Recommended Reading

Welcome to the ArtyFacts Bookshelf, a curated list of books that I hope will help you with your chosen art form.

Before digging into this collection, an important disclosure:
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Many thanks, Dave.

Ansel Adams' 400 Photographs

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs presents the full spectrum of Adams' work in a single volume for the first time, offering the largest available compilation from his legendary photographic career.

Beautifully produced and presented in an attractive landscape trim, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs will appeal to a general gift-book audience as well as Adams' legions of dedicated fans and students.

The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods, from his first photographs made in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916 to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s up to his last important photographs from the 1960s. An introduction and brief essays on selected images provide information about Adams' life, document the evolution of his technique, and give voice to his artistic vision.

Few artists of any era can claim to have produced four hundred images of lasting beauty and significance. It is a testament to Adams' vision and lifetime of hard work that a book of this scale can be compiled. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs is a must-have for anyone who appreciates photography and the allure of the natural world.

Photographing Iceland Volume 1

The winner of four travel guidebook awards: British Guild of Travel Writers Guide Book of the Year 2022. Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Guide Book of the Year 2022. Travel Book Winner of the 2022 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards and Best Travel Book in the Best Indie Book Award 2022.

Explore and discover the beautiful places of Iceland with the most comprehensive and detailed guidebook to Iceland ever published. Explore and discover the beautiful places of Iceland with the most comprehensive and detailed guidebook to Iceland ever published.

Featuring over 600 stunning images, and over 120 locations with detailed maps, sat-nav co-ordinates including what3words and smart phone scannable lat-long QR-codes. This beautiful travel and photo-location guidebook provides both inspiration and information to make your trip a reality.

Including information on car rental, vehicle insurance and driving advice, suggested itineraries from a long weekend to several weeks, with essays on Iceland’s cultural history, cuisine, flora & fauna and advice on how to photograph the Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights.

All the classic locations around Reykjavík and along the ring road are covered from roadside attractions, to multi-day overnight hikes; covering glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, lavafields, craters, volcanoes, mountains, coast, beaches and cliffs, towns, churches, cultural sites, harbours and wildlife from Arctic fox to orcas, puffins, seals, reindeer and the famed Icelandic horse. FEATURING THE SOUTH WEST including Reykjavík, The GoldenCircle, the Blue Lagoon, Þingvellir National Park and the Reykanes peninsula.

THE SOUTH COAST featuring the Westman Islands,Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfrabúi waterfalls, Skógafoss waterfall,Reynisfjara Beach, Reynisdrangar sea stack, Vík í Mýrdal village and Fjaðrárgljúfurcanyon. THE SOUTH EAST explore the Vatnajökull ice cap andnational park, Skaftafell Park & Svartifoss waterfall, Fjallsárlón &Jökulsárlónglacial lakes, Breiðamerkursandur / Diamond Ice Beach, Stokksnes beach &Mount Vestrahorn THE EAST visit Seyðisfjörður village, Egilsstaðirtown, the fjords, canyons, craggy mountains, remote villages and a beautiful coastline.

THE NORTH including the Langanes Peninsula, Heimskautsgerðið / The Arctic Henge, Jökulsárgljúfur, Víti crater, Hverir / Hverarönd hot springs& Mount Námafjal, Mývatn, Grímsey Island, Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri and theTröllaskagiPeninsula WESTFJORDS Ísafjörður and the remote fjords and coastline, including the Hornstrandirnature reserve home to arctic foxes. THE WEST & SNÆFELLSNES home to Orca& whale watching, Snæfellsjökull volcano towers, Kirkjufell mountain, the Lóndrangarsea stack & Beserkjahraun lava field THE RING ROAD All you need to embark and enjoy this 1693km/1051mile circular route around Iceland.

The Village

Llangwm, in Pembrokeshire, west Wales, huddles around an inlet of the Cleddau Estuary. Sitting at the end of a minor road with nowhere else to go, it is isolated.

This isolation has over many generations engendered a strong sense of communal self-sufficiency. With its church, two chapels, post office, pub, rugby and cricket clubs, school, an annual literary festival, choir, and a host of other societies, it is a very busy village.

David Wilson lives and works in Llangwm and since 2019 has been photographing people at home, at work, and at play as well as the landscape and river in the immediate area. This book offers a snapshot not just of a west Wales village but of a community whose feel is familiar to many.

The Paintings That Revolutionized Art

What makes the Book of Kells such an extraordinary example of illuminated manuscript? Why is Durer's self-portrait so iconic? How did Turner's Rain, Steam, Speed turn the art world on its head? What's so great about Jasper John's Flag? And who was Whistler's mother, anyway?

Art history is filled with paintings that shocked, intrigued, enraged and mystified their audiences - paintings that exemplified the period in which they were created and forever changed the way we think. Here, one hundred examples of these icons of art are presented in beautiful, high-quality reproductions. Each double-page spread features lavish illustrations and details as well as engaging texts that explain why the painting belongs in the pantheon of world-changing art. Published in association with the Stadel Museum, Frankfurt.

Great Paintings

From works by Botticelli and Raphael to Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo, discover the paintings that have shaken the art world through the centuries and across continents.

Great Paintings takes you on your own personal gallery tour of over 60 of the world's best-loved paintings. Unlock the hidden meanings and symbols behind each painting, with over 700 photographs to bring the pictures to life and help you understand the key features, composition and techniques that have made these paintings stand out. Plus, biographies of the artists provide the background to each art work, inspiring you to paint your own picture of the historical and social context behind each masterpiece.

Updated for 2018, Great Paintings is a beautiful guide to the paintings, both familiar and new, that have changed the world- it really is like having a gallery of all the great paintings at your fingertips.

Artists Their Lives and Works

Extraordinary reference book of over 80 famous painters, their lives, their loves, and their iconic paintings.

This art book includes insightful biographies of artists accompanied with remarkable reproductions of their famous artworks. Begin with the early Renaissance and follow art movements through the centuries to some of the most well-known artists alive today.

A gorgeous exploration of the defining people of the art world including pioneers such as Giotto and Jan van Eyck, the greats like Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, and the visionaries like Frida Kahlo and Hokusai.
The large format art book is overflowing with information and pictures of your favourite classics. The full-page prints are especially spectacular, allowing you to get the full effect of the work that inspired, defined, and encapsulated art movements.
Over 500 years of the craft is discussed, with the chapters organised by century starting with "Before 1500" and ending with "1945 - Present". Each chapter features the relevant painters of those years with its own directory. Read about the historical context of art movements in sections which include timelines and fact panels giving incredible insight into the art world, the past lives of artists and their visions and techniques.
Discover the unconventional stories of the artists' lives, including their influences, developments, friendships, loves, and rivalries. Read about the portraits that Holbein did for Henry VIII to play matchmaker, Caravaggio's astonishing reaction to a badly cooked artichoke, and the many romantic affairs of Picasso. Sometimes scandalous and often tumultuous, the lives of artists such as Raphael, Hogarth, van Gogh, O'Keeffe, Magritte, Warhol, and Kiefer are as interesting and captivating as their work.

The Artists Behind the Paint Brushes

A beautiful coffee table book that would make a lovely gift for those interested in art history, artist biographies or to browse the attractive reproductions of the famous artworks. Includes a foreword by Ross King who is the author of the bestselling Brunelleschi's Dome and Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, as well as the novels Ex-Libris and Domino.

- Over 80 biographies of the standout artists over the centuries since the early Renaissance.
- Beautiful reproductions of artworks that allow you to get up close to their brush strokes.
- Insight into historical art themes and movements that influenced the periods.

The Witch-Crafting Handbook

Over 70 projects for stylish witches to make at home.

Wicked Baker, Helena Garcia, is back with a new book to help you witch-craft your way to a more magical life, with creative projects for you and your home.

Inspired by ancient folklore and all things mystical, Helena offers remedies for your apothecary using foraged ingredients and age-old formulae; fashion accessories for your witch's wardrobe; enchanting homewares and decorations; devilishly delicious recipes both sweet and savoury; and tipsy tonics.

With Helena's creepy ideas, you'll learn how to make playful projects like an evil eye choker, peppermint foot spray, a Christmas spider wreath, and piranha fish pie, among many others. All you need are simple materials and ingredients, a little imagination, and a sprinkling of sorcery.

Homemade and Happy

  • Book: Homemade & Happy
  • Embellishments and ornaments. The book also features pretty practical designs such as an irresistible patchwork quilt, classic pillow covers
  • Book from the Tilda Range

Seaside Ideas

  • Book: Tilda's Seaside Ideas
  • Inspired by beach life to make gifts, toys and accessories for your home.
  • Book from the Tilda Range

Digital Painting Techniques

Discover the tips, tricks and techniques that really work for concept artists, matte painters and animators. Compiled by the team at, Digital Painting Techniques, Volume 1 offers digital inspiration with hands-on insight and techniques from professional digital artists.

More than just a gallery book - within Digital Painting Techniques each artist has written a breakdown overview, with supporting imagery of how they made their piece of work. Beginner and intermediate digital artists will be inspired by the gallery style collection of the finest examples of digital painting from world renowned digital artists. Start your mentorship into the world of digital painting today with some of the greatest digital artists in the world and delve into professional digital painting techiques, such as speed painting, custom brush creation and matte painting. Develop your digital painting skills beyond the variety of free online digital painting tutorials and apply the most up to date techniques to your digital canvas with Digital Painting Techniques for Animators.

Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art

Masters and Legends of Fantasy Art, 2nd Edition is the ultimate guide to fantasy, sci-fi, and comic art techniques, advice, and theory.

Packed with dozens of in-depth interviews and amazing workshops from the biggest names in the genre, you'll learn everything you need to know to paint like these fantasy art masters.

Discover how to create classic fantasy, imaginative sci-fi, and comic art, with advice on how to tell visual stories, make inspired illustrations, and create strong characters. You'll also learn how to paint better spaceships, faeries, aliens, and elf rangers, with plenty of tips about creating a traditional or modern look using digital techniques. A core skills section offers basic training on topics such as using custom brushes and rendering realistic materials like cloth, rock, silk, fur, and shiny metal. A free download link offers video workshops with the artists, layered image files and more.

Featured artists in the new 2nd edition include:
- Frank Frazetta
- H.R. Giger
- Syd Mead
- Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell
- James Gurney
- Chris Foss
- Charles Vess
- Adam Hughes
- Andrew Jones

3D Landscape Techniques

The secrets to creating stunning landscapes are at your fingertips with Digital Mayhem 3D Landscapes Techniques. Compiled by Duncan Evans, launch Editor of 3D Artist Magazine, Digital Mayhem features a variety of beautiful art from some of the finest digital artists working today.

Inspiration and technique meet here as you learn how to create every type of landscape from harsh desert savannahs to icy tundra. Using a blend of showcase images, step-by-step and long-form tutorials, you will be guided through the featured artist’s process so you can incorporate their techniques and workflow into your own projects. Not just another button-pushing manual or coffee table book, Digital Mayhem will help develop your critical eye for composition, choice of camera lens, lighting, rendering, and post production, allowing you to work more intuitively. With insight from some of the best digital artists in the world, Digital Mayhem will have you creating your own masterpiece in no time!

Unique coverage on a variety of software allows you to hone your skills across different platforms.
Illustrious and colorful artwork coupled with artist insight will both inspire and inform your creative decisions.
Comprehensive companion website offers additional resources for you to further expand your skillset.

Digital Art Masters

Digital Art Masters: Volume 8 is not your typical digital art gallery book. While it does showcase stunning work from fifty elite, international artists, it also includes detailed tutorials explaining how each image was created.

Every artist offers insight into their workflow and the methods they employ when it comes to creating a professional piece. In addition, this year's volume boasts a selection of unique, never-before-seen images for your viewing pleasure. If you're looking to be inspired and learn something at the same time, then Digital Art Masters: Volume 8 ticks all of the boxes.

Digital Art Masters

Meet some of the finest 2D and 3D artists working in the industry today and discover how they create some of the most innovative digital art in the world.

More than a gallery book or a coffee table book- Digital Art Masters Volume 4 includes 50 artists and 900 unique and stunning 2D and 3D digital artworks. Beyond the breaktaking images is a breakdown of the techniques, challenges and tricks the artists employed while creating stunning imagery.

This volume, much like the previous volumes is not your standard coffee table book nor is it our usual how-to-book. This book offers inspiration and insight for the advanced amateur and professional CG artists.

The Digital Art Masters series has expanded upon the competition's gallery book concept and has added the insight and experiences of professional CG artists worldwide. Divided into 5 sections, Sci-Fi, Scene, Fantasy, Character and Cartoon, Each featured artist segement will include the thought processes behind creating unique digital images and an artist portfolio for further inspiration. Find your inspiration and discover the tips, tricks and techniques that really work.

HR Giger

“At its essence, Giger’s art digs down into our psyches and touches our very deepest primal instincts and fears. His art stands in a category of its own.

The proof of this lies in the intensity of his work and imagination, which I can only compare to Hieronymus Bosch and Francis Bacon in their powers to provoke and disturb.” ―Ridley Scott

Swiss artist HR Giger (1940–2014) is most famous for his creation of the space monster in Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror sci-fi film Alien, which earned him an Oscar. Yet this was just one of the most popular expressions of Giger’s biomechanical arsenal of creatures, which consistently merged hybrids of human and machine into images of haunting power and dark psychedelia. The visions drew on demons of the past, as well as evoking mythologies for the future. Above all, they gave expression to the collective fears and fantasies of his age: fear of the atom, of pollution and wasted resources, and of a future in which our bodies depend on machines for survival.

Following the SUMO-sized monograph which was begun shortly before the artist's unexpected death, this affordable anniversay edition pays homage to Giger’s unique vision. The book shows the complete story of Giger’s life and art, his sculptures, film design, and iconic album covers as well as the heritage he left us in his own artist’s museum and self-designed bar in the Swiss Alps. In an in-depth essay, Giger scholar Andreas J. Hirsch plunges into the themes of the artist’s oeuvre while an extensive biography draws on contemporary quotes and Giger’s own statements.

Adobe Photoshop

Learn to correct and improve digital images. Seamlessly remove backgrounds and repair images using content-aware tools. Explore advanced filters that enhance images using machine learning and cloud processing. Select subjects with complex outlines, including hair, quickly and precisely. Design composite images, including instant sky replacement. Create advanced typography. Edit video, including transitions and motion effects. Automate tasks with actions. Save as a Photoshop cloud document to easily edit across desktop and mobile devices. Export your work for web, mobile devices, and print.

The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, offers what no other book or training program does―an official training series from Adobe, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book (2022 release) contains 15 lessons that cover the basics and beyond, providing countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you.

Purchasing this book includes valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book's "Getting Started" section to unlock access to:

Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects in the book
Web Edition containing the complete text of the book, interactive quizzes, and videos that walk you through the lessons step by step
What you need to use this book: Adobe Photoshop (2022 release) software, for either Windows or macOS. (Software not included.)

Note: Classroom in a Book does not replace the documentation, support, updates, or any other benefits of being a registered owner of Adobe Photoshop software. This book covers Photoshop on desktop only. It does not address Photoshop on the iPad.

Photoshop The Photographer's Guide

Photographers seeking to get up to speed with all the features Adobe Photoshop offers for the digital darkroom enthusiast choose Adobe Photoshop the Photographers Guide. The 34 guided workflows take you step by step through the techniques needed to create great images, including:

First Steps: To get you quickly up to speed with the basic layout of the Adobe Photoshop interface, how to tailor it for your own workflow, and the most frequently used tools.
A Foundation In Isolation Techniques: Being able to isolate elements of your image is fundamental to enable the selective application of effects, and for compositing. You will learn the various techniques, so that you have multiple methods in your creative arsenal.
A Foundation in Layers: You will learn how to use the many cool features on offer in Adobe Photoshop to help you blend and manipulate images.
Image Repair & Restoration: From minor dust and scratch removal all the way to more extensive editing, you will learn all the tools and techniques available.
A Foundation in Masking: Learn how to non-destructively manipulate your images using masks and blend modes for creative effect.
Working With Filters & Effects: How to work smartly with the many filters and effects that are on offer with Adobe Photoshop, including the foundations to image post processing, as well as extensive material on how to understand and work with the powerful Curves Adjustment Tool to manipulate light and color. This section of the book is also where all the learning goals in the rest of the book really start to integrate together.
Included with the book is access to an online resource area, so that you can download many of the images used in the guided workflows.

Photoshop Beginners Guide

Create Amazing Results on Photoshop! What if you're totally new to Photoshop? Photoshop: Absolute Beginners Guide To Mastering Photoshop And Creating World Class Photos, you'll receive a thorough grounding in the basics.

You'll learn how to operate the: • Menu Bar • Option Bar • Toolbox • Palette Well • Palettes You'll also learn how to touch-up, color correct, and enhance your images! How can you dig deeper into Photoshop? Photoshop: Absolute Beginners Guide To Mastering Photoshop And Creating World Class Photos explains palates in-depth, including layers, adjustments, and text. You'll learn about the color channels, picker, and swatches. How can you create new designs in Photoshop? You'll learn all about drawing, and how to use a variety of tools: • Shape and Line • Brush • Pencil • Paint Bucket • Gradient • Eraser You'll also learn how to use filters for added texture and other effects! Photoshop: Absolute Beginners Guide To Mastering Photoshop And Creating World Class Photos also teaches you 120 Top Photoshop Tips and Tricks. You'll learn how to get HDR style results in Photoshop by using layers, and discover 5 Tips for Shooting and Creating Successful HDR Photos! Start reading Photoshop: Absolute Beginners Guide To Mastering Photoshop And Creating World Class Photos now, and start making your creative ideas a reality! Everything is hard at the beginning, but with great guides, comes great results!

Creative Writing

Creative Writing is a complete writing course that will jump-start your writing and guide you through your first steps towards publication.

Suitable for use by students, tutors, writers’ groups or writers working alone, this book offers:

  • a practical and inspiring section on the creative process, showing you how to stimulate your creativity and use your memory and experience in inventive ways
  • in-depth coverage of the most popular forms of writing, in extended sections on fiction, poetry and life writing, including biography and autobiography, giving you practice in all three forms so that you might discover and develop your particular strengths
  • a sensible, up-to-date guide to going public, to help you to edit your work to a professional standard and to identify and approach suitable publishers
  • a distinctive collection of exciting exercises, spread throughout the workbook to spark your imagination and increase your technical flexibility and control
  • a substantial array of illuminating readings, bringing together extracts from contemporary and classic writings in order to demonstrate a range of techniques that you can use or adapt in your own work.

Creative Writing: A Workbook with Readings presents a unique opportunity to benefit from the advice and experience of a team of published authors who have also taught successful writing courses at a wide range of institutions, helping large numbers of new writers to develop their talents as well as their abilities to evaluate and polish their work to professional standards. These institutions include Lancaster University and the University of East Anglia, renowned as consistent producers of published writers.

On Writing

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King


Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King's critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

"Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999--and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it--fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

How To Write Non-Fiction

Do you want to write a non-fiction book but don't know where to start? Or perhaps you worry that you're not an expert or have enough authority in your niche to write a book on it?

Are you ready to help other people and change your own life with your words?

The first non-fiction book I wrote changed my life. Sure, it helped other people, but mostly it altered the course of my life – so much so that 10 years later, I make a living with my writing.

In this book, I'll share everything I've learned along the way and save you time, effort and frustration on your author journey. The book includes:

Part 1. Before You Write: Mindset

  • Why write a non-fiction book?
  • Can I write a book if I'm not an expert?
  • Originality. Or, “there are so many other books on this topic”
  • Who are you? Personal stories and the writer's voice
  • The day a non-fiction book changed my life
  • Fear and self-doubt

Part 2. Before You Write: Business
  • Types of non-fiction books
  • Business models for non-fiction books
  • Who is your book for? Identify your target market
  • Decide on the topic for your book
  • Decide on your book title
  • Your author name and pseudonyms
  • How long does your book have to be?
  • How long will it take to write the book?
  • Your perspective on time
  • Writing a book proposal

Part 3. Writing and Editing
  • Gather and organize existing material
  • Research, interviews, surveys, and social listening
  • Structure and organize the book
  • How to write the first draft
  • How to dictate your book
  • Turn your blog/podcasts/videos/talks into a book
  • Speed, quality and perfectionism
  • Focus and shiny object syndrome
  • Writer's block
  • Co-writing a non-fiction book
  • How to turn a boring book into an engaging read
  • Elements of fiction in non-fiction
  • Does non-fiction have to be true?
  • Legal issues: Using real people, quotes, lyrics, images, and citing sources
  • Self-editing a book
  • How to find and work with professional editors

Part 4. Publishing and Product Creation
  • Your publishing options
  • Use different formats to create multiple streams of income
  • Non-fiction book covers
  • Book formatting for non-fiction
  • Pricing your book
  • Your book sales description
  • Categories and keywords
  • Turn your non-fiction book into a multimedia course
  • Updating your books over time

Part 5. Marketing Non-Fiction
  • Two models of marketing and the importance of mindset
  • Book-centered marketing
  • Paid advertising for non-fiction books
  • Author-centered marketing. The power of a personal brand
  • Build your author website
  • Build an email list
  • Integrate email marketing with your book
  • Content marketing for non-fiction books
  • My non-fiction marketing journey

Conclusion and your next steps.

It's time to (finally) write your non-fiction book!

How to Write a Novel

Writing a novel will change your life.

It might not be in the way that you expect, but when you hold your book in your hand and say, “I made this,” something will shift.

The process of getting to that point will light a spark in your creative soul and help you discover unexpected aspects of yourself. It will be one of the things you are most proud of in your life. This book will help you get there.

I’m Joanna (J.F.) Penn, award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 18 novels and novellas with nearly a million books sold in over one hundred countries.

This book will help you write your first novel, or improve your creative process so you can write more books and reach more readers. It covers mindset, ideas and research, aspects of craft, how to write a first draft, and work through an editing process to a finished book.

You will discover:

Part 1: First Principles

  • Why are you writing a novel?
  • What has stopped you from completing a novel before?
  • Principles to keep in mind as you create

Part 2: Ideas, Research, Plotting, and Discovery Writing
  • How to find and capture ideas
  • How to research your novel and when to stop
  • Outlining (or plotting)
  • Discovery writing (or pantsing)
  • What are you writing? Genre
  • What are you writing? Short story, novella, or novel
  • What are you writing? Stand-alone, series, or serial

Part 3: Aspects of a Novel
  • Story structure
  • Scenes and chapters
  • Character: Who is the story about?
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue
  • Plot: What happens in the story?
  • Conflict
  • Openings and endings
  • Setting and World-building: Where does the story happen?
  • Author voice
  • Theme
  • Book or story title
  • Language versus story and tools versus art
  • Part 4: Writing the first draft
  • Attitude to the first draft
  • How to write the first draft
  • Dictate your book
  • Write fast, cycle through, or write slow
  • Writer’s block
  • Writing tools and software
  • When is the first draft finished?

Part 5: The Editing Process
  • Overview of the editing process
  • Self-editing
  • How to find and work with a professional editor
  • Beta readers, specialist readers, and sensitivity readers
  • Editing tools and software
  • Lessons learned from editing my first novel after more than a decade
  • When is the book finished?


If you want to (finally) write your novel, then buy How to Write a Novel today.

Colours of Art

Colours of Art takes the reader on a journey through history via 80 carefully curated artworks and their palettes. For these pieces, colour is not only a tool (like a paintbrush or a canvas) but the fundamental secret to their success.

Colour allows artists to express their individuality, evoke certain moods and portray positive or negative subliminal messages. And throughout history the greatest of artists have experimented with new pigments and new technologies to lead movements and deliver masterpieces. But as something so cardinal, we sometimes forget how poignant colour palettes can be , and how much they can tell us.

When Vermeer painted The Milkmaid , the amount of ultramarine he could use was written in the contract. How did that affect how he used it? When Turner experimented with Indian Yellow , he captured roaring flames that brought his paintings to life. If he had used a more ordinary yellow, would he have created something so extraordinary? And how did Warhol throw away the rulebook to change what colour could achieve?

Structured chronologically, Colours of Art provides a fun, intelligent and visually engaging look at the greatest artistic palettes in art history - from Rafael's use of perspective and Vermeer's ultramarine, to Andy Warhol's hot pinks and Lisa Brice's blue women.

Colours of Art offers a refreshing take on the subject and acts as a primer for artists, designers and art lovers who want to look at art history from a different perspective.

The Promised Neverland

A deluxe art book showcasing Posuka Demizu's incredible artwork from the hit manga series.

A beautiful hardcover art book featuring full-color art, sketches, comments, and a Q&A with Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu about their popular manga series.

Featuring Posuka Demizu's incredible artwork, as well as creator commentary and interviews, The Promised Neverland: Art Book World is a beautiful and haunting gaze into the art of one of today's most popular Shonen Jump manga series.

For My Grandchild

Create a family keepsake that will be treasured by generations to come! Winner, Bronze Award, APEX 2018!

This unique memory book is a great way to tell your grandchildren all about you, from the wildest things you did as a teenager to your early memories of their parents. Along with plenty of prompts and fill-in-the-blanks for recording childhood memories and family history, there's lots of space for mementos and those photos of you playing with your best friend or from the first place that you lived on your own.

Pass on family traditions--like the holidays you celebrate and the dishes your family shares on special occasions; reveal what life was like when you were a kid; and recount favorite stories about yourself and those you love. It's a gift your grandkids will return to again and again.

Forest Craft

With an emphasis on safety and adult supervision, Forest Craft presents a range of simple and fun projects that children can make and enjoy hours of play with afterwards.

The author, Richard Irvine, extols the virtues of exploring woodland, getting to know the trees in your local area and learning about their characteristics and suitability for whittling. . Projects such as a kazoo, mini furniture, duck call, rhythm sticks and elder wand.

Includes a thorough guide to the basic tools and equipment that are required, the timber he recommends and would advise against for beginners, and the techniques that will be used in the projects. . 20 projects, with simple step-by-step instructions accompanied by photographs and useful tips.

Includes a chapter on safety and safety tips throughout. Appealing to both forest school teachers and families, this is a book that can be turned to time and time again, through the different seasons and over many years. The skills learned can be treasured and passed down through generations, in time-honoured traditions. AUTHOR: Richard Irvine is a passionate advocate of high-quality outdoor-learning experiences for children and adults. He is a qualified teacher and greenwood carver. Irvine lives in Torrington, Devon, UK.

Write and Draw Comics

Kapow! Boom! An awesome activity book for budding comic artists to imagine and draw their own comic strips.

Simple step-by-step instructions, with lots of handy tips and hints, show children how to create graphic stories using all the devices employed in 'real' comics. Includes ideas for characters and storylines, sample comic strips and drawing tips. With stickers to add to comic strips for extra colour and detail.


This lavish coffee-table book traces the history of photography from the first black and white images to celebrated examples of 21st-century digital photography.

Photography celebrates the most iconic photographs of the past 200 years and includes more than 50 biographies of the most famous photographers, explaining how they pushed the bounds of the medium. It also showcases examples of the extraordinary cameras that photographers experimented with, from the daguerreotype to the latest camera phones!

Charting the influence of social and cultural change, as well as the impact of science and technology, this beautiful book follows the history of photographs from the first grainy attempts at portrait and landscape photography to gritty photojournalism, street photography, and digital photography, with special features delving into the stories behind photographic images that changed how people saw the world.

This fantastic photography book promises:

- A selection of the most important "lost" cultural artefacts from ancient times to the present day
- Features images of the artworks where available, or specially commissioned illustrations of them based on written accounts
- Includes details of the ongoing debate about whether looted art should be returned to its country of origin

Packed with information and full of inspiration, Photography is the perfect reference for budding photographers, seasoned professionals, and anyone with an interest in the subject. Whether you're looking for a riveting reference book to display on your coffee table or gift to a friend, or you're a life-longer learner with a thirst for knowledge - Photography is sure to delight!

Landscape Photography

The dramatic landscape photographs of Saskia Boelsums manifest a strong connection to the Dutch tradition of landscape paintings.

She is inspired by nature, weather, and the seasons, with clouds and skies characterised by moody chiaroscuro and painterly monumentality. The reality of the changing climate, and what this will mean for the future, is a theme that runs throughout her work. She captures not only the beauty of the landscape, but also a vague sense of uncertainty and threat.

As she says: "It looks like the classic historical Dutch landscapes and skies are being pushed out by landscapes and skies that are the result of climate change. I am very aware of that tension." "I am photographing when most people think the weather is too bad to go outside. By exploring different landscapes in all four seasons, I feel strongly connected to the universe. That feeling I'm trying to pass on through my landscape photos." - Saskia Boelsums.

Why I Write

George Orwell set out 'to make political writing into an art', and to a wide extent this aim shaped the future of English literature - his descriptions of authoritarian regimes helped to form a new vocabulary that is fundamental to understanding totalitarianism.

While 1984 and Animal Farm are amongst the most popular classic novels in the English language, this new series of Orwell's essays seeks to bring a wider selection of his writing on politics and literature to a new readership.

In The Prevention of Literature, the third in the Orwell's Essays series, Orwell considers the freedom of thought and expression. He discusses the effect of the ownership of the press on the accuracy of reports of events, and takes aim at political language, which 'consists almost entirely of prefabricated phrases bolted together.'

The Prevention of Literature is a stirring cry for freedom from censorship, which Orwell says must start with the writer themselves: 'To write in plain vigorous language one has to think fearlessly.'

Art of the Limited Palette

How to work with a limited palette, with step-by-step demonstrations. One of the world's best art teachers shows you how to give spontaneity and lightness to your work with a limited palette.

Using only three colours (up to five at the very most), is the most effective way to give your art a fresh feel. With an array of paintings, techniques and step-by-step demonstrations, renowned artist Hazel Soan goes through a range of specific colour combinations that work. Each chapter looks at a different combination, guided by a principal hue or pigment property.

For landscapes she discusses cool blue and warm yellow, for gardens transparent reds and complimentary green, and for seascapes warm blue, cool yellow and granulation. The author explores the almost inexhaustible three-colour combinations but also discusses when four- or five-colour combinations would enhance or work more efficiently. This ensures your work is more cohesive, light and brings out the beauty of the watercolour medium.

This extensive guide is packed with demonstrations, work in progress and finished paintings – and every single painting will have the colours itemized, making this not only a great technique book but great resource for colour combinations. Ideal for all painters, new or experienced.

Inky Treasure Hunt

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book by Johanna Basford is one of the world's bestselling adult colouring books with 96 colouring pages waiting to be brought to life with colour.

This interactive colouring book takes you on a ramble through a garden created in beautifully detailed pen–and–ink illustrations by Johanna Basford.

There are pictures to colour, mazes to solve, patterns to complete and lots of space for you to add your own inky drawings. Use felt tip pens to add a splash of colour or a black pen with a fine nib to create your own doodles and details.

Johanna Basford has sold over 21 million books worldwide. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book was her first book. It has been translated into over 44 languages.

'Colouring in isn't just for kids. These intricate, magical drawings from Secret Garden by Johanna Basford are just waiting to be brought to life.' The Guardian

'Joanna Basford's Secret Garden is an 'inky treasure hunt and colouring book' filled with intricate drawings waiting to be brought to life. It's the colouring–in book you wish you had the hand–eye coordination to do, aged two.' The Independent

'Prepare yourself to get lost in a magical world with this interactive activity book that takes you through a secret garden of incredible drawings by Johanna Basford.' Buzzfeed

'Coloring books for adults have been around for decades, but Basford's success…has helped to create a massive new industry category.' The New Yorker.

Amazing Patterns

Relaxing adult coloring book with hand-drawn mandala style patterns.

Fantastic and relaxing patterns will allow you to break away from the chaos of everyday life and plunge into the land of peace and relaxation.

Originality. All drawings are hand drawn. Individual patterns are always created with passion. This guarantees the uniqueness and originality of the performance.

Quality 50 different models, finished with attention to every detail, guarantee high-quality workmanship.

Diversity Every project is different. Which guarantees fantastic and creative play with colors.

Single-sided pages Each image is placed on its own page.

Relax Coloring amazing patterns is a great way to get away from any problems and enter the world of colors.

Creativity Creating the world with your own colors creates a sense of independence and fosters creativity, improves self-esteem and builds confidence.

A great gift This coloring book is a great gift for anyone who needs a moment of peace and relaxation.

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Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
50 individual projects.

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