Big Publisher Bashing Again With Fictional Facts

Posted September 18, 2014 By Publetariat

Today we present two opposing viewpoints from industry professionals regarding the Amazon/Hachette dispute. This post by Mike Shatzkin originally appeared on The Shatzkin Files on 9/14/14, and was written in rebuttal to the Clay Shirky piece we are also sharing today (link to the full Shirky’s post included immediately below). The estimable Clay Shirky has [… Read More]


Amazon, Publishers and Readers

Posted September 18, 2014 By Publetariat

Today we present two opposing viewpoints from industry professionals regarding the Amazon/Hachette dispute. This post by Clay Shirky originally appeared on Medium on 9/12/14. In the current fight between Amazon and the publisher Hachette over the price of ebooks and print-on-demand rights, Amazon’s tactics are awful, the worst possible in fact: They are denying readers [… Read More]


This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 9/15/14. For many writers (me included), we don’t start off with the confidence to yell to the world, “I’m going to be a professional author!” Heck, I wrote a 178,000 word “novel” and still didn’t believe I was a writer. Later, I had over [… Read More]


The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave

Posted September 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jane Litte originally appeared on Dear Author on 9/14/14. Note that this post contains strong language. Long before there was the Kindle, long before self publishing, long before the emergence of Fifty Shades, a digital first publisher by the name of Ellora’s Cave began to deliver sexy reads that would transform the [… Read More]


Harnessing the Power of Goodreads

Posted September 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This guest post by Penny Sansevieri originally appeared on D’vorah Lansky’s Build A Business With Your Book. Goodreads has really become a front and center social network for authors. If you’re not on Goodreads or if you haven’t touched your account in a while you should consider this site and the benefits it offers. There [… Read More]


The Inspiration Drought

Posted September 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Ed Finn originally appeared on Slate/Future Tense on 9/16/14. Why our science fiction needs new dreams. This piece is part of Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University. On Thursday, Oct. 2, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on science fiction and public policy, [… Read More]


This article by Scott Barry Kaufman originally appeared on Scientific American on 9/15/14. Plato once noted that “creativity is a divine madness, a gift from gods.” Romantic notions of the link between mental illness and creativity still appear prominently in popular culture. But ever since scientists started formally investigating the link, there has been intense [… Read More]


David Streitfeld is Dangerous and Disingenuous

Posted September 15, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Hugh Howey originally appeared on his site on 9/15/14. David Streitfeld of the New York Times has now cemented himself as the blabbering mouthpiece for the New York publishing cartel, and while he is making a fool of himself for those in the know, he is a dangerous man for the impression he [… Read More]


This essay by Cathy Day originally appeared on The Millions on 9/10/14. When is the right time to tell people about their job prospects? In graduate school? Before they even apply to graduate school? Or sooner than that even—in their first creative writing class? Never? Let them Google it because it’s just too depressing otherwise? [… Read More]


Writers as Casualties of Commerce

Posted September 14, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by James Scott Bell originally appeared on The Kill Zone on 9/14/14. Since 2009 or so, the so-called midlist at traditional publishing houses has dried up faster than a mud patch in the Serengeti. The bleached bones of writers who did not earn out are scattered around in random configuration. On the parched [… Read More]