Date-A-Base Books 2019 and 2020 sorted by date

Goods news for fans of our Date-A-Base Book series: we’ve just released the 2019 and 2020 editions in “sorted-by-date” format (1st January, 2nd January, etc) as well as our traditional chronological order. When you buy a copy, you’ll receive the links to download both versions.

If you’ve already bought the chronological version, email us if you’d like the sorted-by-date version and we’ll send you the link. We’re at

ideas4writers members please email us if you’d like a copy.  You can download both versions from the members’ area of our website. But that part of the site is currently inaccessible because of a technical issue – we’re hoping to have it back online within the next few days.

Please note that the printed version (which you’ll need to order from Amazon) is only available in chronological order.

The 2021 edition should be available from the end of March 2019.

How to Win Short Story Competitions (Second Edition)


We’ve updated our book How to Win Short Story Competitions.

This new *Second Edition* is available from Amazon in
Kindle ( and
paperback ( editions,
from just £2.99/$3.99.

Two highly experienced, award-winning writers and short story competition judges share everything they know about entering, judging and (most importantly) winning short story competitions, in an easy-to-follow Q&A format.

Find out:

* Exactly what the judges are looking for.

* How the scoring system works.

* How to score highly in every category.

* What impresses judges – and what turns them off.

* How to write exceptional short stories.

* Which competitions give you the best chance of winning.

* How to avoid being disqualified.

* And much more.

New to this edition are:

Updated and expanded content – now 140 pages
Table of contents and full index
TWO award-winning short stories
First time available in paperback

The Date-A-Base Book 2020 is here!

cover20_3d_247x264_transThe Date-A-Base Book 2020 is now available!

Details of over 1,800 newsworthy and notable anniversaries in 2020, including important events, inventions, discoveries, significant births and deaths, and more.

Get your copy now at


(Lifetime members can download it free of charge from the members’ area.)

The printed version should go on sale within the next few days – though you will have to buy it from Amazon rather than our own website. We’ll post another message here as soon as it’s available.

The Date-A-Base Book 2019 paperback

dab2019The Date-A-Base Book 2019 is now available in print as well as a PDF ebook.

The printed version is a large-format paperback.
Size A4 (approx 11.5″ x 8.5″).
100 pages.

To buy the PDF ebook version please go to our website:

To buy the paperback version please go to Amazon:

The Date-A-Base Book 2019 is here!

cover19_3d_transThe Date-A-Base Book 2019 is now available!

Details of 1,500 newsworthy and notable anniversaries in 2019, including important events, inventions, discoveries, and significant births and deaths.

Buy your copy at

(Lifetime ideas4writers members can download it free of charge from the members’ area.)

As previously advised, we’ve gone back to our old format, with only the top 1,500 most significant (and useful) events of the year included. This makes it much faster to produce.

We are only producing the chronological version this time, not the “grouped by date” version. But as there are only about 8 pages for each month, you should be able to find the dates you need quite easily.

We should be able to get the printed version on sale within the next few days – though you will have to buy it from Amazon rather than our own website. The advantage is that wherever you live, you should only have to pay local shipping rates rather than airmail from the UK. Unfortunately, it will have a regular paperback binding, not the spiral wire binding we’ve used for the last few years. We’ll post another message here as soon as it’s available.

Is there any demand for a Kindle version? Please let us know in the comments or email Kindle editions have never sold particularly well when we’ve tried them in the past. If there’s no demand, we’d rather get on with producing the 2020 edition.

Best wishes


The Date-A-Base Book 2019 – saved!

Great news, folks!

Thanks to some creative thinking, we’ve finally managed to save The Date-A-Base Book series. Work on the 2019 edition is now well underway and we hope to release it around the middle of March.

We’re going back to our original format of listing the top 100 – 120 anniversaries per month – as judged by me.

Listing 400 anniversaries per month, as we did in the most recent editions, was unsustainable and unprofitable. And, fascinating as they were, I’m not sure they were really of that much use to people.

We’re going to go straight on and work on the 2020 edition as soon as the 2019 edition is completed. Hopefully, that one will be available around the end of April.

Then we’re going back to updating and rereleasing the ideas collection books. The next ones will be Fantasy (May), Mystery & Suspense (May), Comedy (June), Characters (July), and Writing for Children (August).

New Book: 122 Down-to-Earth Ideas for Science Fiction Writers

sf220Here’s the third book in our rebranded series of ideas, story starters and writing prompts for writers.

All of the ideas have been edited and updated;
there’s a lovely new cover;
the Kindle price has been slashed to just 2.99;
and it’s available in paperback for the first time too!

It’s only available from Amazon, and to comply with their exclusivity requirements, we will no longer be selling it on the ideas4writers website.

A lot of work went into this one. The writing is better, the ideas are clearer, and there are lots of new bits.

Here’s the new description:

Write science fiction stories your readers will never forget!

Banish those ponderous, over-used plots; clichéd, one-dimensional characters; and stories that lack imagination and depth. Your plots will be huge, entertaining and fresh; your heroes, villains and aliens will be authentic, memorable and extraordinary; and your stories will be out of this world.

The 122 ideas in this book include:

  • How to create unique story ideas
  • How to predict the future
  • How to use (and misuse) technology
  • Everything you need to know about time travel
  • How to write alternative history stories
  • Everything you need to know about aliens
  • How to change the way the universe works
  • How to create your own worlds and universes
  • And much more

Plus you’ll get 33 great scene and storyline ideas you can use immediately or adapt as you wish

If you’re ready to take your readers on the journey of their lives, buy 122 Down-to-Earth Ideas for Science Fiction Writers today!

Here are those all-important links:

Kindle edition: