Do Awards Boost Anything Except Egos?

Posted March 3, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Tracy Weber originally appeared on InkSpot on 2/23/15. My editor, the fabulous Terri Bischoff here at Midnight Ink, recently published a blog article in which she wondered out loud if winning an award—be it the Agatha, Lefty, or Edgar—meant anything to readers or to the future sales of an author. It’s a […]


This post by Heidi Cullinan originally appeared on her The Amazon Iowan blog on 1/15/15. “My book is my baby.” You hear that a lot from authors, especially of novels, and as one of that number, I get it. Most of us don’t mean it more than a very loose metaphor, an image-intense description of […]


A Step-by-Step Guide to Dealing with Content Theft

Posted March 2, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Helen Sedwick originally appeared on The Book Designer on 2/27/15. Content theft is big business, whether it’s illegally downloading movies or reposting blog posts without attribution. Every month Google receives more than 30 million requests to remove search results that link to allegedly infringing material. Thirty million a month! Sooner or later, […]


This post by Chris Brecheen originally appeared on Writing About Writing on 9/6/12. Ready to do some things for your craft that will terrify you even more than a sewer-dwelling clown? Tired of the same ten articles online giving you the same twenty bits of advice about writing punchy verbs or sitting down at the […]


This post by Chuck Wendig originally appeared on his terribleminds site on 3/1/15. Note that the full post contains strong language. (Alternate title: Things I Can Say About That Article Written By That Creative Writing Ex-MFA Teacher Guy Now That I’ve Read It And Gotten So Angry It’s Like My Urethra Is Filled With Bees.) Okay, […]


The Seven Deadly Sins of Dialogue

Posted March 1, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Susan DeFreitas originally appeared on Lit Reactor on 2/23/15. Ursula K. Le Guin has said that scenes with dialogue are where emotion happens in fiction. According to the emerging body of neuroscience on fiction, such scenes are also where fiction most clearly approximates actual lived experience, that “vivid and continuous dream” of which […]


Teenager’s 10 Steps To Become Successfully Self-Published

Posted February 26, 2015 By Publetariat

This editorial by Aaron Ozee originally appeared on Publishing Perspectives on 2/19/15. Aaron Ozee, a prolific 18-year-old self-published poet, offers his sometimes unorthodox methodology for becoming a bestselling author. When a writer gets the initial idea that their work is valuable enough to see the light of day and deserves public attention, that is when […]


This essay by Ann Bauer originally appeared on Salon on 1/25/15. The truth is, my husband’s hefty salary makes my life as a writer easy. Pretending otherwise doesn’t help anyone. Here’s my life. My husband and I get up each morning at 7 o’clock and he showers while I make coffee. By the time he’s […]


This post by Dana Sitar originally appeared on The Write Life on 1/21/15. You want to self-publish your book, but budgeting for the process is more challenging that it looks. The numbers you’re hearing from experts regarding the costs of self-publishing are all over the board. Are authors really managing to release quality books without […]


How a Writer Weighs an Idea. Six Questions.

Posted February 25, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Alton Gansky originally appeared on Novel Rocket on 2/24/15. Benjamin Franklin used a simple technique to judge the value of an idea. When considering a decision, the founding father would draw a single line down the middle of a piece of paper. On the left side he’d mark a +; on the […]


This post by Sally Hepworth originally appeared on Writer’s Digest on 2/14/15. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ― Toni Morrison I’ve always loved Morrison’s saying. The idea that everyone has the potential to write his or her own favorite book […]


5 Digital Media Resources for Every Writer’s Toolbox

Posted February 24, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Jane Friedman originally appeared on Writer Unboxed on 2/23/15. Since 2010, I’ve been actively teaching students of all backgrounds about using digital media for creative endeavors, whether through traditional university courses or through online classes. I also send out a (not quite) monthly newsletter introducing writers to digital media tools. The following […]


How to Create Picture Ebooks for Kids

Posted February 23, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Laura Backes originally appeared on Jane Friedman’s site on 2/23/15. Until recently, creating ebook versions of children’s picture books was something publishers reserved for their best-selling authors and illustrators. If you wanted to self-publish a picture ebook, you either needed to be a whiz at writing code, or you paid an ebook […]


Magical Thinking and the End of Publishing

Posted February 23, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by John Pettigrew originally appeared on Publishing Matters on 2/23/15. ‘Magical thinking’ is allowing our own ignorance of a topic to give us the impression that there’s something special, ‘magical’ about the people who do understand it. It’s a common failing but it’s having an unfortunate effect on the publishing industry’s approach to […]


Writing When the Well Runs Dry

Posted February 22, 2015 By Publetariat

This post by Mary O’Gara, Ph.D., CVACC originally appeared on Savvy Authors on 2/21/15. Even prolific writers talk about those moments, after the completion of a book or screenplay, when they wonder whether they’ll ever write again, ever have anything more to say. If the writer is lucky, the thought is fleeting and the next […]