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 do you contact Hollywood directors?

What legitimate websites or methods can I use to contact a few directors about making a movie from my book? How many pitches for movies does a director receive? What percentage of their mail or ...
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Should a writer avoid publishing a book that replaces one the publisher put out of print?

I am writing a textbook serving a very niche field. There was one textbook for the subject area, but its fallen out of print 10 years ago, and I think the info is 30 years out-of-date. I found the ...
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Can I grant non-exclusive rights on a non-fiction book?

I've written a short historical account on a local 17th Century shipwreck which I have been serialising on a Facebook group. Given the very positive response I would like to publish as a small book ...
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Can I publish a book anonymously to protect the real people my non-fiction book is about?

I'm in the process of writing a life story/non-fiction book that has numerous real life issues and me being real and raw and truthful with what I have dealt with in my own life. I don't want to ...
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Can I self-publish in some countries and work with a publisher for another country?

I am creating a series of books. I'll be ready to publish the first in one month, then have about 20-30 more that will be done across the span of the next year or two. I'd prefer to self-publish on ...
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Will a literary agent reject a book that is longer than the average word count?

I'm currently writing a book that goes much, much more than the average word count. (My children's novel is at least 80k words). My targeted audience would be 8-13 years old. Will an agent reject a ...
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How long can a Children's Novel be?

I'm currently writing a realism fantasy novel targeted for a 9-12 age group. Since it became so long(the first draft turned out to be at least 90,000 words), I figured it would be best to split the ...
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What should I do with this? [duplicate]

So like, I received a message from "Author Liaison Representative" in Wattpad. The thing said: Hello Mimiko-nyan, My name is Tika. I'm an Author Liaison representative, representing W e b n ...
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What are the Best Practices for Developing Content for a Product-Promotion Website? [closed]

For products that are already listed in marketplace, what would be the best practice in sourcing content for a blog-style website that reviews, compares, and promotes such listed products with a view ...
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Include book cover in query letter to agent?

I'm emailing a few agents about a novel I wrote. Typical query letter, attaching a summary and the first three chapters, as they request. I happen to have commissioned a book cover for the novel, ...
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What type of writing would this fall under?

Would this be considered prose, or poetry? The reason I ask is because someone had told me that I should submit it to a magazine but I don't know what kind, if any would look at it. I write it about ...
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Does the fact that an old work was republished later affect the public domain status?

I want to use large excerpts from an old book in the textbook I am writing (e.g. 500-1000 word chunks at a time taken). These will serve as primary sources for the students to analyze. The first ...
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Author Liasion from Webnvoel messages [duplicate]

So, I got a message on Wattpad by a woman called Livia, claiming that she is an Author Liaison representative, she said that she has read the initial chapters of my first book, which has got no ...
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How should I even start the publishing process at a young age?

So I am currently writing a book, I have recently had a lot of writers block and don't know how I want my story to reach it's big ending. But also within this problem when I do have my book ready I ...
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Publisher not responding to last email

I sent a book proposal to a publisher back in June, 2020. The publisher responded that they liked the book and it went through successfully the first round of review. There is a second round of review ...
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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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Is it appropriate for me to write about the pandemic?

I'm a young writer who has been writing a story centring around a teenager's life and how it's changed via the coronavirus. She was skeptical about the legitimacy of the Pandemic until an important ...
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Would it be wiser to debut with your side-project with a smaller publisher, over your main-project with a big publisher?

I've been seeing comments on the tightening window/acceptance for debut authors with planned-series since December 2019, especially now with the economy contracting even more due to Covid19 for the ...
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Is it best to fully reveal a backstory in the first book?

I am currently writing the second book in my fantasy series that I plan on publishing, and I have asked a similar question like this before concerning a different character. I couldn’t take answers ...
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Website that pays for writing fairly

About a month ago, I stumbled upon a website that claims to pay writers fairly and transparently out of advertising revenue. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the site, and after ...
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How much can you change a self-published book for it to count as a “new” book in the eyes of a traditional publisher?

I have a book that is nearing completion. Because the current circumstances might increase interest in the book and also the Christmas sale is coming, I would like if it would be a good idea to self-...
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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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Are there very large format POD publishers?

I have a low quantity book project that will need a book sized A3 with 1000-1500 pages. Is there a print on demand provider out there that could possibly handle that?
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Should multiple chapters share the same page?

Now that my memoir is published, I notice how there are multiple chapters beginning sharing the same page that the previous chapter ended on. I don't like how it looks at all. Looking at other author'...
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Illegal activities in autobiography [closed]

So I want to write a self-help book on how I became Rich from being poor I want to write about my struggles from when I was poor which is including stealing for groceries and other things that I ...
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When two authors write a book, what order should I put them in?

Me and my friend are currently writing a Sci-fi novel. When we publish it, we want both of our names to be on the cover. Do I have to put our names in alphabetically, or some order?
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I'm writing a book on my life, what publishers look into these type of books?

Im a Mexican/American by the border of South Texas. I have a real story to tell from crime to redemption what publishing companies publish these type of books?
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Do publishers really need to translate between UK and US English?

Is there really a need for a book to be translated from UK to US English? I'm nearing completion on my own great work, and just want to know if it is truly worth doing a British and an American ...
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Should I be concerned about covering the same stuff in multiple self-help books?

I currently don't work with a writing mentor, and was wondering if I should worry about covering the same things in multiple books on the same subject for self help. I'm basically going through the ...
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What counts as a word when dealing with a word limit?

I am trying to determine if it will be feasible to revise a manuscript for a journal that has a 6500 word limit. Currently, the manuscript is between 7500 and 8000 words long, depending on how I count ...
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Can I include my published short story as a chapter to my new book?

I hope you can help me. Back in 2018 I had my short story published by a publishing house. He insisted that there was no need for a contract even if I asked for one. He tried to print my book but ...
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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 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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Can I publish both with Apple Books and Amazon?

I want to publish my book both through Apple Books and Amazon. Is this allowed? Or if I choose to provide my book through Apple, then I am obligated to not sell it through any other platform?
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Got a message from an Author Liaison representative representing Webnovel about the story I wrote. Any advice?

I just published a story on fiction press, and although it only has 9 views, someone from Author Liaison representing Webnovel sent me a PM through the site. Some googling showed that this seems to be ...
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Fan-non fiction market appeal

I found the discussion of flat vs round characters in the answer to this post pretty interesting: Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words). Borrowing this ...
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Is it acceptable to put the period after the quotation mark?

As a programmer, it always bothered me when the period was inside the quotation marks, like so: His nickname was "Quincy." I'd much prefer to do it this way: His nickname was "Quincy&...
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Why do hardcover books retail for more than three times the cost of softcover books?

One thing I've noticed while browsing bookstores is that hardcover books tend to cost more than softcover ones. Oftentimes a hardcover book that's five times the price of a paperback doesn't have ...
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I feel like people would mock me for trying to become an author at 12, what should I do?

So, I'm writing a few books at the moment. I really want to become an author when I'm older, but I'm much too shy to email a proper author about what to do or show it to many people. I really feel ...
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Sending manuscript to multiple publishers

As an addendum to this question, I have written a children's picturebook, and as I understand it, the process of sending off a manuscript and getting it reviewed is expected to take 3-6 months (I am ...
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Publishing of Collection of Short Stories

I have a collection of short stories--48 in total, a word count of 80,000 and 156 pages. Regarding publication, is such a collection likely to be too large? If I were to split it into two collections, ...
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What order do I start seeking editors

I have completed writing my first novel. What order should I start putting it in front of editors (copy, development, structural, etc.) before submitting it to an agent or publisher?
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How to write under a complete separate identity - pseudonym, pen name - everything?

I want to write under an identity that is not traceable back to me, so that people may not scrutinize me from my writing - neighbors, employers, coworkers - you know. Is there any foolproof way in ...
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My book has a similar characters as the book The One and Only Ivan. Will I get in trouble if I publish my book? [duplicate]

We have completely different plots, I have several characters that are similar but different to each other. The One and Only Ivan had a gorilla, elephant, and dog, while I have a chimpanzee, elephant, ...
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When Truth Meets Fiction [duplicate]

Is there such a category in books as a fictional memoir (tales about one's own life with exaggerated elements included for entertainment)?
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Publishing in multiple languages

I wrote a book in Spanish. I translated the book to English, French, Arabic and Italian. I want to publish the book in these five languages simultaneously but there are some problems. I live in Spain;...
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Do literary magazines often value an author's reputation over the actual quality of his story? [closed]

There have long been accusations of nepotism and elitism within the world of publishing. In this case, I am referring specifically to literary magazines rather than publishing houses that publish ...
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Can I publish a book with the poems on my website?

I have posted my poems on my website. For a long time, I have been doing this. Now, can I publish a book with the same poems which I had shared on the Internet.
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How do I publish a book at age 12? [duplicate]

I'm writing a book called The Lost Mermaid. It's about a girl named Hazel waking up with no memory, and it turns out she has a boyfriend, Leo, but likes her best friend Eli. To make matters worse, a ...
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If unstated, do literary magazines generally publish work submitted by minors?

Unless a literary magazine/journal is looking for work from a certain age range (ex. the teen experience, 20 to 30-year-olds), I rarely see age restrictions under submission guidelines. If unspecified,...

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