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]


12 Most Go-To Grammar Tips

Posted September 11, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Becky Gaylord originally appeared on 12 Most on 8/19/14. Most of us must communicate in writing — not necessarily with paper and a writing instrument anymore, yet digital media has changed only the tools we use. In fact, as new-fashioned means of communication have multiplied, so have demands for the old-fashioned skill of conveying information in [… Read More]


On Death and Writing

Posted September 11, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Ksenia Anske originally appeared on her blog on 9/6/14. I have blogged about death before. When Philip Seymour Hoffman died (here is that post), and when I came across a man on the highway who was hit by a truck minutes ago and died (here is that post), and when I was hit [… Read More]


This post by blurb staff originally appeared on the blurb blog on 9/2/14. Before you take the leap, look over the ledge. The more you know about how self-publishing a book really works, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Here are ten truths that may not be exactly self-evident, but will help [… Read More]


How Not To Respond To A Bad Review

Posted September 10, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by John Dugdale originally appeared on The Guardian on 9/5/14. Stephan J Harper’s litany of angry comments about a critic is a textbook demonstration of the reasons why wounded writers should keep shtum If it’s not the craziest response ever by a novelist to a negative review, it’s almost certainly the longest, most [… Read More]