Welcome to Bold Fish Publishing –
possibly one of the remotest publishing places in the world!
I started Bold Fish Publishing in 2023 shortly after releasing my own book, AudaciousNess, and finding I’d uncovered a passion and skill for editing and publishing.My mission now is to support bold (new) authors who wish to get their message out and make their voices heard at this critical time in our human and planetary story—a time that calls for fearless women and men to step up, take the lead and find the courage to do the audacious work the world so desperately needs right now.Perhaps you have:
never published a book before and would like help in all aspects.
done some self-publishing but need a hand with the tricky bits.
already used a big publishing house but would like more say in the process.
Whatever your story, if you have a bold message to share with the world, then I'd love to hear from you.I can help you with editing, proofreading, design and printing—everything you need to get your book from concept to market.I also do podcast and video editing. See examples of all my projects here.Do you have an idea bubbling up for a book, podcast, or video? Then let's turn that spark into something real. Drop me a message in the form below and let's talk.Sláinte,
Are you ready to turn your dream into a published reality?
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This book was the catalyst that set me on my authoring and publishing journey (the fish boldly leaping out of the glass of water in the cover artwork provided the inspiration for the publishing name).AudaciousNess started as a podcast, which ran for two years from 2021-2022, at which point my co-host Maribel and I decided to collate the amazing stories that our podcast guests were sharing into one volume, in order to help others wishing to live an audacious life.While writing the book, I realised that I actually enjoyed – and was very good at – the whole editing, proofreading and publishing process, and I decided then that I wanted to help other authors navigate the somewhat unclear waters of book publishing.AudaciousNess was published in May 2023.
Maribel says:“Collaborating with Helen on our first book was an incredible experience. Despite both of us being new to the world of authoring and publishing, Helen’s eagerness to learn and tackle any challenge was inspiring. Her keen eye for detail and remarkable organizational skills kept us right on track. I’m truly grateful for Helen's guidance and the way she was able to fearlessly lead our project to success.”
one true north
One True North is the debut novel of a good friend of mine, Georgina, who also lives on the Isle of Lewis. She spent around six months writing the first draft, then I edited it and sent it to my network of beta readers for their valuable feedback.Georgina had a very clear idea of what the cover should look like and she commissioned Dutch artist Susan Steenhuis to provide the illustration (the original painting is now hanging on a wall in Georgina's house).I then worked with Georgina on the revisions and on the designs for the book cover and the interior. And I loved the story so much that I was inspired to write a short poem, which we used to introduce the book.One True North was published in December 2023.
Georgina says:“If it wasn’t for Helen this book would still be just a messy jumble of channellings. Her outstanding support in editing, proofreading and publishing made it possible for me to get my thoughts out into the world. Helen totally gets what I am trying to communicate and why, and the poem she wrote to accompany the story is beautiful! I am blessed to have had Helen guide me so skilfully through the publishing process for my first novel.”
Soul Expression: The Awakening of Humanity Through Poetry is a collection of poems written by fellow Soul Sister Jacqueline Denis, who lives in a lakeside home in the midst of lush green forest in Northern Ontario.I met Jacqueline on an online course in 2022 and we instantly connected at a soul level. Jacqueline had already self-published her first book of poetry in 2020 and I was honoured when she asked me to publish her second.And, being a very talented artist, Jacqueline also created the stunning artwork used on the cover of the book.Soul Expression was published in December 2023.
Jacqueline says:“Helen is friendly and professional and she worked with my very specific needs to make my publishing dream come true. I love her vision for Bold Fish Publishing which speaks to awakening, truth and perspectives that allow room for questioning our reality. It was exciting to work with Helen to create my masterpiece.”
the little book of love
The Little Book of Love is a collection of 95 loving messages from God which have been transcribed by my good friend and spiritual guide Julie Trager, who is based in California.Julie started channelling messages from God in the summer of 2023 and asked me if I thought this was something worth exploring. My response was a resounding YES, and that I would be honoured to support her in any way I could.I was thrilled when Julie agreed to pursue the endeavour and to allow me to help with the editing, designing and publishing of her work. It truly is a beautiful book!The Little Book of Love was published in December 2023.
Julie says:“Helen, thank you for your friendship, guidance, support and the miracle that is Bold Fish Publishing. Your willingness to do 'all the stuff' of publishing is one of the biggest reasons this book is out in the world and not languishing in my laptop! I remain ever grateful for our deep and respectful conversations and your enthusiasm, sharp editorial eye, creativity and love of books and authors.”
My first foray into podcast editing began in 2020 with my own podcast, AudaciousNess, which I co-hosted with my friend Maribel.Producing this podcast set me on a steep learning curve because of the format – first we would interview a guest speaker via Zoom, then a couple of weeks later Maribel and I would record ourselves discussing what we learned from the conversation.So the editing involved splicing together two audio tracks and inserting our ‘theme tune’ throughout the episode. I also edited out pauses, repetitions and Erm’s and Err’s to make the final version slick and clean.Then I came up with an appropriate episode title, wrote the Show Notes and uploaded it to the major podcasting platforms (Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Google, etc.).The AudaciousNess podcast ran for two years throughout 2021 and 2022 and it was so successful that we ended up turning it into a book. The podcast and book now have their own dedicated website.
All Hands on Deck is the brainchild of a lovely lady called Katherine who wants to get her message out to the world. Launched in February 2023, this podcast is available in both audio and video formats.Katherine sends me her raw video recording and within 24 hours I add the intro and outro music and logo, give the episode a title, write a suitable blurb to accompany it, and upload it to the YouTube, Rumble and Spotify channels that I created for the purpose.Katherine then publicises the episode among her networks.
This beautiful song was written by a very special 11-year-old girl called Arwen who also lives on the Isle of Lewis.The music track was recorded at the local Black Bay Studio in the summer of 2023 with the help of my talented friend and amazing singer/songwriter, Jen Armstrong.I then shot some film footage of Arwen both on the island and on the Scottish mainland and created this video to accompany the song.I dare you not to get teary-eyed when you watch it!
Authors: Maribel Ortega, Helen Strong
Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help
Paperback length: 182 pages
Dimensions: 203mm x 133mm (5.25 x 8 in)
Publication date: May 2023
Paperback ISBN: 978-1739371104
E-book ISBN: 978-1-739371111
"In January 2021 we launched a podcast called AudaciousNess. Our aim was to showcase individuals who have set themselves bold, audacious goals and have worked to achieve them, thereby highlighting the fact that audacious people are in fact all around us. We wanted to inspire others to act with the courage to follow their own audacious paths and create a positive impact in the world.Over the next two years, we interviewed 41 people about their audacious goals. This book contains a summary of what we learned from the utterly audacious people who shared their life stories with us, as well as offering tips and advice for anyone else wishing to step up and do the audacious work the world so desperately needs right now.Some of the stories tell of personal goals, some are professional and others involve social or environmental actions. Despite the huge range of circumstances conveyed to us in these stories, one common thread runs through them all – each person experienced a very strong desire to pursue whatever they were being called to do.We are sure you will enjoy reading their inspirational stories."
Maribel Ortega was born in Santo Domingo and lived in Germany for 20 years. She currently lives in Madrid. AudaciousNess is her first book. She began writing as a young girl and studied literature at university, later pursuing an MBA. She’s a language teacher turned business communication trainer turned confidence coach now working as a business consultant to solopreneurs and consulting firms, helping them build client acquisition systems. She’s a master in learning and pivoting, which happened with her original intention of creating a podcast that has now become a book. This ability to recognise the positive in every situation in order to move on is what led her to co-author AudaciousNess – to empower everyone to transform a distant fantasy into their reality.
Helen Strong grew up in the north of England and moved to Germany at the age of 30 to teach English as a Foreign Language. Alongside teaching, she gained an MSc and expanded her skillset into training new teachers, learning new technologies, writing content for both traditional and digital publications, organising international conferences and giving talks at large events. She first met Maribel on a teacher training course in 2010 and then collaborated closely with her on a number of projects over the following years. In 2019 she made the bold decision to leave Germany and move to the Outer Hebrides, off the northwest coast of Scotland, where she and her husband now run a Bed & Breakfast. AudaciousNess is her first book.
praise for audaciousness
“What a beautiful book! It speaks to the heart of what so many of us can relate to who have dared to dream and do something different with our lives, to challenge the status quo even whilst struggling with fears and vulnerability.”
—Vicky Arundel, Yoga Therapist, England“Very uplifting and inspiring, particularly all the motivational stories from amazing, strong individuals. The book is really well put together and well written. I got such a positive energy off it.”
—Anne Cholawo, Author of Island on the Edge, Scotland“Very powerful and inspirational! I love the way that you've turned the interviews into a living dialogue between all participants, people who have never met physically. I really enjoyed, and learned a lot from, the trajectories and intersections; 'love' is the big hyphen between all these nourishing worldviews and narratives. Thank you very much for this inspiring work.”
—Dr Ousmane Pame, Director of REDES Ecovillages, Senegal“The medicine box needed for our soul in the times we're living in.”
—Claire Tonna, Singer/Songwriter, Malta
where to buy this book
If your postal address is in the UK or EU, drop me a line at the link below for my bank details and I'll get a personalised copy of this book posted out to you.
If you live elsewhere in the world, please consider taking a stroll down your high street and supporting your local bookstore — this title is available in over 40,000 retail outlets worldwide.
one true north
Title: One True North
Author: Georgina Templar
Paperback length: 310 pages
Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm (5 x 7.8 in)
Publication date: December 2023
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-739371128
E-book ISBN: 978-1-739371135
"From the outside Maya had the ideal life – the well-paid job, the flashy car, the big house in the country – but something was stirring within her that could not be denied.No longer able to suppress her growing need to break free from the path that society paves, one that has left her angry, resentful and exhausted, she finds herself desperately seeking a different way to live.As she searches her soul, the veil of confusion and chaos clears and Maya is drawn towards the Scottish islands. What is it that’s calling her there? Can she find a way to express this deep yearning to her husband and kids? And can they all find the courage to make the move?One True North is the story of one woman’s spiritual awakening. Armed with the support of her guides, an angel named Tal, and the sheer love for her family, Maya must navigate her deepest fears to find her way forward to a life of peace and joy."
Georgina Templar is a Psychic Empath, a Medium and a Quantum Energy Coach, on a mission to coach and support the future world’s spiritual leaders and healers.She offers people a bridge between the energies of this polarity planet, helping them transition from the 3D world of fear, compliance and control into the expansive and liberating realm of 5D consciousness.Georgina lives in Scotland with her family and their herd of various animals. She helps clients on their soul journeys, and can be contacted through her website www.wolfmediumship.comOne True North is Georgina’s first book.
praise for one true north
“One True North is not only Maya's story; it is the story of every person in the midst of this worldly chaos who decided to ask themselves, where do I fit in my own life story?”
—Jacqueline Denis, Author of Soul Expression“‘Beware – this book may trigger some uncomfortable truths within you and set you on the path to leading an authentic and fulfilling life.’
—Helen Strong, Author of AudaciousNess”“For those who know, in their hearts, that there is a better way to live.”
—Julie Trager, Author of The Little Book of Love
Title: Soul Expression
Author: Jacqueline Denis
Paperback length: 74 pages
Dimensions: 229mm x 152mm (6 x 9 in)
Publication date: December 2023
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-739371142
"Soul Expression: The Awakening of Humanity Through Poetry is my second collection of poems.This collection sits in the genre of meditative poetry/spirituality and encouragement. It is a call-out for the need to awaken and heal humanity.My poetry beckons us to look within and to ask questions about who we are, what our soul purpose is, and how we can find clarity and truth in a world entangled with lies.In an age where truth and clarity are two key values that are sorely failing, I believe my poems speak to each and every one of us and will help me on my mission to ‘unite humanity, one poem at a time.’"
Jacqueline Denis resides by an inland lake in Northern Ontario, where she connects daily with the boreal forest, the healing waters and the ancient Canadian Shield.Soul Expression is Jacqueline’s second book of published poetry. Her first, Lake Erie Calling (2020), is a compilation of poems celebrating the four seasons.From 2020 to 2022, Jacqueline’s poems ‘In the Wilderness’, ‘Pino Noir’, ‘Self Love’, ‘Spanish’ and ‘Community Flows from the Womb’, all won places in Gertrude’s Writing Room Annual AnthologiesJacqueline has a B.A. in Psychology and uses her knowledge to write in the genre of meditative poetry/spirituality and encouragement.Follow Jacqueline’s writing at www.teeteringontheedge.blog
the little book of love
Title: The Little Book of Love
Author: God (transcribed by Julie Trager)
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Healing / Prayer & Spiritual
Paperback length: 198 pages
Dimensions: 178mm x 108mm (4.25 x 7 in)
Publication date: December 2023
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-739371159
E-book ISBN: 978-1-739371166
"This book is the sacred love story of God and you. It is God talking directly to you about all manner of things—birth, death, suffering, illness, presence, beauty, enlightenment, the grand design of life itself—but what comes through each and every word is God’s boundless, infinite love for you.This book is a primer on the many aspects of love from God’s perspective. Interact with these words as if you are interacting with God/Allah/Bhagavan/Elohim—no matter the name you use or how you define The All That Is—because you are. Keep this book by your bedside, take it with you as you go about your day, pick it up as you drink your morning coffee or work through challenges. It is likely that each and every time you hold The Little Book of Love in your hands and read, something unexpected will occur to lift you up and carry you someplace new."
Julie Trager is a writer and conscious channel. She shares her home in Southern California with her furry little monster of mischief, Cooper.