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 to turn off justification when outputting a PDF in Scrivener?

There's no justification set in my document, and in Edit Compile Format I've turned off justification in body text and all other styles. Yet the PDF continues to output with justification. How can I ...
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Are there any free sites for testing beta 'book cover' designs?

The LONG road to publishing a novel is nearing an end. But writing a novel is actually only the beginning; editing, formatting, compiling and marketing the novel makes the initial task of writing seem ...
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What to do with first writing

Assume I have just written my first short story. I showed it to a few friends and they seem to like it. For the next step I want to find out if my work has any literary/commercial value. [You may ...
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Page numbering. Empty pages for notes include in page numbering?

I have a few questions about the page numbering of the last few pages of my book. I have a section with further resources. It contains one page with information about a site and three more pages with ...
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How does public domain/copyright work across different countries?

What if I want to modify/sell a book that is copyrighted in my country, but is under public domain in X country? If I download a file containing the X country version, am I allowed to do this? If not, ...
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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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What's the proper format for a book proposal that will be sent to multiple publishers?

I'm working on a book idea ( historical fiction with creative nonfiction pieces) and I want to create a proposal for it. I haven't done much research on publishers or that process yet, but I assume I'...
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How do I reconcile the difficulties of writing a roman à clef?

I've just finished reading Saul Bellow's Humboldt's Gift and, in reading the reviews afterwards, discovered that it's a roman à clef (which has been defined as "a novel about real life, overlaid with ...
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How do you get the legal disclaimer notice before you publish your fiction/non-fiction book?

Many of us have written/ are interested in writing a book. However, I've seen that all books, whether digital or printed, contain a legal disclaimer and some kind of copyright notice. Something like "...
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How can I ban someone from publishing my work without my permission?

So I wrote this article on my own, and shared it between my friends via online, but I did not want anyone to use it for any monetary reasons, such as publishing it into a book and selling it. Is there ...
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Are significant edits made to books first published in the USA, for the UK market?

An answer on sci-fi, "What passages were removed or changed from the North American version of His Dark Materials?" lists the changes that were made to The Amber Spyglass for its initial publication ...
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Will a publisher create a custom font?

This question is based on this question. It is different, however. While that question deals with the safest way to create a custom font (or have someone else create it), this question assumes you've ...
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I want my novel to contain custom fonts - what should I do?

I intend to write an extensive fantasy series. There is a plethora of different languages and cultures in the series, and I've developed language systems and alphabets for some of those cultures, ...
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Can different publishers publish books taking place in the same story universe?

I have recently published a sci-fi novel, and I am planning on writing another novel set in the same universe. I plan to send it to a different publisher this time. Is it legal that I have two ...
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Publishing and Marketing [closed]

How hard is it to find a publisher for first time author? What are the risks of our story getting stolen and what are the ways to protect it? What are various ways of marketing so that the book ...
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What are specific things (choices, techniques, etc) successful published novel writers do and don't do?

I'm looking for a list of the basics that successful published novel writers actually do. This list would also include specific things which they do not do. For example, I don't believe any ...
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Why would one write something in 2017? [closed]

I know this is not the right question to ask, but I am collecting some statistics about the reasons of writing in a modern world. There are all those gadgets, 5D virtual reality games and movies, you ...
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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?

I wrote and self-published a MG fantasy book that did relatively well locally: It's in elementary school libraries, at the local public libraries, and as a student teacher I enjoy giving lessons on ...
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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 a mentor for publishing our book?

We have finished our nonfiction, self-help, book draft. We require finding a mentor for improving the book's structure and for publishing and marketing. How can we find a mentor (not proofreader)? Is ...
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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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