Cover Reveal for the Special Edition

To celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of the release of The Earth Angel Training Academy, I have had a beautiful new cover created for it, and have written a new foreword and acknowledgements, to express my gratitude for the people who have been with me on this magical journey.

I am so pleased to be revealing the cover, the artwork was created by Neil Chard and the graphic design by madappledesigns. So, are you ready? Here it is!

The Earth Angel Training Academy

Here is the full cover:

Full Cover

I absolutely love the new design, and I cannot wait to release the new edition very soon! The moment it is available on Amazon, I promise to let you know.

I have a rather exciting announcement to make too, which goes along with the special edition of The Earth Angel Training Academy… look out for my next blog post!

Would you like to be an Independent Author?

the journey

I never intended to begin a business helping authors to publish, but after publishing several of my own, and seeing authors being ripped off by companies that really didn’t have their best interests at heart, it seemed like the right thing to do. Now, since May last year, I have helped several authors, all featured on my website, to publish their work, in a manner that means they retain the copyright, all rights, and all the royalties.

As an Indie Author, I know how important it is, not only to create a professional, polished product, that is at the same standard as a traditionally published book (if not higher), but also to retain all control over the work. Though I need the help of different professionals to publish (cover designers, proofreaders etc.) it’s important to me that once I have paid for their services, that nothing more is owed. Which is exactly what I offer to authors with my services.

It’s also important to me to be not just a publishing mentor to my clients, but also a supportive friend and cheerleader. Being an Indie is pretty lonely sometimes, and the guidance and support of someone who believes in you and your work is so very valuable. At any one time, I don’t take on more than three clients, so I can ensure I have more than enough time and energy to give to each.

I also do workshops, for the Indie Author who doesn’t want the full publishing package, but needs some guidance on how to complete the process, and which companies to use so that they don’t sign away any rights to any companies.

I offer the workshops in the UK, to groups no larger than 6 (a high level of interaction is important) and I also do short talks (approx. 1 hour) on the publishing journey. So if you have a writer’s group, or you know several people who want to learn how to publish an eBook or a print book, get in touch and we can arrange something.

I have posted my brochure on The Amethyst Angel website, if you are interested, and have further questions, please do get in touch. (And if you need a brochure designing, get in touch with madappledesigns.co.uk!)

Exciting developments!

What a great day! Woke up this morning with no clue what to call my new book, or any idea whatsoever of what to put on the cover of it.

With a meeting scheduled with my cover designer, Jason Mordecai, at 11.30am, this was a slight problem!

Over a cup of tea with a friend, we did a little brainstorming and by the end of it, not only did we have a title, but we had a very cool concept for the graphics too.

So I set off to my meeting with Jason, feeling quite excited about the new ideas. I got there a little late (I have yet to travel around Cardiff and not get lost!) but we set to work, and before I knew it, it was 3pm! But by then we not only had the rough design for the new book, but we had tweaked and perfected the designs he had created for two of my other books.

I decided this year to have the covers of The Earth Angel Training Academy and The Earth Angel Awakening redesigned before the release of the third book in the series. Jason did the initial designs a few months ago, but I have been keeping them to myself for the launch this summer. I really think they are amazing, and I cannot wait to reveal them to everyone!

I have decided to reveal the name of the new book, literally only thought of this morning, and it is: (imagine drumroll here)

The Other Side of The Earth Angel Training Academy.

I know it seems like a very long title, but the official title will be The Other Side, the rest is a subtitle. Explanation needed? Okay, here goes:

Originally, the third book in the series was going to be the same story as The Earth Angel Training Academy, but told from the point of view of the Golden Age Children. This was because though they are mentioned in the story, they do not have much of a voice. So the working title all along was The Children of the Golden Age. But, as anyone who knows me will know, I do not plot my books, and often have very little say over what comes out when I start writing. Though in this new book, the stories of the Children will be told, they are not the main feature. Quite quickly, as I started writing, I realised that the male characters of the story (all of whom are secondary characters in the first book) were speaking up. They wanted their stories told and they refused to be quiet! It has been very interesting to see their side of the story, and I must admit, once I gave up fighting them (I wanted the Children and Aria to be the main characters!) the story began to flow and it has brought some interesting revelations…

So, it is literally the other side of the story. It is the story of the male characters, and also the Children. It is all of the stories that I did not get to discover and write about in the first book. Though just to be clear, because I don’t want to disappoint anyone, no, the Leprechaun incident it still not spoke about in any detail!

Perhaps it will be in the next book in the series…