John Joyce addresses Coder Dojo

John Joyce addresses Coder Dojo

As part of a programme organised by the Marine Institute of Ireland (Foras na Mara) to interest young computer experts in creating online games to promote marine conservation Spindrift’s founder and Creative Director John Joyce gave an introductory talk about the ocean and its importance to the continued survival of humanity. His talk can now be viewed on You Tube at...
Spindrift Press features on IPG Web Site

Spindrift Press features on IPG Web Site

        Spindrift Press featured recently in the ‘Meet the Member’ section of the Independent Publishers’ Guild (IPG) with the following entry: 1 What’s your company called? Spindrift Press. 2 What do you publish? Adventure and techno-thriller novels and cartoon-illustrated books in our FUNderstood series. 3 What’s the story of the company? Spindrift Press began as a publishing start-up to explore new ways of educating young people about the sea using its Black John the Bogus Pirate Cartoon Workbook of Marine Beasts. It teaches young people to draw cartoons while explaining to them, in simple terms, the marine biology behind each drawing. It has proved enormously successful and has featured at various events and on television, and will be followed by more FUNderstood books and children’s novels. Spindrift has also published five novels for grown-ups. 4 How’s business? We are still in start-up mode and working at raising our profile internationally, primarily through online outlets like Amazon, and nationally here in Ireland via book festivals and events. Book sales are slow for novels, but brisk for the children’s books, since they are promoted directly through events and appear to have a wider appeal due to their cartoon illustrations. 5 What do you enjoy about being independent? I enjoy the creative freedom of being able to produce the books I want to produce, and the challenge of producing a high quality product that can be sold at a profit. Spindrift employs a professional designer and editor, as well as educational consultants to ensure that our books are on a par with those produced by larger publishers, and I...
Spindrift Celebrates World Book Day

Spindrift Celebrates World Book Day

‘Black John the Bogus Pirate’ helped Spindrift Press celebrate World Book Day here in Ireland with his special cartoon workshops to pupils of Gael Scoíl Báile Átha Í and Scoil Mhicíl Naofa in Athy Library today (March 5th). Many thanks to Ann Kearney and all the staff for a wonderful event. (Photos Courtesy of Ann Kearney – Athy Library) The ‘Black John the Bogus Pirate – Cartoon Workbook of Marine Beasts’ is available from Spindrift Press...
‘Masterpiece’ is ‘Book of the Week’

‘Masterpiece’ is ‘Book of the Week’

John Joyce’s novel ‘Masterpiece’ featured at ‘Book of the Week’ in the Dublin paper ‘Southside People’ on the 4th February.   According to the article – “While the fast-paced plot, detailed background information and exotic locations are key ingredients of ‘Masterpiece’, Joyce places great emphasis on the evolving and volatile relationship between his two central characters – Gabrielle, the perfectionist French police woman desperate to realise her dead fiancée’s dream of COMETT – a specialist European police unit to combat hi-tech terrorism and Flynn, the former terrorist with a wide network of friends in low places.   You can read the entire article on page 21 of the 4th February edition on the Southside People Website HERE.   Masterpiece is available at Amazon in hard copy or e-book format...
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS AND SUPPLIERS

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS AND SUPPLIERS

Happy Christmas to everyone who supported Spindrift Press in 2014 – by buying a book or supplying a service. Looking forward to more books, more events and even more fun in 2015 – featuring a fully cartoon-illustrated ‘FUNderstood’ edition of the childrens’ underwater adventure book Captain Cockle and the Cormorant, with additional material and lesson plans for teachers linked to the Irish, UK and US curricula....
‘Fire & Ice’ Scrapes Amazon top 500

‘Fire & Ice’ Scrapes Amazon top 500

Thanks to the online promotion on Amazon over the weekend in support of the Dublin Book Festival, the Spindrift novel ‘Fire & Ice’ peaked at # 503 in the Amazon rankings on Saturday 15th November and remains at 507 today, Sunday 16th. To the best of our knowledge, Amazon currently has over 11 million titles for sale.     BOTH FIRE & ICE AND MASTERPIECE ARE STILL FREE ON KINDLE UNTIL 12 MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME ON KINDLE (7.00 am...
New Titles FREE ON KINDLE

New Titles FREE ON KINDLE

To celebrate the Dublin Book Festival (and the fact that he is another year older today !!!) John Joyce has authorised Spindrift Press to offer his two latest novels – Fire & Ice and Masterpiece – FREE ON KINDLE today and tomorrow (November 15th and 16th). So follow the links to to MASTERPIECE and FIRE & ICE to get your free kindle books. Thanks John and Happy Birthday from all of us at Spindrift. P.S. We won’t tell anyone EXACTLY how old you are if you don’t...
BLACK JOHN ON RTE TV’s ‘ELEV8’

BLACK JOHN ON RTE TV’s ‘ELEV8’

Black John the Bogus Pirate featured on the RTE 2 young people’s programme ELEV8 this afternoon (13th November) with his famous ‘Cartoon Workbook of Marine Beasts”.                   During the session the Bogus Pirate showed viewers how to draw jellyfish and sea anemones, fish and sharks. Black John will be back at the Dublin Book Festival this Sunday with his full workshop on a range of marine animals. BUY THE BLACK JOHN THE BOGUS PIRATE WORKBOOK...
Spindrift Press at Dublin Book Festival

Spindrift Press at Dublin Book Festival

Spindrift Press features in the Dublin Book Festival this year with John Joyce’s latest novels – Masterpiece and Fire & Ice, copies of which will be left on both the Red and Green lines of Dublin’s hugely successful tram system LUAS on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th November. The event invites commuters to take books from Irish publishers from the tram, read them and return them another day for someone else to read. Organisers are asking people to tweet about the books they read via #BooksOnLuas. Copies of Masterpiece will be available for sale at the Festival bookshop or direct from Spindrift Press. John Joyce himself will be making an appearance at the Festival, in the guise of ‘Black John the Bogus Pirate’ on Sunday 16th in one of his very popular cartoon drawing classes for children of all ages. Full details of the Dublin Book Festival are available at...

Black John Strikes Again in Galway !

            Everyone’s favourite mischievous mariner – Black John the Bogus Pirate – strikes again this Sunday (9th November) with his marine biological cartoon classes at the Galway Atlantaquaria’ s Sunday Funday (http://www.nationalaquarium.ie/). Classes are approximately 25 minutes long and suitable for budding cartoonists and marine biologists of all ages. All materials at this event will be provided – including a free copy of the Black John the Bogus Pirate’s Cartoon Workbook of Marine Beasts to take away – courtesy of the Galway Atlantaquaria. Black John will also be invading the Dublin Book Festival on Sunday 16th November at 12.20 pm. (http://www.dublinbookfestival.com/category/news/black-john-the-bogus-pirates-cartoon-class-for-children-with-john-joyce/) Places for this event are limited to BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment – and possible keel-hauling!!!!! YOU CAN BUY YOUR VERY OWN COPY OF BLACK JOHN’S CARTOON WORKBOOK OF MARINE BEASTS...