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Opinion pieces offering commentary on various aspects of book culture, publishing and self-publishing.

Understanding Writer's Block

This article, by Christopher Edwards, originally appeared on the Stillpoint Coaching website.  It’s primarily aimed at people who write scientific and academic pieces for journal publication, but the ideas presented here about the roots of writer’s block are equally applicable to any author.

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Publetariat Resource Lists

Publetariat is in the process of adding resource lists to all applicable departments.  These lists of links to free resources will appear at the top of the list of articles within each department, so that when you click on ‘Design’, for example, the first item listed will be the Design Resources List. Resource lists are now posted in the Think and Write […]

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DRM on the Kindle – an update

This is cross-posted at Teleread.org. A few weeks back I posted on Teleread about Jew Bezos’ take on DRM on the Kindle. Bezos said that copyright holders can choose to include DRM in their Kindle books if they want it, but my contention was that anyone who uploads content to the Kindle through the Digital […]

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Should You Create a Kindle Book? An Author's Guide

March 8 -14 is Read an E-Book Week. In keeping with the spirit of the event, I thought I’d try to summarize what an author should know about Kindle, the e-reader from Amazon. I’m going to assume that you’ve heard about the Kindle but you don’t really know too much about it. My aim with […]

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Affordable Advertising

From the Publetariat Editor’s Desk:  A major challenge facing indie authors, small imprints and freelance author services professionals is promotion. 

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Choosing Strength

"The economy is down. You can be up. Times are tough. You’re tougher. The recession is depressing. You don’t have to be."  

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Think Resources List – sites that have some good ideas about indie authorship

  The Indie Author Blog – forging a career in authorship outside the establishment Indie Publishing Revolution – dispelling myths and providing information about what it means, and what it’s like, to go indie Mick Rooney – POD, Self Publishing and Independent Publishing

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Ebooks: Fear vs. Opportunity

This post, by Noelle Skodzinsky, originally appeared on BookBusinessMag.com on 3/1/09.  Noelle Skodzinsky is the Editor In Chief of BookBusinessMag. People fear the unknown. It’s a simple premise that creeps into our lives more than we realize. Change brings a great amount of uncertainty … and therefore, fear. The changes happening in the book publishing industry […]

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National Consumer Protection Week during March 1 – 7, 2009

 

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What About The Readers?

This article, by Hugh McGuire, originally appeared on The Huffington Post on 2/25/09. To get the right answers, you have to ask the right questions. Book publishing has many conundrums to solve in the coming decade, and not a week goes by without a long, thoughtful article in some major magazine about the impending collapse of […]

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Mainstream Publishers: Some Perspective

April Hamilton posted about mainstream authors defining legitimacy for other writers.   Ignoring for a moment the fact that writing is a very personal endeavor with very personal wants and needs attached to it, that are unique to every writer, I want to talk about what mainstream publishing is to a writer.  

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My Big Rant On Self-Publishing

This piece, by Jane Friedman of Writer’s Digest, originally appeared on her There Are No Rules blog on 2/27/09. I can’t tell you how tired I am of hearing people bash self-publishing. The things I hear usually fall into two categories:  

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How Not To Write A Novel

Book Review: ‘How NOT To Write A Novel’, by S. Newman & H. Mittelmark

I am not currently writing fiction, so this book was more for pleasure reading than related to my own writing.  Still, I had to write about it as it is truly a must-read for every writer.

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<p><img alt="" align="left" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_d_yxMc3N2xs/SZyzptBpgDI/AAAAAAAAAKg/yKRTyDRALsE/s320/Smashwords+Norman.JPG" />Just a few short months ago, Greenwich Village author Norman Savage was on the verge of earning a book deal with a large New York publisher for his memoir, <em>Junk Sick: Confessions of an Uncontrolled Diabetic</em>.<br />
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Interview with Indie Author Norman Savage

Just a few short months ago, Greenwich Village author Norman Savage was on the verge of earning a book deal with a large New York publisher for his memoir, Junk Sick: Confessions of an Uncontrolled Diabetic. Then in October, the market crashed, consumer spending seized, and the publishing industry was suddenly less willing to take […]

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<p>I just returned late Thursday night from the O'Reilly Media <a target="_blank" href="http://www.toccon.com/toc2009">Tools of Change conference</a> in New York City. This was my third year at the conference. The first year I attended as a reporter for <a target="_blank" href="http://venturebeat.com/2007/06/22/publishers-move-to-split-ebooks-into-pieces/">VentureBeat</a>, and then these past two times as a speaker. For the benefit of those of you who didn't attend, I'll share some of my personal highlights, in no particular order:</p>

Notes from the TOC conference

I just returned late Thursday night from the O’Reilly Media Tools of Change conference in New York City. This was my third year at the conference. The first year I attended as a reporter for VentureBeat, and then these past two times as a speaker. For the benefit of those of you who didn’t attend, […]

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