Humans are not from Earth (2nd Edition) by Dr. Ellis Silver

hanfe2coverI’ve lost track of how long I’ve spent working on this book. I spent 11 days brainstorming and mind mapping it with the author, Dr. Ellis Silver (an American ecologist and environmentalist), and ended up with a Mind Map the size of a wall (on my iPad), a comprehensive outline, and 900 pages of very rough notes Ellis had already compiled, based on feedback I’d been sending him from the first edition.

It’s taken me a good year since then to knock it all into shape, write it all out neatly, fill in the gaps, find supporting evidence where it was missing, edit it, lay it out for publishing, and design a cover.

On top of that, throughout this process, new discoveries were announced in the media pretty much every week – sometimes daily – and many of them not only needed to be included in the book, but had a profound effect on what had already been written. That, of course, led to lots of emails back and forth, and we went back to the drawing board again and again.

One reviewer who commented on the first edition on Amazon said writing this second edition would be impossible. And to be honest, she wasn’t far wrong. But I’m actually quite good at the impossible. It just takes me a while sometimes.

But at last, it’s finished, it’s all done, and it’s on sale!

I was aiming for around 350 pages but it’s so comprehensive and wide-ranging that it came out closer to 500. On top of that, there’s over 100 pages of references, as every major point is backed up with evidence – we felt that was extremely important when dealing with a subject of this kind. Plus there’s an expanded table of contents and a detailed index, bringing the whole thing up to 646 pages.

It’s a fascinating read, debunks many common misconceptions, and covers much more than the title implies. If you click on the cover image over on Amazon you’ll be able to see the expanded table of contents (and the first 50 pages of the actual text) and get a good idea of what it’s all about.

I hope you like the cover. I had to take a 3-month advanced Photoshop course to be able to do that. The course runs for another 2 weeks, and then I’m taking a 3-month graphic design and typography course.

If you’re interested in buying a copy of the book, it’s exclusive to Amazon and available on Kindle (£4.99/$4.99) and in paperback (£18.99/$24.99).

If you don’t have a Kindle ereader device, there’s a free Kindle app that you can install on any computer, tablet or smartphone. You can download it from the book’s Kindle page – see below.

The following links should take you to your nearest Amazon website, wherever you are in the world:

Kindle version:


[UPDATE] There’s now a Facebook page for Humans are not from Earth, where we’ll be discussing the book – and the topics it covers – in more detail, and hopefully having some fun and interesting debates. Come and join us, even if you haven’t bought the book yet. And if you have bought it, there’s a Very Special Offer there for you!



Available now: Next Year’s News 2018

Next Year's News 2018Next Year’s News is the new name for our popular “The Date-A-Base Book” series.

Inside you’ll find details of over 5,000 newsworthy and notable anniversaries in 2018, including events, discoveries, inventions, births and deaths.

It’s the ideal (some would say essential!) reference for all writers, journalists, researchers, TV/radio producers and film-makers.


Size: 8.5″ x 11.5″. 357 pages.

The ebook (PDF) version is available now. Printed copies will be available in January.

The price is unchanged from last year: £9.99 (US$12.49).

Get your copy now at

The Date-A-Base Book 2017 is also available.

ideas4writers lifetime members: this ebook is included in your membership. You can download it from the members’ home page after logging in at

The Date-A-Base Book 2018 (preview edition)

The Date-A-Base Book 2018 (preview edition) is now available to download from our members’ home page. Over 190 pages of anniversaries in 2018 for you to write about and make money from. (And get a good head start on everyone else!)

The preview contains 99% of the newsworthy birth and death anniversaries in 2018, plus some notable events that we copied across from previous editions.

Note: This edition is for ideas4writers lifetime members only.

If you aren’t a member yet, join here (for a very reasonable one-time-only fee): and get all 40 of our e-books!

The full version will go on sale in October.

ebook give-a-way: The Date-A-Base Book 2015

The Date-A-Base Book 2015The Date-A-Base Book 2015 is nearing the end of its shelf-life so we’re giving it away to anyone who wants it.

Click here to download (PDF)


About The Date-A-Base Book series

Each annual edition gives details of thousands of newsworthy and notable historic anniversaries for you to write about and make money from.

The Date-A-Base Books are used by writers, journalists, broadcasters, film-makers, event planners, speakers, teachers and more.

The editions for 2016 and 2017 are also available.

Announcing: The Date-A-Base Book 2017!

The Date-A-Base Book 2016 and 2017We are pleased to announce that The Date-A-Base Book 2017 is now available. (And The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is still available if you haven’t got yours yet!)

The 2017 edition gives details of more than 3,800 newsworthy and notable anniversaries that will occur between January and December 2017, including significant events, discoveries and inventions, and famous births and deaths.

It’s the ideal reference/source book for writers, journalists, film-makers, editors, producers, researchers, teachers, students, speakers and event planners.

Perfect for writing newspaper and magazine articles, TV/radio features and documentaries, organising events and exhibitions, and much more.

For more information (including a complete sample chapter) please click on the links below:

The Date-A-Base Book 2017
The Date-A-Base Book 2016

ideas4writers lifetime members: you can download both of these books free of charge from the Members’ home page. You’ll need to log in at using your email address and password.

Find out more about becoming a member here (there’s a one-time-only membership fee to join).

The Date-A-Base Book 2016 sorted by date

cover16_3dBy popular request…

The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is now available in an alternative format where the entries are sorted by date (i.e. all the 1st Jan entries come first, then all the 2nd Jan entries, etc.)


ideas4writers lifetime members can download it right now from the members’ home page.

For everyone else: we’ll send you both versions (chronological and sorted by date) when you buy the ebook edition.

The printed version is only available in chronological order.

Full details here:

(We’re currently working on the 2017 edition. We’ll announce it here as soon as it’s ready – approximately 1 month to go.)

The easiest way to make a living as a writer

Your next writing room?
Why doesn’t your office look like this?

Last Monday I started writing a short article about how you could use our Date-A-Base Books to make a living as a writer. It grew and grew and by Thursday it had become a book – and I think you’ll like it!

I’m giving away the PDF version for the next 7 days, so grab a copy now and share it while you can. I’ll then create a Kindle version which will be free for 5 days (the PDF version will disappear because Amazon insists on exclusivity.) After that it will be added to our order form as a paid product.

The book is called Ditch Your Day Job – the easiest way to make a living as a writer. If you know anyone who hates their job, needs a second income, or wants to be a writer but doesn’t have the time to do anything about it, please send them a copy.

The first part of the book (about 15 pages) explains exactly how to do it, and the second part contains the complete chapter for September from The Date-A-Base Book 2015 (well over 300 anniversaries) so you can get to work straight away. There are also some links to article-writing courses in case you need help getting started.

As with The Fastest Way to Write Your Book, there are all sorts of clever bits, time-savers and cheats, which mean you can make a good living from writing while not having to do much work. Plus there’s a guarantee that you’ll get paid for everything you write. All of which means you’ll have plenty of time to work on your novel or screenplay or whatever you’d most like to write, while having an independent income, being able to write anywhere (such as at the beach) and not having to do a job you hate.

Download your free copy of the PDF version here.

(Don’t forget to forward a copy to everyone that you think would benefit from it.)