Category: Just launched

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

Tips for finishing your book

We have just helped Adele M Lim to self-publish Live Your Whole Capacity in both eBook and paperback. A lot goes in to the publishing and production of any eBook or paperback – from proofreading, to design, to making the works available for sale. However, before we even started on this project, Adele had already spent many months writing and perfecting her manuscript. Below, she shares her top tips for finishing your book. Controversially, she found she got more done when she ditched the deadline.

Adele’s top tips for finishing your book

Finding the Time to Write

Adele M LimLike most authors, my two main struggles with writing is first, finding a long enough chunk of time to write, and secondly, to get into the flow during that scheduled time.

Getting into the flow requires that I have a certain momentum behind me. I realised that there are situations where deadlines and timelines may not necessarily serve, such as during the creative process. The day I gave up working towards an arbitrary deadline set with a planning head, a path opened up for me to tap into forces greater than I.

My top 3 tips for finishing your book: 

  1. Don’t worry about changing the skeleton structure mid-way. You are likely to find that you can write faster when the skeleton has evolved to match your current level of thought.
  2. Don’t get stressed about feeling stuck or getting writer’s block. If you feel stuck for longer than a day, relax and get your expectations out of your head. Find space between your thoughts, quiet your mind and breathe.
  3. Should any new ideas arrive, outside of your skeleton structure, that inspire you to write, simply write. Whether this is a sentence, a paragraph or a full chapter, when you receive a stream of energy, go with the flow. There is plenty of time later to play with how everything fits.

Ditch the deadline

Of course, finishing your book is not going to be easy. There will be unexpected obstacles and hold-ups along the way. It’s part of any creative process so you need to embrace these rather than get stressed or worried by them. Things change and evolve as you write, so be flexible and open to adapting your original plan. Most of all enjoy the process. It took me 6 months to write my first non-fiction book, Live Your Whole Capacity. It takes time to be totally happy with the structure and feel like I had done the best job to my capacity. And although it was challenging at times, I really love expressing and sharing my ideas with my readers.

About my book: Live Your Whole Capacity

I wrote my book because I wanted readers to discover how they can develop their whole capacity and live fully the life they are in alignment with, in their own unique way. I wanted readers to get a sense for what holds them stuck and discover ways they can help themselves return to their own empowered place of choice and creation. My intention is to open dialogues that can generate enabling structures for meaningful change in a person’s life. My hope is that we learn to tap into our own inner guidance and can act from a place of awareness and free agency as often as we can, to realise greater possibilities for ourselves and others than we would otherwise.

What inspired me to write Live Your Whole Capacity is threefold:

  1. I experienced and noticed how an energetic shift can totally change a person’s trajectory in life.
  2. I realised that many people can live a more satisfying life, if they allow themselves to.
  3. The world is a very different place if we are self-responsible and self-regulating of our emotions.

In a nutshell, my book is about honouring and embracing all our identities… Every single aspect of them: those we attach to, those we reject, or those that we are ambivalent about. Whole Capacity is about allowing ourselves to make new choices through expanded sensing, to choose deeply and follow through on what one needs to manifest. Based on fresh data and new choices that are being revealed from living our Whole Capacity.

My book was released a few weeks ago, and is already getting great 5 star reviews on Amazon.
I am so grateful I found I_AM. Ali and Leila were on the ball, professional, caring and passionate about helping independent authors. I received much positive feedback about my book cover as well!

Download your free Kindle sample or buy the book on Amazon here!

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Just launched: Curiosity killed the craving

IMG_20170405_091940366_HDRHaving smoked for over 40 years, Raj Fernandes had tried all sorts of methods of quitting. But no matter what he tried, the cravings would always return to haunt him. Until he discovered the power of his own mind. The journey to quit taught him to use curiosity in a positive way.

As an inveterate smoker I thought it was time to quit. And so I did. This led me to share my experience with all those struggling to quit the nasty habit  So CURIOSITY KILLED THE CRAVING was born. Central to the theme of the book are tips that help people watch their cravings in a curious, mindful way. I wish more smokers would kick the butt for good. Raj Fernandes

About “Curiosity killed the craving”

96ce23c1-59c2-2060-b877-893bf7cccc5dQuitting smoking doesn’t have to be intimidating. All attempts to overcome cravings failed until I discovered a simple technique that helped me get the better of them. The secret turned out to be my own mind. So I practiced observing the onset of cravings in a curious, mindful way. This helped me aknowledge the presence of cravings rather than struggle with them.
In this no-nonsense book, I share what has worked for me and guide you through the process from preparing to quit, to the realities of the first few days without nicotine, to making positive lifestyle changes going forward. It is full of practical tips and personal experiences. Quitting is never easy, but trust me, if I can do it anyone can. It’s a way to say goodbye to Mr. Nicotine for good.

Available on Amazon and Waterstones

“Working with I_Am Publishing has been an educative and enjoyable experience. Ali & Leila work more as partners rather than suppliers. I was particularly impressed with their project management process and learned marketing advice. I would say they are an author’s best marketing ally.” Raj Fernandes

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