Sizing Up Socrates

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Greetings, blogging friends. I’m in a wonderfully good mood this evening, the main reason for this being because I’ve unleashed another book into the Amazon jungle.

Some of you know that for quite a long time I ran a Friday Philosophy series on this blog, where I reflected upon some of the big ideas espoused by ancient Greek philosophers, and offered a response to each idea from the perspective of my own philosophy.

The series proved quite popular, and so I recently picked my favourite 12 posts from the series and have been working on developing them into a short book.

I spent some time agonising over which title I should give the book, and as a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors I decided to enlist of the help of some fellow authors with making that decision.

Here’s how the voting went:

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I have to admit, the winning title was not one of my favourites! In the end, I made an executive decision to go with the short and snappy title ‘Big Ideas from Ancient Greece’, because the arguments in favour of this title in the comments section were very convincing.

The phrase ‘sizing up Socrates’ was very popular, presumably because it’s mildly humorous. I love that phrase too, so I’ve decided to keep it in the blurb which appears on the back cover of the book and on the book information section on Amazon.

With some of my book releases, I have chosen to do what’s known in the industry as ‘going wide’, which means making a book available through a broad range of different retailers. With this release, I decided to experiment with making it exclusive to Amazon, though there will be both Kindle and paperback formats.

The book is available from today, and if you’d like to check it out just search the title (Big Ideas from Ancient Greece) in your local Amazon store and you should find it pretty easily.

Click here to view the book on the Amazon US site.

Click here to find the book on Amazon UK.

I do have one further announcement! On a voluntary basis, I’m going to be working with a small number of authors who don’t know a lot about self-publishing, guiding them through the entire book publishing process in a kind of consultancy capacity. I’m not able to undertake paid work at present (long story!), but I’m a little obsessed with seeing amazing books come to life, and having now self-published six books I thought it would be fun to assist other authors who are new to self-publishing. For further information about this project, please visit the Tealight Books website (Tealight Books is my publishing imprint)ย where everything is explained in more detail.

Have you self-published a book, or are you considering self-publishing? Feel free to leave a comment below explaining why you find the idea appealing. Thank you for reading!

(Image by Raimund Feher from Pixabay)


  1. I’ve always been interested in ancient philosophers, I believe they have the answers to many of modern problems. Your blog is interesting to me, especially when it comes to philosophy.

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    1. Thanks, Tara! I’ll probably write a post with the chapter listing at some point, or you can check out the ‘look inside’ option on Amazon if you’d like to. Hope you’re doing well and looking forward to the weekend!

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