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Just launched: The Unity Game

The Unity game launch

(c) Anna McCarthy


We were very pleased to celebrate the launch of the second book we have worked on for Leonora Meriel, The Unity Game, in Teddington last week. Leonora is a very talented writer with a very professional attitude towards self-publishing. This has stood her in good stead and since she launched her first book, The Woman Behind The Waterfall, back in October 2016, she has gone on to have it stocked in Waterstone’s branches throughout the UK. She has also gained some fantastic reviews – including one from Esther Freud, who described her work as “strange and beautiful”. Her second book ventures into new territory for her as a writer, with elements of the metaphyscial and a touch of sci-fi, opening up her writing to a new readership. We worked with her to produce a gorgeous hardback as well as a paperback and eBook edition, all of which are available internationally.


“After entrusting I_AM Self-Publishing with my debut novel, I didn’t hesitate to work with them on my follow-up. They have the full range of services an author needs, and they are also in contact with the best freelancers available. It’s a highly personalised service.” Leonora Meriel

About The Unity Game

LeonMer Unity GameA New York banker is descending into madness.A being from an advanced civilization is racing to stay alive.A dead man must unlock the secrets of an unknown dimension to save his loved ones.

From the visions of Socrates in ancient Athens, to the birth of free will aboard a spaceship headed to Earth, The Unity Game tells a story of hope and redemption in a universe more ingenious and surprising than you ever thought possible.

Metaphysical thriller and interstellar mystery, this is a ‘complex, ambitious and thought-provoking novel’ from an exciting and original new voice in fiction.

Available on Amazon and Waterstones.

To find out more about Leonora or read a free extract from either of her books, check out her website: http://www.leonorameriel.com/

(c) Pictures: http://www.annamccarthy.com

Just launched: Mediterranean Summer

Jane is a successful traditionally published author of books drenched in sunshine that just scream out to be packed in your suitcase and taken on holiday. Although books 1 and 2 in her Catalonia Trilogy were published the traditional way, she approached us because she wanted to try self-publishing for the third book. She wanted to experience a different way of doing things, and to be in the driving seat of the whole process, and specifically to have control of the marketing herself. Having been traditionally published she had seen the importance of strong marketing and wanted to get involved with things like Facebook ads herself. We proofread her wonderful story, produced a summery cover for her, published the paperback and have given her some 1:1 marketing advice too. If you want to escape into the perfect summer sunshine read, check out Mediterranean Summer.

About Mediterranean Summer (Book 3 in the Catalonia Trilogy)

Mediterranean Summer‘Beautiful artist, beautiful woman, and beautiful lover.’

May 1968 and Paris is hot with rebellion, passion and hope, as protestors clash with the riot police. Brilliant art student Laure stands boldly on the barricades, heady with her new-found defiance, and is swept into romance with Lolo, the fascinating student leader. But youthful rebellion comes at a cost.
Two months later, the excitement is over. Laure heads home for the summer to Vermeilla, her picturesque Mediterranean village. She looks forward to the simplicity of village life, and to a summer in the sun with family and friends, but is aware that the new Laure may shock her little Catalan community.
But even Vermeilla isn’t protected from the forces of change. Shadows hang over both Laure and her village haven. Can she battle the menace that has followed her from Paris? And can she trust Robert, the aloof lawyer who may be the only one who can keep her safe?

Available now on Amazon

‘A really beautiful story that transported me away to a place I have never been, but yet I feel will now always be a part of me. Gorgeous.’   Vine Voice reviewer Beanie Luck

About Jane MacKenzie

Jane MacKenzie has lived and worked in many far flung corners of the world, including Gambia, Bahrain, Papua New Guinea and Switzerland. Having built her own business and enjoyed a spell working at CERN in Geneva, Jane realised her dream of writing. She splits her time between the Scottish Highlands and Roussillon in the South of France, the region which inspired Daughter of Catalonia.

To find out more about Jane Mackenzie – check out her fantastic website: janemackenzie.co.uk

Get ready for Indie Author Fringe 2017!

Indie Author Fringe

What is Indie Author Fringe?

Indie Author Fringe is an online conference for self-publishing authors, organised 3 times a year by Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). ALLi brings together the most up-to-date self-publishing education and information available and broadcasts it to authors everywhere.

Running 24 completely FREE sessions over 24 continuous hours allows authors round the globe to attend live sessions, no matter where they’re located. (But don’t worry, we don’t expect you to stay up all night! You can always catch up later or replay any parts you want to watch again.) These sessions are run by self-publishing gurus and bestselling self-published authors – so you will certainly learn a lot of useful tips and tricks when it comes to how to self-publish really professionally.

Over the course of the year, they take authors across all stages of the author-publishing journey: writing, editorial, design, production, distribution, sales, marketing, rights licensing, money matters and living the indie author life. This time, the focus is on how to sell more books – one of the biggest challenges for any self-published author today.


Ali Dewji’s session at the Indie Author Fringe: Sat 3rd June

Indie Author FringeNot only are we very proud to sponsor Indie Author Fringe, our very own marketing director, Ali Dewji, will be running an unmissable event for any author wanting to boost sales without marketing taking over their life. Join him on Saturday 3rd June for:

Stop Wasting Time and Money on Marketing That Doesn’t Work

Frustrated by a lack of marketing results? Overwhelmed and not sure where to start or what will work for you? You are not alone. I’ve seen many well-meaning authors waste time and resources keeping busy but getting nowhere when it comes to marketing. Even authors with a marketing plan can end up targeting the wrong people with the wrong message or having the wrong offer in the wrong place.

In this session, I’ll show you how to avoid wasting your energy and budget on things that don’t result in book sales, and teach you how to stay focused with my proven T.R.A.C.K. book marketing system.”


  • Learn the impact that research and targeting has on your marketing plan, and where most authors go wrong
  • Discover the vital components of an efficient author marketing plan, so selling books doesn’t take over your life
  • Assess which marketing activities are most likely to attract your readers and convert them into loyal fans
  • Avoid classic author marketing pitfalls that waste your time, energy and budget


As part of the Indie Author Fringe, we are running a very special competition. The winner will get Ali for an hour! A 1:1 is up for grabs, where you can get individual and tailored feedback on your current marketing activities and advice on how to build (or re-build) your marketing plan, as well as the opportunity to discuss or ask any questions you have about self-publishing and author marketing. An invaluable session for any author (also worth $150).

Sessions can take place over Skype or in person. Find out more here.

See the full Indie Author Fringe line up here.

And make sure you sign up here.

We hope to see you there!