Sports books

Man is naturally competitive and the logical consequence of that instinct combined with an increase in leisure time brought about by collective living, was the origination of sports. While some, such as running and throwing contests undoubtedly hark back to the origins of Man, many are more recent such as those focussing on grace and poise.

Given how ingrained sports are in our culture, their popularity as a literary topic is unsurprising.

Some ideas for books about sports include:

  • A biography of a well-known sportsperson
  • History of the sport
  • Famous moments in the sport
  • The rules of the game
  • Popular venues described
  • Quizzes about the sport
  • Fact books
  • Sporting statistics
  • A team’s successes and memorabilia
  • Great athletes or competitors

… just to mention a few.

Politics and current affairs books

By its very definition current affairs are exactly that – current.

News and events unfold around us, often with such complexity that most people struggle to visualise their relevance or implications in anything other than a short-term perspective. A good current affairs writer can take the actions of politicians, leaders and other prominent individuals and translate them into an understandable format, adding their insightfulness and perception skills to enhance, but not distort, the events.

This category also covers political commentators or pundits who can express a coherent and informed opinion on the major debates and policies of our elected governments. Your knowledge of that arena and your skills at expressing new and proposed legislation is of interest to our readers.

Historical fiction books

A successful historical fiction writer needs to have done painstaking research before submitting their book. Everything, even the smallest of details such as food, hygiene, customs, songs, jokes, language etc must be either known or surmised from the latest available knowledge of the period. The more modern the timeframe, the better documented the information but the more critical the audience.

Some popular and successful historical fiction writers include:

  • Centennial by James A Michener
  • London or Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas
  • Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Trinity or Exodus by Leon Uris
  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang

If you think you could follow in any of these footsteps, we’d love to hear from you. Help us stock this section with quality reads for our customers.

Crime and mystery books

Have you written a book about an infamous serial killer, a major robbery or an evil crime syndicate?

We’d like to be able to offer our readers accurate and non-sensationalized information about the crimes and consequences of history’s great villains especially when combined with actual images.

Perhaps mystery is more your thing and you can cast new light on an old enigma or bring  to attention a new paradox. Here are some of most popular ongoing and supposedly unsolved mysteries:

  • Area 51
  • Ark of the Covenant
  • Atlantis
  • Bermuda Triangle
  • Easter Island
  • Loch Ness Monster
  • Marie Celeste
  • The Nazca Lines
  • The Sphinx
  • Tunguska

… but there are plenty more

Computer and the internet books

Do you have extensive technical knowledge of:

  • How computers work
  • Programming
  • IT skills
  • Database and system architecture
  • Security and anti-hacking systems
  • Building hardware
  • Web design and the internet
  • SEO or SEM
  • Social media

… and so on

If you can answer yes and can combine that with an ability to convey a message in an easily understood and clear manner then start penning your book about computers and the internet now.

A Postcard From Umbria (illustrated)

A postcard from Umbria

 Principal category Travel
 Word count (approximate pages) 12,500 (42)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $0.99

Italy – an expat’s view

A postcard from Umbria is an anthology of articles written by an experienced author describing her and her husband’s exploits as they emigrate nearly 2,000 km due south – a journey which takes them from the UK to the Umbria region of central Italy. Before they can live in their new house, they have to spend six fruitless hours in front of a Notary because the vendor had built an extension without planning permission and then their removal men knock down the gate pier and get snowed in. Later they relocate within Italy to a house built on the site of another house destroyed by an earthquake. It has been left abandoned and needs some very ingenious restoration.

Along the way, there are snippets about hunters, the limited Italian diet, the bitterly cold winters, and vivid descriptions of native wildlife such as wild boar, snakes, butterflies and porcupines.

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There is plenty of humour, pathos, and wit in the articles which paint a fascinating, if somewhat different picture to that portrayed by television crews in whose world the sun always shines (when temperatures down to -12C are the norm in winter) and the olive oil crop is ‘liquid gold’ (when the reality is that the cost of labour picking the olives and then pressing them grossly exceeds their value for most landowners).

Alongside the text are numerous photographs taken by the author who is also a keen natural history photographer.

Although ‘A postcard from Umbria’ is a very unique and personal account of two British expats who moved to Italy, it is also a valuable source of advice for anyone considering making the move.

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Major recruitment campaign for writers

Get the champers ready!

Monday, 28th May, 2012 sees Any Subject Books launch a major press campaign to recruit new writers. Putting together how many people there are out of work and how many natural-born storytellers there must be, it’s a no-brainer for us to say we’d love to hear from them.

We’re also looking to recruit students as writers. Don’t worry about it interefering with your studies as we’ll even accept short stories (5,000 words plus) to put together into a compilation which we can market.

If that describes you (or you have some time on your hands), don’t let the fact that you’re not a published author put you off. As you’ll see from our other pages, we’ve had our fill of rude literary agencies who can’t even be bothered to acknowledge your existence or, if they do, merely glance at your name, decide you’re no-one famous and send out a dismissive rejection letter.

Well, that’s not us.

Just think of how the cash could help. Not only that, get a book up and selling and you’ve got an income for life. You’ve seen those dubious ads that promise such things? Well, this is the real deal.

And you don’t need to be someone famous, either. We’re not chasing after the autobiography of some politician’s secretary who says they had an affair (well, there’s a shock-and-a-half) nor do you have to have climbed Everest backwards. No, you just need a cracking yarn and the ability to tell it.

So, you might ask, why bother with you and your agency’s deductions when I can publish it direct myself? Well, the answer to that is that most authors who upload a single book never make a sale. All that work for nothing or the best part, thereof. We optimize your title, your description, sample text, and, using campaigns like we’ve got running for writer recruitment and for our high-selling female-erotic author, Melissa Harding. You’ve also got the cross-promotion of all of our other books pushing yours forwards.

Could you follow in Melissa Harding’s stiletto-shaped footsteps?

One catch – you must meet our high standards for spelling and grammar.

Everyone has a story to tell. Tell us yours.

How to succeed as a webcam model

How to succeed as a webcam model

 Principal category Careers
 Word count (approximate pages) 9,000 (30)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $1.50

Be the star of your own silver screen!

This book will take you from not knowing the first thing about being a webcam model right through to making a real success of the business. Melissa, in her own inimitable style, will tell you about getting the room ready, sorting out publicity material, planning a performance, what props are needed, getting the most cash out of your clients, building up a clientbase of regulars and even dealing with weirdoes and their requests.

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While Melissa is deadly serious about making the maximum amount of cash from your webcam model appearances, she also has a real sense of humour so you should be prepared to laugh as you learn!

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The Talking Tree

The Talking Tree

Principal category Children’s stories
Word count (approximate pages) 1,700 (5)
In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $0.99

A short story for children

Michael is a young boy who is fascinated by the myths and legends surrounding Robin Hood. One day, while very upset, he runs into the forest and meets a tree that can talk. The tree befriends him and describes what it’s like to be a tree and how the annual cycle of living and dying is so very different from the life of us humans.

This is a beautifully written short story for children – either for them to read themselves or to be read to. It instils a love of nature and ecology while maintaining a sense of human adventure and self-discovery.

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Find a job and get it

Find a job and get it

 Principal category Business
 Word count (approximate pages) 2,500 (15)
 In Kindle, Epub or PDF formats $1.50

Take charge of those job interviews!

Have you ever sat in a job interview wishing that the ground would open up in front of you? You know with absolute confidence that you haven’t a cat in hell’s chance of getting an offer so why wait and prolong the agony?

I was like that once, a long time ago. After a particularly unpleasant session (for which I was unsurprisingly unsuccessful), I started piecing together some rules about applying for jobs and how to handle myself in the interview. It was a mish-mash of psychology, body language, ‘primed’ questions (expecting the answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’) and good preparation.

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Years of working as a director of a national recruitment agency honed these rules into six basic ones. If you follow these, in most cases (I can’t give you a 100% guarantee – sorry), you will be the pro-active element in the interview and this will let you take the lead. Once you have this, you can control the interview questions and this means that you can get yourself seen in the best possible light. Additionally, it will demonstrate real leadership qualities.

That dream job is just a couple of clicks away!

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