The first book in the Elemental Witches series is available in a number of south east bookshops as well online at Amazon and the Book Depository
A recent WIT graduate Ryan Cogley, has recently published his first novel under the pen name R.N. Cogley.
The Elemental Witches, tells the story of Anna de Midia, a young law student who must juggle college life with her role as an Elemental Fire Witch-Witch Hunter hybrid.
Although the launch night of The Elemental Witches had to be postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions, The Elemental Witches is available for purchase from Amazon, The Book Depository and The Book Centre Waterford and Wexford, and in Red Books Book Shop in St Peter’s Square, Co Wexford.
Ryan, who holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from WIT and is hoping to pursue a Research Masters in the area of Forensic Psychology, says his experiences from attending WIT heavily influenced many aspects of the book’s storyline, particularly the setting and certain college activities. These experiences gave him a distinct outlook on the college perspective, enhancing his ability to engage with college-aged readers.
Since its publication, The Elemental Witches has received numerous 5-star reviews and has reached the bestsellers’ section in the author’s local Book Centre.
“It was incredible to see something I wrote for sale. I never thought I would get this far,” said Ryan. “I still can’t believe it’s all real. I will be forever grateful for all the encouraging comments and reviews both my book and I have received,” he says.
“This is a great achievement as it shows his versatility as a writer and his ability to write creatively,” said Dr Sinead Conneely, Law Lecturer at WIT.
After numerous rejections from Publishing Houses over the concerns of being a ‘first time author’, Ryan decided to go down the self-publishing route. Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) proved to be the best fit for Ryan.
According to Ryan, the process was very easy to do. Amazon provides numerous video tutorials for both the publication of E-Books and Paperbacks which makes the self-publishing process very achievable. Further, although the author takes on a lot of work when going down the self-publishing route, the author can keep all the rights to their book and can even pick their own cover. Amazon KDP provides a plethora of premade covers, but Ryan decided to enlist the help of his family in this regard by getting his twin brother, Brandon, to design the gripping cover.
With the tremendous help of Red Books in Wexford, Ryan was able to see his book for sale on the shelves of a bookstore for the first time. With growing confidence from the success of his book in Red Books, Ryan branched out, through email, to other bookshops in his area, particularly the Book Centre Wexford where The Elemental Witches is now a bestseller.
Since its publication, Ryan has made a Facebook page for his book and has recently had an article written about his book’s publication in the Wexford People newspaper.
Ryan invites people to give The Elemental Witches a like on Facebook for updates on its progress and for teasers from The Elemental Witches: Croí Draíochta (Book 2 in the Elemental Witches Series).
About the Elemental Witches
Anna de Midia is a young law student who must adapt to college life whilst simultaneously settling into her new position as an Elemental Fire Witch-Witch Hunter hybrid. Following a series of burning events, Anna must hunt down her fellow Elemental Witches of Air, Water and Earth in order to prevent the end of days being brought about by the Demon King, Balor, and the Deireadh Prophecy. What ensues is a final brutal battle with the Elemental Witches and the Guardians on one side, and Balor and his army of Irish demons on the other.
‘The Elemental Witches’ is an entertaining and gripping story of a young student who must set aside all of her previous life goals and plans in order to accept her destiny.