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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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What are the advantages of publishing an RFC

I am considering submitting an RFC article to publish here. However, I would like to know if there are any advantages that I gain if my article gets published other than bragging rights. Thanks.
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Could I get a publisher outside of my home country to publish my work?

Just wondering if I sent a manuscript to an publisher based in lets say the states, would I need to live in the states for my manuscript to be considered?
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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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I am planning to write stories - But how do I publish and sell them?

I'm planning to write stories. However I am not an expert in writing or phrasing english sentences. Is there any website which can fix the writing and publish the stories in my name and we can sell ...
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Required Notices On Publishing A Public Domain Works

I am in the process of editing works in the Public Domain. I want them to be as clean as possible, so they are more like works of art. No Introductions, no foot-notes, no prefaces, etc.. I really ...
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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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How to sign a contract to publish in a literary magazine?

I sold a piece to a magazine and am a little confused by the contract. I don't want to ask them, and look like a neophyte. I've been published before, but never by a paying market. The contract is a ...
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Will increasing the word count of my novella to make it a novel improve my options for publishing?

I've just finished the first draft of my first novella, and as I'm going through for my second revision, I'm wondering whether or not I should lengthen it to a novel. If my work is good enough to ...
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Translation&Publishing: which situation do I need to inform the author, or don't?

I read some English poems on the books or websites, and like to translate some poems from English to Chinese. So can I put these English poems with my translation on my blog? Which situation do I ...
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Is fan fiction publishable?

This is a question that has been touched on here and there, and yet I can't find a good answer. Suppose I am writing a story set in the Star Wars universe. I don't want to dodge copyrights and ...
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Using Trademarked Public Domain Characters as supporting characters in story

I've been trying to find a decent answer to this question for days but no luck so far. I've decided to pose the question to you all, and hopefully some of you will know the answer. Tarzan is in the ...
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I wrote a novel, now what?

I'm new here, so, please, bear with me. I had a look at previous answers to similar questions, but my case is (possibly) a bit different. I am not a professional writer, so I wrote this (long) novel ...
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How do I publish my first Articles?

I am a freelance writer through Fiverr.com, but I am looking to get better gigs being that I cannot share my work outside of the website. I want to venture out writing for an article website in ...
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Would I stand a better chance at recognition and profit if I go to professional publishing?

A year or two ago I was leaning towards self-publishing, mostly to have more creative freedom over my work, but with how the market is so over satuated with books, I feel deterred because I see no way ...
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If the first book didn't sell well due to going the self-publishing route, is writing the sequel worth it from a business perspective toward agents?

If the first book didn't sell well due to going the self-publishing route, is writing the sequel worth it from a business perspective toward agents?
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Can I go to a poetry publisher with samples and be taken seriously if I have not had individual poems published?

I want to publish a poery collection. Feedback via Facebook, from people who know me and some that don't say the work is good. Can I go straight to a publisher with samples of the work and hope to be ...
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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 much work do you have to do after getting your novel published?

I'm thinking about sending what I've written off to get published soon, but I was wondering how much work I'd have to do after the publisher has actually got the contract with me and we're going to ...
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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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How to self-publish for free?

I am currently writing a book that I want to self-publish, so that I can keep the rights to it to write sequels for it later on. How do I self-publish for free and make it popular?
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How can we find the mentor for publishing our book?

We have finished our nonfiction, self-help book draft. We require finding a mentor for improving the book structure and publishing and marketing. How can we find a mentor (not proofreader)? Is there ...
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How to Write a Short Story Collection? [closed]

I plan on writing a collection of short stories. How should the manuscript be formatted? Can I write new short stories specifically for the collection. How hard is it to get published (I need someone ...
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Is it better to self-publish or get a real publisher for a 100page humor/comedy ebook?

I plan on writing an ebook that's exactly 100 pages in length. This book will be comedy, basically my humorous take on situations. I think it's adequate as an ebook since ideally you'll read a page ...
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How do I credit a quote if I am uncertain of the source?

If I am writing a book and want to use a quote, but I either don't remember who said it or I am uncertain, how should I credit the quote?
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Do I have any control over the grammar of my novel?

English grammar is generally pretty black and white, but there are a few areas under debate. For instance, should a series of three have one or two commas? For example: The coach was black, dusty, ...
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Will Publishers Accept Alternate Planetology?

I am planning to write a novel that is set in a solar system where the 1950's tropes are its reality. This means that my story is set on a Venus where lush, fertile jungles cover the majority of the ...
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How does copyright generally work?

If someone could explain - in the words of a layman - about copyright in general, I'd be much obliged. I'm still a long way from publishing, but I don't have the faintest clue how it works. Does it ...
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How to find a publisher for a a science fiction novella

I've always tried writing novels, and have just recently discovered how much I actually enjoy writing a novella! I'm getting very close to sending it out to beta readers, and have started looking ...
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Do new writers stand a chance at a career without ambitions to write series?

Simply put, I've been noticing a general truth in bookstores: Nearly every new book on the shelf is part of a series - this is doubly true in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres, but no less true in others. ...
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How can a book get a Kirkus Star, yet have no sales?

How can a 3-year-old book receive a positive rating from Kirkus, and even earn a Kirkus Star, yet still have almost no sales? I have a book coming out in a few months, and I thought if I had a ...
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Manuscript Format in Microsoft Word

I plan to write a novel, but before I do so, I need to know if Microsoft Word's manuscript format is accurate.
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Time frame of a traditional publisher, submitting to publishers, and need for an agent

In general, how long does it take a traditional publisher to approve/disapprove your manuscript from the time you submit it to them? The literary work is fiction and is about 330 pages. Also, is it a ...
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When is a good time to copyright your book?

If you're submitting your book to a traditional publisher, when is a good time to copyright your book? Before you give it to the traditional publisher? After they approve? Etc.
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How long is a typical chapter? [duplicate]

I'm using Google Docs to make my first attempt at writing a novel (aka destroying my soul). I'm using 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced. I'm interested in how many pages in that format would make up ...
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Resource for rejected novel manuscripts

Is there such a thing as an online repository for rejected novel manuscripts? I think it would be a useful and educational resource -- especially to finally see examples of the so-called 'mistakes ...
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How do you contact Hollywood directors?

What legitimate websites / methods can I use to contact a few directors for making a movie out of my book? Of all the mail a director receives, how much is actually ideas pitched for movies (...
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Online publishing platform

I've decided to force myself by publishing my writings, hopefully acquiring at least a small following so I feel obliged to provide them with more texts. Are there publishing platforms for this ...
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Rewriting a blog post, passing a plagiarism checker as 100% unique, do I still need to cite my source if I want to post it on my own blog?

After rewriting someone else's blog post and passing a plagiarism checker as 100% unique, do I still need to cite my source if I want to post it on my own blog?
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Where should I pitch a book of short stories in English accompanied by French translations?

I have a collection of original short stories, all of which have been published in English in literary magazines. A French translator friend recently translated the stories into French (I speak French,...
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Examples of books advocating for political/educational reform?

I've had an idea in my head for a while to write a book advocating for political and educational reform in Canada, but I'm unsure whether or not it's even worthwhile to proceed because: I don't know ...
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Republishing public domain work by family ancestors

Both my husband's great grandfather and, on my side, my own great-great grandfather were published authors. Their books appear on the Bibliobazaar/Open Source sites. Although we are direct ...
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Are authors who self publish respected in the writing world?

From what I have researched anybody can self-publish. So it is an easier route than traditional publishing. However, since anyone can publish, that means even poorly written novels can be published. ...
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What are the industry standards of style and formatting?

I was reading an Article on The Book Designer called Your Five-Minute Guide to Pricing Your Self-Published Book and in it it said: Nobody wants to pay for something that looks thrown together–make ...
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Publishing an e-Textbook

My father is a professor at a local university, and he writes his own textbooks. He wants to start self-publishing them in an e-book format. The issue is that he wants to publish them so that the ...
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Is it possible to change a story to the point where it stops being considered “previously published”?

I posted a piece of flash fiction on Reddit a year ago, and it never got much attention. I'm revisiting it now, dropping the final third and expanding it from 450 words to 1000 words. Possibly keeping ...
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Need suggestion on promoting the book

I published my debut poetry book on Amazon. It seems like reaching wider audience means spending lots of money. I don't want to do that. So far I received the very good feedback and reviews from my ...
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What, if anything, can I do about Amazon reviews being one-sidedly censored?

The Seraphinians is a writeup and attempt to document issues with a movement within the Orthodox Church. They are the people who say you have to believe in Protestant fundamentalism's Young Earth ...
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Royalty rate for edition of estate-held text

I am the literary executor of my father's estate. A relative has started work on producing a (probably very) limited non-professional edition of my father's 1938-45 war diary. I need to strike a ...
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How does a new writer keep from getting scooped?

I'm looking for a literary agent. I've never published before. 1) What's to keep an agent from taking my manuscript and publishing it themselves, or handing it off to one of their writer friends? 2)...
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Is there any financial advantage to translating my book myself?

I can speak a few languages and I am just about done with my first manuscript in English. Since I found the translation fun and not too difficult, I translated it into French, German, Spanish and ...