Orna Ross

About me

I worked for 20 years in writing and publishing in Dublin, as journalist, editor, novelist, creative writing lecturer and literary agent.
In 2009, I moved to London and found, as Proust said of Venice, that “my dream had become… quite simply, my address”. (Though the dream does includes a sojourn to the sunnier climes of California each winter.)

I used to be published by Penguin but am now an indie author. I’ve enjoyed and benefitted enormously from that switch and it led me to found The Alliance of Independent Authors, which I now run.

From my website

How Self-Publishing Saved My Writing Life: Thoughts from #LBF2014

What a week! The London Book Fair ended yesterday and it was, in the words of my next door neighbour’s daughter, whenever she’s seeking her highest praise for an exciting experience, “off the wall mental”. During the fair, I found myself: * On Monday 7th, speaking at Digital Minds Conference…

Opening Up To Indie Authors: Book Launch

Copy of my speech at the Open Up To Indie Authors launch at The London Book Fair The guidebook we’ve gathered here today to launch is part of The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)’s Open Up To Indie Authors campaign (found on Twitter with the hashtag #PublishingOpenUp). This campaign is…

Be More Creative. This week with… Bill Watterson

“If I’ve learned one thing from being a cartoonist, it’s how important playing is to creativity and happiness. “My job is essentially to come up with 365 ideas a year. If you ever want to find out just how uninteresting you really are, get a job where the quality and…

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