Connecting With Book Blogs

Posted October 5, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Stephanie Barko originally appeared on The San Francisco Book Review on 10/2/15. When Technorati quietly changed their business model earlier this year and quit categorizing and ranking blogs, I began to wonder how to identify the top book blogs going forward. It turns out there are still plenty of ways to determine […]


Let Your Green-Eyed Monster Make You Insanely Successful

Posted October 4, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Marcy McKay originally appeared on Bestseller Labs on 10/14/14. Every writer has experienced this emotion. When ‘it’ happens, your head explodes, rage swirls through you, while an imaginary fist pounds your gut. When? Why? It so happens that overnight, the internet has been buzzing with the latest literary whiz kid, who hit the […]


Anatomy of A Query Rejection

Posted October 1, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Kristin Nelson originally appeared on Pub Rants on 7/7/15. This June, I taught a query workshop at Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Lit Fest. Afterward, one participant approached and asked me to read a response letter she had received (not from me). She wanted to know if it was a “standard” rejection letter. I […]


The Secret to a Powerful Author Brand

Posted September 30, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 9/28/15. Last time we talked a little about our author brand and why, these days, our brand is almost as important as the books we write. It is an awesome time to be a writer, but also a scary one. Why can’t it be […]


This post by Colin Dwyer originally appeared on NPR on 9/27/15. Whatever the old adage might warn, there is a bit of merit to judging a book by its cover — if only in one respect. Consider the blurb, one of the most pervasive, longest-running — and, at times, controversial — tools in the publishing […]


People Are Not Reading The e-Books They Buy Anymore

Posted September 27, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Michael Kozlowski originally appeared on Good E Reader on 9/20/15. Are people reading the e-books they purchase from companies such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo? There is growing research data that is supporting the notion that people are not reading the digital titles they buy online and for the most […]


A Glossary Of Typographic Terms

Posted September 24, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Janie Kliever originally appeared on Canva on 7/20/15. The world of typography often seems like it has its very own language, full of serifs, strokes, and swashes. Sorting out all those terms can be confusing in itself, so we’ve compiled a visual glossary that will guide you through the lingo — whether […]


This post by Cathe Shubert originally appeared on Ploughshares on 9/22/15. Social media is in the spotlight—or crosshairs, as it may be–in the literary landscape this week. Several articles and author interviews have touched upon both the benefits and the tremendous costs known to an author maintaining their online presence, none of them coming to a firm conclusion about […]


Ask Polly: Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?

Posted September 22, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Heather Havrilesky originally appeared on New York Magazine’s The Cut on 9/16/15. Dear Polly, I feel like you get lots of letters from folks either starting out pursuing their passion, or looking for a passion to begin with, but here I am, midlife, mid-career, full of passion but in a slump. I’m […]


This post by Mira Jacob originally appeared on Buzzfeed on 9/17/15. We are ready for a publishing industry that represents the world we live in, and it will ignore us — writers and readers of color — at its peril. Last night, I walked into a mini-disaster. Or to be more precise, I stood on […]


This post by Peter Ginna originally appeared on his Dr. Syntax blog on 9/21/10. Although I am a nonfiction publisher at the moment, I still love to read fiction in a variety of genres, from literary novels to thrillers. And I think for most editors it’s impossible to read a book without your editorial reflex […]


This post by April Hamilton originally appeared on her Digital Media Mom site on 9/16/15. It’s included here because, combined with inter-library loans, this free service is an extremely valuable research tool for authors.   The very useful and totally FREE WorldCat site and mobile app let users search a global network of libraries for […]


That’s Too Much: The Problem with Prolific Writers

Posted September 15, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Drew Nellins Smith originally appeared on The Millions on 9/2/15. Lately I’ve been struck by the notion that there might be no books more lost than those buried in the overwhelming bibliographies of authors who have simply published too damn much. On Thursday, The New York Times published an op-ed defense of […]


The First-Person Industrial Complex

Posted September 14, 2015 By Publetariat

This article by Laura Bennett originally appeared on Slate on 9/14/15. The Internet prizes the harrowing personal essay. But sometimes telling your story comes with a price. A few months ago, Natasha Chenier submitted a piece to Jezebel about her sexual relationship with her dad. She described meeting her biological father for the first time […]


This post by Maria Popova originally appeared on Brain Pickings on 9/9/15. “Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern…the whole world is a work of art… there is no Shakespeare… no Beethoven…no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.” “Only art penetrates … the seeming realities of […]