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Are you looking for guidance and support with your writing? As an experienced author, lecturer and industry insider, I can help you perfect your prose and mentor you through the submissions process.

Write Your Book Mentoring
  • 30 min online consultation every four months
  • 4000 words reviewed monthly
  • Ideal for writing novels, short stories, memoirs & essays
  • Stay motivated with monthly deadlines
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  • 4 x 45 minute online consultations
  • Troubleshoot your manuscript and make recommendations
  • Discuss submission options and offer publishing insights
  • Discover clear next steps for your writing career
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Reader's Report
  • Detailed report on your whole manuscript with suggestions & solutions to key issues
  • Ideal for broader issues with your manuscript
  • Outline submission options
  • Email me your synopsis including genre and word count for a quote
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Line Editing
  • Comprehensive line-by-line edit of your manuscript
  • Prose analysis at the most detailed level
  • Get extensive editorial notes with key insights into your writing
  • Ideal for texts after having done the Reader’s Report
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  • Submission review (opening three chapters, cover letter and synopsis)
  • 30 min online consultation
  • Receive guide materials with notes & successful synopsis and cover letter examples
  • Ideal for preparing to submit your work to publishers and agents
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  • Online creative writing course coming early 2021
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Reviews

Praise for Jamie O’Connell’s writing:
‘Many … will be delighted to acquire a copy of Best-Loved Joyce, Jamie O’Connell’s selection of quotations and short extracts from Joyce’s fiction, portraying the author at his most accessible. It’s a beautifully produced little volume, lavishly illustrated by Emma Byrne, with a striking cloth cover, silk bookmark, and an introduction by Bob Joyce, James Joyce’s great-nephew, who writes how “Joyce was a conjuror with words and captured the essence of all human life” – or, as a line from Finnegans Wake has it, “They lived und laughed ant loved end left”.’
The Times Literary Supplement on Best-Loved Joyce
‘a gorgeous publication, beautifully designed. A manageable collection of quotes, it serves as an introduction to Joyce for those who have neither the time nor the inclination to tackle Ulysses … Hardback and pocket-sized, it’s almost like a precious little icon to carry around and dip in and out of when the mood takes you’
‘What is Susan Stairs Reading?’, The Irish Times, on Best-Loved Joyce
‘A very enjoyable book… beautifully designed… a great introduction to [Joyce’s] genius. It’s great.’
Michael Bradley, The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster on Best-Loved Joyce
‘…there is a cadence to his debut: a rise and levelling and fall, melodies which recur, a satisfying tempo…a broadly harmonious collection, and my admiration is wholehearted.’
Sara Baume, Southword Journal, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘O’Connell writes with tenderness and attention, earnestly describing a world in which belief systems have crumbled, where families are in denial about what has destroyed them, where internet sex turns out to be just as vacuous as it sounds, and where commitment to love and friendship is often hazardous.’
The Irish Times on Some Sort of Beauty
‘“Silencio,” a story in Jamie O’Connell’s excellent debut collection Some Sort of Beauty works wonderfully well in class as an introduction to the exuberance of Celtic Tiger Ireland. “Silencio” captures the energy of a youthful self-confidence in which affluence, attractiveness, and success are taken for granted… It celebrates a sense of the exuberance of being carefree in an unburdened present moment.’
Professor James H Murphy, ‘Sleeper Hits of the Irish Studies Classroom’, New Hibernia Review
‘Jamie O’Connell takes us on an exhilarating road-trip through the trials and triumphs of being young, Irish, ambitious and gay… Very enjoyable. Remarkable for a first book. Great things may be forthcoming.’
Books Ireland on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…a fresh, engaging and powerful set of stories.’
The Sunday Independent on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…the power of the book is in the perspectives it chooses, and the very direct way in which O’Connell goes straight to the emotional centre of each story. Family, love, travel, art, sex - he dives straight in there and he has something to say about all of them. This is a good book, from a writer with a great future.’
Keith Ridgway, author of Hawthorn & Child, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘an impressive maturity of insight and control of language.’’
Kevin Power, author of Bad Day in Blackrock, on A Curious Impulse
‘Many … will be delighted to acquire a copy of Best-Loved Joyce, Jamie O’Connell’s selection of quotations and short extracts from Joyce’s fiction, portraying the author at his most accessible. It’s a beautifully produced little volume, lavishly illustrated by Emma Byrne, with a striking cloth cover, silk bookmark, and an introduction by Bob Joyce, James Joyce’s great-nephew, who writes how “Joyce was a conjuror with words and captured the essence of all human life” – or, as a line from Finnegans Wake has it, “They lived und laughed ant loved end left”.’
The Times Literary Supplement on Best-Loved Joyce
‘a gorgeous publication, beautifully designed. A manageable collection of quotes, it serves as an introduction to Joyce for those who have neither the time nor the inclination to tackle Ulysses … Hardback and pocket-sized, it’s almost like a precious little icon to carry around and dip in and out of when the mood takes you’
‘What is Susan Stairs Reading?’, The Irish Times, on Best-Loved Joyce
‘A very enjoyable book… beautifully designed… a great introduction to [Joyce’s] genius. It’s great.’
Michael Bradley, The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster on Best-Loved Joyce
‘…there is a cadence to his debut: a rise and levelling and fall, melodies which recur, a satisfying tempo…a broadly harmonious collection, and my admiration is wholehearted.’
Sara Baume, Southword Journal, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘O’Connell writes with tenderness and attention, earnestly describing a world in which belief systems have crumbled, where families are in denial about what has destroyed them, where internet sex turns out to be just as vacuous as it sounds, and where commitment to love and friendship is often hazardous.’
The Irish Times on Some Sort of Beauty
‘“Silencio,” a story in Jamie O’Connell’s excellent debut collection Some Sort of Beauty works wonderfully well in class as an introduction to the exuberance of Celtic Tiger Ireland. “Silencio” captures the energy of a youthful self-confidence in which affluence, attractiveness, and success are taken for granted… It celebrates a sense of the exuberance of being carefree in an unburdened present moment.’
Professor James H Murphy, ‘Sleeper Hits of the Irish Studies Classroom’, New Hibernia Review
‘Jamie O’Connell takes us on an exhilarating road-trip through the trials and triumphs of being young, Irish, ambitious and gay… Very enjoyable. Remarkable for a first book. Great things may be forthcoming.’
Books Ireland on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…a fresh, engaging and powerful set of stories.’
The Sunday Independent on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…the power of the book is in the perspectives it chooses, and the very direct way in which O’Connell goes straight to the emotional centre of each story. Family, love, travel, art, sex - he dives straight in there and he has something to say about all of them. This is a good book, from a writer with a great future.’
Keith Ridgway, author of Hawthorn & Child, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘an impressive maturity of insight and control of language.’’
Kevin Power, author of Bad Day in Blackrock, on A Curious Impulse
‘Many … will be delighted to acquire a copy of Best-Loved Joyce, Jamie O’Connell’s selection of quotations and short extracts from Joyce’s fiction, portraying the author at his most accessible. It’s a beautifully produced little volume, lavishly illustrated by Emma Byrne, with a striking cloth cover, silk bookmark, and an introduction by Bob Joyce, James Joyce’s great-nephew, who writes how “Joyce was a conjuror with words and captured the essence of all human life” – or, as a line from Finnegans Wake has it, “They lived und laughed ant loved end left”.’
The Times Literary Supplement on Best-Loved Joyce
‘a gorgeous publication, beautifully designed. A manageable collection of quotes, it serves as an introduction to Joyce for those who have neither the time nor the inclination to tackle Ulysses … Hardback and pocket-sized, it’s almost like a precious little icon to carry around and dip in and out of when the mood takes you’
‘What is Susan Stairs Reading?’, The Irish Times, on Best-Loved Joyce
‘A very enjoyable book… beautifully designed… a great introduction to [Joyce’s] genius. It’s great.’
Michael Bradley, The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster on Best-Loved Joyce
‘…there is a cadence to his debut: a rise and levelling and fall, melodies which recur, a satisfying tempo…a broadly harmonious collection, and my admiration is wholehearted.’
Sara Baume, Southword Journal, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘O’Connell writes with tenderness and attention, earnestly describing a world in which belief systems have crumbled, where families are in denial about what has destroyed them, where internet sex turns out to be just as vacuous as it sounds, and where commitment to love and friendship is often hazardous.’
The Irish Times on Some Sort of Beauty
‘“Silencio,” a story in Jamie O’Connell’s excellent debut collection Some Sort of Beauty works wonderfully well in class as an introduction to the exuberance of Celtic Tiger Ireland. “Silencio” captures the energy of a youthful self-confidence in which affluence, attractiveness, and success are taken for granted… It celebrates a sense of the exuberance of being carefree in an unburdened present moment.’
Professor James H Murphy, ‘Sleeper Hits of the Irish Studies Classroom’, New Hibernia Review
‘Jamie O’Connell takes us on an exhilarating road-trip through the trials and triumphs of being young, Irish, ambitious and gay… Very enjoyable. Remarkable for a first book. Great things may be forthcoming.’
Books Ireland on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…a fresh, engaging and powerful set of stories.’
The Sunday Independent on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…the power of the book is in the perspectives it chooses, and the very direct way in which O’Connell goes straight to the emotional centre of each story. Family, love, travel, art, sex - he dives straight in there and he has something to say about all of them. This is a good book, from a writer with a great future.’
Keith Ridgway, author of Hawthorn & Child, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘an impressive maturity of insight and control of language.’’
Kevin Power, author of Bad Day in Blackrock, on A Curious Impulse
‘Many … will be delighted to acquire a copy of Best-Loved Joyce, Jamie O’Connell’s selection of quotations and short extracts from Joyce’s fiction, portraying the author at his most accessible. It’s a beautifully produced little volume, lavishly illustrated by Emma Byrne, with a striking cloth cover, silk bookmark, and an introduction by Bob Joyce, James Joyce’s great-nephew, who writes how “Joyce was a conjuror with words and captured the essence of all human life” – or, as a line from Finnegans Wake has it, “They lived und laughed ant loved end left”.’
The Times Literary Supplement on Best-Loved Joyce
‘a gorgeous publication, beautifully designed. A manageable collection of quotes, it serves as an introduction to Joyce for those who have neither the time nor the inclination to tackle Ulysses … Hardback and pocket-sized, it’s almost like a precious little icon to carry around and dip in and out of when the mood takes you’
‘What is Susan Stairs Reading?’, The Irish Times, on Best-Loved Joyce
‘A very enjoyable book… beautifully designed… a great introduction to [Joyce’s] genius. It’s great.’
Michael Bradley, The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster on Best-Loved Joyce
‘…there is a cadence to his debut: a rise and levelling and fall, melodies which recur, a satisfying tempo…a broadly harmonious collection, and my admiration is wholehearted.’
Sara Baume, Southword Journal, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘O’Connell writes with tenderness and attention, earnestly describing a world in which belief systems have crumbled, where families are in denial about what has destroyed them, where internet sex turns out to be just as vacuous as it sounds, and where commitment to love and friendship is often hazardous.’
The Irish Times on Some Sort of Beauty
‘“Silencio,” a story in Jamie O’Connell’s excellent debut collection Some Sort of Beauty works wonderfully well in class as an introduction to the exuberance of Celtic Tiger Ireland. “Silencio” captures the energy of a youthful self-confidence in which affluence, attractiveness, and success are taken for granted… It celebrates a sense of the exuberance of being carefree in an unburdened present moment.’
Professor James H Murphy, ‘Sleeper Hits of the Irish Studies Classroom’, New Hibernia Review
‘Jamie O’Connell takes us on an exhilarating road-trip through the trials and triumphs of being young, Irish, ambitious and gay… Very enjoyable. Remarkable for a first book. Great things may be forthcoming.’
Books Ireland on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…a fresh, engaging and powerful set of stories.’
The Sunday Independent on Some Sort of Beauty
‘…the power of the book is in the perspectives it chooses, and the very direct way in which O’Connell goes straight to the emotional centre of each story. Family, love, travel, art, sex - he dives straight in there and he has something to say about all of them. This is a good book, from a writer with a great future.’
Keith Ridgway, author of Hawthorn & Child, on Some Sort of Beauty
‘an impressive maturity of insight and control of language.’’
Kevin Power, author of Bad Day in Blackrock, on A Curious Impulse
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Bio

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      Jamie O’Connell’s debut novel, Diving for Pearls, will be published by Doubleday in spring 2021. To date, his work has been Highly Commended by the Costa Short Story Award and the An Post Irish Book Award Writing.ie Short Story of the Year. He has been long-listed for BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines Short Story Competition and short-listed for the Maeve Binchy Travel Award and the Sky Arts Futures Fund.

Jamie has had six books published to date. His short fiction has been published in a number of journals, featured on TV3, RTE Radio and BBC Radio, and he has read at many festivals and universities in Ireland, China, Spain and the USA. He has received bursaries from The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Dublin City Council and Cork City Council.

Jamie has taught creative writing in University College Dublin and as part of the University of Iowa’s Irish Summer School. He has also worked for Penguin Random House. He was on the committee of Dublin Book Festival (2014-16) and one of the judges of the Irish Bookseller of the Year Award 2018. He has an MFA and MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin and a BA in English Literature and History of Art from University College Cork.

He is represented by Marianne Gunn O'Connor Literary Agency.

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Good Luck With The Book

Hello from Good Luck with the Book, the podcast that celebrates the fantastic new books being published in Ireland and the UK.

Join Jamie O’Connell and Sarah Cassidy as they discuss the publications they love, along with chats about all things book related. Their hope is, be you on your way to work, or simply making a coffee, you’ll enjoy them discussing their favourite writers and writing.

The books they will feature vary from the literary to lighthearted, from sport (hmm… we’ll see!) to children’s literature. Our only criteria is that they adore the book and want to tell everyone about it.

A happy little something to wake up on the weekend. Best served with a large coffee and a pastry.

Be you reading or writing, GOOD LUCK WITH THE BOOK!

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