Deadly Proof–Anatomy of a Book Launch

Posted March 26, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by M. Lousia Locke originally appeared on her blog on 2/21/15. I am proud to announce that Deadly Proof, the fourth book in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series, is now available for sale (see links below). As with the other three novels in this series, Deadly Proof finds Annie Fuller and her […]


This post by Elizabeth Minkel originally appeared on The Millions on 3/25/15. It’s starting to feel like spring the morning that the Dinky, the shuttle that runs between Princeton Junction and Princeton University, deposits us on the edge of campus. There’s still plenty of snow on the ground, but the students milling past us are […]


The Shared Space Between Reader and Writer: A Case Study

Posted March 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Brenda Miller originally appeared on Brevity on 1/17/15. I often teach classes on the form of the “hermit crab” essay, a term Suzanne Paola and I used in our textbook Tell It Slant. Hermit crab essays adopt already existing forms as the container for the writing at hand, such as the essay […]


Socially Awkward: A Simple Guide to Social Media

Posted March 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Jandra Sutton with Steph Rodriguez originally appeared on San Francisco Book Review on 3/20/15. Chances are you’ve read countless articles about the best ways to use social media outlets, like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, or LinkedIn, and devoured list after list of quick-tips—even “for dummies”—at an attempt to implement a wealth of […]


Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror

Posted March 24, 2015 By Publetariat

This essay by Jack Ketchum originally appeared on LitReactor on 5/2/12. I wrote a book a while back called The Girl Next Door which opened with the line, “You think you know about pain?” Personally I’m no expert so far–knock on wood–though as a kid I had my share of broken bones and various other […]


Which Bad Novel Is Perfect for You?

Posted March 24, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Katy Waldman originally appeared on Slate on 3/18/15. While authors who are interested in exploring the possibilities of the Kindle Scout program may find the article’s tone dismissive or even inflammatory, it provides some solid insight into the reader’s-eye-view. Reading, and voting on, the books of Amazon’s new Kindle Scout program. As […]


This post by Publetariat founder April L. Hamilton originally appeared on her Indie Author Blog and is reprinted here in its entirety with her permission. It happens again and again: authors, both indie and mainstream-published, crying foul over piracy of their work. They grab their virtual torches and pitchforks and take to social media to […]


In Fantasy Worlds, Historical Accuracy Is A Lie

Posted March 23, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Tanya D originally appeared on BoingBoing on 3/23/15. Note that while the author is discussing video game world-building specifically, the same kind of argument applies to Fantasy novels as well. The mythical realms of Dragon Age grow beautifully with the telling, including their representation of Earthly minorities. Even so, something’s missing… I’d […]


How Do I Sell My Book? 6 Tips for New Authors

Posted March 22, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Anne R. Allen originally appeared on her blog on 3/22/15. Ruth and I get lots of email from fledgling authors, both indie and trad-pubbed. The majority ask pretty much the same question: “I’ve got great reviews, I’m on social media, and I send out a newsletter—just like [my publisher/agent/a blog guru/this book […]


This article by Mike Powell originally appeared on Grantland on 3/18/15. While the piece focuses on two films, it certainly provides food for thought for any novelists who write fact-based fiction, or who work within a ‘this is a true story’ trope. The new movie ‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ tells the story of a Japanese […]


Google+ Is Being Dismantled, And That’s A Good Thing

Posted March 19, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Nate Swanner originally appeared on Slashgear on 3/2/15. It’s being shared here because it should be of interest to the many authors who’ve used Google+ as the foundation and hub of their author platform efforts and web presence. In a recent chat with Forbes, Google’s Sundar Pichai turned a few heads by […]


Which eBook Publishing Platform is Best?

Posted March 19, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Kristen Eckstein originally appeared on The Future of Ink on 3/13/15. Before we get too deep into answering this question, know upfront this is like asking a mother of three which child is her favorite. Each platform comes with unique benefits and drawbacks. Digital publishing is a huge all-encompassing world of everything […]


This post by Jason Kong originally appeared on The Book Designer on 3/11/15. If you’re like many fiction authors, promoting your work does not top your list of favorite activities. Various marketing tasks may seem foreign and difficult. Perhaps you feel hamstrung by a lack of knowledge or confidence. And to top it off, you’re […]


This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 3/9/15. Which is more important? Plot or character? Though an interesting discussion—sort of like, Could Ronda Rousey take a Klingon with only her bare hands?—it isn’t really a useful discussion for anything other than fun. To write great fiction, we need both. Plot and […]


How Authors Can Build Their Audience on Instagram

Posted March 17, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Adrienne Erin originally appeared on Duolit on 7/14/14. One of the fundamental rules writers strive to follow is “show, don’t tell.” While this is meant to prevent clunky exposition (or the dreaded exposition monologue), it’s also a great piece of advice for the modern writer on social media. Although it might seem […]