Why Nonfiction Needs to Have a Narrative

It’s tempting to think that stories are just for fiction, but your nonfiction book needs a narrative too. Want to know why? Find out with our guest Shazeen from The Writer Vending Machine.

Exclusive Interview: Samba Lékouye, Author of “Everythink: Wisdom 4 Freedom”

Check out our exclusive interview with Samba Lékouye, author of the unusual philosophy book “Everythink – Wisdom 4 Freedom”

3 Simple Steps to Start Writing a Nonfiction Book

If you want to write a nonfiction book, the first question that comes to mind is: where do I start? The answer involves three simple steps. Discover them here.

What Format & Trim Size Should My Book Be? An inside guide to book design and formatting

So, you want to self-publish your book, but which format? Do you need e-pub, Mobi, print, or a mix? Do you want it an e-reader version and physical copies? Here’s your inside guide to book formats.

13 Business Lessons I Learned from Sun Tsu’s “The Art of War”

I didn’t think I’d learn much from a 5th Century book on Chinese warfare, but I was wrong! Here are the 13 lessons I learned about business and leadership from Sun Tsu’s “The Art of War”.

Exclusive Interview with Jym Brown, Author of “#Life: The wisdom of philosophy, psychology, and pop culture for living a better life”

Check out our exclusive interview with published author Jym Brown on his new book “#Life: The wisdom of philosophy, psychology, and pop culture for living a better life”

7 Brain Hacks to Better Remember What You’ve Read

Ever read a book, then forget what you’ve read? Don’t worry, it happens to us all! So, here are 7 brain hacks to help you remember those book insights!

How to Get Published: An insider’s guide to the four types of book publishing

You know you want to get your book published, but the question is how? There are four ways to get published, from traditional publishers to self-publishing. Here’s your insider guide with the pros and cons of each publishing path.

Richard Templar’s “The Rules of Life”: Self-help at its best

Self-help is the Marmite of the book world. Either you love self-help or hate it. While self-help is only as helpful as the effort you put into actioning it, some self-help books are better than others. Richard Templar’s 2006 bestseller The Rules of Life is a winner. Let’s see why.

What Type of Editor Do You Want to Work with? The editor’s inside guide to editors

What kind of editor do you want to work with? The rusher or the motivator? The criticiser or the coach? Find out in the editor’s inside guide to editors.

What Type of Author Are You? The editor’s inside guide to authors

What kind of author or writer are you? The delayer or the collaborator? The amender or the energiser? Find out in the editor’s inside guide to authors…

Happy 2nd Birthday to Us: What I’ve learned from two years of being a business owner

It’s The Book Shelf’s 2nd birthday! In this blog, I talk about the challenges of being a boss and what I’ve learned from two years as a small business owner.

Let’s Talk about Race: My thoughts on “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race” as a mixed-race female book editor

Let’s talk about race. As a mixed race female book editor, I discuss Reni Eddo-Lodge’s chart-topping “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race”, structural racism, and prejudice. I invite you to join the discussion…

What’s It Like to Work with a Book Editor?

What’s it really like to work with a book editor? It can be magical, or it can be horrible. We’ll give you an insight into what it’s like working with a freelance editor and our top tips to ensure it doesn’t go wrong.

“I want to write a nonfiction book, but what should I write about?”

80% of adults have thought about writing a book at some point. But if you’re an aspiring nonfiction author, the big question is: what do you write about? Here, we’ll give you our top tips on topics.

Stranger than Fiction: Did E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” predict the future?

E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” is eerily similar to our Covid-19 locked-down world, so what can we learn about the path we take into the future?

Can I Use Quotes in My Book? Copyright, permissions, and plagiarism…

Quoting other authors in your book can be a minefield. Do you need the author’s permission? Is it a breach of copyright? Can you get sued? Find the answers here…

The E-Myth: The book every business owner needs to read

The E-Myth business book by Stephen Gerber

Are you a small business owner, entrepreneur, or wantrepreneur struggling to figure out why your business isn’t working? Michael Gerber’s #1 business book The E-Myth has the answers…

What Is More Lucrative—Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

Most authors would like to earn something for their books. The question is: what will make you more money as an author—traditional publishing or self-publishing? Let’s weigh them up.