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January 2023 in Books: Out of Five Cats Reviews

The Book Shelf Editorial Assistant Shelby writes her book reviews in the best way: out of five cats. It’s that time […]

New Nonfiction Releases for February 2023

It’s not the season of love – it’s the season of history books and war memoirs. Take a look at new nonfiction in February 2023.

Do You Want to Write Online? Start With Quora

If you want to start writing online, start first with Quora! Ameesha Green is a titan on Quora. She’s been on […]

The Truth About Typesetting & Why it Matters

Make your typesetting look as professional as your writing! We work with self-published authors so we know the importance of […]

3 Mistakes Article Writers Make

As an editor, I can tell you why your articles don’t get a lot of views Here at The Book Shelf, […]

Top 5 Books to Start 2023 Right

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature,” said Maya Angelou. “If I were […]

January ’23 Nonfiction Releases

New year, same me. You already know that this list is procured with the love and attention of a proud […]

Essential Writing Hacks for Neurodivergent Writers: ADHD/Autism

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed (and subsequently smashed) the ‘Myth of the ‘Natural’ Writer’ and discussed the absolute best thing […]

Alpha and Beta Readers: Who are they? Why do I need one?

Alpha? Beta? These Greek semantics serve a different purpose in the writing process. New and veteran authors alike find these […]

How to Price Your Nonfiction Book on Amazon

So, you’ve written a book. You’ve spent a lot of time researching, planning, and editing your manuscript, and it’s finally […]

How Can I Read More? 

The Golden Ticket – How much money can you make from publishing a book

Every year, I say: I will read more. And each December, I wonder why I don’t. I’m not alone. Reading […]

Lessons on J.K Rowling’s Success and Where to Find Them

If we were to equate J.K. Rowling’s impressive rise to literary fame to one of the seven basic story archetypes, […]

5 Books That Inspired Me to Write

“The Six Golden Rules of Writing: Read, read, read, write, write, write.” Ernest Gaines Like most writers, I started because I […]

New Nonfiction: December 2022

Let me preface by admitting that I started this list because I love reading. I read quite a lot (too […]

November: Out of Five Cats

Welcome to Out of Five Cats November!  Here at The Book Shelf, we love reading, publishing, and cats. So, let’s […]

Our Year in Nonfiction

It’s Nonfiction November and this month I’m reflecting on the great books which got me through the year. With the […]

10 Nonfiction Books You Can Read in a Day

Short nonfiction books are easy to read and snappy but packed full of lessons, teachings, and experiences that are vital […]

8 Contemporary Poetry Recommendations

8 Contemporary Poetry Recommendations

by Olga Bialasik Last week, we talked about getting your poetry published and the various avenues available for this. But […]