How to Get Your Book 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.

Nihilism, the New Cool? 4 nihilistic lessons for our COVID-19 world

In our post-truth, #fakenews, COVID-19 world, the philosophical bad boy of nihilism has become the new cool. But can we take anything useful from the idea that life is inherently meaningless? Here are 4 lessons from nihilism that aren’t all doom and gloom…

Which is the best proofreading software—Grammarly or Word’s Spellchecker?

You no doubt know that your writing needs proofreading to ensure that it’s error-free before you publish. But do you know which is the best proofreading program—Grammarly or Microsoft Word’s Spellchecker? What if it’s neither of them…?

How Not to Write a Book: 5 mistakes to avoid when writing nonfiction

When you’re writing a nonfiction book, there are 5 common traps you might fall into. If you can avoid making these mistakes, you might save yourself the cost of hiring an editor! So, let’s look at the top 5 nonfiction writing mistakes…

7 Lessons from the Stoics on How to Cope with COVID-19

In recent years, the Ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism has appeared in mainstream books and motivational Pinterest quotes. In a world of COVID-19, lockdowns, and recession, what can we learn from Stoicism?

The Worst 5 Pitfalls of Self-Publishing and How to Avoid them

Self-publishing can be a magical thing, as it means that anyone can publish a book. However, there are many potential pitfalls. Here’s your insider’s guide on how to avoid self-publishing mistakes…

Editing vs. Proofreading: What’s the difference?

As a writer or author, you may want a professional to add that extra polish to your work. But do you need a proofreader or an editor, or both? Here’s your insider guide to proofreading vs. editing…

5 Reasons to Write a Non-Fiction Book during Coronavirus Lockdown

In these unprecedented and worrying times, writing a book might be the last thing on your mind! However, here are five good reasons why you might want to write a nonfiction book during the coronavirus lockdown…

Fact Check: Should books be checked for accuracy before publishing?

We know that newspapers can be inaccurate, but what about books? You might assume that nonfiction books are FACT, but a few famous cases show that they’re not. So, are books fact-checked, and if not—why not?