This article by Ari Karpel originally appeared on FastCo Create in June of 2013. The writer-producer-director who made Much Ado About Nothing while editing The Avengers, and who’ll return to TV this fall with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., knows a bit about “getting things done.” In fact, he cites David Allen’s book of that title as [… Read More]


The Full-Time Writer

Posted April 22, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 4/22/14. This is one of the questions most frequently asked of me. How do you become a full-time writer? I am, and have been, a full-time writer (on and off) for the last ten years. The most recent “off” period, many moons ago, [… Read More]


Why Indie Authors Need A Team

Posted April 21, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Bruce McCabe originally appeared as a guest post on The Creative Penn blog on 4/16/14. People often ask me about how to be a successful indie author, or what’s the best way of marketing. I seem to be replying in the same vein every time these days – it’s all about collaboration [… Read More]


The Library ebook Situation is Appalling

Posted April 21, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Michael Kozlowski originally appeared on Good Ereader on 4/20/14. Publishers have been heavily resistant about selling their catalog of eBooks to libraries in the US and Canada. It took years of lobbying from the American Library Association and companies such as 3M and Overdrive to finally sway them over. Now, in one [… Read More]


This post by Andrew E. Kaufman originally appeared on The Crime Fiction Collective blog on 4/16/14. I’m reaching a point in my current manuscript where I feel as though I’m starting to get a handle on things. Well, that’s a relative term. One never truly has a handle on things when one suffers from what [… Read More]


Why Ebook Authors Need to Embrace New Technologies

Posted April 20, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jason Matthews originally appeared on The Book Designer on 4/16/14. “Knowing what you know now…” I work with new writers online and at events. They ask a myriad of smart questions including this one: how would you publish differently if you did it all over again? As the saying goes, hindsight is [… Read More]


How Indie Authors Sell Foreign Rights

Posted April 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Orna Ross originally appeared on ALLi on 6/6/13. The good news for us, as indie authors, is that rights issues are greatly simplified. We own our rights and we can decide what we want to do with them. We are not bound by a publisher’s overall policy and loyalties to other titles. [… Read More]


Why We’re Removing Comments on Copyblogger

Posted April 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Sonia Simone originally appeared on Copyblogger on 3/24/14. As longtime readers know, Publetariat had to take this same action when the site was brought back following a hacker attack last year. “Would you ever consider taking comments off Copyblogger?” When the question was posed during our editorial meeting, my immediate reaction was, [… Read More]


Divas on Dialogue: Accents and Dialects

Posted April 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Janine Savage originally appeared on Publishing A Book Is An Adventure on 4/15/14. Accents and Dialects Who doesn’t love listening to an accent or an entertaining dialect, especially one delivered by a sexy model or actor? Accents and dialects make people more interesting, probably because the sound is interesting to listen to [… Read More]


The Writer As Editor

Posted April 16, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Karen Ball originally appeared on the Steve Laube Agency blog on 1/30/13. As we saw in my post last week, there are any number of ways a manuscript can go wrong. Hard enough to write a novel, but then to have to dig in and edit it yourself? That’s especially tough. So [… Read More]