Time Travel and the Problem of Paradoxes

Posted October 20, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Graham Storrs originally appeared on momentum on 10/21/14. Graham Storrs joins us on the blog to discuss all things TIME TRAVEL. “Paradox is the poisonous flower of quietism, the iridescent surface of the rotting mind, the greatest depravity of all.” – Thomas Mann What, you’re not a quietist? Never mind, we’ll come [… Read More]


No Author Is Too Good for Her Amazon Critics

Posted October 20, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jennifer Weiner originally appeared on New Republic on 10/19/14. Dear readers, the commoners have reviewed Margo Howard’s book … and Ms. Howard is not pleased. A bit of background: long-time advice columnist Howard wrote a memoir called Eat, Drink, and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife. Publisher’s Weekly called it a “touching” [… Read More]


Writer’s Block – Getting Unstuck

Posted October 19, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Kemari Howell originally appeared on Kbuuk on 10/13/14. As a writer, there’s nothing worse than getting stuck, or dealing with writer’s block. Yes, rejection and the like is awful, but at least at that point on the writing timeline, you’ve accomplished what you set out to do. There probably isn’t a writer [… Read More]


This post by Kathleen Hale originally appeared on The Guardian on 10/17/14. Note that it contains strong language. When a bad review of her first novel appeared online, Kathleen Hale was warned not to respond. But she soon found herself wading in In the months before my first novel came out, I was a charmless [… Read More]


The Do’s And Don’ts Of Writing A Blurb For Your Novel

Posted October 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Milena originally appeared on blurb on 10/9/14. When writing a novel, there are few selling tools as important as writing a solidly written blurb. Sure, the cover design creates intrigue, but, if you have caught a potential reader’s attention, the blurb is what will sell your book—and convert readers. A “blurb” can [… Read More]


So You’re Going To Pitch Your Book – A Guide

Posted October 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Alan Baxter originally appeared on his Warrior Scribe site on 9/19/14. It seems that lately there have been more opportunities than ever before for writers to pitch their as-yet-unpublished manuscript to industry professionals. At writers conventions, festivals and so on, more agents, editors and publishers are making themselves available to hear about [… Read More]


What We Talk About When We Talk About Grammar

Posted October 15, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by John E. McIntyre originally appeared on The Baltimore Sun on 10/3/14. Online, discussions of grammar tend to display confusion about what the subject is, and the usual admixture of rubbish and emotion does not help. There is, of course, the confusion between grammar as grammarians and linguists discuss it technically, and spelling [… Read More]


Amazon and Booktrope Announce New Business Relationship

Posted October 15, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Rachel Thompson originally appeared on San Francisco Book Review on 10/9/14. Booktrope announces a new business relationship beginning with a mutual licensing deal that deepens ties with Amazon.com to a much more significant degree. Booktrope is a Seattle startup that says it’s reinventing publishing by providing efficient, online services to creative teams [… Read More]


This post by Imogen Russell Williams originally appeared on The Guardian Books Blog on 9/26/14. A mood of optimism marked the Bookseller Children’s Conference, with sales up 10% and editors pronouncing themselves keen to experiment and push the digital envelope The Purcell Room on London’s South Bank was awash with positivity on Thursday, as the [… Read More]


Why Is Typography So Important To Content Marketing?

Posted October 14, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Erika Schneider originally appeared on the Outbrain blog on 9/16/14. Note that while it is aimed at small businesses, the information here is just as applicable to author websites and blogs, and even book cover design. Content marketing has become one the primary ways of retaining customers, attracting new clients, and generating [… Read More]


NaNo Prep

Posted October 13, 2014 By Publetariat

This post originally appeared on the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) site. With NaNoWriMo kicking off on November 1, now is the time to start clearing your decks and preparing for a very intense month of writing if you intend to participate. Ready to start planning your November novel? Our NaNo Prep resources are for [… Read More]


What You Need To Know About Your Second Draft

Posted October 13, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 10/8/14. Note that it contains strong language. Writing is when we make the words. Editing is when we make the words not shitty. The poor sad widdle second draft. I’m in the midst of one of these right now, and while you see [… Read More]


What the Editor Sees (That the Writer Does Not)

Posted October 12, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Savannah Thorne originally appeared on The Review Review. When you submit to a literary magazine, do you ever wonder what is happening to your work on the other end? Has it disappeared into an editorial netherworld? What exactly is taking so darn long for them to get back to you? And is [… Read More]


This post by Holly Robins originally appeared on her site on 8/17/14. Yesterday, I gathered with a group of area writers at the Haverhill Public Library Authors Fair. My table was situated between Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, an author who publishes traditionally, and Connie Johnson Hambley, a self-published mystery writer. This was the perfect place for [… Read More]


What Seth Godin Can Teach Us About Book Publishing

Posted October 9, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jennifer Tribe originally appeared on clearprose communications on 5/14/14. If you’ve ever read anything by Seth Godin, you know he’s not a man who’s content to just go with the flow. He’s been questioning and analyzing the business world — “poking the box,” as he calls it — for decades. He applies [… Read More]