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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Will a publisher accept my novel?

I am writing a couple books, but they are for kids, and publishers are all grown up, so will they dislike it because it is mainly for kids and isn't for people their age?
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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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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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Where should I post my unfinished story I'm still writing?

I've written a few bad stories before, but I post them online anyway. All my past ones have been put on a fanfiction site, but the one I'm working on doesn't go there. It's still a work in progress, ...
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What's the paper quality used for the Penguin Books Great Ideas series?

I'm trying to learn more for a self-publishing project, and I really love this series: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/BM5/penguin-great-ideas I'm an amateur so I might not be using the ...
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Short Story versus Novel format [closed]

I have just completed a draft erotic short story I have never professionally published fiction before but I believe this story "sizzles". This story is around 4000 words. I have rough ...
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Why do publishers and agents frequently require a biography and curriculum vitae with queries?

I understand why a publisher or an agent might want a synopsis or a chapter-by-chapter breakdown. But, more often than not, agents' and publishers' submission guidelines require these along with a ...
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Can one of my POV characters have the last name Thibodaux and get published?

I live in Louisiana, and names with french origins are very common here. So we all know how they're pronounced. I'm worried that a publisher will want me to change the name as it may not be so obvious ...
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How exactly does a book go from typewritten pages into an actual mass-produced unit ready for the consumer, and do authors have any control?

I want to be clear that I'm asking about this both for the present time, where nearly everyone does everything digitally, and for "back in the day", such as the 1970s or 1950s or 1920s or ...
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Chapters in my thriller before the main threat comes in

I'm writing a thriller about some people that have their whole world change around them. I won't bog this question down with lengthy specifics though. The world my characters inhabit isn't exactly ...
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How should I write an autobiography if some elements are illegal? [closed]

Lets say that I wanted to write an autobiography but some elements of my life (particularly relevant to certain choice) are illegal and I could still be prosecuted for them if my involvement became ...
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Good way to collect digital signatures [closed]

I'm currently writing a framework with a team of scientists. We aim to reach a higher impact by getting other scientists to sign this framework. They're not part of the writing team but they would ...
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How to start writing an autobiography [duplicate]

I’m planning to write my autobiography. I don’t know where to start. Please give some tips and tricks to kickstart the project. I know it’s my personal stuff. But still some hacks from experienced ...
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How Would I Go About Sharing a Word Document to a Literary Agent?

I was wondering, how would I go about sharing a Word document to a literary agent? I currently have all my professionally proofread novels formatted. They are formatted as the following: 1 inch ...
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What Types of Books Are Best Suited as a Debut Novel for a New Author? [closed]

I've been writing and editing and getting thorough and objective feedback for a portfolio of novels I've written since 2016, and I will be speaking with an editor at a major Christian publishing house ...
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Is Third-Person Present Tense Common and Popular in Adult Novels?

I was wondering if third-person present tense was common and popular in adult novels. I know when I'm reading Young Adult novels that this tense is like the norm. I mostly write YA novels so I can ...
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How would I go about censoring adult language in my book?

I have to present my book(s) to a Christian publisher and I was wondering, how would I go about censoring adult language or should I just put a warning label on the title page?
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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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Are Literary Agents Postponing Their Responses to Queries Thanks to the Coronavirus and Stay-at-Home Orders?

I was wondering if it's possible for literary agents to postpone their responses to queries during this time crisis? In major states like New York, they have stay-at-home orders. Is this going to ...
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Literary magazines that publish surreal/absurdist fiction?

Does anybody know of any literary magazines that publish surreal/absurdist fiction? I have a short story I'm looking to submit. The closest comparisons I can think of are A Clockwork Orange, Brave New ...
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Republishing a Creative Commons NonCommercial-NoDerivs licenced work for archival purposes

I have a 10+ year old 800 page pfd someone wrote but never published and I'd like to publish it (not taking credit for it, just to own a physical copy). The original author is dead so I can't get ...
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Do traditional publishers care more about author platform than in previous publishing eras?

I read a book written by a famous rapper, LOGIC (or Bobby Hall), called SUPERMARKET. When I was reading through his book, I realized how informal it was written to such an extent, proper grammar was ...
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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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Can I self-edit my own book before submitting to Publisher

I am attempting to write a novel that is easy to read. Totally understand people have short attention spans, hence I use many short paragraphs, rather than large blocks of paragraphs, such as "Train ...
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Where Can I Find Literary Agents That Represent Christian Fiction?

I have been trying to find suitable literary agents for three years that feel comfortable representing Christian fiction. I have four unpublished and thoroughly reviewed novels ready to be published, ...
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What is Considered to be a Large Portfolio to be Sent to Agents/Publishers?

I am currently looking for an agent to represent a portfolio of books. But I was wondering, what is considered to be a large portfolio in that how many unpublished books ready for an agent is ...
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Publishing a book with anonymity as a foreigner

I want to publish a book in the United States as a foreigner in anonymity because of political risks in my country. How can I do this? I don't have any credit card and no reach to global banking ...
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Republishing a poem from a lost journal

I am not a professional poet. A few years a poem of mine was published and reviewed by the South Asian Ensemble journal. This journal no longer exists, I cannot find it online and neither in print. I ...
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Writing a press release without tacky self-promotion

I recently graduated from a university and was selected to participate in an exciting team event that likely would interest the public. One member from my time suggested that I either: (1) Write "...
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Do Traditional Publishers Want Shorter Works from Debut Authors?

I have been told by an assistant of a literary agent in New York City that debut authors should stay away from pitching a book that's over 70,000 words, and less than 55,000. Is this universal for the ...
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Would a Novel About Persecuted Christians and Saudi Arabia Be Banned in Some Countries?

I have been thoroughly line-editing a debut novel of mine entitled ISA for which it's about a persecuted Christian living in Saudi Arabia, and I have commented a lot on the social structures in Arabia ...
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What's An Acceptable Word Count for a Debut Novel?

I decided to ask this question after finding no other similar questions to mine. But anyway, I have a portfolio of unpublished novels that have been thoroughly edited. One is a piece of Christian ...
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Punctuation in non-period bullets list

Desktop-publishing question: For example, in the bulleted text with non-period-at-the-end writing style, is it proper to eventually use a few sentences for one of the bullets with a period mark in-...
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If I were to publish a book series, each having 100 pages, would it be considered a children's book series?

I had an idea for something like a light novel of some sort, but I have a creeping concern. If I published a fantasy book series, each book has 100 pages each, would it be considered a children's book ...
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How much traffic is considered to be publishable by publishers?

Say I have a non-fiction blog that generate an amount of frequent readers. A publisher tells me that I can only publish when I can sell 2000 copies. How can I measure my traffic to know whether it's ...
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Co-author Trouble

So, I was writing a book with my best friend, and half way through - at 70,000 words - she decides she doesn't want to write the book anymore; but I still can. And we didn't have any agreements or ...
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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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where can I find a place in UAE to publish my story? [closed]

im writing a story but I need help in finding a place to publish it.
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Searching for an author with unpublished fantasy writing for my mobile game [closed]

I would be extremely grateful for any advice on how to search for or reach an agreement with an author. I'm a solo indie game developer, unreleased. My game is a fantasy random gacha hero collector. ...
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What is the ideal word count when shopping a mystery novel to agents?

I know for certain genres, agents and publishers will only consider manuscripts that fit within their expected page count ranges. What's a good target for a standalone mystery novel? My current draft ...
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What is the purpose of an author stipulating that only 50% of his book can be translated?

I recently requested permission of an author to translate one of his books, and permission was granted. However, the contract stipulated that no more than 50% of the book could be translated. What is ...
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Want to publish unpublished work found in an auction storage unit

I started buying storage auctions in the middle of this year. In the third one I bought I ran across an unpublished manuscript for a fiction book U Boat treasure by Charles Hand. He has no published ...
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Is publishing a book around the age of 14 possible? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the beginning stages of writing a book. I'm not very far along (I have the lore for the universe written and about half of the outline) however I am genuinely pursuing this. I want to ...

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