Why would you want to write and publish a book anyway?


A book is something sacred and special.

Tens of thousands of years ago, only priests and royalty had access to the written word, in Sanskrit, Hieroglyphics, Cuneiform, papyrus scrolls, even cave paintings. Knowledge could be passed from generation to generation, but only by the select few who were taught the written word.

Perhaps you can remember the pleasure of being read to as a child, or you can remember your favourite childhood story books. Perhaps you can remember learning to read and write at school. It’s easy to think that every child today has the opportunity to learn this basic skill, and according to UNESCO, 81% of the world’s population is literate, yet in some countries, only 25% of the population can read and write. It is something that anyone can learn, but it is not an automatic privilege.

In developed countries such as the UK, USA, Australia and most of Europe, 99% of the population is literate. To put this in perspective, one or two of the other children in your year at school could not read and write. In the UK, with a population of around 60 Million, that means that 600,000 people cannot read and write. That’s more than the entire population of the British county of Cornwall.

The advent of the printing press made books available to more people, and the evolution of technology, from lithographic presses through to today’s digital printers, has made books more and more readily accessible for a wider audience.

Even so, the roots of books, in our history and in our own lives, make a book something precious and valuable, and to write a book confers a status and credibility that is unparalleled.

A book has to have its own worth and must stand on its own merit. To write and publish a book, it has to be good enough for someone to want to read it. Just to have a book confers a superficial level of credibility, but only a good book will receive the praise from its readers that leads to word of mouth sales and a true following for the book and its author.

If you want to express the book that is inside you, waiting to get out, then a good publisher will help you to shape your ideas and create something that you will be proud of and your readers will love.

As an author, your words connect you with your readers through space and time. Even though they may share in your ideas, many thousands of miles away and years in the future, that connection is very much in the here and now.

People have their favourite books and favourite authors. Every serious Sunday newspaper has a literature section. Annual literature festivals and high profile prizes recognise the contribution made by authors to our heritage and to our civilisation.

And all of this together means that, as an author, you will become part of that heritage and pass your valuable life experiences on to new generations.


Must have books this month: Get your pitch down with The Pocket Pitching Bible. Irish Tatler

As a ghostwriter focusing on writing books that my clients use to promote their service businesses, I highly recommend working with Christopher Greenaway at CGW Publishing, who understands how to effectively promote business books better than most; for example, a recent client, published by CGW, found his book at the top of Amazon.com UK's most recommended list.

Martin Smith, Professional Writer

A skillful mix of psychology, art, method and sheer experience to help win any pitch.

Dr Ayan Panja, Presenter of BBC TV's The Health Show and Street Doctor

This is another exceptional book by an exceptional author, trainer and consultant.

Jeff Zadzilka, NLP Certified Master Practitioner

Every trainer's handbook. I recommend it to those who are open minded and eager to learn more for their benefit and of others.

Joan E. Rhodes

The CGW team's focus, creativity and service business expertise has resulted in The Pitching Bible gliding gracefully up the Amazon charts. I highly recommend CGW Publishing.

Paul Boross, The Pitch Doctor & author of The Pitching Bible

What a lovely book, so touching, amazing, informative, heartwarming and with a touch of sadness, but what a wonderful outcome, and also a brilliant read very well written by the Thompsons,I loved the way it gives his and hers points of view I couldn't put it down will recommend it to all my friends. A Wonderful read. Can't wait for the sequel!!

Gilly Sage

Page after page, I rediscover ideas from a completely new perspective. I highly recommend it. 

Jeff Ford, Director of Programmes, Channel FIVE

This book is full of practical and proven lean manufacturing principles and techniques. Bill's "Back to Basics" approach to lean manufacturing implementation is easy to understand and provides the foundation for a successful lean manufacturing transformation. Many companies in the process of Lean Manufacturing implementation will find an easy tool in this book.

Enrique Mora

After hearing positive remarks about this book through repeated mentions on various forums, blogs, etc., I made the purchase.

Peter Freeth has a clear writing style that feels like a relaxed conversation between the author and reader. The chapters aren't filled with unnecessary dialogue in an attempt to be overly complex. The material is very thorough, well structured and clear...and the exercises included are relevant to the material presented in the prior chapter. Hard to put down.

With about 20 NLP books on my "shelf", this is one I wish I had purchased earlier in the game.