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Just Launched: The Snake Escape

the snake escape

We are delighted to announce the launch of this charming picture book adventure story about a snake that is determined to escape life at the zoo. The Snake Escape is the debut book from Andrew Tomlin. Although he’s never written before, he has a great imagination and often finds himself day dreaming about interesting characters and scenarios. One day, on the train, he had a random thought: what if the man sitting next to him realised his tie was actually a snake! The crazy idea took seed and before he knew it, he had written a full story about a snake who camouflages himself in ingenious ways to avoid the clutches of the zookeeper. It will have children and adults alike laughing out loud.

Andrew came to us with the story written, typed up on a few sides of A4. He then sourced an illustrator who could provide really bright, colourful, engaging images. The idea was that children should really enjoy spotting the snake in his various guises. First, we had the text proofread, then our designers clearly laid out the text and illustrations on the pages, and finally, we set up a full colour, high quality, print-on-demand edition of the book that is now live! When working with books for young children, it is important to make the reading experience as easy as possible and the illustrations and enjoyable as possible. Having large, clear text and pictures with clues to spot, The Snake Escape great fun to read with youngsters.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with I AM Self-publishing and I was very pleased with the end product. I’m looking forward to working with Leila and the team again soon on my next project.” – Andrew Tomlin

 

About The Snake Escape

Blake was a snake that wanted to escape, but when he slips out of the zoo, he does not realise just how tricky it is to really run away. Join Blake on his journey as he tries to stay hidden and trick everyone…

Get your copy on Amazon here.

Just launched: Where The Streets Have No Name

mia louise connorAs huge dog lovers here at I AM Self-Publishing, we were proud to help Mia-Louise Connor get her very important message about homing foreign street dogs out.

A long time coming, this thought-provoking book is Mia-Louise Connor’s debut book. As someone who fell into street dog rescue herself five years ago via a social media platform with no knowledge of the complexities owning a street dog would entail, she found herself on a huge learning curve. Mia-Louise felt that given the unexpected issues she faced, and learning that others too were in despair and enduring the same or similar issues, something fundamental was essentially missing from the process of street dog rescuing: the education. This book offers all the information she wished she’d been given when she took her dogs in. She covers everything from the practicalities, to what to expect, and potentially what can go wrong too.

Mia-Louise comments, “Many foreign street dogs end up in fabulous homes in the UK. However, many are not so fortunate and travel miles just to end up in a UK shelter. How many slip through the net and enter dog fighting circles is anyone’s guess. It’s unfair on the dogs, for whom the whole process is terrifying, even if people are acting with the best intentions. It’s also hugely unfair on the people homing them under a false apprehension that these dogs are like any regular dog. 

I want to celebrate the lives of dogs, regardless of place of origin, educate those planning on taking this route, while remaining sensitive to our home grown dog problem. I aim to encourage responsible ownership and promote greater standards outside of in-house policies for those charities homing these dogs.

Of course, we jumped at the chance to be involved in such a worthy project. Our designers created a striking cover that instantly evokes sympathy for the dog. We produced a print-on-demand paperback that has just gone live on Amazon and many other retail platforms.

“Working with I AM Self-Publishing has made this vision possible. As a first-time author, I was completely unsure of the process and order in which things were meant to run. I feel the company have given me support and guidance, which has enabled my vision to manifest into something tangible, and something that I’m very proud of.  I felt my ideas were considered and worked with throughout the process as much as possible. Nothing was ever just assumed, and I didn’t feel rushed or overwhelmed by the self-publishing process, which has been a blessing.” – Mia-Louise Connor

About Where The Streets Have No Name

A must-read for anyone who is considering homing a street dog.

There is a growing online movement around homing street dogs, but many people don’t know where to start.
This book takes the subject of street dog rescue by the horns. M. Connor comprehensively looks at the implications of homing a street dog, both for people offering a dog a place in their home, and more importantly, for the dog and the dog’s country of origin.

Based on her personal experience, this book debunks myths associated with homing street dogs and gives them a fair hearing, while remaining sensitive to the UK issue of homeless dogs. It walks potential owners through everything they need to know, from legal obligations to potential behavioural issues, and gives an insight into the work that animal charities do.

This thought-provoking book is the debut work of author Mia-Louise Connor.

For more information on the author or to check out the doggie treats and teas she sells via her own shop, visit: thefuzznpupinndogemporium.co.uk

 

 

 

Just Launched: The Inner Lands

Like many authors, A. J. Justin had been working on his story in one way or another for a very long time. In fact, it began life over ten years before, as part of a creative writing project that became part of his final piece at university. The initial concept was simply about a young girl walking through a forest, who stumbles upon a clearing. In the clearing, a warrior kneels, crying. The reader doesn’t know who the girl is or what she’s doing; who the warrior is or why he’s crying – and neither did the author at that point.

Having developed the characters, themes, and his writing style for many years throughout the story-telling process, A. J. Justin was finally ready to self-publish. But having spent so long getting the story absolutely perfect, he wanted to make sure the publication of his book would be would be perfect too. He needed to feel that his “baby” was in professional hands.

“The self-publishing process is daunting. As authors, we’ve spent so long trying to perfect our work that the thought of then leaving the final stage in somebody else’s hands is utterly terrifying. I looked at about five other self publishing companies before I found I Am Self-Publishing. They were the only ones who seemed willing to tailor a package to my specific needs, which incidentally made for a much cheaper quote than I’d received from others.  I Am Self-Publishing walked me through every stage of the process, and when I was finally able to hold my book tightly and proudly in both hands, it made it all worthwhile. This was my first of three novels in a series and I look forward to working with I Am Self-Publishing again for the other two.” – A. J. Austin

 

About The Inner Lands: Something Stirs Volume 1

A. J. Justin

 

For centuries, the mountainous borders of the Inner Lands had kept the monstrous Grinth at bay, and people had finally found peace. But their complacency would be their undoing, for everything was about to change. As their world falls apart around them, an unlikely bond between a young girl, beaten by her father, and a conflicted warrior, haunted by his tragic past, could well seal the fate of all humanity.

As they fight for their survival, a final battle looms. But before they can stand a chance against the Grinth, they’ll first have to conquer their own pasts. Will friendship and strength prevail? Or will the cunning and cruelty of evil twist the world into turmoil? Nothing is certain in the Inner Lands.

When Fallor called a meeting for the entire Hillock village, little did Sill know that it was just the beginning in a series of events that would reshape everything she knew about their small world. The banishing of her abusive father frees her to embark on a journey of her own. One in which she encounters incredible natural wonders like the Moonmirror Peak, mysterious people like Draneth the shaman and his hawk, Tamarellin, strange men with stranger eyes; and the mighty Rydan Fort, built into the side of a mountain.

It could have been the adventure of her dreams, were it not for the monstrous creatures that pursue her all the way; bringing death, destruction and tragedy to everything and everyone she grows to cherish. The power she kept a secret for so long is too much for her young mind to handle but she’ll have to learn how to wield it, and quickly, if she’s to survive in this harsh new world.

See what all the reviewers are raving about. Get a free Kindle sample on Amazon here.

Keep in touch with the author on his social media: twitter.com/author_austin and www.facebook.com/a.j.austin.author.