Publetariat Observes Thanksgiving

Posted November 26, 2014 By Publetariat

Publetariat staff are off the rest of this week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume our normal posting schedule on the evening of Sunday, 11/30/14. A safe and happy holiday to all of those who will be celebrating, and a peaceful, productive weekend to the rest!


The DBW Writers’ Survey

Posted November 25, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Hugh Howey originally appeared on his site on 11/19/14. The annual DBW Writers’ Survey is up! Please consider participating and sharing. The more respondents, the more meaningful the results. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how those results are analyzed. In the past, the outcome of publishing paths has been [… Read More]


Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You

Posted November 25, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Ali Luke originally appeared on her Aliventures site on 4/12/11. A few years ago, I’d look at published writers and think that they were somehow different from me. After all, their books were gripping and fluent – unlike my stumbling attempts at first drafts. Their blogs had hundreds or thousands of readers. [… Read More]


Editors’ Post-NaNo Tips for Revising Your Novel

Posted November 24, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas originally appeared on Joel Friedlander‘s The Book Designer on 11/19/14. It’s National Novel Writing Month, and if you’re participating in the festivities, you’re chained to your computer in an effort to blast out a 50,000-word first draft. Thanks for coming up for air to read this [… Read More]


1 of N does not equal N And Never Complain, Never Explain

Posted November 24, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Bob Mayer originally appeared on his Write On The River site on 11/21/14. Arrghhh. Math. Sorry, but it’s the best way I can explain this concept. What this formula means is that just because you can go to the bookstore and buy a best-selling book written by so-and-so, the famous writer, that [… Read More]


10 TIPS FOR NANOWRIMO – Good Habits & Motivation

Posted November 23, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Dee White originally appeared on her Dee Scribewriting Blog on 11/8/11. Last year when I did NaNo, I got off to a flying start and had around 20,000 words written in the first week. I was driven by the pressure of getting those words down. My mind was full of the writer’s [… Read More]


Don’t Pay to Self-Publish

Posted November 23, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by J.A. Konrath originally appeared on his A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing on 11/23/14. My name is Joe Konrath, and I write fiction. I’ve sold over a million books by self-publishing. You probably were searching for “how to self-publish” or something similar and my blog came up. This post for all newbie writers [… Read More]


The Three Kinds of Scenes, According to Mike Nichols

Posted November 20, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Dana Stevens originally appeared on Slate on 11/20/14. “There are only three kinds of scenes: a fight, a seduction or a negotiation,” the protean director Mike Nichols, who died yesterday at age 83, liked to say. It was an idea he often returned to in interviews, often appending as a coda this [… Read More]


This post by Mark Coker originally appeared on the Smashwords Blog on 11/19/14. First the good news. For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better time to publish an ebook. Thanks to an ever-growing global market for your ebooks, your books are a couple clicks away from over one billion potential readers on smart [… Read More]


What If Novels Were Treated Like Business Books?

Posted November 19, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Roger Tagholm originally appeared on Publishing Perspectives on 11/13/14. After attending the FT Business Book of the Year ceremony in London, Roger Tagholm wonders “what if novels had subtitles like business books do?” You could call it an overdraft of words. There seems to be an unwritten rule that business books have [… Read More]


Magical Thinking: Talent and the Cult of Craft

Posted November 19, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Michael Bourne originally appeared on The Millions on 11/18/14. In August 1954, just months after he graduated from Harvard, John Updike had his first story accepted by The New Yorker. He was 22 years old. Three years after that, having spent a year studying drawing in England and two years as a [… Read More]


This post by Ash Ambirge originally appeared on The Middle Finger Project. I know your dirty little secret. (Not that one. God forbid anyone on the internet finds that one out.) You want to write a book. This means three things: You’re paralyzed with fear that it’ll suck. It’ll suck so bad that the entire [… Read More]


I Am Not For Everyone (And Neither Are You)

Posted November 18, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jessica Lawlor originally appeared on her site on 11/17/14. You know what can really hurt sometimes? Getting negative feedback about something you’ve created. Losing followers online. Unsubscribes from your newsletter. Hearing that someone has said something mean or untrue about you. Here’s an example: last week I crafted my first-ever Get Gutsy [… Read More]


The Creativity Myth

Posted November 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Kevin Ashton originally appeared on Medium on 10/29/14. In 1815, Germany’s General Music Journal published a letter in which Mozart described his creative process: When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer; say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the [… Read More]


Just the Right Word is Only a Click Away!

Posted November 17, 2014 By Publetariat

This post by Jodie Renner originally appeared on The Kill Zone on 11/17/14. How are your word usage and spelling skills? Try this quiz to find out. Would you say, “Please join Kerry and me” or “Please join Kerry and I”? Do you lay down or lie down for a nap? Should you rein in [… Read More]