What we seek to do

Many of us dream of writing a book, some of us actually manage to do it, and – having done the hardest and loneliest of tasks – then comes the job of getting it published. TrueLit is an agency specialising in non-fiction work often with a strong Irish element.

The agency is run by Peter O’Connell who was a co-founder and director of Liberties Press. He was involved in the selection, marketing, promotion and development of more than 100 titles by high profile public figures such as former prime minister Garret FitzGerald, ex Minister for Arts Michael D.Higgins, literary correspondent Eileen Battersby, Lara Marlowe and Dr.Harry Barry.

Health, history, memoir, business, sport and original and inventive fiction are all areas that TrueLit seeks to help is authors exploit and place with publishers in Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific Rim.  TrueLit offers a personal and committed service to its clients and is both pragmatic, persistent and candid in its dealings with writers and publishers alike. An awareness gained from experience of key opportunities, appropriate targets and developments in the areas of digital and subsidiary rights ensures TrueLit can serve its writers in negotiating the best deal possible in as broad a way possible.

Peter O’Connell  has attended the key international trade events of the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs for the past several years and has developed strong relationships with international publishers, agents and rights sub-agents which are essential in promoting new titles.

TrueLit selects on an ongoing basis a small number of titles and authors who have submitted their work following the submissions guidelines as indicated in the advice for authors seeking representation webpage.

While TrueLit may choose not to represent certain book projects or authors, this is not necessarily a judgement on the works’ merit. Rather, it is simply that the author’s work which is selected is that which the TrueLit agency feels best offers successful publishing opportunities.

Senator David Norris with Peter O'Connell at the launch of Great Irish Books