There's nothing we writers like more than a publishing contract. I am happy to report that Anne Skelly's debut novel titled Foolish Pride is being launched in Longford on Wednesday 29 June.
I first met Anne some years ago when she came to a weekend writing course I was facilitating in the Seanachai Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry. Then she had the essence of a powerful story, and like the true writer she is, she persevered, writing and re-writing until she had achieved publishing standard.
Foolish Pride was picked up by Book Republic (www.bookrepublic.ie), an imprint of Maverick House who describes itself as "a boutique publishing firm based in Ireland". Aware of the downturn internationally in traditional publishing and that it is particulalry difficult for emerging writers to get published, it's mission is to give new and talented writers an opportunity of publication. The company is producing great reads, with particularly gorgeous, reader-attractive covers.