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Eoin McHugh to Leave Transworld Ireland

Penguin Random House has announced that Eoin McHugh, who has been publisher of Transworld Ireland since the imprint’s creation ten years ago, has decided to leave the company.

McHugh joined Transworld in 2007 from his position of Head of Book Buying at Eason, tasked with setting up a new publishing imprint in Ireland.  He very quickly made Transworld Ireland into a powerhouse in the Irish market, releasing a broad range of titles across the spectrum.  In the arena of sport he published notable successes with the autobiographies of Ronan O’Gara, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul Galvin and Anthony Daly.  In politics he published memoirs by Albert Reynolds and David Norris and Anne Chambers’ biography of TK Whitaker; fiction from Marita Conlon-McKenna and humour from Colm O’Regan.

In 2012 Eoin helped to found Doubleday Ireland, to publish literary titles. Their first discovery was  Donal Ryan’s début novel, The Spinning Heart, which went on to win the Guardian First Novel Award and the Irish Book of the Year. Other critically acclaimed titles Eoin has brought to market include Gene Kerrigan’s The Scrap, Patrick Deeley’s The Hurley Maker’s Son and Conor O’Callaghan’s Nothing on Earth.

Transworld publisher, Bill Scott-Kerr, says ‘We will miss Eoin for his publishing flair, his incredible market knowledge and for being a wonderful generous colleague. To have created a publishing entity which has flourished in the face of a hitherto unprecedented recession and to be so well positioned for the future is testament to Eoin’s skill, resilience and judgement.’

Eoin McHugh says ‘Working for Transworld has been a fantastic experience and it’s difficult to believe it’s been almost ten years since we launched Transworld Ireland.  Having published many wonderful books while working with great colleagues, I feel it’s time for a fresh challenge.  Transworld Ireland is in great shape and in good hands.’

His last day will be 9th June.


Deanta – Seeking Freelance Copy Editors


Deanta – Seeking Freelance Copy Editors

We are presently expanding our freelancer base and are seeking native speakers who have a keen eye for grammatical errors and inconsistencies and are capable of handling editing of scientific, technical and medical (STM) books and also academic and professional titles.

If you have experience in this field, please send an e-mail to with your CV attached.

Deanta Seeking Project Manager

Deanta: Project Manager


Due to continued expansion, we are seeking a project manager to handle academic books. The project manager will liaise with publishers; authors; freelance copy editors, proofreaders and indexers; and in-house departments including typesetting and artwork to see books through their life cycle. The successful candidate will require editorial experience as well as project management experience in the field of academic publishing. We require someone who can confidently.

  • handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • meet deadlines
  • manage teams of operators in remote locations
  • follow style guides rigorously
  • monitor quality


The successful candidate will need good knowledge of publishing styles, nomenclature and procedures.

This is a full-time, salaried position based in our Dublin office. Please send applications including a CV and cover letter to by  15 June 2017.




Independent Bookshop Week 2017


Bookselling Ireland is keen to build up the IBW campaign in Ireland for this year, and we would love to talk to Irish publishers who are keen to support the campaign.  IBW is designed to encourage book lovers to visit bookshops throughout the week (24th June to 1st July), and to encourage booksellers to celebrate bookshops on the main street in this key pre-holiday summer period.  This year is IBW’s 11th year, and we are working with Kate Bowe PR in Dublin to build the PR reach of the project in the trade, and in the media.  Based on our UK experience, support from publishers comes in many forms:

  • Authors into bookshops – for events, signings etc
  • Signed copies exclusive (or early) for indies
  • Offers, deals, promos on backlist titles
  • Children’s resources – party packs, badges, stickers, character costumes for bookshops – e.g. Find Wally treasure hunt, or Gruffalo costumes
  • Window illustrations – many publishers have sent out illustrators to work on bookshop windows ‘live’ – great for local PR
  • Limited edition publication  for indies – early or exclusive product for indies
  • Testimonials from authors who are happy to speak up on behalf of indie bookshops – we can use these in social media and in our print materials

If you’d like to see last year’s offers – they might give you ideas or inspiration – check out the IBW site and if you have any ideas for this year, please

Bulletins go out to all 400 IBW shops (including the 45 participating  indies in Ireland) from April onwards – each publisher offer gets its own dedicated IBW Bulletin.

We really look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you to get IBW really working in Ireland this year.

Shopfloor Publishers Project – Bringing Publishers and Booksellers Closer Together

At the recent Irish Book Trade Conference, Bookselling Ireland launched our Shopfloor Publishers Project to the Irish trade.   The project is designed to encourage publishers to travel to some of our best and liveliest bookshops, and in the UK has already attracted leading publishers and booksellers to take part.  The project is part of the BA President’s, Roz de lay Hey’s, push to engage publishers in the practical and commercial realities of bookselling, and to build substantial collaborations across the industry as a result of improved awareness and engagement.

The project recommends a day in the bookshop and is not just about visiting the shop; it’s about seeing how the shop works, and how books sell to customers: working there.  We are hoping that some tangible collaborations could flow from the project – including reciprocal visits by booksellers to publishers.  So far, Shopfloor Publisher visits have been made by over 20 senior publishers and we are hoping to build up a list of willing bookshops and publishers in Ireland.  Once we have a few collaborations set up, we would hope to share the outcomes of those with the wider trade, so please do get involved!

If you’d like to be part of the Shopfloor Publishers Project, please email