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Publetariat Dispatch: Jezebel Blogger Totally Misses The Point Of Bell Jar Cover Redesign

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Publetariat founder and Editor in Chief April L. Hamilton rebuts a Jezebel blogger’s criticism of the recent cover on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar re-release. Publetariat Editor’s Note: strong language Over on Jezebel, blogger Tracie Egan Morrissey has got her knickers in a twist over the cover design for the 50th […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: Will Book Publishers Become Irrelevant?

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Smashwords founder Mark Coker shares his NPR interview about the current and possible future state of commercial publishing. (updated) I was interviewed today on NPR’s All Things Considered by the amazing Audie Cornish.  We talked about how the rise of ebook self-publishing will transform publishing for the benefit of writers and […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: The Future of Libraries (Infographic)

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, OpenSite shares an interesting infographic about libraries in the digital age. We’re glad to be able to share this excellent infographic from Open Site, which has generously released it under Creative Commons licensing. The graphic shows some very interesting statistics about library usage, demographics and how technology is being used in […]

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Publetariat Dispatch – “The Dude Abides:” Changing Definitions of Words and Historical Fiction

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, historical mystery writer M. Louisa Locke discusses evolving language. Yesterday, as I was searching for descriptions of San Francisco Theaters in 1880 (I am hoping to have a scene in a theater in my next historical mystery, Bloody Lessons), I ran across the following paragraph and laughed out loud. “Last evening, […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: New Year’s Resolutions Be Damned, These Things I Will Always Do

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author Alan Baxter explains why he’s done with making New Year’s Resolutions. WARNING: Post contains strong language. I don’t really believe in new year’s resolutions. I get the concept, and it’s an entirely admirable pursuit, but it’s often like crash dieting or NaNoWriMo – it’s fundamentally unsustainable. People make all these […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: Smashwords Year In Review, 2012

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Smashwords founder Mark Coker takes a look back at some of the trends and developments witnessed in trade publishing and ebooks in 2012. The Power In Publishing Is Shifting To Authors Back in 2007, we designed our logo with this revolutionary ideal in mind.  The up-thrusting fist holding the book represented […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: On Idiot Reviews

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author Alan Baxter talks about the injustice of reviews that aren’t really about the book in question at all. Editor’s warning: strong language. I’ve said many, many times here that reviews are the lifeblood of an author’s career. And reviews can mean literal reviews, posted at places like Amazon, Goodreads and […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: Writing to Heal Grief

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Diane Morrow shares resources for using writing to work through grief. This post, by Diane Morrow, originally appeared on her One Year of Writing and Healing blog. It is reprinted here in full per the blog’s Creative Commons licensing terms, and seems especially appropriate at this time, in the wake of […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: What Do I Know?

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author Gayle Carline discusses the challenges involved in writing about things she’s never experienced personally. This post, by Gayle Carline, originally appeared on the Crime Fiction Collective blog on 12/6/12 and is reprinted here in its entirety with that site’s permission. The first piece of advice given to any writer is […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: What Is Steampunk?

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, Steampunk.com offers a definition of Steampunk. This is a good question that is difficult to answer. To me, Steampunk has always been first and foremost a literary genre, or least a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: We’re All Thriller Writers Now

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author LJ Sellers discusses the vanishing distinctions between genres of fiction. Thrilling: adj., producing sudden, strong, and deep emotion or excitement Doesn’t that pretty much describe all great novels? Yet according to librarians and bookstore owners, traditional labeling defines thrillers as fast-paced, realistic books that focus on plot more than character […]

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Publetariat Dispatch: Call Me Chicken

In today’s Publetariat Dispatch, author Gayle Carline shares her mixed emotions about putting her protagonists in the line of fire. One thing all fiction writers must do is build tension in their stories. No matter the genre, the main character must have a goal and be thwarted at every turn from achieving that goal. The […]

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