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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Want to write a nonfiction book in just 30 days? Why not challenge yourself to do NaNoWriMo this November? Find out how here.
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.
The age-old question—which do readers prefer: physical books or e-books? The question is harder to answer than expected. Let’s take a look at the data.
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”.
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!
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 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 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…
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. 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…
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?
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…
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…
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…?