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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Good way to collect digital signatures [closed]

I'm currently writing a framework with a team of scientists. We aim to reach a higher impact by getting other scientists to sign this framework. They're not part of the writing team but they would ...
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Does registering your book CIP (Cataloging in Publication) assist in the sales of the book?

I'm wondering what advantages there are in terms of book sales if I apply for CIP data (either Library of Congress of British Library) for a non-fiction book - genre is Arts/Crafts. Does anyone have ...
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How to start writing an autobiography [duplicate]

I’m planning to write my autobiography. I don’t know where to start. Please give some tips and tricks to kickstart the project. I know it’s my personal stuff. But still some hacks from experienced ...
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How Would I Go About Sharing a Word Document to a Literary Agent?

I was wondering, how would I go about sharing a Word document to a literary agent? I currently have all my professionally proofread novels formatted. They are formatted as the following: 1 inch ...
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What Types of Books Are Best Suited as a Debut Novel for a New Author? [closed]

I've been writing and editing and getting thorough and objective feedback for a portfolio of novels I've written since 2016, and I will be speaking with an editor at a major Christian publishing house ...
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Is Third-Person Present Tense Common and Popular in Adult Novels?

I was wondering if third-person present tense was common and popular in adult novels. I know when I'm reading Young Adult novels that this tense is like the norm. I mostly write YA novels so I can ...
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How would I go about censoring adult language in my book?

I have to present my book(s) to a Christian publisher and I was wondering, how would I go about censoring adult language or should I just put a warning label on the title page?
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How much more expensive is to publish a book in color than black and white?

I know that you want to say "It depends on the company, the quantity, the quality, the publisher, the time of the year, etc. etc." and yes, that is the correct answer. However, I am interested in a ...
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Are Literary Agents Postponing Their Responses to Queries Thanks to the Coronavirus and Stay-at-Home Orders?

I was wondering if it's possible for literary agents to postpone their responses to queries during this time crisis? In major states like New York, they have stay-at-home orders. Is this going to ...
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Literary magazines that publish surreal/absurdist fiction?

Does anybody know of any literary magazines that publish surreal/absurdist fiction? I have a short story I'm looking to submit. The closest comparisons I can think of are A Clockwork Orange, Brave New ...
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Republishing a Creative Commons NonCommercial-NoDerivs licenced work for archival purposes

I have a 10+ year old 800 page pfd someone wrote but never published and I'd like to publish it (not taking credit for it, just to own a physical copy). The original author is dead so I can't get ...
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Do traditional publishers care more about author platform than in previous publishing eras?

I read a book written by a famous rapper, LOGIC (or Bobby Hall), called SUPERMARKET. When I was reading through his book, I realized how informal it was written to such an extent, proper grammar was ...
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How Much Can I Reasonably Expect To Earn in Royalties For My First Book?

I recently sent a book proposal for one of my books, a Christian fantasy, to a publisher named SUNBURY PRESS, and I was wondering if they take me on. How much can I reasonably expect to earn off my ...
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Can I self-edit my own book before submitting to Publisher

I am attempting to write a novel that is easy to read. Totally understand people have short attention spans, hence I use many short paragraphs, rather than large blocks of paragraphs, such as "Train ...
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Where Can I Find Literary Agents That Represent Christian Fiction?

I have been trying to find suitable literary agents for three years that feel comfortable representing Christian fiction. I have four unpublished and thoroughly reviewed novels ready to be published, ...
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What is Considered to be a Large Portfolio to be Sent to Agents/Publishers?

I am currently looking for an agent to represent a portfolio of books. But I was wondering, what is considered to be a large portfolio in that how many unpublished books ready for an agent is ...
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Publishing a book with anonymity as a foreigner

I want to publish a book in the United States as a foreigner in anonymity because of political risks in my country. How can I do this? I don't have any credit card and no reach to global banking ...
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Republishing a poem from a lost journal

I am not a professional poet. A few years a poem of mine was published and reviewed by the South Asian Ensemble journal. This journal no longer exists, I cannot find it online and neither in print. I ...
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Writing a press release without tacky self-promotion

I recently graduated from a university and was selected to participate in an exciting team event that likely would interest the public. One member from my time suggested that I either: (1) Write "...
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Do Traditional Publishers Want Shorter Works from Debut Authors?

I have been told by an assistant of a literary agent in New York City that debut authors should stay away from pitching a book that's over 70,000 words, and less than 55,000. Is this universal for the ...
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Would a Novel About Persecuted Christians and Saudi Arabia Be Banned in Some Countries?

I have been thoroughly line-editing a debut novel of mine entitled ISA for which it's about a persecuted Christian living in Saudi Arabia, and I have commented a lot on the social structures in Arabia ...
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What's An Acceptable Word Count for a Debut Novel?

I decided to ask this question after finding no other similar questions to mine. But anyway, I have a portfolio of unpublished novels that have been thoroughly edited. One is a piece of Christian ...
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Punctuation in non-period bullets list

Desktop-publishing question: For example, in the bulleted text with non-period-at-the-end writing style, is it proper to eventually use a few sentences for one of the bullets with a period mark in-...
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If I were to publish a book series, each having 100 pages, would it be considered a children's book series?

I had an idea for something like a light novel of some sort, but I have a creeping concern. If I published a fantasy book series, each book has 100 pages each, would it be considered a children's book ...
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How much traffic is considered to be publishable by publishers?

Say I have a non-fiction blog that generate an amount of frequent readers. A publisher tells me that I can only publish when I can sell 2000 copies. How can I measure my traffic to know whether it's ...
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Co-author Trouble

So, I was writing a book with my best friend, and half way through - at 70,000 words - she decides she doesn't want to write the book anymore; but I still can. And we didn't have any agreements or ...
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Does self-publishing one's eBook online hurt a writer's chances of later selling the same book to a traditional publisher?

Prior to asking this question, I have found and read similar questions posted by other people and I have come away each time deeply dissatisfied and frustrated by the responses given. Here’s an ...
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where can I find a place in UAE to publish my story? [closed]

im writing a story but I need help in finding a place to publish it.
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Searching for an author with unpublished fantasy writing for my mobile game [closed]

I would be extremely grateful for any advice on how to search for or reach an agreement with an author. I'm a solo indie game developer, unreleased. My game is a fantasy random gacha hero collector. ...
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What is the ideal word count when shopping a mystery novel to agents?

I know for certain genres, agents and publishers will only consider manuscripts that fit within their expected page count ranges. What's a good target for a standalone mystery novel? My current draft ...
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What is the purpose of an author stipulating that only 50% of his book can be translated?

I recently requested permission of an author to translate one of his books, and permission was granted. However, the contract stipulated that no more than 50% of the book could be translated. What is ...
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Want to publish unpublished work found in an auction storage unit

I started buying storage auctions in the middle of this year. In the third one I bought I ran across an unpublished manuscript for a fiction book U Boat treasure by Charles Hand. He has no published ...
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Is publishing a book around the age of 14 possible? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the beginning stages of writing a book. I'm not very far along (I have the lore for the universe written and about half of the outline) however I am genuinely pursuing this. I want to ...
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Is my writing original if it is a hybrid of Tolkien and Rowling? [duplicate]

I am planning to write a fantasy book which incorporates the styles of LotR and Harry Potter. The setting is a Middle Earth-like world. The main character attends a magical school. There is a ...
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Can overwriting be made to look intentional from a first-person narrative?

I am an aspiring author, trying to get my 80,000-word traditionally published, though I will self-publish it if that doesn't work out. this article suggests that we avoid it altogether. I've used ...
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Are competitions worth it in order to get published?

I have recently finished my 25,000 word novella and contacted some publishers and agents about a month ago. I have only heard back from a couple rejecting me but considering the format of my book as ...
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Books in a trilogy are significantly different lengths. What to do?

I’ve managed to write a fantasy book, Lord of the Rings-style. That is, a single story that would almost certainly be published as three separate books with multiple branching plotlines. Or at least,...
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Is it a copyright violation to have the character share some characteristics with a known character?

More specifically, consider the following examples: 1) Say my protagonist is a boy who has a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, wears round glasses, and has dark hair and green eyes. His name is NOT ...
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Is Duotrope worth using? [closed]

I am a new writer trying to simplify the publishing process. It seems to overwhelming. What are your experiences of Duotrope? Is it worthwhile?
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Would publishing my story like a TV series be successful? [duplicate]

I'm considering writing my latest story in the style of a TV series. The plan is to write 13 episodes of 10-12,000 each. Episodes will be published weekly on Kindle over a three month period. If ...
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Springer or CRC versus self-publishing

I have an IT textbook that is about 120,000 words which was accepted for publishing at several very reputable publishers. My goal is to get the text out to as many people as possible. My secondary ...
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Can you pitch an outline?

Here's my question: can you pitch an outline of a novel to an agent? I.e. you have two to three chapters complete to a high standard and at full outline of the rest. Would any agents agree to ...
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Replacing Amazon's ISBNs

I published many paperbacks with Amazon ISBNs. Everything was perfect but some books became too popular (sold well) and it was the beginning of my drama. I completely lost control (long story). The ...
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Production/edition focus order

Good morning, This morning I have found an ad about a new TV serie, "See", which plot is quite similar (blind civilization with sighted-rare members, although environment and background is different) ...
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how to tell if a book will be a bestseller? [closed]

I wrote a novel and it is Science fiction based novel. Almost every close friend of mine read the novel and none of them gave a negative response. What are the possibilities that I need to assume, ...
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Should one invest in a professional editor before querying?

Let's say you have completed a novel. Since you're not totally naive, you have also complete a few drafts, where with "few" I mean at least more than two. You are at a point that your book seems ...
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Do I really need a platform to sell my novel?

Every piece of writer's advice I see will include something about "building a following" online, so that a publisher will be more likely to pick you up. The problem is, I don't have any idea how to do ...
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How does a person get an entry on Britannica, Encyclopedia.com etc.?

How does a person get an entry on Britannica, Encyclopedia.com etc. ? The person has a Wikipedia page and news references. Thanks!
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Would it be better to write a trilogy over a much longer series?

I'm planning out a long series (more than five books as is). It's very optimistic, I know. But I'm just wondering: Would it be better to plan out my series as a trilogy, leaving room to expand if ...
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Do living authors still get paid royalties for their old work?

Do authors still get paid royalties for their old works? For example, If I decided to buy a copy of the "Odessa File" by Frederick Forsyth or "Kane and Abel" by Jeffery Archer, do the authors get paid ...

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