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 Nonfiction 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?

An Editor’s Review: Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking

A review of Stephen Hawking’s ‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ from a scientifically-useless nonfiction book editor…

RIP Books: Is the Written Word Dying?

If news is to be believed, the written word is dead—or at least dying. But who certified its death? And is it a case of misdiagnosis? Will books disappear? Let’s investigate…

Why Don’t We Spot Our Own Typos?

Have you ever written a blog, proofread it, and posted it—only for someone to point out a glaring typo? Why do we seem incapable of noticing typos in our own writing? Discover why it’s so difficult to spot your own typos…

How Much Does Professional Book Editing Cost?

You’ve written a book. You’re ready to hire an editor. The question on your mind is: how much is this going to cost me? How do you know what budget to set aside and whether the price pitched are reasonable? Here’s an insider’s guide to book editing costs…

An Editor’s Review: The Little Book of Tidying, Beth Penn

In this age of consumerism and materialism, on a planet drowning in stuff and fast fashion, it’s understandable that “tidying” books like Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying have become incredibly popular. Ordinarily, a book on tidying isn’t a book I’d buy, but somebody obviously felt that I’d benefit from a little decluttering as I got The Little Book of Tidying by Beth Penn for Christmas. I won’t take it personally though.

8 Steps to Avoid an Argument: the Stoic way to respond to negative feedback

If you’ve ever been upset or enraged by negative feedback or a critical comment, the Ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism can help. Here’s the 8-step Stoic way to avoid arguments and learn to love criticism.

The Zoom Background Bookshelf: Why do we have shelves full of books?

After a year of Zoom meetings in people’s living rooms, we’ve become accustomed to seeing shelves packed full of books. But why are full bookshelves suddenly hot property?

Exclusive Author Interview: Noah Agrotes, The Temple of Consciousness

Check out our exclusive interview with author Noah Agrotes on his mystical, out-of-this-world debut book “The Temple of Consciousness”.

The Fifty Shades Lesson: What We Can Learn about Publishing Success from “Fifty Shades of Grey”

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so let’s talk about the sexy side of book publishing. Love it or loathe it, “Fifty Shades of Grey” made its author $95 million. So, what can aspiring authors learn about its extraordinary success?

How to Break into the Publishing Industry without Any Experience

Want to break into the publishing industry but have no experience or can’t find any publishing jobs? Discover how to get your foot in the door and gain that vital experience with a lesser-known career path.

Will 2021 Be the Year You Write a Book?

New Year, new you… new book? Will 2021 be the year you finally write that book? Find out the benefits of self-publishing a book here.

What 2020 Made Me Realise about Life and Business

Most of us will be happy to see the back of 2020, but it also helped us pause and reflect. So with the year coming to a close, here are the three lessons that 2020 taught me about life, business, and myself.

What Is Vanity Publishing? A cautionary Christmas tale for aspiring authors

All you want for Christmas is to be an author. But would you pay to get published? To avoid a Christmas nightmare, find out what are vanity publishers are and how to spot them.

Why Authors Self-Publish and How Much It Really Costs

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Why would an author want to self-publish, and is it really free? Discover the benefits of self-publishing and the reasons why it’s not as free as it seems.

Why Authors Want a Publisher and Why It’s So Hard to Get One

Is it still worth getting a traditional publisher on board, and how hard is it really? Discover the benefits of traditional publishing, the reasons why it’s so difficult, and how to land a publisher.

Exclusive Author Interview: People Skills for Analytical Thinkers

Check out our exclusive interview with published author Gilbert Eijkelenboom on his debut book “People Skills for Analytical Thinkers”.

Self-help vs. Memoir: Your no-nonsense guide to choosing the right genre for your inspirational book

Want to write a book that helps people? Is your book self-help or a memoir? Discover the difference between the two and what can go wrong if you choose the wrong genre.

DIY or Hire Professionals? Your guide to self-publishing a book

Millions of authors self-publish their book every year, but does self-publishing mean going it alone? In this guide, I’ll take you through each stage of the self-publishing process and show you how to DIY it or get expert help.

Exclusive Interview with Laide Abel, Author of “People As Assets”

Check out our exclusive interview with published author Laide Abel on her debut book “People As Assets: Building High Performance Organizations”.

So, You Want to Write a Nonfiction Book, But Why?

You want to write a nonfiction book. But why? Why determines what you write. So, here are the top 5 author goals and how to achieve them with your book.

NaNoWriMo: Write a whole nonfiction book in November

Want to write a nonfiction book in just 30 days? Why not challenge yourself to do NaNoWriMo this November? Find out how here.

Eight “Lessons in Stoicism”: How to be a better human

In our world of excess, of always wanting more, of social media fame, Stoicism offers a different path. Yet being stoic has been misunderstood as cold and unemotional. Here are eight lessons on how to be Stoic.

10 Self-Help Clichés to Avoid in Your Writing

If you’re writing self-help your primary goal is most likely to help people, but it’s easy to go wrong with self-help, especially in offering unhelpful clichés. So, here are the top 10 self-help cliches to avoid in your writing.

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.