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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Online publishing platform

I've decided to force myself by publishing my writings, hopefully acquiring at least a small following so I feel obliged to provide them with more texts. Are there publishing platforms for this ...
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Rewriting a blog post, passing a plagiarism checker as 100% unique, do I still need to cite my source if I want to post it on my own blog?

After rewriting someone else's blog post and passing a plagiarism checker as 100% unique, do I still need to cite my source if I want to post it on my own blog?
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Where should I pitch a book of short stories in English accompanied by French translations?

I have a collection of original short stories, all of which have been published in English in literary magazines. A French translator friend recently translated the stories into French (I speak French,...
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Examples of books advocating for political/educational reform?

I've had an idea in my head for a while to write a book advocating for political and educational reform in Canada, but I'm unsure whether or not it's even worthwhile to proceed because: I don't know ...
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Republishing public domain work by family ancestors

Both my husband's great grandfather and, on my side, my own great-great grandfather were published authors. Their books appear on the Bibliobazaar/Open Source sites. Although we are direct ...
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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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What are the industry standards of style and formatting?

I was reading an Article on The Book Designer called Your Five-Minute Guide to Pricing Your Self-Published Book and in it it said: Nobody wants to pay for something that looks thrown together–make ...
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Publishing an e-Textbook

My father is a professor at a local university, and he writes his own textbooks. He wants to start self-publishing them in an e-book format. The issue is that he wants to publish them so that the ...
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Is it possible to change a story to the point where it stops being considered “previously published”?

I posted a piece of flash fiction on Reddit a year ago, and it never got much attention. I'm revisiting it now, dropping the final third and expanding it from 450 words to 1000 words. Possibly keeping ...
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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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What, if anything, can I do about Amazon reviews being one-sidedly censored?

The Seraphinians is a writeup and attempt to document issues with a movement within the Orthodox Church. They are the people who say you have to believe in Protestant fundamentalism's Young Earth ...
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Royalty rate for edition of estate-held text

I am the literary executor of my father's estate. A relative has started work on producing a (probably very) limited non-professional edition of my father's 1938-45 war diary. I need to strike a ...
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How does a new writer keep from getting scooped?

I'm looking for a literary agent. I've never published before. 1) What's to keep an agent from taking my manuscript and publishing it themselves, or handing it off to one of their writer friends? 2)...
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Is there any financial advantage to translating my book myself?

I can speak a few languages and I am just about done with my first manuscript in English. Since I found the translation fun and not too difficult, I translated it into French, German, Spanish and ...
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In the digital age of Kindle and POD is a book ever finished?

About five years ago I self-published a novella "The Spoils of War". In the middle there's a section where the MC is packed of to Pakistan because the family don't want to face the embarrassment of ...
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Is a dramatization of a true story classified as fiction or nonfiction?

I am writing a short story which is a dramatization of a true story. When I classify it, should I tag it as fiction or nonfiction?
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Finding someone to publish, in the digital age

I've asked a couple of questions on this site over the past year or two about publishing. I've been thinking about going the self-publishing route. It still seems like the quickest and easiest way ...
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More chapters requested. Is this a good sign?

I sent out the first four chapters to about six different publishers. Within three days I received a no from one. On the ninth day, I got a request for additional chapters from another publisher. Is ...
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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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Presenting documentation for a large software product

My documentation team supports a massive software product, over 30 modules. These modules are individually licensed, so one customer might pay for all the modules where another might only pay to use a ...
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Get an agent for prescriptive non-fiction before or after completing a manuscript?

In the publishing industry, is it usual for authors to have a complete prescriptive non-fiction manuscript before seeking an agent, or after seeking an agent? I am a professor interested in writing a ...
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Citation short form for authors' names: different authors, different books, same last name. First name in endnote?

A colleague is assembling a book for publication, and the publisher instructions state that the book should use short form end-notes, and a full bibliography for each chapter. The book concerns China,...
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How far in advance should a new author allow pre-orders on Amazon?

I'm in the final stages of packaging the book and would like to start arranging pre-orders to help with the first week "bump". How far in advance should I allow the pre-order option, and is there any ...
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How to publish a collection of short stories?

I have a collection of short stories. I want to publish them. I need help in this. Should I pay for publishing or are there any agencies that publish/encourage budding short story writers?
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Sight Words standards for children's books

Are there certain standards for writing children's books? For example, I know there are certain sight words for children depending on age and grade. Are there standards that say you can only use a ...
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How much does a manuscript change through publication?

I am currently writing a novel, and I am wondering how much a complete manuscript changes if accepted into a publishing house. I have heard from fellow writers that this may vary from publisher to ...
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Why do typesetters capitalize the first few words of a new chapter?

Something I've always wondered. You've probably noticed that in some newspapers or books, the first few words of a chapter/story are bolded or capitalized, similar to initials. For example: This ...
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Is it harder to publish a successful book these days?

Today, is it harder to get a lot of people to buy and read a published book than it was in the past? (Are people reading books less now because they'd rather watch Netflix, or just read a pirated ...
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Am I Breaking Too Many Rules?

I've finally committed to writing my first novel. I've been listening to things like Writing Excuses which encourages first time writers to finish their works, but I'm definitely writing an old ...
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How much work does a (nonfiction) ghostwriter typically do?

I just finished the charming short memoir from actor Cary Elwes, As You Wish, about his experiences while filming The Princess Bride. The voice sounds very much like Elwes, but the cover clearly says "...
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What is the difference between ISSN and ISBN?

Can anyone explain in layman's terms, using simple terminology, what exactly is the difference between ISSN and ISBN? There are lots of links on the internet, but they are complicated and use legal ...
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Can I resubmit a manuscript that has been rewritten and professionally edited?

Three weeks ago, my manuscript was "accepted" by a publisher and a contract signed. I immediately notified every literary agency to which I'd sent a submission of the contract signing. The ...
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Writing a story online

I've been wondering, is there any outlets available that allow you to publish a book online in a similar format as Webcomics? A sort of, 'Webnovel'? Is there any appropriate name for this, where you ...
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Is it a bad idea to adopt an 'English' pen name as an Asian American writer to reach a wider audience?

There is currently a dearth of Asian American writers on U.S. library bookshelves, and those few authors who are Asian Americans tend to write about things associated with Asian culture. Think of Amy ...
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Standard split between author and illustrator of children's book

I know that every case can be different, but it seems like there should be a standard split between the author and the illustrator of a children's book. Does anyone know?
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What are the pros/cons of writing in English in a non-English country?

I live in a country that doesn't have English as its main language. I have two choices in writing, either write in my mother language or write in English. Why should or shouldn't I write in English? ...
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Does age matter if you want to publish a non fiction book?

Specifically, with some kind of psychological subject, and some theories and philosophies. The book will have subjects people generally refer to as from people experienced in life, who have been ...
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Which trim size for a fantasy novel?

I'm trying to decide whether to choose a trim size of 5.25 x 8" or 6 x 9" for my 100,000 word fantasy novel. I was leaning towards 5.25 x 8. My novel is a Kindle e-book and I'm looking at converting ...
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How do you find new venues to publish your work?

With 5000+ markets what strategies and tactics have you found useful to pinpoint your submissions and find new markets to publish your work more efficiently than Duotrope's basic search function?
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'Out of print' not profitable or holding rights indefinitely by a Publisher?

Umm... The main cause the Publishers give more often than not is, the book was not successful to warrant a second run and hence it's out of print or 'it's just old'. I just read this question which ...
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Print runs, unsold books, books by weight and do authors get some compensation for unsold?

I got couple of good definitions of the traditional Print run. One of the disturbing things mentioned in one of the definitions that many a times 50 percent of them are destroyed. How it was destroyed ...
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Which canned Licence to use when posting short fiction?

I’d like to post some writing on my own website, and not lose sellability. It may be a portion of something that eventually gets sold to a magazine or somesuch. But many times I don’t mind letting ...
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Is it better to disclude your age when submitting to a publisher if you are young?

Does including your age, if you are a young author, give you a disadvantage?
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How do western publishers react to drafts that are obviously ripoffs of an existing work? [closed]

For example, lets say you were to submit a draft to a publisher that is an obvious ripoff of an existing, popular series (like LOTR). Popular view is that an editor or whoever is in charge of reading ...
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How much and which parts of a manuscript should I submit to an agent?

I've got a book that I think is interesting and action packed - a traumatic scene begins right in the prologue, but chapter one is a bit slow while I introduce characters, the setting, and weave ...
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Academic books published by university presses: How much expertise do the editors have?

I'm talking about books on specific academic topic, e.g. history of the Aztecs before colonialism, which are published by university presses like the Oxford University Press. How expert are the ...
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Will it help you to get published if you have a lot of followers of your writing?

Background To be honest, I really didn't know how to title this question. Anyway, the background. I was sitting around in front of the plan for the second book of my trilogy. Woohoo! I finished the ...
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What rights can I claim for a book that compiles selected bible passages?

I have compiled specific Scriptures on a particular subject and am going to publish it on Amazon.com. I personally wrote a short introduction. Do I have to list my book as public domain or do I ...
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Can I Have My Own Website Separate of My Publisher?

Background I studied writing in depth before ever seriously trying it myself. I read a lot, and I looked at reputable books on the subject. Over the years, I combined what I knew into a formula which ...

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