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Welcome to the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme. We are delighted to have you on board. Pretty soon your pupils will become real published authors and it’s thanks to your dedication to their literacy skills.

Below is some information that we hope you find useful. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

We hope you enjoy the programme and the immense source of pride you will feel when your books are delivered for launch!

Navigating the Members’ Area

Now that you have access to the members’ area you will have noticed the buttons for Weeks 1 through to 4. Each week has three lessons and two worksheets and lessons will be viewed in slideshow format. It can be projected through the interactive board, accessed individually on tablets or through a class computer/computers – even phones (although we’re sure they are not allowed in class!), whatever way suits your school.

The worksheets can be printed off after the relevant lessons and handed out in class.

At the end of the four weeks (guideline of two hours per “week”) each student will have produced a short story, which will have been edited and proof-read by them as part of the lessons.

Once all stories have been collated they should then be emailed back to us as per the submission guidelines, accessed via the “Submission” button, also in the members’ area.

There are a couple of vlogs to watch there before you get started too.

When you finish the book and are considering your book launch – there are certificates of achievement to be printed off and handed out to each pupil as well as launch posters in the “Forms & Posters” area, to advertise the event beforehand.

Your course access will expire approximately three months after initial access is granted.

As mentioned, we give a guideline of two hours per week, for four weeks, to go through the course but your teachers can obviously set tasks like writing introductions etc for homework outside of that, before the following week’s lessons.

We also invite schools to use their art classes to allow the children to draw a symbol that represents their story and we can fit up to 32 of these on the cover, including the school logo. Some schools just allow one class to do the artwork, others run competitions to pick the best 31 etc. It’s totally up to you but as you have about 105 pupils submitting to the book you could look at allowing 7/8 pupils from each class to put their artwork forward.

After that, see submission guidelines for artwork.

With the lessons and exercises, remember that all of your classes can log on and work through them in their own classrooms, separately, at a time that suits them. The important thing to remember is that one single word document must be supplied with all participants’ work, at the end. So one teacher can be appointed the main contact and the other teachers can email one word doc with all of the stories from their class to the main contact, at the end. That teacher can then copy and paste all into one word doc (again, see submission guidelines for more info) before sending back to us.

You will also need to pick a title for your book – most schools allow each writer/class to submit a suggestion and then the teacher/principal picks the best one.

We hope your pupils enjoy the course.


The guideline for the course is two hours a week for four weeks – but we allow access for a term because we are well aware that you are juggling so many projects, lessons and plans!

To give you an idea though, once you have received your login details, if you take 8 weeks to complete (so based on doing the programme every second week) you will need to submit by the ninth week.

There is a three week turnaround period for delivery of your books – this includes submission, book layout and cover design, sending you your digital proof, you approving it and us sending it to print after any requested changes, then delivery to your door.

If you don’t allow the three weeks for turnaround you may be disappointed for your launch and we don’t want that to happen.

If you can, work the course over four consecutive weeks and give yourself plenty of time to collate the stories, produce your contents list and send us the files.

By the last week of the course start to look at sending the order forms home with your pupils, allowing parents plenty of time to consider how many copies they would like to order.

The final number has to be submitted when you approve your proof file, at the latest.

If you have any questions of difficulties – or you would like us to give you a specific deadline date based on your planned launch, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01 477 3426 or


Please ensure you do not submit your word file without checking the following…

  1. That you have included your book title.
  2. That you have included your principal’s foreword if he/she is providing one.
  3. That you have included your contents list. This list should include a number before each story that matches the order of those in the book. It should also include the story title and the name of the author. It is vital that each story corresponds with the order of appearance in the book.
  4. That you have included the title, author name, age and class at the top of each story (in the book).
  5. That each new story starts on a new page.
  6. That you have your artwork scanned and ready to submit also.
  7. That you have sent the order forms home for parents.


Please follow the Submission guidelines to send your stories and artwork to us for publication.


If you have any questions that cannot be answered from our FAQ section, do not hesitate to contact us on


If you/your principal or your students would like to record or write a testimonial we would very much welcome it. Any length of word file is welcome and videos, although typically under two minutes will be uploaded regardless.

We appreciate your participation in our programme and will use all feedback to benefit it and our future authors.

Please email all testimonials to with the subject line testimonial.

Founder’s Welcome

Joe Pendergast – A Word of Advice

The Printing Process – How your Book is Made

Let’s Learn some Publishing Terminology

Tales from a Professional Storyteller

Top Tips from Poet and Illustrator Paul Tubb

Media Coverage

Eight easy steps to submitting your book for print…

  1. Copy and paste the stories from each author, from every class involved, into a word file – in the order that you want them to appear in your book.
  2. Stories should be typed in Times New Roman font and set at size 10pt. All text should be black. The story title size should then be at least 2pts bigger than the story text.
  3. Ensure that the first few pages contain a contents list. This list should include a number before each story that matches the order of those in the book. It should also include the story title and the name of the author. It is vital that each story corresponds with the order of appearance in the book. There is no need, however, to include page numbers.
  4. Double-check that the title, author name and class are also, all included at the top of each story (in the book) and that each story starts on a new page.
  5. Do one final scan as confirmation that all stories are included and check it against the contents list.
  6. If you would like to include a foreword from the Principal (optional) this needs to appear at the start of the file.
  7. REMEMBER – you must be satisfied that the work submitted is what will go to print.
  8. Attach your word file and email to

Four easy steps to submitting your cover art…

  1. We will design your book cover with anything from 1 piece of artwork to 32, including your school’s logo.
  2. Scan each picture separately, as a JPEG, and high res (300 dpi minimum).
  3. Save into one single folder under the name of your school.
  4. Use a file transferring service (e.g. wetransfer) to email your folder to

What is a Press Release?

A press release is an official statement issued to newspapers giving information on a particular matter.

Why Write a Press Release?

There are several reasons that your school might issue a press release…

  • To tell those interested locally, about the good work that you are doing in your school.
  • To share the innovative projects your school is partaking in.
  • To showcase the fruits of your labour.
  • To promote the improvement of literacy skills.
  • To encourage your pupils to take pride in their work and reward them for it.

Who do I send my press release to?

The places most likely to be interested in your press release are your local newspaper, magazine and radio station. That is not to say that there won’t be an angle that will garner national attention so feel free to send it to all media outlets.

Top Tips for Writing my Press Release

  • Find a good angle (the fact that your pupils have become real published authors is perfect!) and provide a catchy headline.
  • Use a sub-headline to give a little more info that will draw the reader in.
  • Provide details including who, what, why, where, when and how the event happened.
  • Include a quote from the school principal.
  • Ensure to include up to three pictures from the launch; for example – include one of the book itself, the class/classes in a group holding their books up proudly and some of the children reading from their book at the launch.
  • Don’t forget to include picture captions at the end of your release and contact information.
  • Don’t forget to include the website for those reading and interested in taking part in the programme.
  • Remember: You can invite your local paper/radio station to the launch itself and send on the press release afterwards too.

Don’t Forget!

  • To send us any photos/videos from your book launch as well as newspaper clippings/recordings from any media coverage your press release attracts.

Sample Press Release

SUB-HEADLINE: The talented authors from St Louise de Marillac launched their book, A World of Imagination, on Friday.

There were huge celebrations, pride and plenty of emotion as the girls from third class in St Louise’s primary school, Ballyfermot, launched their very own book in front of a crowd packed with proud family and friends. The students took part in the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme; giving each and every child the chance to have her story featured in a published book.
Principal of St Louise’s, Kathryn Crowley, who hails from Knocklyon, was thrilled for her school to participate and spoke of her delight to see so many students engage their creativity and embrace the programme. She said: “The Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme has been a really positive experience for us. It gave our children a real and authentic audience for their writing. The fact that they were going to become published authors really spurred them on and encouraged them to do their very best work.”
“We hope that this programme will spur the students on to do even greater things in the world of literature and publishing. This is the first of many anthologies too, as we plan for this to become a tradition in our school.” Founder of Emu Ink, Emer Cleary, said it was an “absolute pleasure” to attend the launch on Friday afternoon and praised the hard work and dedication of the students as well as their principal and teachers in following the online course and producing a fantastic anthology.
She said: “The idea of the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme is that the pupils are taken on a journey; one that sees them not only write the content of the book but edit their work and proof-read it for print. A World of Imagination by the students of St Louise’s is a book that’s indicative of limitless imagination and talent. They have done an amazing job, I am proud to be their publisher.”
For more information about the Emu Ink Schools’ Publishing Programme visit

To talk to (principal’s or teacher’s name here) call XXXX

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At Emu Ink our passion is giving young people a voice. We want you to express your thoughts and feelings, develop your writing abilities and in doing so take care of your mental health and wellbeing. Never has this been more important than now.

Through The Covid Book Project you will give an account of your life during this time. Your story will ensure that a public record of this period is available in your school and throughout the wider community for posterity, when facts about this period will no doubt be taught as a theme in social and living history.

We offer full support through our online resources or your school can simply set you the task of writing a story or poem at home and emailing it back to your teacher, who will then send a full word file back to us.

Below is a video that will help you begin to piece together your Covid story…

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