This post by Cate Baum originally appeared on Self-Publishing Review on 9/30/14. One of the biggest driving forces behind authors who self-publish has been the declaration that writing has become stifled by “the gatekeepers of the publishing world.” Many writers now go straight to self-publishing. Be self-published? Sounds great! Let’s do it! We can all [… Read More]


Distinguishing Between Straight-Up Advice and Paradigm Shift

Posted September 30, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jane Friedman originally appeared on her site on 5/11/12. A couple weeks ago I wrote a column for Writer Unboxed, “Should You Focus on Your Writing or Platform?” In short, I said it’s a balancing act, but there are times when you should probably emphasize one over the other. It generated more [… Read More]


How Copyright Law Protects Art From Criticism

Posted September 29, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Noah Berlatsky originally appeared on Pacific Standard on 9/29/14. Aesthetics aren’t supposed to affect the law. You can’t dump a bucket of fishheads on Kevin Costner, even if he is a festering boil on the body of American cinema. You can’t hack Amazon and delete every copy of every Pearl Jam album, [… Read More]


Likeable, Relatable, and Real

Posted September 29, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Annie Cardi originally appeared on Ploughshares on 9/17/14. When I was a junior in high school, we read The Great Gatsby in English class. I hadn’t read the book yet, but I knew the rest of my family hated it. (They’re Hemingway fans.) “Ugh, that Daisy,” my mom said. “Who cares?” Obviously [… Read More]


Writing: Word Counts in Fiction – How Long Is A Novel?

Posted September 28, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Debbie Young originally appeared on ALLi on 9/18/14. Is it a novel? Is it a novella? Is it a novelette? It can be hard to decide what to call your book, but it’s important to get it right so that you don’t confuse or disappoint readers. This post offers guidelines suggested by [… Read More]


This post by Jennifer Miller originally appeared on Fast Company’s Co.Create on 9/23/14. What makes for compelling art? Any creator who has given half a thought to paying the rent, or achieving immortality, has considered what makes art sell. We know that the notion of quality–the idea that “the best” art and marketing and media [… Read More]


This post by K.M. Weiland originally appeared on her Helping Writers Become Authors site on 9/21/14. The sentence. It’s the building block of all books. Without it, we may have a poem, a song, a movie, a painting, an interpretative dance. But we sure as scuttlebutt don’t have a book. Most of us learn how [… Read More]


21 Social Media Conversation Starters

Posted September 25, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Kim Garst originally appeared on her site on 9/22/14. Do you need a social media jump-start? Are your posts falling flat, or are you struggling to come up with new and interesting things to say? Following are 21 social media conversation starters you can use to get your fans and followers to [… Read More]


How To Diversify Your Income Beyond Your Book

Posted September 24, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Kristen Eckstein originally appeared on The Future of Ink on 9/5/14. It doesn’t matter if you’re a children’s book author, fiction writer, non-fiction how-to author, business person, or even a fine artist. The fact is, in this modern age of book publishing, you’re in business… Period. You’re in sales, you’re in the [… Read More]


How I Made Record Sales in August

Posted September 24, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Elizabeth Barone originally appeared on her blog on 9/20/14. I’ve been meaning to do this sort of write-up for a while, but I’m always hesitant because I don’t want it to seem like I’m bragging or whining. Here’s the thing, though: writing is my full-time job. Just like any other business, it’s [… Read More]