Beaten Track Publishing

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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 7: Cancer
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,350. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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).
Breaking Waves
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,610. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 211,200. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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. Eternal.
In The Stars Part I, Episode 6: Gemini
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 34,440. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 20,960. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 37,870. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
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
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 28,450. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 31,120. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. You set the price! Words: 25,410. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 173,390. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.
Double Six
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,240. Language: British English. Published: December 6, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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)
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,050. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
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
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,430. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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?
Unbroken
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 66,860. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Erotic
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.
Beginnings (Hiding Behind The Couch Short Story)
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,590. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Journey back to childhood, where the buds of friendship blossom; take a peek into the lives of the primary school children who would become...The Circle.
The Harder They Fall (Hiding Behind The Couch Book Three)
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,860. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A fatal plane crash in Kathmandu, a fateful high school reunion, the wedding of the year and a honeymoon that eight best friends will never forget... Book Three in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
No Time Like The Present (Hiding Behind The Couch Book Two)
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 96,050. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The build-up to Christmas has begun and a man is dead! It's the perfect time to make new friends, make amends...and solve a murder case! Book Two in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.
Hiding Behind The Couch (Hiding Behind The Couch Book One)
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Series: Hiding Behind The Couch. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 112,570. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
The Circle: nine friends from high school... Krissi wants to know who her father is, Josh is going crazy with insomnia, Dan's dangerously out of control... Welcome to The Circle!
And The Walls Came Tumbling Down
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,180. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
No Dice
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,750. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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.
Champagne
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,770. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012 by Beaten Track Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
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(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. ;)