The post I feared I might never write


Well, this is a post I wished I would write sometime – but feared I might never.

My novel is due to be a book. An actual published book.

I have signed a contract with Black & White Publishing. And, it’s due out next year.

There, I’ve said it.

I’m waiting for someone to tip me on the shoulder or to knock on the door and shout, ‘Fooled You’ or ‘Fool You’ or ‘Sorry, there has been a big mix up’. Or something like that.

It has taken me a month to write this. A month since I signed the contract and the publisher counter signed. I’m not sure what I have been waiting for, apart from the knock on the door or that tap on my shoulder.

My wife says there’s something wrong with me. I think she’s right. (“Hi, I am his wife and I can verify that YES, there is something wrong…..)

Next up are the edits. That should be okay, shouldn’t it?


About Cormac O'Keeffe

2018 was a special year for me: my debut novel Black Water was published. It was a long and bumpy ride, as a quick glance over my posts will show! 'Black Water' is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel. There are also some book reviews I have written, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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12 Responses to The post I feared I might never write

  1. Niall Murray says:

    Congrats Cormac. Good luck with the edits!

  2. JJ Toner says:

    Well done, Cormac. I hope it goes well for you and you sell lots of books.

  3. The Author says:

    Congratulations! Amazing news! Good luck with the edits! Come in and see us some time – Laurence O’Bryan

  4. Well done Cormac, great to see this!
    Best of luck with it.

  5. Mella says:

    Congrats Cormac – brilliant news! Did I ever tell you there is a copy of your thesis in the Cork City Partnership Drugs Library….?? Well hey, so strictly speaking this is your second book…. 🙂

  6. Claire Meehan says:

    Hi Cormac,
    Just stumbled across your book news.
    Absolutely fantastic! I’m delighted for you!
    Must catch up the next time you’re down south.
    Best of luck with the editing.

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