Testimonials from Business Professionals

My first book is called Perfectly Imperfect Parenting: Connection Not Perfection, and connection is exactly what I felt when I first spoke to Orla Kelly about publishing it. Orla was friendly and approachable from the outset, but also had the expertise I needed in terms of layout and presentation of the book. I have to say I am so happy with the final product! Every aspect, from the graphic design of the cover image, to the layout of the Chapters and the fonts and graphics within, have turned out better than I could have hoped. Orla not only offers her own expertise but offers a comprehensive service from beginning to end of the process which is just what a first-time author needs! Thank you Orla!
Dr Mary O Kane



I can safely say that without Orla Kelly, my book would not have been published. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she is full of great ideas. If you’re interested in publishing a book, I highly recommend Orla.
Neil O’Brien



“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Orla. It was my first book and I wanted everything to be perfect. I had million questions and million things to clarify, and Orla was always there for me. She has made the entire process really enjoyable. Her professionalism, attention to the detail, artistic approach really exceeded my expectations. She got my book cover design just exactly how I imagined it from the first attempt. I never felt the need to explain what I wanted (in terms of the interior formatting); she just read my book and knew exactly what would make it fabulous. Orla was patient and flexible with me, when I wanted to make some changes after the book was published. Even, when the process was finished, she is always available for me whenever I have any questions. Orla is a true gem for authors, her service always overdrives!”
Anna Simpson



It has been my privilege to work with Orla Kelly in publishing of my last two parenting books. She has assisted me with preparing the layout, and with the publishing of those volumes onto all the key online book selling platforms.

She has given me invaluable advice regarding the presentation and many great tips that help to gain traction for my other resources, as well as present and past published books, and the value of this is becoming evident in the monthly financial returns.

If you find the final preparation and uploading of your book to be an onerous or daunting task, then Orla is the lady who can take the weight off your shoulders, leaving you to focus on what every writer loves to focus on – the writing!

I have also progressed to the point of publication of another volume faster than I would previously have managed, as have a tendency to procrastinate when there are tasks I am loathe to do. With Orla taking care of my ‘headache’ tasks, I am left free to pursue my writing and book marketing, which are more than full-time tasks in themselves. This means that working with Orla also makes financial sense because with a faster output of books I can attract more readers, and this creates the momentum that every author is seeking to achieve.

The big bonus of working with Orla, besides her friendly yet professional approach and her dedication to the task, is that on numerous occasions she has made herself readily available – whether it has been to solve a tricky problem with something as small as a chapter heading, or a serious hiccup in the uploading when there is a deadline to be reached! When she is working with me, I can forget that she has other clients also seeking her attention because she always responds timeously and gives me her full and patient attention until we have satisfactorily worked through the concern. She has also proved herself willing go well beyond the call of duty, helping me to overcome a challenge or to source required assistance when the task needed a particular expertise.

If you are a business person looking to publish a book that will be an enhancement to your professional status, I highly recommend Orla Kelly Publishing.
Val Mullally MA



“Orla came up trumps for my book.  She covered all the bases for a first-time publisher, assisting me along the path at each decision-point and for each wobble, never failing in her encouragement.  She was thorough and more than generous with her time – like a good parent standing by to support every challenge that arose.  She’s worth her weight in gold and I would highly recommend her to any would-be self-publisher.  I owe her a great debt of gratitude, and certainly a night out next time I am in Cork.”
Hazel Boylan



Orla is a gem in the busy world of book publishers. Like most of her clients she started by learning how to write and publish and sell her own book, so she truly understands the complexity of the challenge involved and all the options. And she thrives on it. I have seen Orla grow her business, publish more and more books – many through well deserved referral. Orla also helped me get published too. She was so professional and committed in the process. If you are thinking of publishing a book, Orla is a fountain of wisdom – but more than that, just a lovely person who will get onboard your project, become a fantastic team player and commit well beyond a hundred percent.
Gwenn Clayton



I am working on my second book with Orla and I find her so approachable and professional. No question is too silly (and I have a lot of annoying ones) and she is so helpful. If you have a book in you then Orla is the right person to get your story out there! Thank you Orla.
Samantha Kelly



Orla Kelly is a professional publisher, very helpful and kind. Working with her was a real pleasure. Reliable business partner provides the work relevant to the highest standards. I can recommend Orla to any new author thinking of publishing their first book.
Victoria Herocten



Orla was recommended to us by a close and dear friend. Before we decided to handover my book to any publisher of course we looked around.

But the moment I spoke to Orla over the phone as we were in lockdown and never met as in person only on online, I knew straight away my book was in capable hands and that’s exactly how it was from day one to the day it went to the printers, Amazon and Ingramspark. And the design of the front and back covers the layout I was so impressed. 

I would recommend Orla to anyone specially if it’s your first book because anytime something was not clear you can email or call Orla too.

It was lovely experience from start to end and certainly for my next book I will not look around for anyone. Thank you so much.
Kamalika Ranasingha-Kamalika’s Recipes with Love



I engaged the services of Orla Kelly publishers earlier this year to publish my first book Midlife Women Rock: A Menopause Story for a New Generation. From our first conversation I knew Orla was the individual to bring my vision for the book to reality. Her professionalism and the high quality of the work she produces has to be recommended. She has been so easy to work with, readily available by phone or email throughout the process. Her ongoing direction, feedback and insightful knowledge of the publishing world made the whole process an enjoyable experience. Furthermore, her calm approach really reassured me that the book would be ready for publication in October 2021 and we made it! From a first-time writer’s perspective, I highly recommend Orla and her team and look forward to working with her again in the future.
Breeda Bermingham – Midlife Women Rock: A Menopause Story for a New Generation



At the end of five years’ work on my book, it was time to hand my project over to someone who could, and did, make my pipedream a reality. 

That was daunting as I had a very clear idea of what I wanted, and even a slight slip-up in the closing stages would have bothered me going forward – published author or not. After hearing good things about Orla Kelly, I decided she was the person to trust, and she delivered on that trust. She far exceeded it, really, as the books that were delivered to my home were of a quality I would have felt greedy in demanding. Simply put, my book looked as good as any I’d seen. 

Orla was professional throughout, but she was also easy to get along with and made what could have been a stressful few months seem very breezy. I would happily recommend Orla’s work to anyone who is thinking of publishing their writing.
Tadhg Evans – A Storied Kingdom: Sports, culture, history, and human-interest stories from County Kerry



I didn’t know Orla Kelly before I contacted her about my book project. She shared her knowledge and gave me valuable self-publishing advice. Orla let me work away at my own pace until I was happy to start the self-publishing process. What I really liked was that Orla was realistic about my goals and time-frame. At each step she delivered promptly. Her cover design was a winner, and has been widely admired. Self-publication offered me the opportunity to put forward my own ideas for both content and design. Orla turned them into a book I am very proud of. In the frantic final two weeks she was available to check and correct things. She was personally interested in my writing project, and it showed. I couldn’t help smiling when I got the first copy! Publishing is changing, and Orla Kelly is right on the cusp of that change
Carole Coleman broadcaster and author Oct 2021



I strongly recommend Orla Kelly as an adviser and mentor on self-publishing. Orla is exactly the mentor and guide you need to take you safely and successfully through the complex and daunting process of online and self-publishing. . She knows online and self-publishing inside out – based on years of experience. Orla will take you through everything step-by-step, simply and clearly and give good advice all along the way. She sets high standards that will benefit the ‘look and feel’ of your book and she is always focussed on getting the best solution. Orla is meticulous about proofreading. Silly errors really annoy readers. She works with the best of printers and designers, the latter being especially important since first impressions are very important in tempting readers to read a few lines of the first page. Orla is always available to chat by phone, video or Skype or to keep in touch by text and will always get back to you quickly. If the pressure comes on (as it surely will!) she remains calm and good humoured. Orla has good judgment – listen to her. For the quality of service she provides, the cost involved is realistic. Working with Orla, I’ve just successfully completed a major publishing project and I’m extremely pleased at the outcome and how we got there. This was a complex history book, lots of illustrations, index and bibliography. All delivered perfectly and in good time. (BTW, if you’re interested it’s called ‘Forgotten Revolution The Limerick Soviet 1919’!!).
Liam Cahill – Historian, Writer, Journalist



I really enjoyed working with Orla on publishing my books and journals. Orla has a wealth of knowledge which she generously shares. From the outset she communicated clearly, made the process easier, saved me lots of time – I also learned lots from her. I would recommend anyone who’s considering self-publishing to pick up the phone and contact Orla.

After three years gathering my thoughts, and three years writing, I approached Orla. My script clearly needed refining… cleaning up. From the very moment Orla said… “your title is too long, you shouldn’t throw the kitchen sink at your audience”, I confidently allowed Orla to begin refining what I had written. The final form of the published book is testimony to Orla’s professionalism, honesty, hard work and kindness. I am very happy with the final form and shape my book has taken. It wouldn’t have happened without you Orla. Thanks!
Tommy Treacy – Author of We Think We Own It: A Journey Towards Sustainability



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