small books – a small history

logo blueReading books, borrowing books, scouring bookshop shelves: books have always been my passion. And never more so than when life throws up one of its regular challenges and my first reaction is to find a book that will guide me through.

The trouble is that so many of the books I’ve come across are, well, perhaps just a little on the long side (which of course is reflected in the cover price). In this fast-track world I’ve come to believe that we don’t always need – or have time to read – fast tomes.

What we want is to know we’re not alone; to learn from those who’ve navigated a way through the stuff we’re  facing; and to be offered proven and practical tools and tips for coming out the other side.

This then was how the idea for ‘first aid for feelings’ was born. I wanted to offer others the sort of thing I’d so often looked for in vain: self-help guides that were short, sweet, inexpensive and real. The sort of books most publishers wouldn’t want to touch because the margins are too small to make worthwhile for all those folk in the distribution chain.

At the moment, only one of the titles published under the small books imprint is available in physical book form – the book that started it all, Losing a Pet. For a small publisher like small books, the advent of e-books has been transforming, enabling us to publish without having to risk large sums of money on paying for the books to be printed.

But as the success of small books grows, I’m committed to reinvesting any profit in making more titles available as living, breathing paper you can tuck into your bag, or in with a card when you want to send a message of support to a friend or loved-one.

Whatever the format, my aim is to make sure you won’t get bogged down in words, and you won’t be lectured or preached at. You will get warmth, support, real insights, plus tools and suggestions to help you on your way through whatever you are facing.

Thanks for visiting and please drop by again soon to see what’s new.

Jane Matthews

About me

About Jane Matthews

I hope that in time there will be more writers contributing to small books titles but, for now, as it’s my name on the front covers, a little more on my credentials for offering ‘first aid for feelings’.

I’m an accredited teacher of Louise Hay’s Heal Your Life programmes, offering workshops in healing from the past, building self-esteem and living more authentically.  Since 2009 I’ve  been working with Serenity Retreat, which runs programmes in Greece and the UK for those on a personal growth programme or recovering from addiction. I also run regular self esteem workshops for BalancedMK, a support group for people with eating disorders.

I also work with clients on a one-to-one basis on everything from relationship, health and work issues to finding purpose.

Alongside small books I’m also the author of The Carer’s Handbook (HowtoBooks, 2007) and Have the Best Year of Your Life (o books, 2010). Plus a couple of titles on better relationships published in the US.