Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

Posted September 1, 2014 By Publetariat

This article by Alix Spiegel originally appeared on NPR. Its content and conclusions can be very helpful when it comes to writing dialog that reveals character. One Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the [… Read More]


Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

Posted September 1, 2014 By Publetariat

This post was originally shared on Brain Pickings by Maria Popova on 9/28/12. In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or [… Read More]


Authors Teaching Authors and the Idea of “Slow PR”

Posted August 31, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Michael Blanding originally appeared on Publishing Perspectives on 8/29/14. When Maria Mutch needed advice on how to handle PR of her debut memoir, she found guidance and solace through Grub Street Writer’s Launch Lab in Boston. Maria Mutch has two words to describe how she felt about her publication of her memoir [… Read More]


This post by Elisabeth Donnelly originally appeared on Flavorwire on 8/28/14. When bestselling author Jennifer Weiner was profiled by The New Yorker in January 2014 in an article called “Written Off,” writer Rebecca Mead made sure to outline Weiner’s two audiences: one, the loyal readers of her books, who propel them onto the best-seller list, [… Read More]


Cultural Appropriation and the Inclusion of the Other

Posted August 28, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Alan Baxter originally appeared on his Warrior Scribe site on 8/8/14. I read this excellent article by Jim C Hines today. I agree with it completely. There has been much discussion on published writing, especially SFF, being an old white man’s club and that we need to see more diversity in the [… Read More]


This post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools blog on 5/5/14. There are two different kinds of book marketing, active marketing and passive marketing, and both are important. Active marketing is when you go out to tell others about your book through blog tours, giveaways, free promotions, tweeting about your book, and more. Passive [… Read More]


This post by Ali Luke originally appeared on Write to Done on 7/24/14. You’ve probably had the experience of starting a novel or blog with great intentions… …only to find that, a few months later, you’ve barely made any progress. Maybe you started strong but lost momentum. Maybe you jumped ahead when you should’ve paused. [… Read More]


This post by M. Louisa Locke originally appeared on her blog on 6/12/14. I am the last author you would think would be writing short stories. As a writer who tends to be prolix, the short form wouldn’t seem a good match for me. I don’t write anything short––not emails, not blog posts, not books. [… Read More]


More Verbal Abuse Among Young “50 Shades” Readers

Posted August 26, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Andy Henion – Michigan State originally appeared on Futurity on 8/22/14. Young women who read Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely than others to show signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, a new study suggests. Further, those who read all three books in the Fifty Shades erotic [… Read More]


Whisper, Don’t Shout

Posted August 25, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jill J. Marsh originally appeared on her site on 8/25/14. How to get sound onto paper. An issue I’ve wrestled with for some time, especially when it comes to characters’ voices. Several recent books irritated me enormously with an excess of signposts as to speech style. Every utterance written semi-phonetically was boring [… Read More]