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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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Using a fake name for book [duplicate]

So I want to use a fake name for my book, not my real name. How do I ensure that editors or agencies don't take advantage of that or play a trick when it comes to the credits of the book? How do I ...
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Meaning of 'Adapted by [another person's name]' written on book cover?

Some of the books have written on their covers this: Adapted by [another person's name] Content of such textbooks is more or less same, maybe some new chapters are added. What does 'adapted by' ...
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How do I finish my stories although I have both ideas and titles for them?

Almost every day I come up with new titles and rough ideas for new books to write. I e-mail them to myself, happy and longing to write them down. I have published two books, and I know I can write. ...
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What should I know to publsh a new paperback from KDP

For the past few days I have had zero access to CreateSpace; nothing else under createspace.com has given me a webpage, even an error page. What is going on now? How good or bad are Amazon KDP for ...
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Is there anything like Patreon for German authors?

I spent quite some time on the website of Patreon and wasn’t able to find but two authors of German language novels (both in the fantasy genre). It seems that Patreon hasn’t got any German speaking ...
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Given how much self-promotion modern writers need to do, are Query Letters still worth writing?

I have struggled with this for a while because of how much the market has changed over the past decade. Are Query Letters still worth writing if all you have is your manuscript (no "platform"), or do ...
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How to enter a self published book into Russian library

My late father wrote a book in Russian. He self published it, and registered it with the USA Library of Congress. I tried twice to upload a picture here but keep getting error messages. His deep ...
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Publication: What to do about a high wordcount debut novel?

I'm a strong believer in books/novels being as long as they need to be; if it turns out short, don't try to pad it out, and if it's long... unless there's chaff to cut out, it's long for a reason. ...
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How do you generally share your novels with the masses?

I'm currently writing my first novel and as a particularly young person, I have no clue on how to send my book to a publisher or how I can self promote it online. I know that Wattpad is one option, ...
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Are the most successful authors like Stephen King and Jk Rowling all trade-published?

I mean are the most famous authors usually trade-published or are there some self-published others that are very well known?
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I have a retracted article for ethical misconduct, this means my career is over? [closed]

When I was in my first year of M.SC. A professor told me to work on a project that the main data were belong to him. He had sent me a early draft and told me to translate it to english so I did along ...
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How to convey a concept without illustrations when submitting?

Everything I have read or been told, and every guideline I have seen regarding submitting a picture book manuscript to a publisher has indicated that illustrations should not be included in the ...
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Is it true that stories get rejected simply because the stories are not appealing enough and not because of the quality of the writing?

In other words, if the writing is poor or not good enough but the editor likes the story, then a revision is requested. I'd like to add that part of the reason for asking this question is because ...
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Writing on the sides of Buildings [closed]

I sometimes see poetry and art and word-based graffiti on the sides of prominent buildings and it's often inspiring and sometimes wonderful to see this. A couple of examples of what I mean: The ...
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Self Publishing vs Mainstream Publisher [duplicate]

I am in the middle of writing my first non-fiction book and I am almost finished with designing my blog page discussing the subject I am writing about with small snippets of my writing. I am trying ...
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Article I wrote has been published under another name - should I raise this with the publisher?

I do part-time copywriting work and over the weekend I wrote a ~1500 word paid article for an online publication. It was a lot of research and toil, I had half a day to do it and I finally submitted ...
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Writing a novel for a charitable cause for free?

I am an aspiring author who wants to write a novel and have it published. Problem is that I am disabled and receive benefits, so I can't receive royalties because the income stream is unpredictable ...
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How can I distance myself from an article published under my name, with edits I disagree with?

I wrote an article for a university newspaper that summarizes incidents involving racism on campus. After edits, the sentence structure became uniformly long instead of varied, straightforward ...
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Taxes and self-publication from other countries

The answers provided here are quite helpful, but they don't address a particular concern that I have. What if I'm not in the US? Where do I pay tax? Do I have to pay tax in the US and in my home ...
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How can I make my 'first draft' good enough to be published?

One of my bugbears about writing is the editing process. I'd much rather get it right first time, rather than chop this and change that afterwards. Other industries would not tolerate the rather ...
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Alternative publishers like Dover

I have a manuscript that is a derivative of a mathematical work in the public domain. It is a diamond in the rough which was unpalatable due to its prose. The new manuscript is a modernized and ...
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How to get published at a young age?

I am currently 10 years old and am writing a story based off of the short story I wrote back in first grade. I am still trying to decide what to call the book but it is about a group of five young ...
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Can I retell a popular manga series as a novel and query it to an agent?

I’m working on my first draft of a retelling of a popular manga series from the 90s. It has been adapted and redone at least 6-10 times as an Asian drama TV series in many different countries. I’m ...
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What is the opposite of self-publishing?

Once, when your book was "published", it was clear that you meant that it had been reviewed and accepted by a publisher and was now being distributed through book stores. Today, when you talk about ...
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Should I copyright my material before sending to my publisher?

Should I copyright my material before sending to my publisher? Can they steal my content?
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When is 'enough', enough?

So, I've been going through advice for aspiring writers, and naturally, that includes quotes from famous authors, interviews, their top tips etc. One thing I've noticed is that a lot of them say ...
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Do I need to have a degree to become a writer?

I've always loved to write. Granted I haven't been writing very much these days because of university but I want to publish a book one day. I want to keep writing as a hobby because I want to do more ...
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How do I write an apology scene? [closed]

I need to write a scene where someone apologizes to a girl for physically hurting her. But I’m confused on how to start it. They are in school, and the boy makes time to talk to her. And it is in the ...
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How to combine 3 sentences into one? [closed]

I have a character limit and hence would like to reduce my sentences from three to one or at best two. I am not sure how I could simplify this. Are you looking for an explainer video for your ...
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Help with my story - elements of a scene

I’m writing a story where a vampire pulls a girl into a room so he can feed off her without anyone knowing. What are the things I should consider when I describe her being pulled into a room by him, ...
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Is There a Legal Age to Publish a Manga/Comic? [duplicate]

Very recently I have thought of the question whether or not publishing a book at a younger age than 18 or 16 was possible, while it is of course possible to do this I began to think whether publishing ...
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What can motivate people to write and share their personal stories?

I want to motivate people, who do not already write, to write about their lives and publish their stories on my new web site. What would motivate someone to write and share their personal stories?
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what is the secret of writing a fascinating and eye catching blog post [closed]

Yesterday i finished my first blog! I have given lot of efforts into it, i tried to keep it as simple as i can so that my readers of all level could understand it. I need your tips for improving my ...
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What journals publish surreal fiction?

I'm trying to place a short story that is surreal. So while it has science fiction elements, it isn't really science fiction. At the same time it's a bit too weird to be literary fiction. Does anyone ...
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What is thebarefootwriter.com?

I received an email for this today. First of all, is it legit or is it a scam of some kind? How does it work? That is, what are you writing for - a web site, a paper publication? Who decides what you'...
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How do I express that others and I were unable to find literature about a topic?

Given this question of mine I wondered: If one wants to publish a new result which one couldn't find any information where the result could have possibly been covered (and neither could one's ...
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Self education over college to become an author… connections?

What if you don't know any publisher or editor or agent? Help there? Would it be smart to go to college because of these circumstances? I understand that you don't need a college degree to become a ...
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What is the difference between literature and review study?

I had submitted a review article few days before and I have received a comment from an editor of a journal. The comment is " Is it literature or review study"? I am wondering that I had submitted a ...
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Can I use my legal name as the protagonist if I'm pitching my book to traditional publishers under a pen name?

Can I use my legal name as the protagonist if I'm pitching my book to traditional publishers under a pen name? Would I be rejected for doing this?
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Where can I publish a longer short story (9000 words)?

I wrote a short story that's 9135 words long. I'd like to enter it into a contest or publishing. I have seen that most only accept stories from 500-2000 words. Does anyone know of any contests/...
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How Do You Find a Literary Agent?

What is the basic path to getting a literary agent? I understand that going to a writing conference helps you find one, but where can I find writing conferences? I did a search for them and could only ...
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How to get my book taken seriously as a teenager? [duplicate]

I have been working on a book for a while, and I probably will be done with it soon. My work is very original in my mind and in the end, this book will be very high quality. But I have been wondering ...
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Submitting things I post on my blog for publication

I have a Wordpress where I post short stories I write. It's not popular, mostly just family and a few random people follow it. Occasionally, I want decide I want to further work on something I posted ...
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Other than trademarked names, should recipe ingredients in a cookbook be capitalized?

Re: editing a cookbook Other than trademarked names, should ingredients in the recipe lists be capitalized? Thank you in advance.
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How do you describe a characters clothing in a story? [duplicate]

I'm writing a story and I need to describe the character's appearance. My character is wearing a football jersey and running on the field, so how can I describe this better? This is what I came up ...
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How much does style contribute to the overall value of a novel?

I've recently got a crushing critique. The critic pointed out I was obviously unfamiliar with the basic tools of the trade and that my style was non-existent. She insisted that "everybody can invent a ...
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Does Amazon have a problem with your book being cheaper else where via a coupon?

I keep reading that if you publish of Amazon, they don't like it very much if your book is cheaper anywhere else and threaten remind you that they'll remove your book if they do find it cheaper ...
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What advantages are there to having a project-specific website for documentation?

As a software engineer I often interact with documentation for software projects across the Internet, in particular on GitHub which provides methods for documenting your project. Anecdotally, it ...
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Limitations of automatic documentation

As technology advances and workflows are streamlined, some have turned to automated tools such as Doxygen, Sphinx, Swagger, etc. in order to generate technical documentation automatically. What are ...
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Is it legal for my book title to be similar to another book's title?

My book's title is similar to Around the World in 80 Days. The premise is making a journey in 80 days and while I am sure that using a similar premise is fine (especially since my book is a bit of a ...