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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I have a retracted article for ethical misconduct, this means my career is over? [closed]

When I was in my first year of M.SC. A professor told me to work on a project that the main data were belong to him. He had sent me a early draft and told me to translate it to english so I did along ...
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How to convey a concept without illustrations when submitting?

Everything I have read or been told, and every guideline I have seen regarding submitting a picture book manuscript to a publisher has indicated that illustrations should not be included in the ...
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Is it true that stories get rejected simply because the stories are not appealing enough and not because of the quality of the writing?

In other words, if the writing is poor or not good enough but the editor likes the story, then a revision is requested. I'd like to add that part of the reason for asking this question is because ...
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Writing on the sides of Buildings [closed]

I sometimes see poetry and art and word-based graffiti on the sides of prominent buildings and it's often inspiring and sometimes wonderful to see this. A couple of examples of what I mean: The ...
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Self Publishing vs Mainstream Publisher [duplicate]

I am in the middle of writing my first non-fiction book and I am almost finished with designing my blog page discussing the subject I am writing about with small snippets of my writing. I am trying ...
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Article I wrote has been published under another name - should I raise this with the publisher?

I do part-time copywriting work and over the weekend I wrote a ~1500 word paid article for an online publication. It was a lot of research and toil, I had half a day to do it and I finally submitted ...
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Writing a novel for a charitable cause for free?

I am an aspiring author who wants to write a novel and have it published. Problem is that I am disabled and receive benefits, so I can't receive royalties because the income stream is unpredictable ...
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How can I distance myself from an article published under my name, with edits I disagree with?

I wrote an article for a university newspaper that summarizes incidents involving racism on campus. After edits, the sentence structure became uniformly long instead of varied, straightforward ...
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Taxes and self-publication from other countries

The answers provided here are quite helpful, but they don't address a particular concern that I have. What if I'm not in the US? Where do I pay tax? Do I have to pay tax in the US and in my home ...
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How can I make my 'first draft' good enough to be published?

One of my bugbears about writing is the editing process. I'd much rather get it right first time, rather than chop this and change that afterwards. Other industries would not tolerate the rather ...
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Alternative publishers like Dover

I have a manuscript that is a derivative of a mathematical work in the public domain. It is a diamond in the rough which was unpalatable due to its prose. The new manuscript is a modernized and ...
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How to get published at a young age?

I am currently 10 years old and am writing a story based off of the short story I wrote back in first grade. I am still trying to decide what to call the book but it is about a group of five young ...
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Can I retell a popular manga series as a novel and query it to an agent?

I’m working on my first draft of a retelling of a popular manga series from the 90s. It has been adapted and redone at least 6-10 times as an Asian drama TV series in many different countries. I’m ...
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What is the opposite of self-publishing?

Once, when your book was "published", it was clear that you meant that it had been reviewed and accepted by a publisher and was now being distributed through book stores. Today, when you talk about ...
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Should I copyright my material before sending to my publisher?

Should I copyright my material before sending to my publisher? Can they steal my content?
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When is 'enough', enough?

So, I've been going through advice for aspiring writers, and naturally, that includes quotes from famous authors, interviews, their top tips etc. One thing I've noticed is that a lot of them say ...
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Do I need to have a degree to become a writer? [duplicate]

I've always loved to write. Granted I haven't been writing very much these days because of university but I want to publish a book one day. I want to keep writing as a hobby because I want to do more ...
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How do I write an apology scene? [closed]

I need to write a scene where someone apologizes to a girl for physically hurting her. But I’m confused on how to start it. They are in school, and the boy makes time to talk to her. And it is in the ...
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How to combine 3 sentences into one? [closed]

I have a character limit and hence would like to reduce my sentences from three to one or at best two. I am not sure how I could simplify this. Are you looking for an explainer video for your ...
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Help with my story - elements of a scene

I’m writing a story where a vampire pulls a girl into a room so he can feed off her without anyone knowing. What are the things I should consider when I describe her being pulled into a room by him, ...
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Is There a Legal Age to Publish a Manga/Comic? [duplicate]

Very recently I have thought of the question whether or not publishing a book at a younger age than 18 or 16 was possible, while it is of course possible to do this I began to think whether publishing ...
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What can motivate people to write and share their personal stories?

I want to motivate people, who do not already write, to write about their lives and publish their stories on my new web site. What would motivate someone to write and share their personal stories?
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What is the secret of writing a fascinating and eye catching blog post? [closed]

Yesterday I finished my first blog post! I have given lot of efforts into it, and I tried to keep it as simple as I could so that my readers of all levels could understand it. I need your tips for ...
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What journals publish surreal fiction?

I'm trying to place a short story that is surreal. So while it has science fiction elements, it isn't really science fiction. At the same time it's a bit too weird to be literary fiction. Does anyone ...
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What is thebarefootwriter.com?

I received an email for this today. First of all, is it legit or is it a scam of some kind? How does it work? That is, what are you writing for - a web site, a paper publication? Who decides what you'...
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How do I express that others and I were unable to find literature about a topic?

Given this question of mine I wondered: If one wants to publish a new result which one couldn't find any information where the result could have possibly been covered (and neither could one's ...
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Self education over college to become an author... connections?

What if you don't know any publisher or editor or agent? Help there? Would it be smart to go to college because of these circumstances? I understand that you don't need a college degree to become a ...
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What is the difference between literature and review study?

I had submitted a review article few days before and I have received a comment from an editor of a journal. The comment is " Is it literature or review study"? I am wondering that I had submitted a ...
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Can I use my legal name as the protagonist if I'm pitching my book to traditional publishers under a pen name?

Can I use my legal name as the protagonist if I'm pitching my book to traditional publishers under a pen name? Would I be rejected for doing this?
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Where can I publish a longer short story (9000 words)?

I wrote a short story that's 9135 words long. I'd like to enter it into a contest or publishing. I have seen that most only accept stories from 500-2000 words. Does anyone know of any contests/...
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How Do You Find a Literary Agent?

What is the basic path to getting a literary agent? I understand that going to a writing conference helps you find one, but where can I find writing conferences? I did a search for them and could only ...
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How to get my book taken seriously as a teenager? [duplicate]

I have been working on a book for a while, and I probably will be done with it soon. My work is very original in my mind and in the end, this book will be very high quality. But I have been wondering ...
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Submitting things I post on my blog for publication

I have a Wordpress where I post short stories I write. It's not popular, mostly just family and a few random people follow it. Occasionally, I want decide I want to further work on something I posted ...
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Other than trademarked names, should recipe ingredients in a cookbook be capitalized?

Re: editing a cookbook Other than trademarked names, should ingredients in the recipe lists be capitalized? Thank you in advance.
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How much does style contribute to the overall value of a novel?

I've recently got a crushing critique. The critic pointed out I was obviously unfamiliar with the basic tools of the trade and that my style was non-existent. She insisted that "everybody can invent a ...
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Does Amazon have a problem with your book being cheaper else where via a coupon?

I keep reading that if you publish of Amazon, they don't like it very much if your book is cheaper anywhere else and threaten remind you that they'll remove your book if they do find it cheaper ...
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What advantages are there to having a project-specific website for documentation?

As a software engineer I often interact with documentation for software projects across the Internet, in particular on GitHub which provides methods for documenting your project. Anecdotally, it ...
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Limitations of automatic documentation

As technology advances and workflows are streamlined, some have turned to automated tools such as Doxygen, Sphinx, Swagger, etc. in order to generate technical documentation automatically. What are ...
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Is it legal for my book title to be similar to another book's title?

My book's title is similar to Around the World in 80 Days. The premise is making a journey in 80 days and while I am sure that using a similar premise is fine (especially since my book is a bit of a ...
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Is "Publishable" 1st Book Word Count still 75,000-125,000?

Question For those who have been published or are in the publishing industry: Can a new author get a longer work published these days? (near 200,000 words) Would it be smarter of me to try and ...
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Will a publisher look at a first time writer with a first part of a trilogy not stand alone?

I am writing a novel that I have every intention of writing as part of a trilogy. My question is if a publisher will look at me? I have never been published and the book I have in mind has three parts ...
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Is posting a work in progress novel online considered previously published by big publishers?

I am almost finished up writing my first novel--a fiction-- and I am considering posting it on sites like fictionpress to see if I get any advice and constructive criticism on things to fix. I really ...
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Publishing fiction: when do I start looking for an agent?

I am just about finished with the first draft of a novel I've been working on. I've been writing novels for about ten years and I've self-published a couple, but I'm looking to peek into the world of "...
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How to remove generalizations from a sentence?

I’m writing a paper and I have these sentences that are a bit problematic. I feel they generalize a bit and could be rewritten in less words. I’m kindly seeking suggestions on how to improve the below ...
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Should I be leary of "How To" books?

Have any of the successfully published writers here found the various best selling "How To" books dangerous, in that they guide aspiring writers into producing cookie cutter works? I'm currently ...
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Can you claim postage as an expense in the US if it's for a non-paying market?

As a writer, there are many things that can be claimed as expenses if they help you to generate income (or try to generate income). Postage is one, but my question is specifically this: Can you claim ...
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Can I pay to win at publishing?

Are there paid editing and submission services out there that are worth while for someone who is looking to work with a real publisher? I have been doing research into what it takes to get published. ...
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Is it better to save each chapter in a separate word document or all in one document?

I'm new here. In the past, I've written countless articles for newspapers, and I almost never needed to edit more than a page or two. However, I have agreed to edit an entire (existing) novel for its ...
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Writing an image Utopia book

Planning on writing a picture sci-fi book about Utopia. The book will not have a plot (story), sequence or any conclusion. It will have approximately 30 illustrations generally depicting a search for ...
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What is the best book marketing strategy for an audiobook?

I'm narrator of a new audiobook. What is the best book marketing strategy for an audiobook? I wrote a book marketing article published by an ezine articles, but I wonder if this type of book marketing ...

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