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Getting started on your publishing journey…

You’re starting to write a book but don’t know what to do next. Well, you’ve done the first two major steps – had the idea and decided to publish the book. This in itself can be a significant hurdle, so give yourself a pat on the back… but now you are looking at the blank piece of paper and not knowing where to start. The key is making the process more manageable by breaking it up.


At this stage your title will still be in flux, but its good to get a generic idea down on paper so we as your publisher can start researching to check for clashes against similar titles. This is when we start filling in your Advance Information Sheet that we use to tell booksellers about your book. These can be issued up to four months in advance so its important to start these at the first stage. If you haven’t done so already, at this stage purchase our publishing base module.

For further information see our blog post on why you should get in touch with us before you write your book.

What else do you need for the Advance Information Sheet

The next step in the creative process, is to write a summary of your book. This does not have to be long or in depth. Think about the typical back cover blurb that you read when buying a book. Typically 1 – 2 paragraphs is all that is needed at this stage.

We then need an About the Author paragraph with a brief background of you that’s relevant to your book. If you can include a photo at this stage even better!

Think about how you want your book to be published – do you want an ISBN? Digital and/or print? You may wish to call us to discuss your options in depth relating to your specific title.

So what’s next?

I find it’s easier to break everything down into smaller chunks. Work out a chapter plan (if needed), a recipe section list, or other form of section dividers. Then break each section down into its individual parts.


  • Cookbook – Desserts – List of recipes, each recipe has… (e.g. 1 image complete, 1 technique image, list of ingredients, cooking time, calories and directions)
  • Business – Chapter 1 – Introduction – Getting started in…, brief tutorial…, why am I doing this?
  • Health – Day 1 – Exercise chart, diet, lifestyle

This breakdown not only helps you to write the book, but also us to design your book concept, as well as informing discussions about formats, additional modules that may be required, etc.

Got a Blog? Want to use the content for your book?

If you already have a blog that will form your main content, purchase our Curate module and we will use your breakdown to create your book based on your previous content. We will make your text flow into one coherent title, and point out any additional content needed to add value to your book. This is ideal for those who wish to publish a book, but don’t have a lot of time to spend on writing it.

Writing from scratch?

If you are starting your book from scratch using your breakdown, we can give you some pointers for elements to include to break up your text and make it more accessible. This way the book creation becomes much more organic.

I’ve written all the text… but what about images?

Great you’ve done the hard bit, sit down and have a glass of wine (or your chosen tipple). Now we get onto the next exciting bit – images. A picture tells 100 words so the saying goes, I think more accurately the phrase should be an image SAVES you 100 words. This could be through demonstrating a technique, communicating a complex piece of data or simply showing the end result of your recipe. Each adds to the depth of understanding your reader can achieve from your book.

Your image options

  1. You’ve already shot, or had someone shoot, your images – great good to go, just a case of checking colour and resolution, input and ready to publish. There is no image module required for this option as it is included with our base publishing module.
  2. You would like us to shoot your images – we can photograph a wide range of settings and have full studio kit as well as outdoor options. Simply a case of telling us what you would like us to photograph and where using our photography module.
  3. You would like us to illustrate your book – simply purchase our illustration module and brief us on your preferred style, media etc.
  4. You would prefer to use stock imagery – again, we even have a module to allow you to do this quickly and easily.

Next stage…

So now you have all the content finalised and our design concept has been approved, next is all down to us. We will design and layout your entire book to your chosen concept which was based right back upon your framework. This bit usually happens really quickly and can be as little as two weeks from start to publish! At this stage we will issue pre-orders on our website so you can see in advance roughly how well your book will sell and how many to get printed. We will also promote your book to bookstores etc. as well as across our social media for individual preorder. These pre-orders will then be dispatched by us as soon as your printed books arrive with us.

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Breaking the Taboo: Let’s Talk

Behind Every Cloud by Samantha O'Flanagan

In a lot of the Charity work we are currently doing, a repeating theme is “Let’s Talk!”. Issues vary from miscarriage to mental health, but often the first step to dealing with a situation is talking about it.

Future Kissed Off titles will cover subjects ranging from miscarriage to MS, and many will be raising funds for charity. Our first title focussing on mental health covers the mostly misunderstood condition of Bipolar. This condition can debilitate, however with the right approach you can lead a more stable life.

Mental Health

Our latest book to order, Behind Every Cloud, follows one 25 year olds experiences of living a positive life with Bipolar Type II. Its a great title; both for those newly diagnosed as well as those looking for alternative ways to live with the condition or those living with someone who has been diagnosed. This condition affects more people than you may think, and includes some well-known actors, singers and artists amongst its ranks.

Carrie Fisher

The original Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy opened up about her life with bipolar in her book The Best Awful. Admitting that she lived in denial about her diagnosis for some time, it took a full psychotic break before she came to terms with having bipolar.

Stephen Fry

His Emmy award-winning documentary The Secret Life Of A Manic Depressive documented his experiences of living with bipolar.

Stephen has long been an advocate of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. After his diagnosis drove him to attempt suicide, Stephen has worked tirelessly to speak out and give a clearer image of mental illness.

Jean Claude Van Damme

The Belgian born actor battled drug-addiction and a near suicide attempt before he was given a diagnosis of bipolar.

Linda Hamilton

As Sarah Connor in the Terminator movies, Sarah became a household name, and after coming to terms with her diagnosis, she used this as a platform to raise awareness on mental health issues.

“Somebody needs to come out and make this okay for people to talk about and get help and take advantage of the resources”.

Vincent Van Gogh

One of the most talented artists was affected by bipolar throughout his career. His periods of increased productivity while painting where put down to manic episodes, while in between he was said to have suffered debilitating depressions.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Academy award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones hit the headlines when she was hospitalised after seeking treatment for Bipolar Type II.

Tom Fletcher

McFly’s lead singer Tom Fletcher only recently opened up about his struggle with Bipolar on ITV2’s Fearne and McBusted. After he “realised that I was struggling more than other people around me were” he sought help and now says that medication and the support of those around him have helped change his whole outlook on life.

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams has had a very public battle with drink and drug addiction, but this could be related to the fact that he also suffers from Bipolar Type II.

He was involved in a BBC documentary on bipolar disorder, in which he talked about his battles with depressive states.

Samantha O'Flanagan Author Photo
Samantha O’Flanagan Author Photo

About the Author

Samantha O’Flanagan is an office manager and runs the successful blog All The Buzz. Winner of Blogger of the Year 2014 in the Samsung Digital Media Awards & finalist in the UK Blog Awards, Samantha decided to use her platform to speak about a subject very close to her heart. Diagnosed with anxiety attacks, and subsequently Bipolar Type II, Samantha is passionate about breaking down the negative stigma surrounding mental illness. Samantha lives in Dublin, Ireland with her husband Keith and their dog Ozzy.

Supporting Reach Out

Profits from this book are being donated to Reach Out – an Irish charity that provides supports those dealing with tough times, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

Where to Buy

You can purchase the paperback edition here 

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Why you should contact us BEFORE your book is finished

Here at Kissed Off we have a two week average turnaround for your book from completed manuscript to holding the book in your hands.

This is great for you as a customer, however ideally we need to contact bookshops FOUR MONTHS BEFORE your release date. At this stage, we would allocate your book an ISBN if this has been agreed, as well as predicting page numbers and illustrations and other specifications for your book.

This also means one of the first things we need from you for your book is the confirmed Summary and About the Author section for us to supply to bookstores and distributors.

The other advantages of involving us early in the process…

  1. We can help you with tweaking your manuscript to include great features that you can include in an eBook or even Augmented Reality for print books before incurring unnecessary costs.
  2. We can suggest the best platform for your book, and we can tailor your content to match before any design work has even started!
  3. We can suggest additional content that will add to the saleability of your book.
  4. We can start on marketing your book before you’ve even finished writing it.
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