Friday, 1 June 2018

99 cent books. Great Fantasy Series!

If you want to read the first three books before I release Book 4, the Kindle versions are only 99 cents each on Amazon! Publishing my other fantasy trilogy for middle grade has been delayed in my effort to finish Book 4 in the Daoine Maithe series.

The plan now is to publish Book 4 first, and release it on Amazon as a paperback and for Kindle. A bit of editing left to do, and a mountain of promo, but totally excited about this book. Then it will be back to finding a publisher for The Ruby Key series.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Stephen King "The Road to Hell is Paved with Adverbs"

Unsure why a book doesn't grab you? One reason might be that the adverbs have gone forth and multiplied without the author even realising. Very occasionally is good. Continually is boring. Search and destroy! In the words of the great author Stephen King, "The Road to Hell is Paved with Adverbs".

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Book 4 - Coming Soon! First Draft is Complete.


Book 4 – Coming Soon! First draft is complete.

It’s been a long wait, and now the first draft of Book 4 of my Fantasy Adventure Series is complete. Book 4 of the Daoine Maithe series is yet to be named. To those who told me they were waiting... sorry for taking so long. I got a little sidetracked writing a middle-grade trilogy.

Book 1 – The Fallen
Book 2 – The Guardians
Book 3 – Child of a Guardian and of the Free
Book 4 – ?




Get Dan O'Sullivan's Trilogy on Amazon

Book 1 - The Fallen
Book 2 - The Guardians
Book 3 - Child of a Guardian and of the Free
BOOK 4 - OUT SOON!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Scissone or Grand Jete? Research your subject!

The audience gave an ooooooooh of appreciation as the ballerina in the frilly net skirt and tippy toe shoes- Hold the phone! Hey... what?

If you intend to write about a particular subject in your novel, know what you are talking about or study it. If the book/chapter/paragraph involves, for example, ballet, research dance terminology and get it right. Google the info you need, and if you are not absolutely sure, talk to an expert.

Ballet slippers, ballet flats, toe shoes, pointe shoes? Did she leap, jete, grand jete, scissone? Maybe it does not matter for the purpose of the story, but sure as eggs anyone who has an interest in the subject will pick up on your errors. And then they will tell everyone else. And they will write a scathing review. 

Sometimes even your best attempts can go awry. Best idea is, if you are not entirely confident, don't write about it.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Ready... Set...

Can't wait any longer. I am going to take my manuscript and offer it to as many agents and publishers as possible. It's a great read and I refuse to leave it lying on the shelf whilst I wait for people to get back to me one at a time. 

What I find difficult to believe is that a lot of publishers don't even bother to reply when you follow their guidelines perfectly and send in your manuscript. You take the time to be perfectly polite, respectful and considerate...and they won't even give you the time of day. Rude. On the other hand there are a bunch of professionals who at least take the time to contact you with their decision. Even if their response is negative, they have my respect.

Regardless, I will not sit around here waiting. Praying for a little help as I get started. Firstly I will invest in a guide to publishers, then it begins...


Rewriting that chapter

What did I type in that last chapter? That was the question I asked myself when my laptop bit the dust last week. I managed to recover all of my latest novel barring the last chapter I wrote. That in itself it fine – it’s not too difficult to retype 4000ish words.


Then came the fun part – what did I actually write in that chapter, and can I successfully write it again?

Well, turns out I can.


Started typing the first few words of the missing chapter, and lo and behold, it all just poured out onto the screen. And if anything, I did a better job second time through.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Desperately Devious Deeds - No sneaky business when submitting your manuscript.

You are about to send your manuscript to your chosen literary agent or publishing company. You carefully read the requirements for submission and, to your dismay, you notice you are only allowed to send in your first three words.

Ok, perhaps that's a very slight exaggeration. But most likely they only want your first chapter, or your first 3000 words, or a selected chapter from your manuscript. When you work out your first 3000 words, you find it ends two pages before a dramatic, engaging, exciting, disturbing, hilarious event that the agent or publisher simply MUST read!

Your eyes skip down to where the requirements state, "2.5 inch margins, 12 font, double spaced". 

"Ah ha!" you think triumphantly. "I will make my margins 2.4" and my font 11.75 and reduce the line spacing by the tiniest, teeniest, fraction of an inch. Then I can fit more in."

Don't.

They will know. And it just makes you look sneaky, as though you take them for fools.

They are not.

Sadly, your manuscript, equally as good as Tolkien's of course, might be cast aside onto the, "can't follow the rules" junk pile.

If you are planning this kind of desperately devious deed, instead go back and rewrite your first chapter. Make sure that your first chapter reaches into your readers’ chest and grips their heart.

What you are trying to do is win your agent or publisher over by the quality and appeal of your first chapter. If you can’t win them with your first chapter, it needs re-writing.