Better Writing

How to get published when you are writing in a non-native language

As a nonfiction book editor, I’m often asked whether it’s possible to publish a book as a non-native speaker or […]

Introduction VS preface: Is there really a difference?

A close-up photo of two hands: one writing on a spiral notebook with a silver pen and the other using the laptop mouse trackpad on a glossy black desk against a sunny background

Introduction or preface: Is there a difference? If you’re writing a nonfiction book, or thinking about writing one, you might […]

 This is how to write your non-fiction book in 10 steps

We’ve all heard the saying “Everyone has one good book in them” or some variation. In fact, the original quote […]

 3 Reasons why your article is not doing well

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

3 Key tips 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 […]

Embrace writer’s block: How to make it part of your writing

How to Embrace Writer’s Block

by Peri Cimen We’ve all been there. Whether you’ve been staring at a blank Word document for days or hit […]

6 Steps to writing better

How Can I Become a Better Writer

by Shelby Jones Writing can be a minefield and many would certainly prefer to traverse great fields of potential dynamite […]

10 Self-help clichés to avoid in your writing

Whether you’re writing a self-help book, a personal development blog, or even an inspirational podcast script, your primary goal is […]

Yes, your nonfiction book Needs to have a narrative. Here’s why

Guest post: By Shazeen Iqbal, The Writer Vending Machine A nonfiction book is a unique journey where the author communicates factual […]

On copyright and ‘fair use’:  do you need permission to quote people in your book?

As a nonfiction author, you may want to quote other people in your book—be it to set a certain tone, amplify your […]

How not to write a book: 5 mistakes to avoid when writing nonfiction

As a nonfiction book editor, I see my fair share of great first drafts, but also some pretty average ones. A mediocre […]