10 TIPS FOR NANOWRIMO – Good Habits & Motivation

Posted November 23, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Dee White originally appeared on her Dee Scribewriting Blog on 11/8/11. Last year when I did NaNo, I got off to a flying start and had around 20,000 words written in the first week. I was driven by the pressure of getting those words down. My mind was full of the writer’s [… Read More]


Don’t Pay to Self-Publish

Posted November 23, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by J.A. Konrath originally appeared on his A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing on 11/23/14. My name is Joe Konrath, and I write fiction. I’ve sold over a million books by self-publishing. You probably were searching for “how to self-publish” or something similar and my blog came up. This post for all newbie writers [… Read More]


The Three Kinds of Scenes, According to Mike Nichols

Posted November 20, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Dana Stevens originally appeared on Slate on 11/20/14. “There are only three kinds of scenes: a fight, a seduction or a negotiation,” the protean director Mike Nichols, who died yesterday at age 83, liked to say. It was an idea he often returned to in interviews, often appending as a coda this [… Read More]


This post by Mark Coker originally appeared on the Smashwords Blog on 11/19/14. First the good news. For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better time to publish an ebook. Thanks to an ever-growing global market for your ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart [… Read More]


What If Novels Were Treated Like Business Books?

Posted November 19, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Roger Tagholm originally appeared on Publishing Perspectives on 11/13/14. After attending the FT Business Book of the Year ceremony in London, Roger Tagholm wonders “what if novels had subtitles like business books do?” You could call it an overdraft of words. There seems to be an unwritten rule that business books have [… Read More]


Magical Thinking: Talent and the Cult of Craft

Posted November 19, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Michael Bourne originally appeared on The Millions on 11/18/14. In August 1954, just months after he graduated from Harvard, John Updike had his first story accepted by The New Yorker. He was 22 years old. Three years after that, having spent a year studying drawing in England and two years as a [… Read More]


This post by Ash Ambirge originally appeared on The Middle Finger Project. I know your dirty little secret. (Not that one. God forbid anyone on the internet finds that one out.) You want to write a book. This means three things: You’re paralyzed with fear that it’ll suck. It’ll suck so bad that the entire [… Read More]


I Am Not For Everyone (And Neither Are You)

Posted November 18, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jessica Lawlor originally appeared on her site on 11/17/14. You know what can really hurt sometimes? Getting negative feedback about something you’ve created. Losing followers online. Unsubscribes from your newsletter. Hearing that someone has said something mean or untrue about you. Here’s an example: last week I crafted my first-ever Get Gutsy [… Read More]


The Creativity Myth

Posted November 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Kevin Ashton originally appeared on Medium on 10/29/14. In 1815, Germany’s General Music Journal published a letter in which Mozart described his creative process: When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer; say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the [… Read More]


Just the Right Word is Only a Click Away!

Posted November 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jodie Renner originally appeared on The Kill Zone on 11/17/14. How are your word usage and spelling skills? Try this quiz to find out. Would you say, “Please join Kerry and me” or “Please join Kerry and I”? Do you lay down or lie down for a nap? Should you rein in [… Read More]


The Writing Class

Posted November 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This essay by Jaswinder Bolina originally appeared on Poetry Foundation on 11/12/14. Sometime in the early 1970s, my parents got into a still-infamous row after one of them splurged two dollars on a houseplant the other insisted they couldn’t afford. That spat took place a few years before I turned up, but they’ve laughed about [… Read More]


This article by Vauhini Vara originally appeared on The New Yorker on 11/14/14. The end of the months-long impasse between Amazon and Hachette over e-book pricing was a bit anticlimactic for those who had been watching the drama unfold. For months, the companies and their supporters had been accusing each other of bad behavior, warped [… Read More]


This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her site on 11/3/14. The mark of a great storyteller is they make our job look easy. The story flows, pulls us in, and appears seamless. Many of us decided to become writers because we grew up loving books. Because good storytellers are masters of what they [… Read More]


22 Common Problems Associated with Short Story Submissions

Posted November 13, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Amanda Pillar originally appeared on Alan Baxter‘s Warrior Scribe site on 11/7/14. Do you write and submit short stories to anthologies and magazines? If so, you really need to read this, from the award-winning editor, Amanda Pillar. Thanks, Amanda! I’ve worked on seven anthologies over the past six or so years. I’m [… Read More]


The Fifty Shades Effect: Women Dominate Self-Publishing

Posted November 12, 2014 By Publetariat

This article by Maggie Brown originally appeared on The Guardian 11/9/14. The success of EL James’s erotic trilogy has led to a surge in the number of middle-aged women producing ebooks. The success of EL James and her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy did much to overturn the stereotype of a self-published author. Now academic [… Read More]