Cover of Embers

Latest updates

3 Week Countdown!

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Hi Supporters, 


I felt it was time to give you all another update - it's been a busy few weeks doing promotional work for publication. I've been reaching out to local press and bookshops, a slow prcess but which so far has generated two responses. Indie bookshop Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh have kindly offered to stock the book once it's out, which is great to hear! They're one of the main…


Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Lovely Supporters, 

In light of recent government announcements the past two days regarding new lockdowns in the UK, this phrase feels a bit strange to say, but wellwishes are nevertheless important, so - Happy New Year!

I wanted to share some positive news to brighten the evening. A deal has been secured for Embers to be made into an audiobook with Findaway, a US audio content company. Through…

Final Files and Supporter Roll Call

Thursday, 26 November 2020

A short but sweet update for you on this Thursday evening,

Final Files are here! Hurray! I have sent the novel to the lovely author who offered me an endorsement, feels like a big relief that this is finally underway. 

The supporter list will close next month, so if you know anyone who would be interested in pre-ordering the back and getting their name in the back of the book as a supporter…

Final Files and Short Story

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Hi Lovely Supporters, 


It's been a while since my latest update so I thought I'd get you up to speed with where things are at at the moment. 

Firstly, the proofreads with my final changes have been received by the editing team and are currently being processed. The final files are likely to be returned to me within a week or two. Meanwhile I have started to reach out for endorsements from…


Friday, 4 September 2020

Hi Lovely Supporters and Happy Friday,

Just wanted to share with you that I've received a sneak peak of the proof reads today! The final version of the proofs will come some time next week as the proofreader is still finalising a few layout aspects. But the full story is there, and I must say it's exciting and immensely satisfying to see one's MS, that's spent the first 3 years of its life as a…

Final Designs

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Hello Lovely Supporters, 

Apologies for the radio silence on my part. It's been a very busy time flying back to Edinburgh, moving flat, and starting my first job as a full time teacher. I've now completed the mvoe and doen week one of school, so finally have some time to make a new update and keep you guys posted on what's happening with Embers. 

We are now reaching the end of the production…

Embers Cover Reveal!!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Dear Supporters, 

I am very excited to share with you the brilliant cover design for Embers. 

I knew immedeately when I saw the design that it was the right one for the book. It perfectly captures the mystic atmosphere of the novel, the landscape of northern Sweden, and the subtle pattern of the shaman drum in the background brings out aspects of Sami culture.The cover artist truly has done…

Edits Round 2 and Cover Design

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Hi all and Happy Wednesday, 

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well and perhaps feeling a bit mroe settled into the changes to our every day lives that these times have created. 

I wanted to give you a wee update on the production process to let you know that, just because the publication of Embers has been postponed, doesn't mean the pocess has come to a halt. 

Today I submitted the second…

Publication Update

Thursday, 16 April 2020


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic and the impact it's having on supply chains and trading environments, Unbound (along with almost all other publishers large and small) have had to make changes to their schedule and push back all publications from September and onwards with a few months. 

This means that Embers won't be published until 4TH MARCH 2021. 

I know…

Edits Round 1 Submitted!

Monday, 9 March 2020

Hi All and Happy Monday!

Tuesday four weeks ago I received the first round of edits from my editor. Almost four weeks down the line, I thought it would be fitting to tell you that a revised version of that edit has now been handed in by me. This edit couldn't have come at a more busy time: middle of placement and critical observation from the university, plus two concerts... Why not add on 300…

Meet the Author

Monday, 2 March 2020

Happy Monday All,

Following up from yesterday's interview with Tom Ward, here is Tom's interview with me. For those of you who still have questions or want to find out more about Embers! Read the article here. The link  takes you to Tom's update on his author profile. 

Enjoy :)


Meet the Author: Tom Ward

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Hello Everyone and Happy Sunday! 

Fellow Unbound author Tom Ward, currently funding his novel The Lion and the Unicorn, is doing a series of interviews with other authors on this platform, so we can spread news of our projects to our resepctive audiences. Here is my interview with Tom. Enjoy! P.S. you should really, really check out his novel. It has a very intriguing concept! Link down below. …

Let the Edit Begin!

Thursday, 13 February 2020

So, the long anticipated day for me has arrived (or well, it arrived two days ago): I have received the first round of edits from my editor. I am very happy and exited by the recommendations and feedback, it's a very positive response overall. Apart from two queries about the plot, it is not a heavy edit: it is mainly a matter of smoothening out dialogue at places and fleshing out some character and…

Hi... I'm back!

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Dear supporters...

Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

It's been a busy time at university for me with my first placement at a school, finishing the first draft of my second novel, and celebrating Christmas with family. I ust recetnyl realised I hadn't posted an update here in nearly two months... shame on me! 

Embers is now fully in production and has been received by Unbound's editing team…

100% Funded!

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Hey guys, so.... 

I did it! 79 days after launching I hit target and the £5500 are raised!

I would like to give a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. Your enthusiasm and help have meant a lot to me. A special thank you to those unknown pledgers I do not know persoanlly who contributed, you gave me a very welcome and happy surprise through your support. 

The next…

92% !!!

Saturday, 17 August 2019

After an unusually long absence due to moving to Edinburgh and installing myself in my new flat I've finally remembered to make an update on the crowdfunding process. We've hit 92%, which means there's only £400 left before the finish line! It feels unreal that I'm so close to hitting target and can start to imagine what the next stages in the publishing process will be like. Needless to say, the…

81% !!!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

81 down, 19 to go. We're starting to see the end now, very exciting to see my novel getting ever closer to publication. If any of you know someone who'd be interesred in supporting me, let them know. Spread the word! It would be amazing to see more people, rather than less, to pledge towards the end. 


Josephine x 


Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Finally reached 70%, 2/3 of the way, 1/3 left to go. And I still have 50 days remaining to hit target! This does not mean it's time to sit back and relax, though. If you have considered pledging but have not had the time yet to do it, now is the time. I still need all the support I can get to make it the rest of the way. And if you pledge, you get your name in the book. So are you with me for the…

61% !!!

Thursday, 18 July 2019

barely five weeks in and already 61%! I feel like I am repeating myself but have to say thank you once again to have everyone who has supported me. the fact that all of you are willing to donate to help make this dream, my dream, reality, means such trmendous amaount to me. You're all in my thoughts whenever I check my Unbound page :) 




51% !!!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

In just under four weeks I have reached just over 50% of the funding target. If I keep this progress up my novel will be funded by early/middle August! Thank you so much to all supporters who have helped me get to this stage! Xxx :) 

100 Backers

Friday, 5 July 2019

Thanks so much for the currently 100 backers supporting my novel. I am truly graetful to all of you! The question now is: will I be able to reach 200 backers?! :) 

30% !!!

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

More or less one third of the way in my campaign now! Unbound reckon that if you reach 30% in the first thirty days your project is likely to fund. Just 12 days in, it's looking good for Embers this far! 

25 %

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Thank you all for helping me reach 25% in just 8 days. I'm blown away by the support. :)



20% !!!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Only six days of funding and already I've hit 20%! 1/5 of the way to target! Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged, here's to hoping the next 20% go just as swiftly. This crowdfunding business is definitely time consuming but worth every minute! 

Josephine x :)

First Day - 12 %

Friday, 14 June 2019

The first day of the campaign is barely over, and already I've hit 12%! I am so amazed and grateful for your support, it's truly blown me away! Reaching out to people and asking them to give money to my book was at times harder than I thought. It is a very personal thing, especially if you're contacting an old friend from school or wrok you've fallen out of touch with during the years. When those…

Publication date: March 2021
105% funded
169 backers