Author Archives: Mick Rooney

Academy by Mick Rooney – Paperback Release – July 2008

In line with Lulu making their ‘Publish by Lulu’ distribution service package free for a period of time, I have decided to make my novel, Academy available as a paperback edition. The whole proccess took me less than half an hour yesterday on Lulu’s site, with the only internal layout change being the addition of

Lulu’s ‘Publish by Lulu’ Service Now Free

Got a circular email from Lulu marketing department yesterday announcing that their ‘Publish by Lulu’ service is now being offered for free for an unspecified period of time. This publish and service and distribution pack is the one I chose for my last novel, ‘Academy’ and even at the €89 I paid proved excellent value

ACTING THE TEAPOT-XLIBRIS!!

Seems the boys and girls in the Xlibris office may have been acting the teapot yesterday with the POD Publishing poll, or the Xlibris lovers and followers have been hiding under a rock for the past two months! The POD Publisher recorded 11 votes overnight and me thinks some boys and girls out there are

POD Publisher’s Poll-Final 4 days

Just a last reminder that the POD Publishers poll, which has been running on the site for the past two months, enters its final four days for casting a vote. If you have not already voted, then vote this weekend. At the moment, IUniverse and Lulu are taking more than 40% of the overall pole.

Paulo Coelho’s Experiment in Film-Making

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is conducting an interesting experiment in film-making on his My Space website at the moment. Coelho decided to make his first feature length film using short original film and music soundtrack submissions to his website. The film is based on his most recently published work ‘The Witch of Portobello’. From June

Amazon/Hachette Livre Dispute

Hachette Livre, the second largest publisher in the world, is in dispute with Amazon UK regarding contractual terms. Amazon UK have sanctioned some of Hachette’s lead titles by removing the ‘buy new’ buttons and promotional leaders from their online retail site. Authors affected by Amazon’s sanctions on the Hachette Group titles include, Stephen King, James

Academy by Mick Rooney – June 2008

I began writing Academy around 1992, at a time when we had witnessed the collapse of the Berlin wall, and the map of Europe was steadily changing. New political tyrants and despots emerged in the final decade of the twentieth century who very quickly reminded of us of previous troubled scars. My intention was never

Booklocker Moves on Amazon.com

The stakes in the current Amazon/Booksurge and POD Publisher situation appear to have taken a further development on Tuesday on this week. As you will be aware Amazon announced last month that it was requiring POD Publishers to use its own in-company POD printer Booksurge, or face losing the ‘first party’ Amazon ‘buy buttons’ on

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