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.

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.

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?