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 […]


This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 1/20/15. We’ve been talking a lot about social media lately and I am always grateful for your comments and thoughts. This kind of feedback not only helps me improve my blog, but my also books, because I get a glimpse of your worries, weaknesses, […]


A Look Ahead to Self-Publishing in 2015

Posted January 19, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Jennifer McCartney originally appeared on Publishers Weekly on 1/16/15. Industry insiders predict an increase in diversity, serialization, and hybrid publishing Self-publishing saw another successful year in 2014, with authors like Deborah Bladon and Jen McLaughlin hitting the New York Times bestseller lists, fanfic authors like Sophie Jackson receiving six-figure advances, and many […]


Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page

Posted January 19, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Erika Napoletano originally appeared on Copyblogger on 10/17/15. Have you ever stared at something, knowing you’re doing everything right, but it still won’t … freaking … work? That’s how Copyblogger has felt about its Facebook page for quite some time. As of today, the page has 38,000 “fans,” but Copyblogger’s presence on Facebook […]


Fanfiction Made Me a Better Feminist

Posted January 18, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Anna Andersen originally appeared on Medium on 1/17/15. I write about gay relationships between fictional characters. Here’s why other women should take that seriously. My best writing, the stuff I’m most proud of, is also the writing that makes me the most ashamed. It shouldn’t have to be that way. I’ve been […]