Blindness Basics For Authors

Posted October 23, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Melinda Primrose originally appeared on her Primrose Path site. Writing a blind character seems to be much harder than everyone thinks. There are many mistakes being made that I think a little research would go a long way to fixing. Most of the blind characters I’ve seen, either in books or in [… Read More]


Single Quotes or Double Quotes? It’s Really Quite Simple.

Posted October 23, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Andrew Heisel originally appeared on Slate on 10/21/14. If you are an American, using quotation marks could hardly be simpler: Use double quotation marks at all times unless quoting something within a quotation, when you use single. It’s different in the greater Anglosphere, where they generally use singles in books and doubles [… Read More]


This post by Anne R. Allen originally appeared on her blog on 9/9/12. Maybe you’ve got a novel finished and you’ve been sending out queries. Lots. And you’re getting rejections. Lots. Or worse, that slow disappointment of no response at all. Or maybe you write short fiction and poetry and you’ve got a bunch of [… Read More]


Let’s NOT Start At The Very Beginning

Posted October 22, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Lorraine Mace originally appeared on The Writer’s ABC Checklist on 1/29/13. This is going to be a novel approach to talking about writing a novel (excuse the pun). I’m calling in my alter ego, Frances di Plino, to guest post over the next few weeks on the subject. The reason I’m not [… Read More]


Things You Should Know When Writing About Guns

Posted October 21, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 10/14/14. Note that it contains strong language. [NOTE: The below post is not meant to be an endorsement for or a prohibition against guns in the real world in which we all live. It is a discussion of firearms in fiction. Keep comments [… Read More]


10 Things Every Writer Should Do

Posted October 21, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Karen Ball originally appeared on the Steve Laube Agency site on 4/16/14. I’m a list person. In part, that’s because said lists serve to bump my memory when it gets…um…lost. But I also just love lists—especially lists of things you should (or shouldn’t) do. So here, for your perusal, are my top [… Read More]


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 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]