• Amanda Radley


Transparency, honesty, and integrity are all of great importance to me. People who know me well will tell you that without prompt.

A little while ago I heard a rumour about a project I led some time ago. It was a malicious lie. Lately, those rumours have been repeated and so I thought it time to speak up and address a few issues.

In 2018, I teamed up with some wonderful authors to produce a winter-themed anthology called Winter Hearts. It hit number one in the lesbian romance charts and made a lot of money for our two chosen charities, Stonewall and The Trevor Project.

So, what has now been said about this project? Let's take them in order.

1. Advertising cost

It's been claimed that each author put money into an advertising bucket for AMS ads and for a press release.

This is not true. No author paid money into an advertising fund. I funded AMS ads out of my own pocket with no help from the key individual spreading these rumours. I also paid for the stock images used for the book cover, which I designed myself. To save costs to the authors involved. There was never a press release. I would never ask authors to pay for a press release. No money was taken from any author as part of this project.

2. The charities

It's claimed that I picked the charities, and that everyone wanted international charities but I wouldn't allow it.

This is also not true. The group chose the charities.

3. Profit

Allegedly this was a "for profit" venture that I turned into a charitable venture AFTER the authors had all submitted their stories to me.

Can you guess what I'm going to say?

Not true. It was originally a "for profit" venture, that's true. But very quickly, 6th January 2018, it was suggested (not by me) that it be for charity. Everyone agreed with this. Manuscripts were delivered in August 2018. That's eight months for someone to change their mind.

These rumours are not okay. I debated for a while about posting this because I don't want to be playing a game of she said/she said over the Internet. I have better things to do than post this. People have better things to do than read this. But these lies are hurtful and they are blatantly false. I feel sorry for the person who has to make themselves feel better by diminishing others.

But I will make a public statement because this involves my personality, my integrity, my business, my working relationships, and it suggests that I am dishonest when it comes to money. If anyone has any questions about this project or others—please contact me. I'm more than happy to show you every email about this project and others. I have nothing to hide because I have done nothing wrong.

And if I find out that this continues, I will take the electronic evidence I have and I will instruct a lawyer.

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