This post by Publetariat founder and Editor in Chief April L. Hamilton originally appeared on her Indie Author blog on 12/18/14 and is reprinted here in its entirety with her permission. RE: The Interview, here’s a comment I posted in reply to Chuck Wendig’s blog post Art Held Hostage: Why Sony Not Releasing “The Interview” […]


The Copyright Naughty List

Posted December 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Susan Spann originally appeared on the Writers in the Storm blog on 12/10/14. Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season to stay off the copyright “naughty list,” so I’m here to share a few #PubLaw tips for avoiding copyright infringement in your holiday blogging and social media celebrations! When celebrating online this holiday season, […]


13 Female Nobel Laureates In Literature

Posted December 17, 2014 By Publetariat

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NaNoWriMo Doesn’t Matter

Posted December 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds blog on 12/1/14. Warning: strong language. On November 1st, NaNoWriMo matters. On November 8th, it still matters. On November 13th, 18th, 24th, mmm, yep, it matters. (Thanksgiving? Only pie matters. Do not argue this.) On November 30th? Still matters! December 1st? *the quiet sound of […]


Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published

Posted December 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jane Friedman originally appeared on her site on 1/28/12. Publetariat Editor’s Note: We mostly focus on the indie and small press routes to publication here at Publetariat, but since the hybrid publishing model (a mix of indie and mainstream releases) can be very effective it’s never a bad idea to share information […]


6 Tips For Becoming A Better Writer

Posted December 15, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Eric Barker originally appeared on Business Insider on 11/11/14. U want 2B a better writer? Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even science —  behind writing well. Our brain works a particular way; so what rules do […]


The Making Of A Boxed Set

Posted December 15, 2014 By Publetariat

This post originally appeared on SFR Brigade on 11/13/14. Boxed sets are a popular commodity at the moment. You see them everywhere, collections of stories by a variety of authors, grouped under some unifying label. But there’s a lot of work involved in putting a set like this together. That’s why we thought we’d share […]


Year-End Tax Help for Authors

Posted December 14, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by attorney and tax expert Julian Block originally appeared on Indies Unlimited on 12/7/14. The only time most of us think of doing something about our federal income taxes is once a year — the hours we spend actually grappling with Form 1040 or when gathering records to deliver them to a paid […]


This post by Kirsten Reach originally appeared on the Melville House site on 11/18/14. Asked whether she’d want to be friends with the protagonist in her latest novel, Claire Messud famously quipped in an interview with Publishers Weekly last year, “Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert?” Nora, the main character in The Woman Upstairs, might […]


Should I Be Writing This Genre?

Posted December 11, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Tamela Hancock Murray originally appeared on the Steve Laube Agency blog on 12/4/14. Often I talk with new authors writing in lots of genres. This is fine if it’s part of your personal writing journey and learning process. I want my authors to enjoy what they’re writing. But when you get serious […]


Ebooks Can Tell Which Novels You Didn’t Finish

Posted December 11, 2014 By Publetariat

This article by Alison Flood originally appeared on The Guardian on 12/10/14. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch put down prematurely by 55% of ebook readers, with self-published star Casey Kelleher holding most attention The Goldfinch may have won Donna Tartt the Pulitzer, praised by judges as a novel which “stimulates the mind and touches the heart”, […]


This post by Jodie Renner originally appeared on the Independent Book Publishers Association site in October 2014. Today’s readers are much busier and more distractible than ever before. Their time is precious and fragmented, and they’re constantly bombarded with other demands on their attention. To grab nonfiction readers and keep them turning the pages of […]


This post by Jennifer Mattern originally appeared on AllIndieWriters on 10/21/14. When you try to land reviews for your new book, the last thing you want is to be just another random new author reviewers have never heard of. Yet it’s not uncommon for authors, and especially indie authors, to wait until the last minute to […]


Facebook’s Like Affair With Brands Is Over

Posted December 9, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Will Oremus originally appeared on Slate on 3/24/14. Facebook is ending the free ride, wrote Valleywag’s Sam Biddle in a post that has been greeted with widespread alarm. No, it’s not forcing ordinary users to pay for its service or to share pictures of their babies. Rather, the claim is that it’s […]


This post by Jonathon Sturgeon originally appeared on Flavorwire on 12/9/14. In the beginning, there was YouTube. Then, a little later, there was Zoë Sugg, a young woman with a dream. When those two things merged, they formed Zoella, vlogger extraordinaire, lover of all things “Beauty, Fashion, & Life.” Next came fame and fortune and millions […]