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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A Christmas Tale
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Imagine meeting Santa Claus for real and being granted a wish on Christmas Eve. This sweet little story will take you back to a time, not all that long ago, when life for gays was quite different from how it is today—a time when it seemed easier to believe in Santa Claus than believing it would ever be possible to build a family of one's own.
The Christmas Present
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. At Christmastime, a mother, unhappy her son is gay, turns to an Obeah practitioner to change him with surprising results.
A Midnight Clear
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. It's a cold, desperate December when a young girl flees home, in search of food, shelter and the real Santa Claus. Stranded in George and Josh's hometown, she discovers that the spirit of Christmas can be found in the most unexpected of places. Includes the story of The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen.
Xmas Cake: A Modern Fairy Tale
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. When Kyle Prince sees Riley collapse in the snow-covered parking lot, he swoops in to the rescue, whisking the feverish young man off to his high-rise apartment without a second thought, and a feeling of closeness grows between the two men. But every fairy tale has its complications. Will the two find their happily ever after this Christmas?
From All of Us to All of You
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Simon hates the Holidays. His father gets drunk; the family fake Christmas spirit… But there's a glimmer of hope when a work colleague introduces Simon to her son Hannes at the Lucia Day celebrations. Blind date or just friends? Simon's starting to see signals that aren't there - will he make it through Christmas with his sanity intact?
The Invasion of Tork
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. To make a perfect Christmas pudding you need Adam, a super-cool juicy sultana of a volunteer at the local homeless shelter. Add Tork, a green-haired, homeless, exotic spice. What happens when they are mixed together? You get a delicious, fiery dessert, and snow on Christmas day.
A story from Boughs of Evergreen: A Holiday Anthology. Christmas Eve: Doug returns home with Kirk—a good-looking guy he met at the club. Nestled together in his New England cottage, sipping hot chocolate and watching the snow fall, Doug wishes there could be more—a feeling that stays with him as he heads off to work at the mall…the last place he expects to find something magical.
First Love…Thinking of Him
"First Love...Thinking of Him" is the first of many short stories from writer A.V.Frost. It tells of a twenty-something woman, trying to find her way in the world of love and romance, after falling hopelessly in love with an older man - a journey of self discovery and reflection.
In The Stars Part II, Episode 9: Virgo
Virgo is Ep 9 of In The Stars (Hiding Behind The Couch 4&5), following the 'The Circle', through the 7th of 12 eventful months. Kris struggles with his own demons to reconcile with Ade; Shaunna and Andy fight their desires, increasingly drawn together; an unwelcome guest turns up to bid on old friend farewell. As The Circle battle their grief, can they support each other through the other side?
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 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.
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.
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.
- Tim on Broadway: Season One (The Full Season)
on July 29, 2014
Tim on Broadway is the sort of story I really love. Firstly, there's Tim Benton, a slightly overweight guy, who's got a couple of minor mental health issues, stemming from a pretty massive occurrence in his past, but he is really just trying to get on with life...one doughnut at a time. He's written beautifully – a clever, funny man, with a naïve generosity that he extends to Javier, the hottie in the store where they work, and in the opening chapter, we discover that it wasn't an entirely one-sided favour when Tim loaned Jav some money. Yet, in spite of the dire consequences of everything associated with that loan, Tim cheerfully just keeps on going and he achieves, maybe only in small ways, but as a reader, I was there with him, feeling his relief, his happiness, his confusion, his anxiety...
So, lots of deep emotional exploration, but Tim on Broadway is not heavy-going. It's a very fun read, in fact, with some hysterically funny moments (the Toilet Scene had me laughing out loud, especially), but there are a few kick-you-in-the-back-of-the-knees moments too, like when Tim is judging himself in the bathroom mirror. At that point, I had to stop reading for a few minutes, because I really felt for Tim, and for how down on himself he is, when he's really a fairly successful guy with lots of great qualities.
Javier turned out to be a lot different than I initially anticipated, but I'll leave it at that, as part of the joy of this story is in coming to understand the characters, and whereas Tim is emotionally open from the start of the book, Jav is much deeper and more complex.
The plot's fun – nothing too angsty or tricky to follow. It's just a simple journey, following one of Tim on the trail of one of his big dreams, and watching him grow as a person. The friendship between Tim and Jav blossoms gradually and realistically, and there's enough of a conclusion for the author to either leave it where it is, or treat us to more adventures with Tim (and hopefully Jav) on Broadway, or wherever else life takes them.