04 Nov Welcome to the Team, Michael O’Hare – Meet our new Researcher!
We’ve got someone new to introduce!
I’ve been researching a lot, particularly over the last two years – it’s been slow progress and painstaking. I had the idea to publish a book series aimed at helping authors in 2022. Really niche topics like how to utilise Twitter, ways to market books when on a budget, advice and resources to start writing your first book. I’d started the research and have a good few pages written (saved on my phone, in notes, on my laptop, in my Drive), scattered because I was grabbing 15 mins on a commute or between client calls to write.
But I’ve learned that it’s a positive thing and a sign of good leadership to admit when you are overloaded with work and need help – expert help. And so, I put out an advert and had lots of applications sent my way. After a few weeks of just not finding the right person, I went to a job fair and there I met Michael O’Hare who impressed me enough in our 15min conversation that I invited him to interview for the job. And one week later, he interviewed for and then accepted the role of researcher.
He is a breath of fresh air and I love his way of looking at things. Michael has (insert some notes from experience.)
Michael is going to be taking charge of our video production (yes, I’m slightly terrified!) and we’ll be uploading some author interviews with a few Scottish clients and some videos of me sharing some writing tips – feel free to send us some suggestions of what areas you are struggling with.
Video is becoming increasingly important when it comes to marketing and I do think that many of us forget that a book is a commercial product sometimes! I often have to remind clients that marketing a book and putting ourselves out these are authors is key to book sales. But it’s scary, I know!
So, I’m going to be asking Michael to share some advice on getting it right and feeling more comfortable.
More about Michael:
Here is his first blog post:
Our writer and researcher, Michael O’Hare, is a freelance audio and video editor whose clients have ranged from Glasgow University’s Sociology Dept to Glasgow University’s Education Dept. Over the past year, Michael has been producing podcasts which are broadcast weekly to the inmates of HMS Barlinnie, as well as volunteering at Glasgow’s own community station, Clyde Built Radio. In his spare time, Michael reads, produces music and is on the advisory board of critically acclaimed underground record label, 12th Isle.