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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Is where I live going to have a positive/negative effect on getting a novel published?

I live in Australia (or some place that is not the UK or the USA). I wonder if the same percentage of QUALITY scripts get published in any place, but that in the big places, like the UK and the USA, ...
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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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Does submitting multiple pieces to professional magazines (and being turned down) hurt chances of later stories that may be better-written?

When I first started focusing on short stories, I submitted to a range of top professional magazines (Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, etc.). I wasn't surprised to be rejected, but now I wonder if ...
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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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How many errata are too many?

I'm not sure this is the right Stack Exchange Community for this question, but here I go. I bought a book on Machine Learning from a (I believe) popular publisher a few days ago. It's a first edition ...
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Presenting Fiction as Non-Fiction

I am toying writing a book involving layered stories: There is Manuscript A, written by a character, which is an ostensibly real account/diary of an incident she experienced. In the fictional ...
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Offer to publish - should you accept or wait?

We have received an offer from a US-based publisher (new company, good concept, good marketing strategy, good royalties, no fees) to publish a novel in print, eBook, and audio format. We (the author ...
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The best publishing platform for a business “vanity” book?

I have a client who has written a (well done) synopsis of his core business proposition that reads like a great little book, but is only 15,000 words. Is this a good candidate for Amazon's Singles? ...
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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 to prioritize projects

I'm just starting out with writing fiction seriously. I feel like this might be my "thing." Strangely enough, at the moment I find myself with a number of ideas, most in very early stages of ...
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How do I cite or give credit to a statistic on a website?

I'm not even sure if I need to since I often see statistics on website and blog posts without a source. Do I need to? And how should I do it? From what I've seen when the source is mentioned, people ...
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Where and how to publish new work

I have made several stories, not short, but not long. They might make a small book. But im new and dont know anything, Where should i publish it, i mean, safely , as they could rip off the idea or ...
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What is the business model for Creative Commons books?

I notice that a lot of computer and programming books are now licensed under various permutations of the creative commons license. Half of the books published by No Starch Press and Apress (at least ...
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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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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 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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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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Writer's Platform

I realize most agents and publishers ask you information about your writer's platform. I looks like having a writer's platform has become an essential part of your introduction to agents or publishers....
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How fast do traditionally-published books sell after they have been published?

Of course there are many answers to the question of how fast major publishers move their books after publication, but I am looking for something like the truism I once heard on the radio and cannot ...
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Is it possible to publish stories with experimental spacing technique? (aka, blank pages, etc.)

I've got a few stories that employ experimental stylistics. The piece that is giving me the most trouble, though, is split up into five sections-- each section begins on its own page. It's hard to ...
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How to find an agent for a children's picture book?

I have written (and self-edited) a book, and need to figure out how to expose it to the "right" agents. I'm a little overwhelmed (and I'm sure I'm not the first), but I do think it is a unique story ...
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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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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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How do I finish my stories although I have both ideas and titles for them?

Almost every day I come up with new titles and rough ideas for new books to write. I e-mail them to myself, happy and longing to write them down. I have published two books, and I know I can write. ...
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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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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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Current best program for self-publishing?

What is the best program (or programs) for layout, typesetting, and then printing (at home, or taking files to a printing shop) a book? It would need to be one which takes into account the way pages ...
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Use of the Chicago Manual of Style by UK-English writers

I am Australian and have just finished writing a novel. The publisher I will be using is in the USA and uses the Chicago Manual of Style. Because I use UK English, I would prefer to leave my ...
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What is the process for publishing academic papers?

While studying in my first term as EPIR student I had to prepare several papers. I gave those to my family and friends, to read and comment upon. I was surprised when they advised me to publish them. ...
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Do we need to find another publisher when we want to publish our novel in a different language in another region?

I was wondering if we needed to find another publisher if we wanted to have a novel that's already published in English speaking countries translated, and published in a different region. What are the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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What are the pros and cons of different media for short story publishing?

I recently wrote a short story (I'm still in the process of editing it, but it's all written), and have been looking at different publication options. The story is about 8,000 words, a mystery story. ...
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Do I need to get a pen name?

I'm a self-published author, who is going to get a traditional publishing contract. They say it's my choice, but I have a doubt. I have published a thriller novel, two mystery short stories, and also ...
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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 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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How long does it take publisher to respond to requested manuscript?

I started sending my synopsis and cover letter out for my first novel about a month ago. In that time, 3 publishing houses responded that they were interested in reading my manuscript, and will get ...
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Publisher field in Book Review when the book is obtained for free from the internet

I'm writing a book review as part of my English Holiday Homework. The book (or rather, prolegomenon) that I'm reviewing is Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift. Due to obvious reasons for my ...
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How should we go from Stack Exchange Q/A to publishable PDF with the least hassle?

Over on another site we're talking about taking some of our content (on a particular theme) and re-packaging it as a printable PDF. (The primary use case is paper.) This wouldn't be a straight dump ...
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How would I find a publisher who is accepting unsolicited manuscripts from authors?

This question on finding an agent has an answer linking to this post which really tears into literary agents. I'm not sure if it is justified or not, but it got me thinking about a the alternate ...
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Making money with narrating audiobooks from Germany

I would like to try my hand at narrating audiobooks. I have some experience doing so at librivox.org so I thought I'd give ACX (that's a platform where writers can find narrators for their audiobooks, ...
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Written and illustrated children's book: what now?

I have written and illustrated a children's book and am looking for advice about where to go with it now. My thoughts are: approach independent bookstores, contact an illustrator's agent, approach ...
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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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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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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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Using picture under GNU Free Document Licence as book cover

I am self-publishing my dissertation and want to use a picture of a painting, modified to fit the cover and with titles and author name on it. The painter is dead for over a hundred years and a file ...
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How can I (or can I?) create a Canva.com cover for a CreateSpace 6“x9” title? [closed]

http://canva.com appears to offer support for multiple formats including eBook (and also Kindle), but what I can't tell from the homepage is whether they offer direct support for creating a cover (...

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