Columba Press Go into Liquidation

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They better write a sequel to the Bible soon! It's worse than waiting on the next game of thrones novel so it is!
Pointless really.... it always ends the same way with yer man popping his clogs....
 


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Pointless really.... it always ends the same way with yer man popping his clogs....
To survive,Irish Catholic literature needs to become as sensationalist as American religious literature
This sort of stuff might help bring the punters in......



 

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Sad to see a publisher going out of business but specialist books are a very tough niche to get right. Don't know whether they looked at Amazon or ebook versions. The profits on niche books are generally quite good but it is the print run costs that are the killers. Niche books also have a long lifespan so the publisher may have had to keep stock on hand for years adding the overheads. This is where Print On Demand is a very useful option but if the publisher was a traditional one, then it may not have used such an approach.
They have ebooks on the website, but I doubt they do POD.
 

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They just need one cash cow, like Harry Potter.

Bloomsbury Publishing was on its uppers, just dabbling around with school titles, before they picked up JK from the slush pile. Now they have offices all round the world and were bought by Osprey in a massive deal.

How about: Looney O'Leprecahaun and the 8th Amendment? petunia
 

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They just need one cash cow, like Harry Potter.

Bloomsbury Publishing was on its uppers, just dabbling around with school titles, before they picked up JK from the slush pile. Now they have offices all round the world and were bought by Osprey in a massive deal.

How about: Looney O'Leprecahaun and the 8th Amendment? petunia
I reckon a proper fiction loosely based on Irish mythology in the same vane as Game of Thrones would be a goer. Massively successful books have become a bit like Hollywood blockbusters in that they all seem to need sequel potential.
 

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I reckon a proper fiction loosely based on Irish mythology in the same vane as Game of Thrones would be a goer. Massively successful books have become a bit like Hollywood blockbusters in that they all seem to need sequel potential.
Martin simply ripped off chunks of medieval history - very obviously the English Wars of the Roses - and then sprinkled some dragons blood on top.

Theres no reason someone else couldnt come up with a fantasy Celtic Empire and do similar.
 

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Martin simply ripped off chunks of medieval history - very obviously the English Wars of the Roses - and then sprinkled some dragons blood on top.

Theres no reason someone else couldnt come up with a fantasy Celtic Empire and do similar.
We are in total agreement. A rarity in this parish. :)
 

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We are in total agreement. A rarity in this parish. :)

OK then, I'll do an outline
and a sample chapter. Theres enough lads on here with a deep abiding interest in Celtic weaponry who can save my blushes for the inevitable fight scenes.

I reckon I can handle the sex and politics by myself :)
 

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They have ebooks on the website, but I doubt they do POD.
POD can be a lifesaver for niche books. The profit per copy isn't as high but the upside is that there is no warehousing cost and even the distribution can be outsourced. Otherwise there's thousands of Euro tied up in stock that can take years to sell. It might work out with high profit niche books but there's advertising and promotion to consider. What happens with some niche publishers is that they become over dependent on library and academic sales. Having ebooks on the website is ok but they have to be in the marketplace and right now, that's Amazon.
 

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I reckon a proper fiction loosely based on Irish mythology in the same vane as Game of Thrones would be a goer. Massively successful books have become a bit like Hollywood blockbusters in that they all seem to need sequel potential.
Michael Scott.
 

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How long can Veritas, from the Catholic Truth Society and owned by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, survive?
Indefinitely Veritas is the major publisher of RE books in the ROI. More importantly it's the de facto publishing arm of the Irish RCC which means when it comes down to it, it's value isn't in its profitability but it use as a means of disseminating Catholicism, which is reasonable-one would expect a church to be interested in disseminating it's views.
 

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I wouldn't read too much into it in that way.
All print press is losing readership.
Do gays still walk down to the specialist bookshops to buy Gay Times?
I know An Phoblacht sales went down despite SF membership going up.

When was the last time you saw an under-25 in a shop buying a newspaper or magazine of any description?
I used to be one every morning even when I was 16.
I was going to make the comparison with Veritas and an Phoblacht but I was thought against as posters might have read as a prerogative. What they have in common is that they exist to encourage the view point of their parent organisations rather than strictly to make a profit.
 

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To survive,Irish Catholic literature needs to become as sensationalist as American religious literature
This sort of stuff might help bring the punters in......



What is it with Christian fundamentalists and there love of post nominals. I was on a Dublin bus near Easter and a church was advertising an screening of a documentary by a "Dr [I forgot the surname] Phd." Call me shallow but I will not take advice from someone who users both 'Doctor' and their post-nominal.
 

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They better write a sequel to the Bible soon! It's worse than waiting on the next game of thrones novel so it is!
The book of mormon & the koran claim to be sequels.

Both share certain features including a similar outline business model
 


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