It’s taken a while but from what I’ve heard so far it was worth the wait. Speed of the Stars is a new album by musicians Frank Kearns, founder member of Dublin band Cactus World News, and Steve Kirby of Australian band The Church. Recorded in Dublin back in 1998 the project was finally completed in April 2016, with some additional tracks recorded in Sydney.
Pledge Music is an online Direct-to-Fan music platform, which was launched back in 2009. Its prime purpose is to facilitate musicians in reaching their fan base, and to pre-sell, market and distribute music projects to include recordings, videos, and concerts. More importantly, it’s run by real music people, and not by accountants. They have signed hundreds of acts that sold millions of records. They develop and market both major-label acts and budding singer-songwriters. Their business model and market is worldwide. So, whether you’re just starting out on your music career or have already achieved international success, Pledge Music have the tools and expertise you need to create, market, and sell your music. Fans have funded Speed of the Stars, and you can pre-order the cd now until 30 May 2016 on http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/speedofthestars
You will also receive bonus download tracks not on the cd.
My fellow writer and good friend Don Cameron on one of his many radio station appearances to promote his recent best seller crime thriller Marked Off.
I was very pleased to see that RTE TV used my video as part of their interview with Author Don Cameron on Friday’s Today Show.
Alan Hanna’s Bookshop in Rathmines is always worthy of a visit. So last Thursday night was a double bonus as I attended the launch of Marked Off, a Dublin-based crime thriller by my good friend and fellow writer Don Cameron. The evening was a resounding success and well-attended by enthusiastic family members and friends, who ventured out in spite of the cold February chill.
Mariel Deegan, who spoke of her enthusiasm and determination to support the work of new authors, represented the publishers New Island Books. Special guest speaker Patricia O’Reilly, author of The Interview, spoke warmly and eloquently about Don’s book, and the importance of encouraging new writers; it was easy to see the respect and enthusiasm she holds for the written word.
Afterwards, I took a quiet moment to browse, row upon row, the books of every hue and genre, and it was not difficult to see why Hanna’s has survived and prospered in this difficult industry. Yes, if you are looking for the latest populist publication you will certainly find it here, but Hanna’s has so much more to offer. Browse a little deeper and you’ll discover that the depth and wealth of publications available across all genres is truly astounding. And if by chance they don’t have a first addition of the Gutenberg Bible, I’m sure they’ll try and order it for you!
This fourth generation, family-run business founded by Alan Hanna continues to flourish, and deservedly so. The name Hanna’s is part of the very fabric of Rathmines life – a literary landmark. And if there’s one thing that you can be certain of, it’s that the people at Hanna’s know their books.
I recently came across these words of wisdom by editor John Kenny.
via Editing As You Go: Why You Shouldn’t.
Last week I met up with writer Don Cameron, to interview him for ON THE SPOT, our new video platform for the promotion of new writers. His first novel Marked Off a crime thriller set in Dublin, was recently published by New Island Books. The official launch of the book will take place at 6.30 on Thursday 12th February in Alan Hanna’s Bookshop Rathmines, Dublin.
ON THE SPOT!…A unique opportunity to promote both yourself and your new book on video!
Let’s hope for better days ahead in 2015. When writers keep writing, and cartoonists keep drawing