Stop the Spread

#stopthespread with these handy tips. Follow these tips from the World Health Organization to keep yourself safe and help contain the spread of the virus.

Cover Design Secrets

Five publishing design clichés

From the airport blockbuster thriller, to the fantasy epic, to the literary prize-winner, BBC Arts’ Tom Churchill mocked up five clichés that pervade the book stands, then hilariously pulls out laughably bad real examples that have sold by the truck load.

World Book Day 2020

It’s World Book Day, 2020!

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of…

Proactivity Press website home

Proactivity Press Goes Live!

Welcome to Proactivity Press. Our new website is now live with our existing titles in print and some upcoming publications available to back order. Our online shop is also live integrated with a secure PayPal checkout, so you can buy titles direct from us.

Other web projects

The online portfolio continues to grow; feel free to explore the other projects below. Proactivity Press Catling on Film West Devon Swords The Catling Mindswipe

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Art of Foil Fencing 2nd Ed. now on Amazon

The second edition of The Art of Foil Fencing is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Updated and re-formatted for easier reading on paper and on screen, this edition of The Art of Foil Fencing is available Internationally for the first time.

Microsoft Book Store on Edge

DRM: still defective by design

Microsoft announced in April that it was closing the Microsoft Store’s e-books section. The short-lived foray into e-books began in 2017 as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update. With the closure of the store, Microsoft also set a date this month (July) by which it would remove all purchased books from the libraries of…

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The Self-publishing Revolution

The last two decades have seen huge changes in the publishing industries – the consolidation of publishers and agents, the advent of cost-effective digital printing for small runs, and the rise of the Internet as a discovery and distribution platform. It’s an industry my father would barely recognise from his time in publishing during the…

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The First Draft

There are many ways to start writing a book, both fiction and non-fiction. Without a first draft, you don’t have a book, just an idea. But a completed first draft is just that – a beginning and not an end.