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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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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How do you get paid for getting your book published?

I've heard that there are 2 ways to get paid: The writer will get (for example) 3 cents per word. Then, even if the book is a huge hit, the writer wouldn't get any more money. The writer will get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I confirm that my book title isn't already taken?

I am writing a book that I plan to self-publish through Amazon's self-publishing service. My book is non-fiction. Searching Amazon.com, I could not find any other book with my title, yet it seems a ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it good to publish a novel online for free?

I am not after earning money but to spread knowledge about something for free. But if money is neglected, what else can be the disadvantage of publishing it online?
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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 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 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 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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Is it possible to establish a relation between word count and page count?

I found some nice replies dealing with word counting, but my question is slightly different. I want to know if it's possible to establish a relation between word count and the number of pages in an ...
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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 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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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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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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Do editors rewrite?

I write fiction, I guess you could say experimental fiction, but I just feel I am more of a stylist. Every story of mine that's been accepted was taken as is. Now, for the first time, I am dealing ...
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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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How many errors per page volume is typically "okay" in a book?

Suppose I'm in charge of getting a three hundred page book published. I'll do all reasonable things to get it proofread, but still there is a chance that some errors will persist. Now the book goes ...
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How much do you get for publishing an article in the newspaper?

It's for a story I was writing, and in the story, there's a section of the newspaper in which people can submit stories/poems/essays to, and good ones were chosen to get published on the newspaper. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is the function of self publishing websites?

Nowadays there are plenty of self publishing websites viz. Pothi , Notionpress, Lulu, etc. My question is; how they differ from a traditional publisher like "Patra Bharati" or "Dey's ...
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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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