Category: "Books"

  • How to build your own storytelling empire

    Except for a fortuitous few, writers used to tell tales of desperation and poverty as they clawed their way up the greasy ladder to become a published author. Kerri Littlefield considers how things have changed. Enter ‘The Storyteller’… With the London Book Fair celebrating it’s 45 year anniversary this week, it’s astonishing to reflect on how the book industry has changed over the years. In the olden days of publishing becoming a successful author was down...

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  • An emoji can’t replace a hug

    We got quite excited when we were asked to be a National Unplugging Day partner. We were keen to help parents encourage their children to switch off their gadgets and see the benefits of spending more time engaging with their families, friends and nature, in the way ourJournals of a Lifetime do. Little did we realise that it’s us parents that are in need of the mostencouragement to unplug. MyFamilyClub.co.uk, a leading parenting website, found on...

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  • Bookshops hope ‘super Thursday’ will help start a new chapter for publishing …

    Thursday 9th October has been dubbed ‘super Thursday’ by bookshops as the big titles go on sale in the race for the Christmas bestseller … and bookshops are hoping to cash in as they try to fight back against the ever decreasing business most are seeing. At from you to me I also think it is a ‘super Thursday’ as it is my birthday … and another year older sees me another year wiser when it...

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  • Need a little 'Me' time this summer

    If you need a little 'Me' time this summer we thought we would offer all our friends, and friends of friends, a little incentive to give yourself an hour or so of peace whilst your kids are fully occupied with 'Rant & Rave about My Holiday'. See image for full offer to 'school's out for summer' - available until 23rd August or while stocks last!This fun journal / activity book is designed to stimulate all children, from the reluctant...

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  • WORLD BOOK DAY - 13 Reasons Why I Will Always Buy Books

    Last week was half term and my daughter and I spent a very enjoyable day in a local bookshop doing activities whilst browsing and buying a load of new books from her current two favourite authors Chris Riddell and Fleur Hitchcock.  Today is World Book Day and it got me thinking about why I love books and would never want an electronic reader.  So in no particular order: 1. I love the smell of books –...

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  • Pick of the best Christmas gifts

    Our guest blogger and valued customer, Gemma Edwards of Gifts4Gifts.com, shares her Christmas excitement with us, and picks her top three Christmas gifts... It's that time of year when we see signs of Christmas around us: shop windows aglow, advert jingles, and glistening lights against the night sky. It’s enough to get us excited about the winter festivities.   I want to share the little excitements we have at Gifts4Gifts - the most wanted gifts this Christmas. I've been...

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  • 'Being Human' - the ability to love

    A nice relaxing drive to a business meeting. Latte to hand, cruising in the slow lane, radio on. Before long I’m blinking giant tears and letting out involuntary sobs. I’m moved by an interview with the journalist Robert Peston, where the BBC’s business editor explains that, for him, ‘being human’ is defined by the ability to love. Peston lost his wife, the talented author Sian Busby, to cancer just a year ago. A long five year...

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  • Dear Grandad

    I gave my Grampa, Frank Gold, the first copy of Dear Grandad from you to me when it came off the production line in 2008. As a journalist at, and subsequently the chief editor of the Swansea Evening post I knew he had a love of stories. Grampa was born and still lived in Swansea so although I didn’t get to see him very often whenever I did we would spend many hours discussing the questions...

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  • 'from you to me' link with Gift Focus Magazine

    Hello from a wet summer in the south-west of England. We are currently working closely with a Gift Trade publication called Gift Focus Magazine where we have regular features on our current and upcoming products and campaigns. One thing I am doing is to write an Answer to the Questions that are posed to the magazine in the area of Human Resource topics.  You may or may not know that before I set up from you to...

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  • Pricing strategies ... RRP or bust?

    I would be interested in your views on the current state of pricing in our gift and book market - or indeed other areas too.  Whether you work in the trade or are simply a consumer - do you agree / what do you think? Our products have a recommended retail price (RRP) ... they also have an ISBN number.  This ISBN number allows trade users to download the product information and images from the central...

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