Beaten Track Publishing
Beaten Track is an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction.
We also provide services to writers to assist with the self-publishing process.
- We are not affiliated to any of the large publishing houses.
- All our publications are by independent authors.
- All our authors retain full rights and royalties.
We are what you might call a 'hybrid' publisher, which is to say that whilst we do not pay advances, we also do not take editorial control, nor claim exclusivity over your work. We will engage in some marketing on your behalf, but ultimately this remains the author's responsibility.
Because we publish via 'print on demand', we don't need to worry about whether your book is going to be the 'next big thing', giving us freedom to publish what we like rather than what is currently most popular. Thus, when we consider a submission, we judge it only on the basis of whether we can recuperate the time and money we invest into publishing it.
If we feel we are unable to publish your book for you, we will always explain why. We also offer a range of self-publishing services and can still help you to get your book out there in print and/or ebook formats. These services are available to all independent authors - some are free, some are not, but we aren't in this for big profits, so you will find that our rates are very reasonable and we are also open to negotiation!
So, if you would like to submit your work for consideration, please contact us via the Contact page on our website in the first instance, explaining a little about the work you will be submitting and whether you are seeking to be published by us (we take the risk) or with us (you pay for our services).
We usually require manuscripts to be sent via email in a standard document format, such as .doc (Microsoft Word document) or .rtf (Rich Text Format), although this might not be appropriate (for illustrated books, for example), so when we respond to your message, we will discuss/suggest the most convenient means of submitting your work.
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In The Stars Part II, Episode 8: Leo
Leo is Ep 8 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through the 7th of 12 eventful months. Life is getting serious, blurring the line between love and loss: It’s Toby Brown’s first birthday, and he’s not the only one in for a surprise; Josh abandons his professionalism to help a desperate client; Andy treats himself to something he’s wanted for a very long time.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 7: Cancer
Cancer is Episode 7 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the longstanding friends, 'The Circle', through the seventh of twelve eventful months. Dan is about to find out that being a careful driver is sometimes not enough; An old lover’s return rekindles fond memories for Alice; Sean works his psychology magic on the ever-stubborn Jess. The story continues in Epi #8 (Leo).
You are invited to join Josh and George on their Cornish honeymoon - a sweet, summertime romance, in which they discover the beauty of their love against an awe-inspiring backdrop of breaking waves.
Breaking Waves is part of the Hiding Behind The Couch Series. It includes a prologue to orientate new readers.
For those reading the series in order, it falls between In The Stars Parts I and II.
In The Stars Part II: Cancer–Sagittarius
The Circle is in flux. It's been a hectic six months, and as the friends head into the heat of summer, more trials await that will truly test the bonds of friendship.
For whilst a circle may contract and may even at times constrict, it can also expand, accommodate, embrace.
And it is always whole.
In The Stars Part I, Episode 6: Gemini
Gemini is Episode 6 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the longstanding friends, 'The Circle', through the sixth of six eventful months. It's quiz night at the Red Lion - time for The Circle to pit their wits against the rest of the regulars...and each other. The sound of wedding bells is, most definitely, in the air! The story continues in Breaking Waves and Epi #7 (Cancer).
In The Stars Part I, Episode 5: Taurus
Taurus is Episode 5 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the longstanding friends, 'The Circle', through the fifth of six eventful months. The time has come to face up to what the future holds; Andy steps up to the biggest challenge of his life; George breaks the bad news to Oliver; Eleanor makes no bones about her feelings and kicks up a storm.
In The Stars Part I, Episode 4: Aries
Aries is Episode 4 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the longstanding friends, 'The Circle', through the fourth of six eventful months. Jess comes to terms with her condition in time for Kris’s TV debut; Josh and Eleanor attempt to resolve their differences before Toby’s christening; Jason’s hard work comes to fruition; George enjoys a nostalgic birthday celebration.
In The Stars Part I, Episode 3: Pisces
Pisces is Episode 3 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the longstanding friends, 'The Circle', through the third of six eventful months. Sean's all primed for a murder mystery, but are his intentions all they seem? A chance meeting in a milk bar sparks a brand new friendship; Josh finally comes of age and is eager to explore his newfound identity.
In The Stars Part I, Episode 2: Aquarius
Aquarius is Episode 2 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the longstanding friends, 'The Circle', through the second of six eventful months. Dan and Adele try to come to terms with their loss; Sophie has a life-changing decision to make; Marigold's release date draws close; Kris's acting career could be heading for the big time - is George brave enough to make the offer?
In The Stars Part I, Episode 1: Capricorn
Capricorn is Episode 1 of In The Stars, a two part instalment (books 4&5) of the Hiding Behind The Couch series, re-introducing the characters for new readers, and following those characters through the events of the first of six eventful months, exploring their day-to-day lives as they encounter celebration, loss, illness and life-changing decisions.
In The Stars Part I: Capricorn–Gemini
Fate, karma, written in the stars, or just bizarre quirks of coincidence?
Set over the first six months of a year of The Circle, In The Stars Part I explores the day-to-day lives of nine friends from high school who are now it their late thirties, following them through celebration, loss, illness and life-changing decisions.
Book Four in the Hiding Behind The Couch Series.
When Izzy Barlow passes her driving test, her mum buys her a Fiat 126 that's intent on returning to 1990.
But it's not the car; it's the rather uncool accessories it came with - a pair of fluffy dice that are a little bit different.
First Christmas (Hiding Behind The Couch Short Story)
This Christmas, join some of the characters from Hiding Behind The Couch for a short story full of festive magic and romance.
Best read in December, in front of a roaring log fire, by the twinkling light of a Christmas tree.
Knights of the Sun
Angels are closer than we think. Demons are lurking in the dark. Realms of light and darkness collide as a battle of power begins to claim our world. Will we awaken again with the Sun or live forever in the dark?
Lincoln de Chabert's life is pretty unremarkable until he comes home from kindergarten and announces he will marry his best friend, Orlando, when he grows up.
His parents spring into immediate action, determined to fix him, igniting an epic battle of wills as Lincoln is determined to remain himself, and marry whom he chooses, at all costs.
And The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Jack Davies led an unremarkable life, serving fast food in a nondescript seaside town by day and playing computer games by night. Unremarkable that is, until Professor Jericho ordered a sausage and a cup of tea.
It was that unique and special moment in every young man's life: the day he buys his first car and this one had style, class, a pedigree... and a mind of its own.
(Second Edition, published April 2014)
Haunted by the abuse of his now missing father, seventeen year old Sammy stumbles upon the seedy world of drug addiction and prostitution of London's West End in the 1980s. Cold, desperate and exhausted, he takes shelter in a trash-filled alley behind a strip club, unaware that what is about to unfold will change the course of his life.
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- Not His Kiss to Take
on Jan. 09, 2013
A compelling and brilliant read - erotic, romantic, beautiful - it takes quite an author to convincingly use sex as a narrative device!
- The Laws of Physics
on July 08, 2014
I can't write a review to do this story justice, not without whopping great spoilers, which kind of negates the purpose, as reviews are most useful to those who have yet to read a story.
I don't usually read in the BDSM and D/s genres, because often the dom gets off far too much on the degradation and pain infliction. Consent is at best dubious - sure, the stories imply it's given, but I'm always doubtful, and I find that hard to reconcile.
The opening chapter of The Laws of Physics sets up why consent and communication are so important. Freddy is a flutter-bye - shy, intelligent, geeky - he's actually adorable (not a word I use often, or possibly ever before), and Wolf is just wonderful - all manly-man protective and yet with such a vulnerable, gentle side.
The sexy stuff is not my thing, but I imagine this is very erotic reading, if game play is to your tastes, and I did love it for its entertainment value, and also for the pure emotional connection and trust in the relationship. That, for me, is what sets this story apart from anything else in this genre. I actually, truly believed both characters were equal partners in this sexual relationship.
A five star read for me is a story that drags me in, and keeps me there, watching, feeling, believing. I was there with Freddy and Wolf. I felt the love, the pain, the joy. Well done, C. Davis [...]. You definitely deserve a juicy bone for this. ;)
on July 23, 2014
This is wonderful, and I am beyond words. Thank you, Ayla Starr.