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?

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.

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…?