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Questions to do with fiction or nonfiction tomes, print or digital, either professionally or self-published.

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Is my book too similar to Harry Potter? [closed]

The story takes place in a fictional country I created. There are 6 main characters, 3 girls and 3 boys. They are all "gifted" which are people with special abilities. There are 3 types of gifted, ...
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How many book pages would 891 words be?

I'm writing something and the font is Alegreya in 13 font size. So far I have 891 words and 4 pages. How many pages would that be in a book?
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What is the correct way to use semicolons vs. commas vs. em dashes?

In Sabriel by Garth Nix, near the beginning of Chapter Two, there is the following sentence: Anything powerful enough to cross the Wall usually retained enough magic to assume the shape of a soldier; ...
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CREDIT: Doctoral student helping his mentor/professor write a book

Excited for an opportunity to help a mentor and professor complete the writing of his non-fiction poli-sci themed book by providing some 'conceptual editing and framing'. Over half of it is written ...
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good Wordpress theme for blogged book? [closed]

Leaving aside whether I ought to blog my book or not, I am doing just that. Each blog post will be a section, multiple sections will be a chapter, etc. Currently I'm looking for a good wordpress ...
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Info for use of Wikipedia articles

Can I use Wikipedia articles (under creative commons) to write a book and sell it? I read the rules for using Wikipedia articles but I am still not sure I properly understand it. I want to write a ...
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Is it okay to publish a fan-fiction book from a TV series?

I'm 13 years old and I'm writing a story called 'Destiny'. This book is a fanfiction of the TV-Show "Merlin" (the TV series 2008) and I've added a character into it. There currently is no book of ...
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Printing a book in word - double sided, multiple pages on one sheet

I want to print a mini book, of about 8 pages, one one sheet. It should be something along the lines of this, which I have tried. But this is not double sided, so when you are done, you see blank ...
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Should I be leary of "How To" books?

Have any of the successfully published writers here found the various best selling "How To" books dangerous, in that they guide aspiring writers into producing cookie cutter works? I'm currently ...
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Thinking about a good beginning [closed]

I want to start writing a fantasy reincarnation novel and I want a good beginning but I can't decide. By now I have: Being killed by a friend (doesn't matter the location) Being killed by a friend (...
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Writing an image Utopia book

Planning on writing a picture sci-fi book about Utopia. The book will not have a plot (story), sequence or any conclusion. It will have approximately 30 illustrations generally depicting a search for ...
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How do I finish my projects?

I just want to make sure everyone knows, English is not my native language, so if there are any spelling errors or similar, that's the reason. I'm a 20 year old student who writes novels during my ...
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Book writing principles [closed]

I wanted to write a book/novel. And I don't how to start. Every profession has its own principles. I am sure writing has as well. and I wanted to know what are they? Edit: This question is not ...
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How do you get the legal disclaimer notice before you publish your fiction/non-fiction book?

Many of us have written/ are interested in writing a book. However, I've seen that all books, whether digital or printed, contain a legal disclaimer and some kind of copyright notice. Something like "...
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Why would one write something in 2017? [closed]

I know this is not the right question to ask, but I am collecting some statistics about the reasons of writing in a modern world. There are all those gadgets, 5D virtual reality games and movies, you ...
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Is there a YouTube for writers? Basically a way to share manuscripts on social media

The title explains it. I'm looking for a place to post my writing and easily share it onto Facebook or Twitter. I know there are A LOT of websites, but it seems like there are too many. I'm looking ...
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What paper stock should I use for the soft cover of my book?

I do soft cover books and laminate the top side, and therein lies the problem. The cover keeps curling up too much. I have tried Ningbo 350gsm which works perfect except that now it's too stiff and ...
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“ The doctor spirit 'Dr. Tom' ” - possible book title? [closed]

I have written a book about a medical doctor who died. This doctor's spirit however comes back and takes control of normal, random people to continue his medical profession. Hence, the spirit is a ...
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Can I rewrite and sell the material of already published history of literature book in the form of Q & A?

Can I rewrite and sell the material of an already published book about the history of literature in the form of Q&A? The purpose is educational/competitive. Will this be a breach of the Copy ...
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Can i write a poetic book rhyming on every statement?

How can i write a poetic book rhyming on every sentence, without making it boring. If its not possible then how can i work around the idea?
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Should all books have page numbers?

I am interested in whether there are any compelling reasons why print books should always have page numbers. In particular, I am thinking of books comprising many elements that are each typically ...
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How do I promote a self-published book?

I am in the process of writing a book and I'm considering setting up my own publishing agency to get it published, or else publish solely through the internet, but there is the obvious problem of ...
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What rights are needed to sell books on your website?

I have a website and I want to sell some books from different authors. Can anyone suggest who I should contact to get the legal rights to sell the books? I am selling them to other countries as well, ...
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I am looking for statistics on the percentage children's books versus other genres in self-publishing

I have tried doing searches for this and can't seem to track down the exact numbers. The sources will list the top selling genres but that doesn't include children's books.
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Start writing literature without reading experience [closed]

I am a person who has neither read many literary works nor speaks English as a native language. For a while now, I have become interested in writing and would like to get better on it. Therefore, I ...
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Using reference books for free handbook

I am considering to write a handbook on a certain subject. I will use concepts and methods used in other books to write this. So, nearly 80% content will come from other books which are bestsellers ...
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Is my book interesting and my writing eloquent enough? [closed]

I'm young and this is my first attempt at a book. Comment here or on the document itself, it doesn't matter to me. https://docs.google.com/document/d/16MXV41o324ZYMPjvRQqjQ5XsuK_0IT7qJypJFf-8_8A/edit?...
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Is my story a rip-off?

So basically I'm writing a story set in a magical world where there are separate covens, each with different mission statements (there is one for those who want to be healers, one for those who want ...
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Is it harder to publish a successful book these days?

Today, is it harder to get a lot of people to buy and read a published book than it was in the past? (Are people reading books less now because they'd rather watch Netflix, or just read a pirated ...
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Intellectual rights for a guest blog submission

I have written several guest blog posts for a website with a large readership. I didn't ask for payment because the site is set up primarily as a public service in the special interest area. Now I ...
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Copyright of a book which is out of print

I have a question on a book which its last edition was published about 50 years ago and its author died about 47 years ago. Now it is out of print. The last edition of the book I am interested was ...
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What is the difference between ISSN and ISBN?

Can anyone explain in layman's terms, using simple terminology, what exactly is the difference between ISSN and ISBN? There are lots of links on the internet, but they are complicated and use legal ...
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Book Format Shape

I'm writing a book which has about 60 pages at the moment, not even to the halfway point of the story. What puzzles me is whether I'm using the right settings about margins and font pt, and that kind ...
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Math textbook - Crediting sources and copyright protection of source materials

I want to write a simple textbook on standard high-school level algebra. Most of what we know about the field, we have known it for centuries. So I'm fairly certain the majority, if not the entirety, ...
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How many poems are in an average book of poems?

I am thinking of making a book of poetry and was wondering how many poems do I need?
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Is it allowed to write a review on every chapter of a book?

It is difficult to summarize an entire book only in a single book review, when I want to have the ability of navigating through it later in my life, as a way of revising/going back for the data I took ...
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How to Write a Bullying Scene? [closed]

In my newest story, the protagonist gets bullied constantly, and I'm planning for him to be driven to suicide later on the the story. But, I'm completely stuck on how to write a realistic scene, which ...
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Impact of views about author on buying book

As a reader, I have found that when I disagree with an author's views or actions, this has influenced me not to buy their books. As an author, I therefore wonder whether readers generally view the ...
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What kinds of skill does writing require?

I legitimately don't know the answer. Background I said something a little silly today, and was told I was incorrect: Writing requires no skill. You basically just have to write down what you're ...
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How is my book cover perceived?

I am aware of sites which offer the option to upload a cover so that it can be rated across a number of categories; the problem with this is that these sites appear amateurish (at least in my opinion) ...
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Is there a way to find the book's circulation numbers?

Usually it's on a special info page before the title page/near the cover, but I can't find it for the book I have. I want to know, if possible, exactly how many were printed. Edit: The book's ISBN 10:...
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Would anyone want to read a book about my life? [closed]

I got the idea to write a book about my life story from my mother. At first I thought who would want to read about my life, then I thought back on my life and actually thought wow I have been thru a ...
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Bibliography/Citation when writing a book

When writing a book, how does bibliography work? Can I just list all the resources used at the end in a "Bibliography" section? If so, do I need to put the exact pages that I used? Also, do I need ...
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I want to write a book about my brothers life

I would like to write a book and publish it on my brothers life. He is a homebound person since age 17 and now is age 58 and suffers from a variety of mental and physical conditions like severe panic ...
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Why are audio books more expensive than a movie ticket? [closed]

Think of all the millions of dollars actors are paid, and all the thousands of people who scroll by in the credits. Surely the cost of a printed book can't be translated to an audio book. The concept ...
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novel frustration [closed]

I need help. I have written 4 novels, 3 in kit form.I will try to be brief, but this is complicated. The stories are brilliant....and in current form unreadable.I am a conflicted writer hampered by ...
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Can I make a living as a novelist?

I enjoy writing, I really do. I don't want to kill my time to make a living. I want to enjoy earning money. I don't want to be rich, I just don't want to be poor. Can I make a living as a novelist? I ...
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Do I need to make use of paragraphs when writing a novel and if so, how?

This might be a stupid question but I am trying to write a small novel, and my structure just doesn't seem right. The text just flows continuously until the end of the chapter (with dialog being typed ...
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Can I use famous works of art in my book?

I'm working on a book about famous works of art. For example I want to give an in-depth analysis of the Mona Lisa and use a picture of it in my book. Can I do this and still sell the book?
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How to manually bind a book without using binding machine?

Is there a tutorial on how to manually use those plastic binding combs without using a binding machine? cause I don't want to buy a binding machine since I won't often use it.
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