This post by Karen Cioffi originally appeared on The Working Writer’s Club on 3/28/15. Did you ever hear the expression, “a stitch in time saves nine?” Whether you’re an author or freelance writer, that’s how you need to think of your writing platform. Get it started first, as the foundation of your business. It’s much […]


This post by Tara Sparling originally appeared on her blog on 3/31/15. April is a month when thousands of bloggers embark on what’s called the The A-Z Challenge: where people blog on 26 near-consecutive days (every day except Sundays) – on a theme of their choice. It’s a fantastic exercise. It can get the blog […]


Friday Five: Discworld’s 5 Best Supporting Characters

Posted March 30, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Graeme Neill originally appeared on Pornokitsch on 3/27/15. The warmth of tributes to Terry Pratchett’s passing – from Neil Gaiman’s sadness at the death of a friend to Nick Harkaway’s exploration of his comedic chops – showed just how loved he was. Broadly ignored by critics and awards, Pratchett was content to write deeply […]


10 Things Freelance Editors Shouldn’t Do for You

Posted March 30, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Lynette Labelle originally appeared on her blog on 2/17/15. I’ve talked about readers’ expectations and agents’ expectations, but what about writers’ expectations when it comes to hiring a freelance editor? Of course, you’ll want her to be professional, knowledgeable, courteous, respectful, etc. But there are a few things that people have asked […]


Fuck You, Clean Reader: Authorial Consent Matters

Posted March 30, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 3/25/15. Note that it contains a lot of strong language, but as strong language and authorial consent are at the heart of this post we have not censored any of it in the title or excerpt here. There exists a new app called Clean […]


Show or Tell: Should Creative Writing Be Taught?

Posted March 29, 2015 By Publetariat

This essay by Louis Menand originally appeared on The New Yorker on 6/8/09. Creative-writing programs are designed on the theory that students who have never published a poem can teach other students who have never published a poem how to write a publishable poem. The fruit of the theory is the writing workshop, a combination […]


Deadly Proof–Anatomy of a Book Launch

Posted March 26, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by M. Lousia Locke originally appeared on her blog on 2/21/15. I am proud to announce that Deadly Proof, the fourth book in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery Series, is now available for sale (see links below). As with the other three novels in this series, Deadly Proof finds Annie Fuller and her […]


This post by Elizabeth Minkel originally appeared on The Millions on 3/25/15. It’s starting to feel like spring the morning that the Dinky, the shuttle that runs between Princeton Junction and Princeton University, deposits us on the edge of campus. There’s still plenty of snow on the ground, but the students milling past us are […]


The Shared Space Between Reader and Writer: A Case Study

Posted March 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Brenda Miller originally appeared on Brevity on 1/17/15. I often teach classes on the form of the “hermit crab” essay, a term Suzanne Paola and I used in our textbook Tell It Slant. Hermit crab essays adopt already existing forms as the container for the writing at hand, such as the essay […]


Socially Awkward: A Simple Guide to Social Media

Posted March 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Jandra Sutton with Steph Rodriguez originally appeared on San Francisco Book Review on 3/20/15. Chances are you’ve read countless articles about the best ways to use social media outlets, like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, or LinkedIn, and devoured list after list of quick-tips—even “for dummies”—at an attempt to implement a wealth of […]


Splat Goes the Hero: Visceral Horror

Posted March 24, 2015 By Publetariat

This essay by Jack Ketchum originally appeared on LitReactor on 5/2/12. I wrote a book a while back called The Girl Next Door which opened with the line, “You think you know about pain?” Personally I’m no expert so far–knock on wood–though as a kid I had my share of broken bones and various other […]


Which Bad Novel Is Perfect for You?

Posted March 24, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Katy Waldman originally appeared on Slate on 3/18/15. While authors who are interested in exploring the possibilities of the Kindle Scout program may find the article’s tone dismissive or even inflammatory, it provides some solid insight into the reader’s-eye-view. Reading, and voting on, the books of Amazon’s new Kindle Scout program. As […]


This post by Publetariat founder April L. Hamilton originally appeared on her Indie Author Blog and is reprinted here in its entirety with her permission. It happens again and again: authors, both indie and mainstream-published, crying foul over piracy of their work. They grab their virtual torches and pitchforks and take to social media to […]


In Fantasy Worlds, Historical Accuracy Is A Lie

Posted March 23, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Tanya D originally appeared on BoingBoing on 3/23/15. Note that while the author is discussing video game world-building specifically, the same kind of argument applies to Fantasy novels as well. The mythical realms of Dragon Age grow beautifully with the telling, including their representation of Earthly minorities. Even so, something’s missing… I’d […]


How Do I Sell My Book? 6 Tips for New Authors

Posted March 22, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Anne R. Allen originally appeared on her blog on 3/22/15. Ruth and I get lots of email from fledgling authors, both indie and trad-pubbed. The majority ask pretty much the same question: “I’ve got great reviews, I’m on social media, and I send out a newsletter—just like [my publisher/agent/a blog guru/this book […]