Creative Entrepreneur: Business Models For Authors

Posted July 27, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Joanna Penn originally appeared on her The Creative Penn site on 7/25/14. This is a continuation in the author entrepreneur series of articles. Recently, I posted the arc of the indie author from first book to CEO of your global business. Today we’re focusing on the various business models that authors can [… Read More]


The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues

Posted July 27, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 7/14/14. To prologue or not to prologue? That is the question. The problem with the prologue is it has kind of gotten a bad rap over the years, especially with agents. They generally hate them. Why? In my opinion, it is because far too [… Read More]


This post by Zena Shapter originally appeared on her site on 7/24/14. As some of you may know, I recently judged the Australian Horror Writers’ Association’s short story and flash fiction competition. It involved reading 154 stories and over 385,000 words. At 12pt Times New Roman font, spaced at 1.5 lines, that was 1,066 pages [… Read More]


How Much My Novel Cost Me

Posted July 24, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Emily Gould originally appeared on Medium on 2/24/14. Writing my first book got me into debt. To finish the next one, I had to become solvent. IT’S HARD TO WRITE ABOUT BEING BROKE because brokeness is so relative; “broke” people run the gamut from the trust-funded jerk whose drinks you buy because [… Read More]


How Facebook Calculates What Appears In Your News Feed

Posted July 23, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Mari Smith originally appeared on her site on 7/18/14. The problem with Facebook organic reach can be summed up in one single graphic: Only 6 percent of your fans are seeing your content in their news feed. The other 94 percent are not. Some sources indicate that organic reach may drop to 1-2 [… Read More]


This article by Rachel Simon originally appeared on Bustle on 7/16/14. To some people, Diablo Cody disappeared off the face of the earth sometime in 2008, right after she won an Oscar for penning Juno. Sure, they might’ve heard something about a new movie here or there, but when nothing became as big as Juno, they (wrongly) [… Read More]


Quick Lesson on Hyphens

Posted July 22, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Maria Murnane originally appeared on the Createspace Community Blog on 7/15/14. Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns (What a pretty house! She is tall). Adverbs modify verbs (She types quickly), adjectives (She is extremely tall) or other adverbs (Please type more quickly). When an adverb modifies an adjective (e.g. “she is extremely tall,” [… Read More]


One Weird Old Trick to Undermine the Patriarchy

Posted July 22, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Michelle Nijhuis originally appeared on The Last Word on Nothing on 12/18/13. My five-year-old insists that Bilbo Baggins is a girl. The first time she made this claim, I protested. Part of the fun of reading to your kids, after all, is in sharing the stories you loved as a child. And [… Read More]


This post by Mike Shatzkin originally appeared on The Shatzkin Files on 7/15/14. Harvard Business Review published an article recently by Benjamin Edelman called “Mastering the Intermediaries” which gives advice to businesses trying to avoid some of the consequences of audience aggregation and control by an intermediary. The article was aimed at restaurants who don’t [… Read More]


This article by Anna North originally appeared on The New York Times Opinion Pages on 7/21/14. Writers may always have worried about money, but now seems a particularly fertile time for writing about it. Scratch Magazine, launched last year, takes as its purview “Writing + money + life.” The Billfold routinely runs stories on how freelance [… Read More]