Questions tagged [publishing]

Publishing is the act of printing and distributing writing in physical or electronic form. It may refer to the commercial publishing industry, small press, self-publishing and on-demand publishing. This tag should be used for any questions regarding the publishing process in any of these forms.

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Can I send my new book to many publishers at the same time?

Can I send my new book to many publishers at the same time? If I did what will happen if two of them accepted the work?
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Can I set up a pen name for my story on WattPad?

I've written a story and want to make it available to readers on WattPad. I want to use a pen name to hide my identity. Is this possible on WattPad?
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Can other characters than the main character have point of view?

I am writing a story. I actually just started and I am still writing the first chapter. Is it okay to write from a minor character's point of view first? Simply put, the main character is unconscious ...
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Is it necessary to describe a character's physical appearance in a novel

I am writing a novel and I realized that I did not describe any of my characters, like practically, no reader would be able to place or imagine the character which I feel is not right. That is why I ...
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How do I use Google AdWords to lead potential readers to my WattPad story?

I have a 90k word story that I want to publish on WattPad, and I plan to "religiously" follow all their promotion guides. I don't see using Google AdWords anywhere in the guide. How can I ...
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Is it good practice to submit an update on my work while publisher is reviewing it for consideration?

I sent a publisher my manuscript for a secondary textbook five months ago. They've sent me occasional updates saying they're still reviewing it. The last update I received was two months ago. At the ...
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I am trying to voice for ACX audiobooks and I am 14, is there an age limit?

How old would I have to be? Would I be able to get a fair pay for my age? What roles would I be able to voice?
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How can I compare which of my Kindle Vella story tags are best?

I've published a Vella story. Now I want to select the best story tags. Vella allows maximum of 7 tags. If I have a bunch of tags, how can I compare to learn the best?
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Best operating system for the serious writer? [closed]

Windows, Android, macOS or else?
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How do trademark laws work for sci-fi tech?

I want to write sci-fi and I love science fiction technologies. However I know you can trademark a name like Star Wars did with droid. Yet, speaking of Star Wars, Larry Niven’s Ringworld is ...
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Complex cardiac surgery story

I will be writing a short story with the title as "Complex cardiac surgery". Can this story written later converted to a documentary movie with the end user audience as MBBS (Medical) ...
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How short can a story be in order to be sold as intellectual property?

How short can a story be in order to be sold as intellectual property? I was wondering about this, because Starship Trooper was adapted into a film, and the film adapts a short mention of bug-like ...
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Do dual narratives have to alternate every chapter?

I’m contemplating writing a dual narrative, because after much thought and research, I think it’s the most interesting/effective way to tell my story. All the dual narratives I’ve seen alternate ...
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Text size on images for pdf ebooks

I have designed an ebook using very specific formatting and graphics that need to be maintained. As such, I am converting the individual pages into image files, and then publishing the complete book ...
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Asking editors to elaborate on their response

Do let me know if this is off-topic. My question relates to the publishing process, and the typical ramifications of an possible action could have on one's future ability to be published. Getting ...
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What does working after under contract look like?

I worked on a manuscript for many years. During that time, I was independent, so I could make changes and decisions, without documenting or informing or getting permission. I may soon be working to ...
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Can authors retell their own stories in different ways?

This probably sounds like a stupid question, but I have an idea to take the love story subplot from my fantasy story and retell it in the real world, without any magic or fantasy in it. I love the ...
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should I insert a copyright notice into my Kindle Direct Publishing Vella publication?

Is it a good idea to have a copyright notice at the beginning or end of each episode, or in my Vella story's Description section? I'm thinking maybe: "COPYRIGHT 2022 BY ALL RIGHTS RESERVED"
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Manuscript Formatting

What program should I use to actually lay out my manuscript? I am in Reedsy doing the editing and writing. The illustrator is working on the pictures, but I need to be working on the layout so I can ...
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Is it standard practice to use a computerised "find and replace" when localising a book for another market?

I was recently reading my UK edition of the book Spells by Aprilynne Pike, and was most amused to come across the word "occutrousers": But I am safe there, as are its other occutrousers. I ...
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is it best if the first 3 episodes of a Kindle Vella story be as many words as possible, that is, as close to the 5000 word max?

Since the first 3 episodes are free for readers, I would think giving each reader the most words for free would have the highest probability of getting the reader "into" my story. It's a ...
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Can I take the text of my own already published book (ebook & POD), amend & improve it, add new title and cover pic, and self-publish as a new book?

I have a published (ebook & paperback) novel which was published in 2015 by a UK publishing house. The text was never carefully or properly proofed and there were many printing problems. Net ...
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Ligatures in modern novels - A Publishers perspective?

A reading a modern paperback book on Amazon I came across this: As I was reading, I had to look twice at the words "fist" and "fire," but sure enough, the print was not an "f&...
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How do you write a submission for a previously published book (taken off the market by the author) and introducing a 2nd book in the original series

The original children's historical fiction picture book was self published by the author. It sold a few thousand and was on Amazon but was too expensive to continue being published by the author's ...
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Is it possible for an author to publish an online course based on their published book?

I know that a publisher usually demands exclusive publishing rights for a period of time. However, if that author creates an online course based on the book, would that typically be restricted by the ...
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How do Fair Use and Copyright laws apply to allusions in writing?

I'm working on a novel where one of my main characters is young, and supposed to be obsessed with anything under the brand name "Star Wars"(Especially pertaining to the movie.) When talking ...
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How or why would a publisher republish a work that's out of print?

I checked out a paperback from the library about home owner associations. When I went back for another book on the subject, I found it to be the same book, but a different cover and different ...
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Could one sell a screenplay written for an animated show?

Let's say I've written an episode-by-episode screenplay on my own time (I don't work for an animation studio). It's well-written and original, but because it hasn't already been published, it of ...
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Is it advantageous for authors to work as an LLC? [closed]

Is it advantageous for authors to work as an LLC? If I'm going to be writing a lot of books, it seems to make sense to work with publishers from an LLC and get some protection from spurious lawsuits. (...
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Is there an industry term for a letter inquiring if a publisher is interested in a work?

I finished writing a non-fiction manuscript and now need to find an appropriate publisher. There are no existing books in this particular niche, so it is challenging to find a publisher to fit. In the ...
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How to publish a Russian edition of a book on Amazon?

How can I publish a Russian book on Amazon? I have found many books in Russian but could not find any way to publish my Russian edition.
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Can I use something from another series in my own?

I’ve been working on my series for two and a half years now, and this is just now coming to my attention. My series has to do with vampires and other supernatural entities, and I’ve been using the ...
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How do you reduce a 5-page book proposal down to 1 page?

An article says to write a 5-page book proposal and a 1-page version. When submitting to agents and book publishers, read their submission guidelines for which length they prefer. How much weight ...
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170k debut fantasy story. Is it possible?

This has been a very contradictory topic for me. I've been told that publishers expect fantasy books to be that long but others would tell me that 170k is too long. So far I've been cutting things ...
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Places to post serial fiction that isn't romance, erotica, vampires or werewolves?

I'm familiar with Wattpad and have heard of something called Radish for sharing and reading serialized fiction, but it seems apps and sites like this are flooded with Romance/Erotica or Vampires/...
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Can I submit my manuscript to publisher as well as literary ageant?

I was looking for a similar question on this site but did not find one. Can I submit my manuscript to the publisher as well as the literary agent?
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How to go about publishing from India?

I am from India and have finished writing my first book which is a biography. I am new to publishing. I did a google search about publishers and I got a list of publishers. Also, I did a search on ...
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Do you have to hire an editor to see if your novel is appropriate for an age group?

Do you have to hire an editor to see if your novel is appropriate for an age group? Because people nowadays self publish a lot, I was wondering how you would verify that your novel is appropriate for ...
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Is it acceptable practice to contact a publisher to double-check they've rejected manuscript?

I sent a manuscript for a textbook to a publisher 2 months ago. I've not heard anything back at all. Though the publisher's process of fully accepting a manuscript can take up to 6 months, they say ...
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Copyright if I continue someone else's work

I am writing a book - continuing someone's book series. They were finished but I'd really like to see the other characters' lives. I need to quote (I wouldn't say really quote but let's call that ...
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Pros and Cons of Hybrid Publishing vs. Self Publishing

What are the pros and cons of hybrid publishing versus self-publishing? Hybrid publishing is different from vanity publishing although I can't yet articulate how.
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Can you publish a webtoon on a webtoon website like webtoon in comic or manga format?

Can you publish a webtoon on a webtoon website like webtoon in comic or manga format? Now, the standard canvas has a size of 800x1280px. I am wondering if you can cut the height or the height has to ...
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Do I have to attribute Apache font license when using it for e-book and print book?

I'm currently in the process of writing a book, and I'm using mostly OFL fonts in it, but I also find some Apache licensed fonts very attractive and would like to use them. The condition for using ...
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Can you publish a single chapter of a manga series?

Can you publish a single chapter of a manga series? I am guessing yes, but I don't see manga chapters being sold separately on Amazon. I see comics issue being sold, but it seems issues are sold for ...
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How do you handle editions in comic books?

How do you handle editions in comic books? Sometimes, you want to change something in a comic book, because there's a plot hole, so you release a second edition of an issue or chapter, how should you ...
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If writing a technical book, what's a "correct" way to write the manuscript and include graphs / charts / diagrams?

Typically I would use LaTex for a journal, but if you were submitting a manuscript to a publisher, what's an appropriate tool/method? I ask, because textbooks don't usually appear like they are LaTex ...
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Is there any standard format for the title page of a manuscript?

I'm finally ready to send my manuscript to the publisher. I'm wondering if there is any standard way to format the title page of the document. I'm including such details as my name, the working title, ...
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How can I contact JK Rowling for permission to publish my sequel for the Harry Potter series?

I recently watched the entire Harry Potter series in December 2021. I really loved the Harry Potter world and all the characters. Even after days, I couldn't stop myself from thinking about it and I'm ...
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What's the correct title for someone doing the layout, additional content, and getting agreements from the writers and artists?

I recently participated in an ekphrastic event where a number of poets wrote poems inspired by paintings from a couple of artists. We've decided to create an anthology based on the paintings and poems ...
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Can you tell if a book on Amazon is print-on-demand?

For context: I have a poetry chapbook which has been published by a small publisher. The book is sold through their website and through Amazon. Unfortunately, my publisher is not very communicative ...
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