Category: Just launched

Just Launched: Quirkswood Avenue

We are delighted to announce the launch of Quirkswood Avenue by Jack Daniel Birch. Jack approached us with a collection of short stories that each had an element of the dark and mysterious. Although he had spent a long time crafting his stories, he knew he needed the fresh perspective of a proofreader to help tidy up the little niggles that he had become too close to the story to see for himself.

Whilst we proofread his stories, one of our top designers got to work on his atmospheric cover. Jack Daniel Birch had quite a strong idea of what he wanted the feel of the cover to be. We worked closely with him to develop that very early stage idea into a really striking and intriguing cover design.

“Working with I_AM to put my first eBook out there was a great experience. When I first saw the front cover proofs, it became clear that my ideas had been heard and we were on the same page. The final cover perfectly captures the aesthetic I had in mind and makes for an eye catching design. The team were very helpful and always supportive with any questions I had, and I’m thrilled with the final result.” – Jack Daniel Birch

About Quirkswood Avenue

quirkswood avenueThe Little Fisherman: A strange fish is lurking in the ocean near Ivory Port, and its captor is promised riches beyond their wildest dreams. A young boy named Ralph Randall sets out to find it and save his family from destitution, but instead finds himself ensnared in the insidious company of Kallidus Kreed.

Meeting Marilyn: Nate goes for walks to escape the troubles of adolescence, and sits atop a mountain by the coast to collect his thoughts. Ordinarily, there’s no one else up there, except for the time he meets Marilyn and it becomes clear that things are not as they seem.

A Rose and a Darcy: Rose does her best to keep it together in the job she hates, while her boss, Dean, does everything he can to break her. When her psychiatrist, Miranda, provides a stress relief toy to help combat her anxiety, peculiar things begin to happen.

The Ballad of Dusty Rockwell: Dusty works at a movie theatre and dreams of moving to Hollywood and making it to the big screen, until he meets Nancy and her brother, Max. When opportunity strikes, he must choose between his relationship and his aspirations. Charlie and Chad, two teenage movie fanatics, get caught up in the aftermath and find themselves in another dimension.

Quirkswood Avenue is available now on Amazon.

Just launched: Fall Out

The Story Behind Fall Out

Lizzy-MumfreyLizzy Mumfrey lives is a small, tight-night community and started thinking about what could tear such a community apart. She envisaged a terror attack that involved some but not all of the community, centred in London. It gave a very interesting psychological standpoint from which to test and expose friendships and prejudices. The story was partly triggered by thinking about the fallout from the horrific 9/11 attack. However, since the book was launched, the UK has sadly suffered two severe terror attacks. She comments, :”I find myself in a strange, uncomfortable place. My  curious mind imagined a situation where a terrorist act, specifically on May 25th, tore apart a community. I pictured how people would react if their children were caught up in such a catastrophic event. I wove a story about innocent Muslims being unfairly blamed and harassed, Mum’s offering to take on their friends children orphaned by the atrocity, people who were “nearly there” but providentially escaped. For months I lived the lives of the people I was writing about and got to know them intimately. They took over my reality.  My novel Fall Out was published in April 2017. To now read the fallout from the bomb at Manchester, May 22nd, has sent shivers down my spine.”

One of the reasons that Fall Out is so realistic is the incredible level of detailed research Lizzy carried out, going to her local police station to learn how they would cope with a major incident, down to who would be seconded where. She was worried that her sudden interest in bombs might put her on some sort of watch list, but thankfully the police are used to working with authors who want to get all the details right.

Lizzy Mumfrey

“Working with I_Am Self Publishing has been a truly enabling experience.  When with trepidation I made my first enquiries Ali was incredibly positive and encouraging. When I sent in my first draft Leila pointed out the enormous holes in it but pointed out the good bits too. She nursed me through the whole process, of which I was entirely ignorant, and with her support I was able to complete my debut novel.  The cover is stunning, absolutely inspired and inspiring. With such a fantastic image to work towards it made me work hard to get the content as right as it could be.   I genuinely couldn’t have done it without I_Am Self Publishing who have been simply amazing.  I can’t wait to work with them on the next one.” – Lizzy Mumfrey

About Fall Out by Lizzy Mumfrey

WHAT IF THE TIES THAT HOLD TOGETHER A COMMUNITY ARE IRREVOCABLY DESTROYED?
The sociable commuter village of Charlton is an ordinary neighbourhood, typical of many, home to a colourful range of residents, many of whose teenagers go to the local academy. An ordinary day becomes extraordinary when a school trip to London coincides with an appalling terrorist attack and everyone’s cosy, humdrum life is shattered.
The fallout affects every resident in dramatically different ways. Who lives and who dies is just the start – irrational suspicions, prejudice and misunderstandings lead to blame and persecution. Buried secrets are revealed, friendships fractured and trust destroyed.
IS IT POSSIBLE THAT LIFE WILL NEVER BE NORMAL AGAIN?

Available on Amazon

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