Writer, astronaut, skinny…
… Catherine Ryan Howard wouldn’t mind being any of those things.
CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD is a 31-year old writer, blogger and coffee enthusiast from Cork.
Catherine self-published her first book, a travel memoir called Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida, in March 2010 after failing to find a publisher for her tales of Space Shuttle launches, humidity-challenged hair, Bruce Willis, the Ebola virus and being an Irish girl working in Walt Disney World. Starting from scratch and using only social media to promote the book, Catherine has managed to shift over 12,000 copies of Mousetrapped to date, and has gone on to release two other full-length books, Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America and Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing (the second edition of which came out in September 2012). Her next self-published book, Travelled: 10 Tales About Not Staying At Home, will be released in three installments in 2013. The first installment is out now.
See a full list of Catherine’s books and find out more about them on her Books page.
Her success story has been featured in publications such as the Irish Independent, the Sunday Times (Ireland) and The Irish Examiner newspapers, and Catherine has been interviewed about it on Newstalk, 2FM, BBC Radio Ulster and The Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1, among others. She also appeared on TV3′s The Morning Show in 2013.
Catherine was chosen to deliver Faber Academy’s first ever self-publishing course at Faber & Faber, London, in February 2012. The course also ran in February 2013, and she continues to be a guest tutor there. Visit the Faber Academy website for information on their extensive range of writing and publishing courses and seminars.
In 2012, Catherine appeared at events such as the National Union of Journalists’ (Ireland) Freelance Forum, Women in Journalism’s (UK) Write a Bestseller Seminar, Irish PEN’s self-publishing debate and the Mountains to Sea Literary Festival in Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin, as well as facilitating workshops for Inkwell Writers and Faber Academy. Her 2013 events so far have included the self-publishing and social media panels at Waterford Writers’ Weekend, The Art of Self-Publishing at ChipLitFest (in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire), Social Media for Publishers at Publishing Ireland (Dublin), Getting Digital for the Irish Writers’ Centre (Dublin) and the Guardian Get Your Book Published Masterclass (London), as well as workshops for Inkwell Writers and Faber Academy.
Please see her News page for more information and for a list of any upcoming events.
Before writing full-time, Catherine worked as an administrator in the Netherlands, a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando, Florida. You’ll currently find her watching way too much TV, spending way too much on Nespresso capsules and working on a novel which she hopes someone else will publish. She also has an unnatural fondness for Oreo Caksters and wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up.
If you’re thinking, What the fudge is all this? I’m only here for the self-publishing stuff!, then go here for all of Catherine’s “self-printing” category blog posts.
PRAISE FOR MOUSETRAPPED:
“A unique book by a brilliantly witty, instantly loveable author… I couldn’t put it down.” –Trashionista.com, Top 10 Reads of 2010
“[Catherine] writes with wit and humor about her time in Orlando. Thoroughly enjoyable and a great read!” –Talli Roland, author of The Hating Game
“[A] unique story that proves that dreams really do come true.” –WanderlustandLipstick.com
PRAISE FOR BACKPACKED:
“[The] self-deprecating tone is genuine and grounded in sanity, which makes the voice a thoroughly likeable one.” –Susan Griffith, author of Work Your Way Around the World
“I read and loved Mousetrapped [and] I wasn’t disappointed [with Backpacked] — Catherine takes the same dry wit and self-deprecating humour along for the ride. Highly recommended.” –Marsha Moore, author of 24 Hours: Paris and 24 Hours: London
“[Catherine has] injected such humour into this book that I found myself laughing out loud on many occasions … I felt as if I was part of Catherine’s journey. She writes about the places she visited … with so much passion that I’m tempted to hop on the next flight to Guatemala. Backpacked is brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed it.” –ChickLitNewsandReviews.com
PRAISE FOR SELF-PRINTED:
“Self-Printed is my self-publishing bible. It taught me how to format, create and upload my e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks. It showed me practical things such as how to build a website/blog and how to promote my books. More importantly, it taught me how to compete with the professionals – just look at the results! Jam-packed full of hints and tips all in one place, I’m always referring back to it. In a word, it’s priceless.” — Mel Sherratt, author of Taunting the Dead, Top 10 Amazon UK KDP Bestseller of 2012
“An exceptional breath of realism, real knowledge and hard experience – don’t dream of self-publishing your book without it. This is the self-publishing guide to read if you actually care about the quality of your writing and your readers.” –-Nicola Morgan, award-winning author of 90 books—including the Carnegie-nominated Wasted and Write to be Published— and the blog Help! I Need a Publisher!
“The best thing about Catherine is that she not only lives the dream, but offers you a stepladder up to join her. The advice she gives is utterly practical—because she’s done what she describes—and the whole is suffused with humour. I am a fan.” –-Alison Baverstock, author of Is There a Book in You…? and senior lecturer on the Publishing MA at Kingston University (UK)
“The BEST book on self-publishing … Seriously, GET THIS NOW!” — David Wright, co-author of the Yesterday’s Gone series
Follow Catherine on Twitter @cathryanhoward