The Independent Irish Authors' Collective are a diverse and very creative group with genres ranging from historical fiction, sci-fi, romantic fiction, horror, poetry, crime fiction to memoir and many more. In fact, we couldn’t really categorise our writers as many refuse to be pigeonholed or defined. Every writer is different, coming from different areas of life and experience and together we form a cohesive group of writers with one thing in common – we are all Independent Authors; we have creative and commercial control over our work and this means we must make sure our work is of the highest quality possible to compete with our traditional counterparts.
The writing scene in Ireland is vast and filled with amazing opportunities for those wishing to forge a career penning the next best seller. Writers can attend events, conferences, and more but unfortunately, many of these tend to be geared more towards traditional publishing.
Make no mistake about it, there are hundreds of independent authors in Ireland too and the Irish Independent Authors’ Collective is a new group that is being formed to help indie authors promote their books and take their place on the Irish writing stage.
This group came into being after a discussion in Irish Writers, Editors and Publishing Professionals group on Facebook. We identified the need for indie authors to promote their books more vigorously and decided to create something to help. One of the first thoughts was to hold an annual book fair where readers from around the country could join award-winning, five star independent authors for a day of readings and more. The group is also looking at other possible ways to promote independent authors including linking to the CAP awards and the Dublin Writers Conference.
The traditional publishing scene in Ireland is huge with annual events for authors to speak such as the Limerick Literary Festival, Doolin Writers’ Weekend, Eigse Poetry Arts and Literature Festival, Cuirt International Festival of Literature, Wexford Literary Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, Listowel Writers’ Week, Dalkey Book Festival, Belfast Book Festival, Dromineer Literary Festival, Allingham Festival, Dublin Book Festival, and more. We hope that we can bring independent authors into the spotlight with many of these festivals and events too.
We look forward to seeing The Irish Independent Authors’ Collective grow into a strong platform, from which we can raise the perception and profile of Indie authors nationwide and create a brand synonymous with quality Irish writing.