This post by M. Louisa Locke originally appeared on her blog on 6/12/14. I am the last author you would think would be writing short stories. As a writer who tends to be prolix, the short form wouldn’t seem a good match for me. I don’t write anything short––not emails, not blog posts, not books. [… Read More]


More Verbal Abuse Among Young “50 Shades” Readers

Posted August 26, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Andy Henion – Michigan State originally appeared on Futurity on 8/22/14. Young women who read Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely than others to show signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, a new study suggests. Further, those who read all three books in the Fifty Shades erotic [… Read More]


Whisper, Don’t Shout

Posted August 25, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jill J. Marsh originally appeared on her site on 8/25/14. How to get sound onto paper. An issue I’ve wrestled with for some time, especially when it comes to characters’ voices. Several recent books irritated me enormously with an excess of signposts as to speech style. Every utterance written semi-phonetically was boring [… Read More]


This post by Seth Stevenson originally appeared on Slate on 4/29/14. Shibboleth. Casuistry. Recondite. A little while back, I was chatting with a friend when he described a situation as “execrable.” He pronounced it “ex-EH-crable.” I’d always thought it was “EX-ecrable.” But execrable is a word I’d mostly just read in books, had rarely heard [… Read More]


Five Great Ways To Combat Writer’s Block

Posted August 24, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by blurb staff originally appeared on blurb on 8/8/14. You’re sitting at your computer, staring at a blank document. You’re poised in front of your notebook, but can’t seem to move your pen. Sound familiar? Writer’s block strikes again. But you don’t have to suffer for long. Great writers throughout the years have [… Read More]


This post by Frances Caballo originally appeared on on 8/8/14. Pinterest and SEO It can be tempting to get lost in the floral images, funny quotes, and pictures of dreamy kitchens on Pinterest, and that’s okay. However, there’s more to Pinterest than collecting DIY, wedding, and craft images while you sip a cup of [… Read More]


Writing A Relationship

Posted August 21, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Adam Ganz originally appeared on The Last Word on Nothing on 8/20/14. About a year ago I sat in the Members’ Room at the Royal Society as Professor Judith Howard FRS, once a doctoral student of Dorothy Hodgkin’s, explained how crystallographers worked in the early days. She showed me how Dorothy would [… Read More]


Scam Alert: Editors Beware

Posted August 21, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Dave Bricker originally appeared on The World’s Greatest Book on 8/11/14. I was con­tacted by a not-so-articulate per­son who requested my ser­vices as an edi­tor for an arti­cle. I looked at his doc­u­ment and found a ten-page para­graph that needed plenty of help. I wrote a polite response explain­ing that this piece [… Read More]


14 Books That Change When You Reread Them Later in Life

Posted August 20, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Andrea Romano originally appeared on Mashable on 8/17/14. As you get older, you start seeing the world a little differently — the same goes for the books you read. Whether it was a book you were forced to read in sophomore English class or your favorite childhood novel, some literary classics have [… Read More]


Ten Things You Should Know About HP Lovecraft

Posted August 20, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Sian Cain originally appeared on The Guardian Books Blog on 8/20/14. Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on this day in 1890. We celebrate his birthday with 10 titbits about the father of weird and wonderful horror 1. Both his mother and father were separately committed to the same mental institution Winfield Scott [… Read More]