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.

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”.

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!

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…

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?

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…

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…?

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?

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…