This week’s feature book covers

After some adventures in which, it seemed, couriers couldn’t deliver anything to my post office box, the advance print copies of my second-edition military histories finally arrived this week. Four of my earlier military histories are being re-released as new and revised editions in the run-up to Christmas: Battle for Crete, Desert Duel, Italian Odyssey … More This week’s feature book covers

Book bind-ups and how to avoid stepping in them

One of the early terms I learned in the publishing business is ‘bind-up’. It wasn’t the first term I learned. But it came close. It’s not what you might think. I mean, all books are bound, by definition. But ‘bind-up’ has a specific meaning. It refers to collecting several related books under one cover and … More Book bind-ups and how to avoid stepping in them

Explaining the pitfalls of sentence fragments

One of the most ubiquitous grammar traps in English is the sentence fragment. A sentence fragment is a phrase or set of phrases that look like they should be a sentence, but actually aren’t. Usually that’s because they lack either a verb or a subject, making them a ‘dependent clause’, because they depend on another … More Explaining the pitfalls of sentence fragments

How to get a very strong visual brand for your books

Branding has always meant the experience people get when they engage with ‘the brand’. You know – if you buy this product, you’ll have a wonderful barbecue experience on the beach with great friends, even though (to me, anyway) this has nothing obvious to do with products such as carbonated cola drinks containing sugar and … More How to get a very strong visual brand for your books