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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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I am publishing a textbook. Do I need a query letter?

I am working on publishing a textbook right now that falls into Organizational Studies and Business Management. I want to publish it through a University Press if I can, like Cambridge or Oxford. I am ...
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Can I print/publish a book that includes large sections of other books within my book?

I want to print a compilation of parts from several books for which rights I do not own. The "parts" cover several pages of the other books. In some cases 50-100 pages. The sections are ...
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Publishing a book directly on the Internet

I want the last two books I've written to exist only as Internet links (as php files)—no registration, no printed text, just links—follow the link and start reading for free. But here's the problem. ...
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Could I publish a one-sentence book?

Theoretically, could I publish a one sentence book? Let's say that I'm bored and I want to publish a one sentence book. Like "Once upon a time upon a time upon a time the end." Could I ...
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Is it more expensive to self publish or use a publisher?

I'm wondering what I should use to publish my book, any suggestions?
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When submitting a letter to an agent for publication of a novel, what does it mean to say that your manuscript is "complete"?

I have been looking at sample query letters [successful ones] sent to agents for publishing novels. I notice that in nearly all of them, the author says their manuscript is "complete" at X ...
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Do I sell my prescriptive nonfiction book to an agent or directly to a publisher?

I'm having trouble finding information on publishing specifically prescriptive nonfiction books. I have a how-to DEI business book I am trying to publish. I already have a manuscript and a good ...
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How can my book purchase get the most money to an author?

I'm a reader, not an author. But, when I buy books (in whatever format) from authors I enjoy, I'd like as much of my purchase prices as possible to get to those authors. So, I'm wondering: do authors ...
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professional email help

I'm a new writer dealing with a publishing house. It's been a couple of months since we last exchanged an email about edits. I'm thinking that we are towards the end period and getting ready for a ...
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Formatting poetry collection and formatting standards

What does the industry use? I thought about just copy pasting the lyrics into a file format and then appending them in one file, but I am wondering if most publisher use some kind of software to put ...
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What does the line of numbers at the very bottom of the copyright page mean?

I wish to finally publish my manuscript and fill in the copyright page, but I notice, in other publications, at the very bottom of the copyright page, is a row of numbers. Or actually, two sets of ...
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Any tips on how to gain a following online in order to publish books?

I am new to the popular writing, publishing world. My background is a teacher and a writer in the academic sense. That no longer is my main interest. Evidently, I need to gain a following. My subjects ...
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What do these 3 numbers mean on the copyright page?

Text: published in the USA by Hyperion Books for Children 2005 Published in Great Britain by Puffin Books 2005 This edition published 2013 020 What do the 3 numbers mean?
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Does publishing my story on sites like Royal Road or ScribbleHub reduce (or increase) the story's market value? Why?

I read dozens of stories serialized on the web, for free, on sites like Royal Road and ScribbleHub. And several of them sign contracts with publishers, get "sold" to the 'zon, audiobook, ...
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Access to Single NPD BookScan Report: Is it possible? [duplicate]

I'm seeking assistance to obtain a single NPD BookScan report for one book. Direct access to a full license is beyond my current needs and budget. If anyone has access or knows a consultant who ...
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Front matter layout for hardcover

Problem: I'm publishing my first hardcover print title using a print-on-demand service. The front matter contains a half-title page, a title page, a copyright page, and a preface. It's an art book ...
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How do I protect my future rights when approaching a publisher with a completed short story?

I have 11 non-fiction stories I am about to shop to magazine publishers. How do I protect my second and third . . . etc. publishing rights in my negotiations with first time publishers? How do I ...
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Book writing objectives

I was wondering whether people who write books have as their primary objective having all the readers thinking along the same lines, or whether there can be other objectives. Thank you for your ...
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How is the process of finding a company to publish your book like? How much does it averagely cost to publish your book? How do you promote your book?

I’m very interested in writing and would one day like to publish my own book, yet I’m quite intimated by the cost and the search for finding a good publishing company. I’m also aware you’d have to ...
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Writing a short story set in a real museum - how much can I include?

I have written a short story set in a museum in Ireland. It is a private museum that contains various displays and sculptures. I am happy with the story and would like to submit it to a few journals/...
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Does the author change if rights are completely transferred?

A publisher reached out to me about a manuscript I submitted to them. The manuscript is incredibly large and complex, so working with their team for the remaining steps wouldn't be simple. They ...
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How long does it take to publish in a magazine?

How long does it take to publish in a magazine? I have had a piece under consideration—with a fair number of emails and discussions with the editor—for five months with the editor still on the fence ...
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How and where can I submit a finished novel?

I wrote a novel. It took me 15 years to write it. How do I submit it to a publishing agent? How do I choose one? Will they be good? Will they take care of everything? When will I see the book in print ...
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Article was not published within agreed time, how do you avoid/handle this situation?

Recently I ran into a situation where an accepted article (by an online publication) was not published the month it was agreed on. The article had time-sensitive paragraphs for events that would ...
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How to self publish [duplicate]

Publishing my novel seems daunting. I'd like some advice. I realize it's a big subject but what is the first thing I should do to self-publish my novel?
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Posting Poetry by Deceased Persons

Do I have a legal right to post poetry on FB from my deceased grandmother's journal, written by others now deceased, in the 1920's, which includes their names and addresses? The journal was given to ...
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Looking for International Platforms for Self-Publishing Technical Books

I am a technical book author looking to sell my work internationally. I have been publishing my technical books on a platform called 'Zenn' in Japan, and I am wondering if there are similar services ...
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Should I mention the number of books I'm planning to have in my novel series?

I'm currently on the second draft of my MG fantasy novel, which will end up as a series (if sales do well on the first book, of course." My original plan was to do a four-book main series and ...
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Does publishing book chapters as standalone short stories hurt recruiting an agent for the books?

If I publish some chapters of completed book manuscripts as standalone stories in literary publications, does it hurt my chances of recruiting an agent to represent the books? I have a colleague who ...
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I am seeking for a partner to finish a fictional story. Where can I find somebody to work with me?

I have written a fictional novel of about 40,000 words with a very bad translation to English. I need someone to expand it with 30,000 more words to reach 70,000 and become a partner with me for ...
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self publishing - what are the steps from end of writing to publication?

I have written a book on affirmations and now am looking for the steps that will take me from here to self-published. Is it a 1. line editor, 2. development editor, layout editor, book cover design? ...
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Can a minor traditionally publish their novel?

I'm a minor who's working on the second draft of my novel (the first was about 77k words). Can I traditionally publish my it when it's done? If so, then will my parents get credit for it instead of me ...
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Should I self-publish my first ever novel?

I’ve spent the past (counts on fingers) too many years working on my first novel. I was in college and found more enjoyment daydreaming and writing it down than listening in lectures. I had never ...
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Recreating public domain children's stories and using the original illustration?

Personally, I love old children's books. The artwork is phenomenal. Recently I saw more than one person selling Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I do not intend to take public domain stories from one ...
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How can I make my book longer without it feeling like padding, while also not significantly changing the plot?

I'm writing the first draft of my first book. Lately, I have been working hard on it and reached about the 40k mark. At this point, I believe the main character arcs and main story events are done, ...
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Why are the bids for printing our book so high and what can we do to reduce costs?

I work for a US state DOT. We are trying to print our new standard specifications for construction. When we published in 2018, we got 1,000 copies for about $11/book. This time, we advertised for bids ...
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I can't afford an editor because my book is too long! What should I do?

Like most of us, I hope to one day have a book published by a major publishing house. My current work-in-progress, Borradh, is far larger than anticipated. At the moment, it's about 129,000 words, ...
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Is it okay to use words from other languages as names?

I am writing a book that I planned out as a kid; I've completely changed it around so that only the characters have stayed the same. I love them a lot and I love the names I gave them back then, ...
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How can I find out if I'm owed royalty payments on additional editions of my book?

I wrote Morris and the Kingdom of Knoll by T.L. Hill. It was published in 1996 jointly by J. Paul Getty and Children's Library Press. An advance towards royalties in the amount of $10,000 was split 3 ...
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How can I optimize the story tags of my Kindle Vella story?

How do I know what are the best story tag words/phrases to use? I want to "drive" potential readers to my Kindle Vella story. Kindle Vella's web says very little about this. If feels like ...
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How do I write a successful book at a young age?

I am 10 years old (almost eleven), and I'm trying to write a novel. I discovered it is a lot harder and stressful than I thought. I'm also scared of people judging it negatively. This seems a lot more ...
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I spent 25 years in prison writing epic fantasy manuscripts. All are handwritten due to my circumstances. What is the best way to get them published?

I have spent years trying to get published. I even had a publisher at one time who took my hard earned money and never published my manuscripts. I finished my first manuscript in 2003. It's now 20 ...
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How propose a story / write / publish for an established universe or franchise? [duplicate]

I would like to know the process of proposing a story or manuscript for an established universe or franchise. Some examples of universes include Star Wars, Star Trek, Horizon, etc. My question is ...
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How can an author write a piece of upmarket fiction effectively?

I just wanted to ask a question on behalf of an aspiring author friend. How can an author write a piece of upmarket fiction effectively? She used to lean towards writing strictly literary fiction, but ...
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How does a multi-genre author find an agent?

I have made several unsuccessful attempts to find a literary agent, sending out queries, going to conferences, and asking other writers to introduce me to their agents. For background, I have an ...
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I'm afraid of being accused that I copied, even when I'm the one writing earlier

My apologies for potential errors, I'm not a native English speaker Hello. I don't really know, who else I could ask, so I'm putting it here. First of all, I know, that my writing isn't something ...
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Devising system for noting secondary sources in block quotation. New edition of previously published work

Working with a text that makes extensive use of a secondary source that will be given in block quotation and, of course, cited. The secondary source, however, contained many original source citations ...
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Where can I publish my biography online for free where it will be preserved?

I'm a strictly-amateur author. I've written my autobiography. I don't want to be paid but I feel it has value and would like it preserved online in some fashion for posterity. How can I go about this?...
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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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