Something a bit weird has happened: I’ve been asked to give a talk to people.
Like, in public. About e-books.
The invite came from the Irish PEN society, and the talk is The Changing Face of Publishing: How Digital Publishing Can Work for You. It’s in Dublin on Thursday 14th October at 8pm. (Hopefully between now and then they won’t find out that the last time I spoke in public was in a debating class circa 1998…)
The good news is that I’m not the only one speaking and the other two actually know what they’re talking about: Eoin Purcell of Irish Publishing News and Gareth Cuddy of Directebooks.com. Being digital publishing experts, they’ll be talking about what this e-book revolution is all about, and how it changes the role of publishers, booksellers and writers. I’ll be talking about e-books from a personal perspective, i.e. how you as a writer working on your own can use this e-book bonanza (LOVE that word) to your advantage.
Tickets are €5 (€3 to members) and they must be booked in advance. I’d love it if you – you and ANYONE you know who might even be remotely interested – could come along.
My Twitter friend and fellow Inkwell Writer Maria Duffy has volunteered/been coerced into organizing a bit of an Irish Twitter Writers outing to the same event, followed immediately by a bit of an Irish Twitter Writers drinks thing in the onsite bar – or wherever the nearest place is that’s open and serves alcohol. (This is also super nice of her considering she has the launch of her own book only the night before!) You can RSVP to her @mduffywriter on Twitter, if you like, or just show up and surprise us.
The details and stuff: