How Indie Authors Sell Foreign Rights

Posted April 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Orna Ross originally appeared on ALLi on 6/6/13. The good news for us, as indie authors, is that rights issues are greatly simplified. We own our rights and we can decide what we want to do with them. We are not bound by a publisher’s overall policy and loyalties to other titles. [… Read More]


Why We’re Removing Comments on Copyblogger

Posted April 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Sonia Simone originally appeared on Copyblogger on 3/24/14. As longtime readers know, Publetariat had to take this same action when the site was brought back following a hacker attack last year. “Would you ever consider taking comments off Copyblogger?” When the question was posed during our editorial meeting, my immediate reaction was, [… Read More]


Divas on Dialogue: Accents and Dialects

Posted April 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Janine Savage originally appeared on Publishing A Book Is An Adventure on 4/15/14. Accents and Dialects Who doesn’t love listening to an accent or an entertaining dialect, especially one delivered by a sexy model or actor? Accents and dialects make people more interesting, probably because the sound is interesting to listen to [… Read More]


The Writer As Editor

Posted April 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Karen Ball originally appeared on the Steve Laube Agency blog on 1/30/13. As we saw in my post last week, there are any number of ways a manuscript can go wrong. Hard enough to write a novel, but then to have to dig in and edit it yourself? That’s especially tough. So [… Read More]


This post by Livia Blackburne originally appeared on her A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing blog on 12/13/13. Last week, I mentioned using 99 Designs for Poison Dance’s cover. I love the book cover I ended up with, but I’m hesitant to use the service again. A few people asked me to elaborate. Here’s a [… Read More]


This post by Alison Nastasi originally appeared on Flavorwire on 4/13/14. We’d like to wish avant-garde icon Samuel Beckett a happy birthday, but something tells us he’d take issue with that. Beckett’s words are tender blows to the heart — superbly morose, always acerbic, and unrelentingly pessimistic. The novelist and playwright had a lot to [… Read More]


This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 4/14/14. One of my AWESOME on-line pals posted something troublesome on my Facebook page. Apparently there is a recent article in a major writing magazine that declares social media does not sell books and, in a nutshell, isn’t worth the effort. I’ll warn you [… Read More]


The Best Time NOT To Self Publish Is…(Never)

Posted April 14, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Marcy Goldman originally appeared on Joe Wikert’s Digital Content Strategies on 4/9/14. There are so many op-eds these days on when or if to self-publish but more so, features on the inferiority of self-published works just by virtue of fact they are self-published. This premise is applied even if the self-publishing author [… Read More]


Give That Piece A Second Chance

Posted April 13, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Hugh Howey originally appeared on his site on 4/10/14. In the past, I have advocated for fewer imprints. Allow me to reverse course as I suggest a new imprint idea that should be added at every major publisher. Call it Resurrection or Second Chance or Renewal. The idea is simple: Publishers are [… Read More]


Literature Helps Explain The World To Me

Posted April 13, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Aasim Akhtar originally appeared on The News on Sunday on 4/13/14. A literary agent in France, Marc Parent is to publishing what Edvard Munch was to painting Good looks, comic brilliance, and career success have not prevented Marc Parent from doing what he does best: living life as an emotional basket case. [… Read More]