Publishing for Success

A practical guide to publishing launched at the Linen Hall Library

Written in response to a demand from publishers, Publishing for Success: a Practical Guide is a manual which provides a clear outline of the publishing process, with practical advice about sensible paths to follow and common pitfalls to avoid. 

Written by Anne Tannahill, Northern Ireland’s foremost authority on publishing, and designed by Wendy Dunbar, the guide is packed with helpful tips on financial management, editing; proofing, design, typesetting and printing; publicity, sales and distribution; and legal aspects such as copyright and libel. 

Also included is a list of funding sources and a directory of useful addresses, as well as a bibliography and glossary of publishing terms. 

Publishing for Success: a Practical Guide was launched on World Book Day, Thursday, March 6 by celebrated poet Michael Longley in Belfast’s historic Linen Hall Library. 

In launching the book, Longley said of the publication: 

'[It's] exciting that our small community can produce a practical guide as flawless as this one. It’s not just for publishers but for anyone who is being published.'

Author Tannahill added, 'A lot of the advice in Publishing for Success was learned the hard way. I hope this book will make life easier for local publishers as well as stimulating and encouraging them.'
The guide is published by the Northern Ireland Publications Resource (NIPR), jointly led by Belfast Central Library and the Linen Hall Library, which aims to identify, collect and preserve everything published in Northern Ireland since 2000, and also encourages and promotes good practice in local publishing. 

Thanks to sponsorship from W & G Baird and Awards for All, the guide will be available free of charge to all interested parties (subject to availability).

Follow-up promotional events are planned in a number of venues across Northern Ireland and a travelling exhibition tracing the history of publishing in Northern Ireland will also be on display. 

Publishing for Success is available from the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.