approachable and professional. No question is too silly (and I have a lot of annoying ones) and she is so helpful. If you have a book in you then Orla is the right person to get your story out there! Thank you Orla.

Samantha Kelly

Board member of the Ireland chapter of BITA - Twitter expert - connector of dots, International Speaker

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