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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…