Translating John Sargent

Posted January 29, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by J.A. Konrath originally appeared on his A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing blog on 12/19/14. Note that it contains strong language. Often times it seems as if those who work in the legacy publishing world are so out of touch with authors that a translator is needed to explain the true meaning of […]


This post by Joel Friedlander originally appeared on his The Book Designer site on 1/19/15. I’ve had a long love affair with book publishing. At this point I can’t quite put my finger on when it began, but growing up in a printer’s family probably didn’t hurt. When I first moved back to New York […]


This post by Kameron Hurley originally appeared on her site on 12/31/14. Note that it contains strong language. About this time last year, GOD’S WAR, which had been out in the UK for a solid seven months, had sold just 300 copies there, and every single major publishing house had passed on THE MIRROR EMPIRE, the […]


Revisiting the Long Tail Theory as Applied to Ebooks

Posted January 28, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Marcello Vena originally appeared on Publishing Perspectives on 1/8/15. The myth of the Long Tail for ebooks may be fading away as the digital book market grows, and it is operated by few mega e-retailers. In a limitless world of digital goods, powerful search and recommendation engines, near-zero marginal cost of digital […]


Why Traditionally Publish? A Response To A Comment

Posted January 27, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 1/19/15. So, the other day I said something about how in publishing no real debate exists and hey isn’t it super-nifty that we have lots of options and all options are equal and valid in the eyes of WRITING JESUS and I dunno, […]


Is Reading a Right or a Privilege?

Posted January 27, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Cathe Shubert originally appeared on Ploughshares on 1/27/15. After almost a year of protests by free speech advocates and famous authors, the UK’s Ministry of Justice is going to give prisoners the right to receive books in parcels from family, starting in February. Perhaps the most curious aspect of this case is […]


Among The Disrupted

Posted January 26, 2015 By Publetariat

This essay by Leon Wieseltier originally appeared on The New York Times Sunday Book Review on 1/7/15. Amid the bacchanal of disruption, let us pause to honor the disrupted. The streets of American cities are haunted by the ghosts of bookstores and record stores, which have been destroyed by the greatest thugs in the history […]


Sex Scenes In Novels: Autobiographical or Imagined?

Posted January 26, 2015 By Publetariat

This article by Jon Stock originally appeared on The Telegraph on 3/5/13. Authors risk the ridicule of friends whenever they write about sex, even if it’s pure fiction, says spy writer Jon Stock. Authors are often urged to write about what they know, but does this apply to sex scenes? Should they be based on […]


Self Editing for Fiction #9 ~ Sophistication

Posted January 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Stef Mcdaid originally appeared on WriteIntoPrint in October of 2014. Sliding off of his bunk, Richard slipped on a dirty T-shirt that lay on the floor and hastily acquired a fresh pair of boxer shorts from his bedside table before circumnavigating the accumulated piles of junk strewn all over his bedroom floor […]


Setting Up A Regular Writing Schedule

Posted January 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post originally appeared on Creative Caravan Club on 1/8/15. Are you trying to write a novel within the next few weeks or months, but you just can’t seem to stick to a regular writing schedule? The following tips will work for anyone who wants to write a book within a short period of time: […]


This post by Saundra Mitchell originally appeared on her Making Stuff Up For A Living blog on 1/26/14. Maybe you don’t feel like reading an essay about queries. Why would you? You need to get one written, RIGHT NOW OMFG EMERGENCY NOW NOW NOW. Okay, yo. Cool. I can give you a short n’ dirty […]


Kindle Unlimited Not a Great Deal for Readers or Authors

Posted January 22, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Marion Stein originally appeared on her Marion’s Blog on 1/12/15. One of my Goodreads friends recently asked if he could find my works on Amazon’s recently launched Kindle Unlimited scheme. Here is what I told him: My books aren’t enrolled in Kindle Select and won’t be. Authors who participate are mostly losing […]


This post by Ken Wheaton originally appeared on The Word O’ Wheaton on 1/18/15. Leon Wieseltier, recently run out of The New Republic as a gang of Silicon Valley nitwits took over and tried to fix it, has a piece in The New York Times Sunday Book Review that starts thusly: Amid the bacchanal of […]


This post by David Gaughran originally appeared on his Let’s Get Digital site on 12/16/15. Jessica Mitford took on the American funeral industry, the California Department of Corrections, and the Ku Klux Klan, but it was her 1970 exposé of The Famous Writers School which led to Time calling her “The Queen of the Muckrakers.” […]


This post by Greta van der Rol originally appeared on her blog on 1/20/15. Talking about what constitutes ‘romance’ seems to be a bit like climbing over the fence into the lions’ compound knowing they haven’t been fed for a while. But I have to say I find the debate a little bit perplexing when […]