Inkwell Success Stories

Inkwell has had many, many successes over the years, with Inkwell Writers placing their work in magazines, winning short story competitions and landing book deals, here are the personal stories of just a few…

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Lisa Burkitt’s Scent of Success

This week sees the launch of two publications by Lisa Burkitt. Her debut novel, The Memory of Scent has been published by the History Press while Best Paris Stories an anthology of short stories, has been edited by Paris Writers News, and both are now available for purchase.

Read more about Lisa Burkitt and The Inkwell Group here.

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Philip Coleman and The Master’s Book

I’ve always been a pretty voracious reader, taking in everything from classics to fantasy, thrillers and children’s books. While I used to write a lot in my teens, my university studies (a B.Sc. and a Ph.D in botany), followed by a job in the civil service, marriage and children, pushed…

Read more about Philip Coleman and The Inkwell Group here.

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Just Some Of The Authors We’ve Helped…

Inkwell is Ireland’s leading literary talent scout. We find authors through many different routes but principally through our reader’s report and manuscript assessment services. We don’t offer to help to  place every author we work with – scouting is discretionary and an entirely separate strand of what we do  –…

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Cutting the Ribbon for Derry O’Dowd

The Scarlet Ribbon, the debut novel from Derry O’Dowd, is the fiction line launch novel for The History Press Ireland. In an unusual collaboration between father and daughter, Michael and Katy O’Dowd (writing under the pen name Derry O’Dowd), the novel is a romance, set during the years 1737-1742 in Paris, London, Dublin and Galway.

Read more about Derry O'Dowd and The Inkwell Group here.

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American Dreams: US Success for Inkwell’s Hazel Gaynor

From being made redundant to star blogger and freelance journalist, Hazel Gaynor explains how The Inkwell Group have helped her pursue her writing dreams.

Read more about Hazel Gaynor and The Inkwell Group here.

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Helping Jane to Serve Up a Treat

When she first began writing about four years ago, Jane Travers knew she was writing into the void. She went hunting for professional advice and found Inkwell. She has never looked back and here she shares her story.

Read more about Jane Travers and The Inkwell Group here.

Mary Grehan

Love is the Easy Bit for Mary Grehan

Getting published is a slow process – everyone tells you that – and then unexpectedly it speeds up to a pace that leaves you breathless.

That happened for me last August when I sent the first three chapters of my first book profile, synopsis and agent’s letter to Inkwell Writers as part of their submission service.

Read more about Mary Grehan and The Inkwell Group here.

Maria Duffy

Any Dream Will Do for Maria

For as long as she could remember, Maria Duffy dreamed of writing a book and a phone call to Vanessa O’Loughlin at Inkwell proved to be the most important of her life. Here she shares her story…

Read more about Maria Duffy and The Inkwell Group here.

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Two Book Success For Laura Jane Cassidy

I attended my first Inkwell Writing Workshop in 2007, when I was 20 years old.  My Mum cut out the advertisement from the Irish Times because she knew I really wanted to be a writer. I thought the one-day course on writing commercial fiction sounded really interesting, and I booked…

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All’s Well with Inkwell: The Global Suitcase by Mary J Dinan

When I decided to embark on my book writing journey I knew nothing whatsoever about the process. I had so many questions.  How many pages would I write? How would I put it together? Who could I get to help? Where would I send it? I had no idea about…

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Success for Caroline Finnerty – In A Moment

Before I had attended an Inkwell workshop, I had been writing on and off for a few years and had noticed a pattern forming. I would start off a novel full of enthusiasm but then usually at around 30,000 words into it, I would start to wane. The self-doubt would…

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A Fast Deal for Gillian Duffy!

I’m Gillian, I’m from Dublin, I’m studying for a BA in Humanities (English and History) and my debut novel, The L.A. Commandments, was published in August 2011 by Book Republic, an imprint of Maverick House. My second novel will be published later this year. Writing this piece is particularly special…

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War & Piste with Alex Thomas

Having recently launched her debut novel in London, Alex Thomas shares about her route to success and the “wonderful experience” of working with The Inkwell Group.

Read more about Alex Thomas and The Inkwell Group here.

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Self-Publishing Star Catherine Ryan Howard

Within a short period of time Catherine Ryan Howard has gone from unknown to star blogger of the self-publishing world. With four books behind her, here Catherine shares about working with The Inkwell Group.

Read more about Catherine Ryan Howard and The Inkwell Group here.

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Helen Marie Clarke Over The Moon With Over PJ’s

My grand-uncle Patrick Joseph Clarke was a charming man and he made a great success of his local bar on 55th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan.  He opened the bar, called Clarke’s, 100 years ago in 1912, ten years after he arrived from County Leitrim. Uncle Paddy lived over the…

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Six Figure Deal for Freedom’s Child

I was convinced long before I heard about The Inkwell Group that I’d just written a bestseller. I suppose this wild confidence comes to many writers after they type the much anticipated words ‘The End’ after years of hard work and mental anguish…perhaps this was just me. But the confidence…

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Patricia Byrne

Inkwell Assist Patricia to Publication

Patricia Byrne writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. A graduate of the MA (Writing) programme of NUI Galway, she lives in Limerick and first came to Inkwell via Patricia O’Reilly’s Writing Historical Fiction online workshop. Trying to get her voice ‘right’ in the book, Patricia contacted Vanessa O’Loughlin to critique the opening chapters

Read more about Patricia Byrne and The Inkwell Group here.

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A Writing Journey With Irish Crime Novel of the Year Winner Louise Phillips

Every writer out there knows the simple and often daunting truth, that when it comes to writing, it is at times a lonely path. Louise Philips tells how Inkwell helped smooth the way to success.

Read more about Louise Philips and The Inkwell Group here.

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