Frank Fahy

Publishing Services

 

Established in 2007, Frank Fahy Publishing Services provides expert editorial and publishing services. Frank Fahy, Managing Director, specialises in educational publishing. Frank is a teacher, a journalist, a writer, an editor and a publisher with more than thirty years experience, and has been at the forefront of major developments in educational publishing over the course of his career.

As publisher with The Educational Company of Ireland, he was responsible for many successful publications at Primary and Post-Primary Level. One of the best known series created under his stewardship is the award-winning Sunny Street/Streets Ahead English Language Programme for Primary schools.

Now working as a  Publishing Consultant, Frank is available for editorial, writing, report-writing, academic and business publishing work.

Frank has links with publishers in Ireland, UK and USA.

Publishing Services

Contact Frank for editorial work, proofreading, copy-editing or indexing services.

Are you interested in writing or collaborating on a publishing venture?

Email frank@frank-fahy.com

or call

+353 86 226 9330.

 

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Sheila Agnew is a New York based Irish writer. She is the author of the Evie Brooks series for children published by Pajama Press in the U.S. and Canada and by The O’Brien Press in Britain and Ireland. Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan was shortlisted for the Irish Literary Association’s Children’s Book of the Year, 2015. Evie Brooks in Central Park Showdown was an Irish Times Best Children’s Book of The Year, 2014.

 

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Frank Fahy Literary Agency is delighted to announce the success of Amy Lynch’s debut paperback Bride Without A Groom. The Wicklow-based author’s novel soared to the Number 1 spot in the Romance category, the Number 1 spot in Romantic Comedy, and the Number 2 spot in the Amazon Free Top-100 Bestsellers List. The sequel novel, Does My Bump Look Big In This? is complete and she is currently working on the third instalment. If you would like to read BRIDE WITHOUT A GROOM copies of the paperback and the Ebook are available on Amazon.co.uk. Visit Amy’s website www.amylynchauthor.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Write-on

The Write-on Writing Group meets every Thursday evening from 7:30pm – 9:00pm in the Westside Resource Centre, Galway.

This is an informal writers’ session where members can read their scripts in a safe and encouraging environment. All levels and abilities are catered for and experience of publication is not necessary. Think of it as a bookclub, except that one’s own writing is up for discussion each week.

The Write-on Writing Group caters for different genres of writing. Participants can circulate their work in advance of each meeting or read it on the night. In a democratic way, the time is divided up so that each person gets an equal amount of time for their contribution to be discussed. If people have nothing written for a particular week, they can still contribute with helpful feedback and comments about other people’s work. Writing exercises can be suggested during the sessions and/or for weekly practice outside of session time. Flash Fiction Writing is also encouraged.

We help each other to prepare some manuscripts for submission to Short Story or  Poetry competitions. From time to time, members may be invited to read some pieces on the Keith Finnegan Radio Show, GalwayBay FM. An Annual Compendium of the best writing produced by the group throughout the year, has been published. It is called THE WRITE-ON ANTHOLOGY 2019. It is available to order as a paperback or an ebook on Amazon.com.

We are self-supporting and we contribute a small fee each week to cover the expense of room hire, tea/ coffee and biscuits.

Group numbers are kept low to allow sufficient time for each member to read and discuss their writing. However, vacancies arise from time-to-time. If you would like to be considered for membership, please apply by clicking here, or phone Frank at 086-2269330 for details.

Write-on Exercises

FAMOUS FIRST WORDS

Use these opening sentences to write a scene/story. (Max 100 words)

Exercise 01      I am an invisible man.

—Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)

 

Exercise 02      It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

—George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

 

Exercise 03      Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)

 

Exercise 04      The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.

—Samuel Beckett, Murphy (1938)

 

Exercise 05      Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

—Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967; trans. Gregory Rabassa)

 

Exercise 06      Mother died today.

—Albert Camus, The Stranger (1942; trans. Stuart Gilbert)

 

Exercise 07       If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

—J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

 

Exercise 08       It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.

—Paul Auster, City of Glass (1985)

 

Exercise 09      This is the saddest story I have ever heard.

—Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915)

 

Exercise 10      Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

—Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)

 

 


 

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Use these closing sentences to write a scene/story. (Max 100 words)

 

Exercise 01      “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

—Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

 

Exercise 02      “The old man was dreaming about the lions.”

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

 

Exercise 03      “It’s funny. Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

 

Exercise 04      “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”

Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White

 

Exercise 05      “He loved Big Brother.”

1984, George Orwell

 

Exercise 06      “Later on he will understand how some men so loved her, that they did dare much for her sake.”

Dracula, Bram Stoker

 

Exercise 07      “He is coming, and I am here.”

The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

 

Exercise 08      “I wrote at the start that this was a record of hate, and walking there beside Henry towards the evening glass of beer, I found the one prayer that seemed to serve the winter mood: O God, You’ve done enough, You’ve robbed me of enough, I’m too tired and old to learn to love, leave me alone forever.”

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene

 

Exercise 09      “But I don’t think us feel old at all. And us so happy. Matter of fact, I think this the youngest us ever felt.”

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

 

Exercise 10      “But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”

The House At Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne

 

 

 

 

OUT AND ABOUT

The following exercises can be planned when you are out and about. Take notes, write short observations, and complete the task either at home or within your writing group. (Max 100 words)

Exercise 01      Describe a customer in a café or restaurant.

Exercise 02      Tell the backstory about the man/woman who runs the Post Office.

Exercise 03      Write about the bus/taxi driver on your route.

Exercise 04      Create a profile of the store manager.

Exercise 05      Imagine a fictional episode for your hair stylist/barber.

Exercise 06      Two feuding neighbours get together during a power-cut.

Exercise 07      The local delivery van crashes into your gate. What happened next?

 Exercise 08      Heavy rains cause flooding in your area. Tell the story.

 Exercise 09      A neighbour falls on the street. Tell the story.

 Exercise 10      A robbery takes place in the neighbourhood. Police suspect a local resident.

 

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Bride Without A Groom

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Single, coupled-up or married, this laugh-out-loud summer read is the perfect anecdote for the wedding season!

Rebecca has chosen the most luscious, five tiered, wedding cake. The engagement ring that she has selected is celebrity inspired. The wedding singer is on speed dial. He doesn’t usually do Michael Bolton, but as it’s for a first dance he’ll make an exception. Father Maguire is checking dates for the parish church as we speak. The deposit on the white sand honeymoon is paid for in full on Barry’s card. She has fallen for an ivory lace couture gown that is to die for. The down payment may require her to sell a left kidney, but it will be worth it. Isn’t that why you have two?

There’s one teeny tiny problem. It’s nothing, really. No need to panic! It’s just that Barry has yet to propose. Says he’s not ready! He can be a bit of a kill joy that way. It’s time to face the harsh reality – Rebecca is a bride without a groom!

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Bride Without A Groom is Amy Lynch’s debut bestselling novel. The Wicklow-based author soared to the Number 1 spot in the Romance category, the Number 1 spot in Romantic Comedy, and the Number 2 spot in the Amazon Free Top-100 Bestsellers List.

Amy was interviewed by East Coast fm and Sprit fm.  Click on the links to listen to the podcasts.

If you would like to read BRIDE WITHOUT A GROOM copies of the paperback and the Ebook are available on Amazon.co.uk.
Visit Amy’s website www.amylynchauthor.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Testimonials

Dr. Henrike Rau

 I have regularly worked with Frank Fahy since 2012, preparing social-scientific manuscripts for publication. Frank’s commitment and dedication to his work, his outstanding level of professionalism, and his great sense of humour have turned the finishing phase of any of these publication projects into a highly positive experience. His extensive experience in the field of educational and academic publishing has been extremely useful. Moreover, Frank’s sensitivity to social and cultural aspects of language and his awareness of discipline-specific nuances of scientific writing deserve particular mention. I can wholeheartedly recommend Frank Fahy’s publishing services to social scientists and researchers who are looking for high-quality support for their publication work.

Dr. Henrike RauFebruary 2016
Amy Lynch

Signing with literary agent Frank Fahy was the first and most important step in my successful writing career. Frank’s guidance, expertise and determination have proved invaluable. Thanks to Frank’s tireless efforts, I am now a Harper Collins author.

Amy LynchJune 2015
Frank Murphy

As a writer and anthologist for Edco while Frank Fahy was Senior Editor there, I sometimes wondered what was the secret that underlay the huge success of all the publications that passed through his hands. Of course it was the transformation of the bare script that took place under his guidance. In his office it was assessed, tweaked and organised, its layout designed, and it was embellished with appropriate and fetching artwork, all of which raised it to a plane above and beyond any of its rivals. Now Frank is doing it for his own company and I wish his venture every success in the years to come. 

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Dr Patrick Murray

The following observations are based on my experience of working with Frank Fahy since he joined EDCO in 1984. From then until the present I have been one of his authors. Frank has expertly edited many of my publications, always coming up with incisive comments on how texts might be improved, and availing of market research and technical advice on the presentation of material and the language register appropriate to each kind of book.

It has always been a pleasure, as well as an education, to work with Frank. He is a thorough gentleman: kind, patient and courteous, able to bring out the best in his authors.

Frank’s new publishing service, will, given his expertise in every area of publishing, be of exceptional, perhaps unique, value to authors and prospective authors. He has managed complex and successful projects over the years. The results of this work are testimony to his organisational skills, his judgement and his dedication to his work. His painstaking attention to detail is one of his many valuable qualities. Another considerable advantage is the exceptional range of subject-areas in which has been involved.

I cannot imagine anyone better qualified to lead the exciting new enterprise which bears his name. 

Dr Patrick MurrayOctober 2007

Business, Academic and Educational Publications

Frank is available to work on business, academic and educational publications and reports. He has a significant track record in these areas, producing outputs of the highest standard.

Some examples of his work are below.

 

Geography Journal

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