How to Write a Novel: 7 Tips Everyone Can Use

Posted July 31, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jennifer McMahon originally appeared as a guest post on Writer’s Digest on 5/22/13. 1. Write the story you’d most want to read. Don’t write a story just because you think it might be a bestseller or that it would make Great Aunt Edna proud. Think about the books you love, the ones [… Read More]


This post by Chloe Benjamin originally appeared on The Millions on 7/28/14. “For every book I publish,” a writing teacher once told me, “there’s one book I don’t.” At the age of eighteen, armed with a truly bad novel and a rather absurd sense of optimism, this line did not exactly resonate. But as I [… Read More]


Narrative Voices – Part Two: Third Person Limited

Posted July 30, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Debby Harris originally appeared on The Blood-Red Pencil on 7/18/14. As noted in my previous post, in First Person narration, the angle of vision is “single-track”. The central character is also the story-teller who addresses the reader directly, uses first person pronouns for self-reference, and recounts events in his/her own words. In [… Read More]


This post by Jean Oram originally appeared on her The Helpful Writer blog on 12/13/13. What makes a character so compelling you have to laugh and cry with them through the book’s adventures? That you get so involved in it all that the author creates a fan instantaneously? One of the things that really works–particularly [… Read More]


This post by Nate Hoffelder originally appeared on The Digital Reader on 7/21/14. Amazon hasn’t said much concerning their ongoing contract dispute with the French media conglomerate Lagardère and its US publishing subsidiary Hachette, and today the retailer broke their silence with what is only their third official statement (not counting the leaked letter). Like [… Read More]


Kindle Unlimited – Some Early Results

Posted July 29, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Nick Stephenson originally appeared on his blog on 7/23/14. For anyone still living under a rock, or perhaps a particularly voracious shrub, you’ll probably already know that Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program launched over the weekend, spurring a veritable explosion of opinion (both optimistic and doom-mongering) across the interwebs. Of course, much [… Read More]


This post by Alison Flood originally appeared on the Guardian Books Blog on 7/15/14. After a heavy bout of reading – or a bout of heavy reading – the return to reality can be painful. Tell us about your worst mornings after the book before. There are certain books I’ve finished and, looking up, have [… Read More]


This post by Douglas Carlson originally appeared on Brevity on 1/18/14. That slight tremor on August 15, 2013—which passed without much notice in the rest of the world—was the earth shifting at The Georgia Review. On that day we began accepting electronic submissions. On August 18th an essay came in online that caught my eye. [… Read More]


Creative Entrepreneur: Business Models For Authors

Posted July 27, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Joanna Penn originally appeared on her The Creative Penn site on 7/25/14. This is a continuation in the author entrepreneur series of articles. Recently, I posted the arc of the indie author from first book to CEO of your global business. Today we’re focusing on the various business models that authors can [… Read More]


The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues

Posted July 27, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 7/14/14. To prologue or not to prologue? That is the question. The problem with the prologue is it has kind of gotten a bad rap over the years, especially with agents. They generally hate them. Why? In my opinion, it is because far too [… Read More]