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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can I Use Quotes in My Book? Copyright, permissions, and plagiarism…

Quoting other authors in your book can be a minefield. Do you need the author’s permission? Is it a breach of copyright? Can you get sued? Find the answers here…

What Is More Lucrative—Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

Most authors would like to earn something for their books. The question is: what will make you more money as an author—traditional publishing or self-publishing? Let’s weigh them up.

How Not to Write a Book: 5 mistakes to avoid when writing nonfiction

When you’re writing a nonfiction book, there are 5 common traps you might fall into. If you can avoid making these mistakes, you might save yourself the cost of hiring an editor! So, let’s look at the top 5 nonfiction writing mistakes…

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…

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…