Millennials ‘Least Likely to Buy E-books’

Posted July 27, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Charlotte Eyre originally appeared on The Bookseller on 6/24/15. Millennials are less likely to purchase e-books than any other age group, with 63% of 16-24 year-olds saying they have never bought one, according to a report from Deloitte. For its Media Consumer Report 2015, Deloitte surveyed 2,000 UK consumers about their media […]


Genius Time

Posted July 26, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Jennifer Crusie originally appeared on her Argh Ink site on 7/10/15. I looked at Lavender Blue‘s first act and realized it was 46,244 words long. That’s too many. I’m not really that fixated on numbers, but I know that readers are going to need to be turned into a new story long […]


This post by Scott McGreal originally appeared on Eye on Psych on 6/28/15. A recent research paper attempts to answer the question: “Are psychopaths and heroes twigs off the same branch?” Psychopathy is usually thought of as one of the most malevolent manifestations of a disturbed personality structure as it is associated with selfishness, callousness, […]


There Is No Map for Grief: On the Work of Art

Posted July 14, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Lidia Yuknavitch originally appeared on The Millions on 7/8/15. Trauma brought me to the page, it is that simple. When my daughter died in the belly world of me, I became a writer — so that all the words that cannot name grief, all the words threatening to erupt from my belly […]


How to Become the Artist You Were Born to Be

Posted July 12, 2015 By Publetariat

This essay by Bernard Hiller originally appeared on The Huffington Post on 7/10/15. By becoming authentic. WHAT’S STOPPING THAT? Ask yourself, what did you have to do to be loved, as a child? Most kids are not encouraged to believe in their uniqueness. If you had to behave like someone other than yourself, then you […]


This post by Dan Holloway originally appeared on his site on 11/19/14. In the comfortable bubble of liberal, left-leaning indie arts land it’s hard to state a genuine opinion that will cause much more than a chinny collective nod and hemp-gloved circle backslap. Nigel Farage? Call him dangerous, call him toxic but don’t call him […]


How Important Is It to Be a “Famous” Writer?

Posted July 8, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Lauren Sapala originally appeared on her site on 5/12/15. For many years it was my dream to be a famous writer. Like, a REALLY famous writer. My idol was Jack Kerouac, and while that was partly because I loved the beauty of his writing (and still do) it was also because of […]


This post by Alan Baxter originally appeared on his Warrior Scribe site on 6/1/15. Let me start this piece with the following: I have no problem with any method of publishing. Whatever works for you and gets you the results you want is great. I’m a hybrid author – I’ve self-published in the past, I […]


The Rewriting of David Foster Wallace

Posted July 6, 2015 By Publetariat

This profile by Christian Lorentzen originally appeared in New York Magazine in the 6/29/15. Nobody owns David Foster Wallace anymore. In the seven years since his suicide, he’s slipped out of the hands of those who knew him, and those who read him in his lifetime, and into the cultural maelstrom, which has flattened him. […]


New Barnes and Noble CEO Will Kill NooK

Posted July 5, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Michael Kozlowski originally appeared on GoodEreader on 7/3/15. Barnes and Noble has lost over one billion dollars on trying to make the Nook brand into a viable business model. Since 2009 the largest bookseller in the US has gone through two CEO’s and has just announced they have hired their third, Ron […]


This post by Debbie Young originally appeared on the ALLi blog on 6/29/15. Author and ALLi Advice blog editor Debbie Young makes the case for self-published authors to occasionally turn their backs on the ever-hungry beast that is the world wide web. As indie authors, we sell most of our wares in a marketplace that […]


Kindle Royalty Payment Changes Roundup

Posted July 1, 2015 By Publetariat

Amazon has recently announced a major overhaul of how it will calculate royalties to be paid on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Select Lending Library borrows. Since most authors seem perplexed at how the new system works, and will affect them, here’s a roundup of reactions from people who’ve done some analysis. Over on the Melville […]


The Crisis In Non-Fiction Publishing

Posted June 29, 2015 By Publetariat

This editorial by Sam Leith originally appeared on The Guardian on 6/26/15. When it comes to high-calibre non-fiction, risk-averse trade publishing houses are producing too many copycat ‘smart thinking’ books that promise more than they deliver. But praise should be given to the university presses mid the ambient wails of doom about the publishing industry, […]


Key Steps to Writing a Book

Posted June 28, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Christy Heady originally appeared on her site on 4/15/15. Aside from implementing good storytelling and following stellar punctuation rules, when a writer begins the process of writing a book and wanting a successful writing career he or she must keep a few points in mind. These points are not taught in school; […]


New Struggles in Self-Publishing

Posted June 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by David Farland originally appeared on his site on 6/23/15. I hesitate to mention problems with self-publishing. In some genres, such as romance or self-help books, the industry is doing great. But for those who are trying to sell fiction, it seems that the markets are contracting, and it appears that things will […]