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

Be More Creative Guest. This Week… The Power of Imagining with Debbie Millman

“We begin by worrying we aren’t good enough, smart enough or talented enough to get what we want, then we voluntarily live in this paralyzing mental framework, rather than confront our own role in this paralysis. “Just the possibility of failing turns into a dutiful self-fulfilling prophecy. We begin to…

Self-Publishing History: WB Yeats Goes Crowdfunding

Late in 1888, young Willie Yeats finished his first major book, The Wanderings of Oisin (a Gaelic name, pronounced “Usheen”), at the age of 22. The challenge then, as now, was to get it published and into the hands of readers. He had a publisher in mind but, in order…

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 old 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 with the…

 
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